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Summer Solar Eclipse 2017 – Quilt Along

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The topic for this years quilt along is — a star quilt pattern and learning flying geese in a new way!  This free star quilt pattern features stars within stars….and then a quick twist with the light and dark fabric placement.

You’ll be able to play around a little bit with value, something I’ve never really done much of!

Let’s begin with the backstory-

This summer has been a busy one for the family. With quite a few trips, camping, family…even one with the honey (it’s been forever since we traveled alone…and it was kind of weird to not have kids!) there wasn’t a whole lot of sewing going on.

However, after giving it a little bit of thought, a few browses of old quilt magazines for inspiration and sewing like a mad woman for 3 days- the Summer Solar Quilt Along has arrived.

August is kind of winding down the summer crazy….so I’m hoping you’ll have a little bit of time to sew up the blocks along with us.

Last year’s quilt along- Busy Body was a fun one and the quilt tops that were shared were super cute!  Can’t wait to see how this one turns out for you as well!

free quilt along- 2017 summer solar eclipse. fun play on dark and lights, lots of contrast!

Here’s a quick background for the Summer Solar Quilt Along~

Not sure if you have realized, but this year… in fact in 20 more days there will be a full solar eclipse.  I am in Utah and we get a little bit of a show…..everyone is heading to Idaho for this big show.   And- this won’t happen again until 2024.  So, it’s kind of a fun!

The quilt is kind of a play on the light and dark.  I have been hoarding the fat quarter pack for awhile– trying to decide what to do with the low tone selection + the black.  It’s about the contrast.   Whether you choose to sew along with a neutral pile of fabrics or scrappy colors….you’ll want to pay special attention to the contrast.  Make sure there is enough between the lights and darks so the stars are seen as half diagonals.

All the blocks are stars- Ohio Stars.  Some feature a different block on the inside, others are a block while a handful have the half square triangle so the block is half light and half dark- adding another fun twist to it.

The Solar Eclipse is about the moon covering the sun.  Blocking the view. Only thing showing is the outer edges…and even that will be very thin.  It’s the light and dark playing with each other.  They are kind of fighting or sharing the same space- which in the quilt it’s the star blocks.

Part of the fun with a sew along is learning a new technique.  And I have one for you!

You’ll be sewing a bunch of flying geese– and without giving it away, I tried a few different ways of sewing them together and there is one that is now my all time favorite!!

You will absolutely love it.  Can’t wait to share!

But, before I get ahead of myself and blab on to endless eternity– here are the materials you’ll be needing to gather.

This isn’t a mystery quilt— even though I do enjoy those!  So here is the reveal~

Check out all the finished quilts here!!! They are beautiful!

Summer Solar Eclipse Quilt Along, a star quilt pattern~

Quilt Details:

Finished size: 60″ X 60″

Block sizes: 12″ and 6″ finished

Materials Needed:

24 fat quarters

*good contrast. light and darks. (more chat about fabric choices below)

Fabric Options Chat~

  • Pay attention to the lights and darks.  There are a few in there in the neutral zone, but really it’s all about lights and darks.
  • Pick two colors— one will be the background color and the other will be the dark color.  I chose my lights to be off white, grey, some light brown and blue ….the dark is mostly dark grey and black.  You’ll notice that there are prints / patterns on the fabrics.  I didn’t pay attention to that and went ahead and used them.  You can decide if you want to stay with a color on color print or something a little more busy.  There just needs to be enough contrast between the lights and darks.  There are a few spots that I am not too happy with (but am not about to change them now).
  • Don’t be afraid to branch out a little bit.  This is the blue and the browns you see in mine.  They are not keeping with the 2 colors, but they are keeping with the light and dark.  You will just want to make sure these little hints of color don’t overpower the rest of the fabrics.  They are fun introductions, add interest and a fun surprise.  I questioned putting them in, but am happy they are there!
  • Technique chat— this quilt along uses a lot of flying geese.  For a quick overview go here for 3 different methods for making the flying geese.
  • Join the free facebook group for sharing your progress, chatting about options and asking questions is you have any while sewing.  It’s open 24 hours and there is always an answer waiting for you.  Share your fabric choices with us!

Block #1

Block #2

Block #3

Block #4

Block #5

Block #6

Block #7

Block #8

16 Half and half blocks

8 large half and half blocks

Center block


Quitling & binding

Check out all the beautiful finished quilts here.

Summer solar eclipse quilt along - free to sew along! Love the dark and lights of the quilt.

Are you going to sew along?  Share your fabric choice in the free fb group! Can’t wait to see them!

Check out the finished quilts!

summer solar eclipse quilt along show and tell. the quilts are beautiful! Pattern is simple- I need to get started still
This has been one of the best quilt alongs in a long time!

Is it actually possible to have a favorite quilt….it’s like choosing a favorite child!  But, I kind of do feel like it for this quilt.

It’s been nothing but delightful to see all of your ideas, creations, additions, subtractions and creativity with your own quilt. I thank you for sewing along and sharing your progress, asking your questions and FINISHING the quilt!

Oh my goodness.

I really am excited to share today the quilts that I have found that were finished and shared.  (if you have a quilt finished, please share it in the Quilting 101 group)

So, before I start showing them off – if you are interested in picking up the pattern and sewing this quilt for yourself — it’s in the shop: Summer Solar Eclipse Quilt Along   It’s the full pattern with all the steps, diagrams, materials list, coloring page and more.

summer solar eclipse quilt along show and tell. the quilts are beautiful! Pattern is simple- I need to get started still

Summer Solar Eclipse Quilt Along Trunk Show~

Sewn by Cindi

Sewn by Naomi

Sewn by Elaine

Sewn by Debbie

Sewn by Jan

Sewn by Kim

Sewn by Laura

This next quilt is the BACK of the quilt above!! Sewn by Laura

Sewn by Lily 

Sewn by Mary

Sewn by Shirley

Sewn by Stephanie

Sewn by TG

Aren’t they simply incredible in their own way!?  I have loved watching the growth of the quilts along the way and the discussion of what fabrics to use and the –is this working questions! Thanks to everyone who helped with answering those and more!

Thanks again everyone for sharing your quilts and sewing along.  I really mean that too.


5 thoughts on “Summer Solar Eclipse 2017 – Quilt Along

  1. Sharon Hughson

    Becky , I’m having problems with the small block #6. It’s the center sq. in a sq. that is supposed to measure 3.5″ and I come out with 3″. I’ve done it twice with the same results.
    Could you take a moment and help me out? email me please b/c I might miss your post. TIA

  2. Becky

    Block 6 is kind of picky that your seams need to be very scant 1/4″. If they are large at all they will not work. If it works best to cut a larger square to start off with, you can do that as well.

  3. Laura

    I really want to make this Summer Solar Eclipse quilt, but I need to print out the pattern. Is there a way to do this with out the adds? I cannot get the print preview to show correctly, and do not want to waste pages, I am at the Library to use the printer. Please instruct how to do this?

  4. Amanda

    I don’t know if you found your answer regarding printing. The basic idea is to highlight what you want to print then in your printer’s dialog box check the option to print only the selected area. This option might be under more settings. I can’t give you the specific steps since I don’t know what your using (Mac vs PC). I always google it if I can’t figure it out. Hope this helps a bit.

  5. Marie Istre

    Is there a way to enlarge this quilt?
    I really want it to be queen or king size.

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