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Patriotic Star Kisses Sew Along, Week 1

Welcome to week one of the Patriotic Star Kisses Sew Along!  This week is all about choosing your fabrics and getting them cut and prepped for sewing.  It’s so exciting to see fabric pulls popping up on Instargram.  So much red, white and blue goodness on the #patrioticstarkissessewalong hashtag already! I’ve shared the lovely bundle that I will be using that I curated from Olie and Evie, but here it is one last time.renderedcontent-5f0c4f31-a6ee-4715-be03-41096641aadbIf you’d like to sew with the same pretty pile, Rhonda still has a couple of bundles left – made up of  the 12 Fat Quarters and 12 Fat Eighths you see here.  Send her a DM on Instagram if you’d like to snag one of the last remaining bundles.  Here are the backing, border and binding fabrics I chose – also all from Olie and Evie.img_7547I am so excited about that mini Dresden print from Tasha Noel’s “A Little Sweetness” line for the backing.  I have a thing for mini Dresdens... and plus these kind of look like fireworks, and then there’s the polka dots.  It’s just so perfect.  Rhonda is also offering 15% off any backing, borders or binding purchased for the sewalong.  Just send her a DM on Instagram to access this exclusive deal!

And now for the cutting.  I cut out all my fabrics in just two evenings after the kids were in bed.  A couple of tips for making it go quickly:

  1.  After you’ve ironed, stack 3-4 Fat Quarters or Fat Eighths up at once to cut according to the directions. This definitely saves time, but just be sure you don’t make any cutting mistakes as you will make it on 3-4 fabrics as once!img_7770
  2. I found many of my Fat Quarter prints were non-directional (only four of them were.)  So, I actually cut them a little bit different than the directions in order to minimize the odd pieces of fabric that are left over.  Here’s how I cut those non-directional prints. img_8103
  3. Once you have all your colored fabrics cut, go ahead and lay them all out into pairs for the blocks.  I find if I do this from the beginning, I can balance prints and colors better than if I choose pairs as I go.  I aimed to not pair any florals together, balancing them with the more geometric prints. I also tried to not pair any two fabrics that had a lighter background together.img_7792
  4. I didn’t take the time to do it, but you could also count out all of the background pieces you need for each block now and stack them with each paired set.  Then you are ready to grab a whole stack and get sewing whenever you have time at your machine. img_7793

If you have any additional cutting tips or tricks, please share them in the comments below.  And, I’d love it if you share your fabric choices  or cutting progress on Instagram using the #patrioticstarkissessewalong hashtag and tagging me @quiltyobsession. 

As always, feel free to contact me here or on Instagram if you have any questions or if I can help in any way.  Stop back by next week when we will be assembling blocks 1-3. Happy Sewing until then!


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