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Block 1 - The RUBY Star

Iminei

Block 1 - The RUBY Star
« on: January 30, 2021, 09:43:17 AM »
Welcome to the
Very First Mystery Quiltalongathon Block for 2021 ...

This year, after the great success of last years QAYG BOM,
I decided to combine the BOM with a finished article,

A Mystery Quiltalongathon !!

A BOM with an agenda !!!


but here's a clue, I've called it
The Sparkling Stars Quilt

I thought as Stars are so often referred to as Diamonds
I would assign a different Gemstone to each Block.
and try and convey a sense of that jewel with my choice of fabrics .......

You can follow my choice of gemstone for each star ...
or choose your own according to the fabrics you have to hand


So for the VERY FIRST BLOCK of
2021 Sparkling Stars Mystery Quiltalongathon

We have

The RUBY STAR
Ruby Star Tutorial

As ever,
Click on the first pic to bring it up to Full size
and then on the i Icon (top right corner of the pic on a laptop)
to bring up the instructions to the side of the pic.

:devil: Do read right through the tutorial before you start to cut and sew !  :devil:

Block TWO will be released on Saturday 13th March


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There will be SIX Gemstone Blocks, posted at 6 weekly intervals
from the end of January to end of August,
giving you ample time to gather your fabrics and make your Stars!

You will need to make between FIVE and THREE Blocks for each Star.

The techniques used throughout the Sewalongs will be fairly simple
and there are Tut's available in The Darkside Tutorials should you need to refresh your memory.

This Mystery Quilt comprises a 5 by 5 grid of 12" (f) blocks
to make a finished quilt of 60" sq,
before any added borders or sashing.

You can of course make it smaller or even larger if you wish.

* * * Fabric Requirements * * *

This Mystery Quilt will require approximately 3m's of
ONE consistent background fabric throughout the quilt

and a different Gemstone colour each month ...
within which there will be between 3 - 6 different shades.

(I'm not so good at the Maths but a 1/4 metre of each gemstone colour/shade should do the job)

And everyone who finishes 2021 with a completed quilt
will receive an exclusive
The Sewing Places's Prize Winners Enamel badge or Sew on Embroidered Patch!!!

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« Last Edit: January 30, 2021, 09:58:47 AM by Iminei »
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Bjay

Re: Block 1 - The RUBY Star
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2021, 14:12:35 PM »
So do the 5 blocks have to be identical or can they be other ruby colours as well?
Trying to find my way on the Dark side

Kenora

Re: Block 1 - The RUBY Star
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2021, 16:40:50 PM »
Had a good afternoon "playing" in my sewing room. This is the result:

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The colours in the photo are a little washed out but it is 4.40pm so the light is fading. ;) I enjoyed the tutorial and will be looking forward to the next one, so thank you @Iminei for taking the time to post this for us Darksiders.
Minding my P's & Q's in Portreath

Pearl

Re: Block 1 - The RUBY Star
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2021, 18:34:00 PM »
Wow, @Kenora .  You don’t mess about!  Lovely!

I’ve ordered my background fabric and dug out some reds. 
« Last Edit: January 30, 2021, 18:35:33 PM by Pearl »

Lilian

Re: Block 1 - The RUBY Star
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2021, 18:48:07 PM »
I think having a devoted sewing room helps with this.  I no longer have a sewing room  :(
Willing but not always able :)

Sandra

Re: Block 1 - The RUBY Star
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2021, 19:10:57 PM »
Oh, Kenora...that's gorgeous.  :loveit:

I've ordered background fabric. I'm going for a dark Spraytime, but I haven't looked in my stash yet for 'ruby' or any other colour options.

Sandra.
xxx

Catllar

Re: Block 1 - The RUBY Star
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2021, 19:20:59 PM »
OK so tomorrow I start. Not sure my reds count as ruby - might have to rethink
If life gives you lemons, add to gin and tonic !

Kenora

Re: Block 1 - The RUBY Star
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2021, 20:19:57 PM »
I think my colours are more "amethyst" but it's a stone I like so I'll go with that. :)
Minding my P's & Q's in Portreath

Renegade Sewist

Re: Block 1 - The RUBY Star
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2021, 22:00:13 PM »
I think having a devoted sewing room helps with this.  I no longer have a sewing room  :(

I know this to be an absolute fact! I've never had a sewing room. Before they abruptly closed for retirement, lease was being doubled, I would go to the local quilt shop three times a month to sew. During the day it was 10-4, no cost just a reservation, and a Friday night  "Allnighter" from 6 pm to 2 am. That gave me 20 hours a month I knew was committed to sewing. It was fun, I prepped what I could in advance so it was productive. Also I would use their giant cutting tables to cut out garments that I could sew at home in limited space.

My machine has only been out of it's case once since they closed 3 years ago and that was for a similar all nighter the Babylock dealer started to try and fill the void. It was not fun and involved sewing bullies.

Iminei

Re: Block 1 - The RUBY Star
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2021, 13:11:44 PM »
@Kenora !!!!!!! WOW !!!! That's Glorious and sooooooo quick !!!!

Aaaand you kick off the MQBOMHOF ...
Off you pop, hopefully you wont have to wait too long before someone else joins you ...

:angel:

@Bjay  ... Yes, you can use just one set of fabrics for each months block or other similar colours if you wish
BUT the FIVE blocks for this month all need to be colours relating to One Gemstone ...

So all colours relating to ....... Amethyst, Ruby, Turquoise, Sapphire, Amber, Emerald, Aquamarine, Diamond, Opal, Garnet, Citrine etc

Remember YOU  can choose your gemstone for each of YOUR  blocks ...

Just because I made my Block 1 a Ruby ... doesn't mean that yours has to be.
« Last Edit: January 31, 2021, 13:16:55 PM by Iminei »
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Bjay

Re: Block 1 - The RUBY Star
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2021, 13:22:51 PM »
Thanks for that information @Iminei  More of an idea what fabrics to aim for now  :thumbsup:
Trying to find my way on the Dark side

Sandra

Re: Block 1 - The RUBY Star
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2021, 13:58:13 PM »
I can't do anything until the background fabric arrives so I've been sort-of planning.  :angel:

I've been googling images of various gemstones for inspiration, and I think I'd like to personalise mine to my own and my kiddiwinks birth stones. So I'm peridot  :\ my daughter is aquamarine  :) and my son's sapphire  :)  A green/yellow and two blue.
But that only gives me three and I need six. I love  :loveit: the amethyst colours but that's the birthstone for Feb and my ex is Feb.  ><
However...light amethyst is also a birthstone for Gemini/June which is my Dad! Mum is the same month as my son. So now I've got four.

See. I said I'd been planning.

Sandra.
xxx

 

Iminei

Re: Block 1 - The RUBY Star
« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2021, 13:59:23 PM »
That's gorgeous @Sandra 

Remember to include a bit of contrast! ... Going to be glorious!



Gemstone Colourwheel


« Last Edit: January 31, 2021, 14:04:30 PM by Iminei »
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Kenora

Re: Block 1 - The RUBY Star
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2021, 14:05:54 PM »
@Sandra - I love that you're being so romantic about your choice of fabrics. Mine is based on what I have in my stash! I wonder what that says about me? -< :D
Minding my P's & Q's in Portreath

Sandra

Re: Block 1 - The RUBY Star
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2021, 14:27:30 PM »
That's gorgeous @Sandra 

Remember to include a bit of contrast! ... Going to be glorious!




I'm going to grab some bundles of the colours I think I've decided on, and see which other colours might look good with them.
I'm drawn to emerald. Then that gives me two shades of blue, two of green and a light amethyst.

@Kenora  This has only happened by accident. I'm probably over-thinking it and will abandon the plan and use whatever's in my stash.  0_0

Sandra.
xxx