Friday, October 13, 2023

Star of Hope Sew-Along!

I don't know about you - but I'm feeling so shredded that I can hardly make myself go through the paces of my day.⁣

Yes, it's the wrong time of year to do this - our Quiltville Winter Mystery intro post comes out on Halloween.⁣

Silk Path PDF pattern releases also this month.⁣

But that's all first world problems.⁣

I'm needing to sew something I can put my love and effort into for the people of Israel.⁣

I've had ideas floating in my head since Saturday - this just gelled yesterday. 

This is your introductory post.

We are starting on Monday. ⁣
Click HERE for Printer-Friendly PDF.

You can make this from your scraps. I will be making it along with everyone else.⁣

The size is about 50'' square, but you could turn it into something bigger or smaller easily.⁣

Are you with me? Please help me share this info far and wide.⁣

I have to do something. My heart is also breaking for the innocents in Palestine - this crisis has gone on for decades and I'm not turning this into a political fight. Please - no fighting in my comments.⁣

To my Jewish and Israeli friends - I feel your pain. My heart is broken. The news is off. I need to sew.⁣

I started here.

I drew up a simple Star of David within a square. This block is easily paper-pieced in four sections.

While I used an equilateral triangle to pre-cut my triangles and the ends of rectangles to match the angle of the triangles for easy piece placement, you can use any standard rotary ruler that has 30 or 60 degree markings.

My pieces are 'mostly" coming from my stash of blue and neutral 2 1/2'' strips. 

Yardage Requirements:

Dark Blue: 1 3/4 yards of assorted fabrics
Light blue: 1 3/4 yards of assorted fabrics.
Neutrals: 1 3/4 yards of assorted light neutrals (I didn't go darker on them than cream.)

Of course you can go with one piece of yardage for each color.

Sorry guys, no need or time for paint chips for this one. Just go with your gut.

Fabric amounts are ESTIMATES but most of us should be able to pull this together from scraps and fat quarters.  As I said - I just drew this up yesterday.  I haven't made the quilt yet.  Only a couple sample blocks.

First sample block.

My neutrals are scrappy.  I am using one dark blue as the star points in each star. The star centers are scrappy light blue.

And for those who say "I don't paper piece.  I can't paper piece." This is SO super easy that through this project you can change your skill level to "I can paper piece.  I LIKE to paper piece." (Think of Green Eggs and Ham if you will.)

The alternate block may be paper pieced or traditional pieced and does contain many small pieces - if you wish you may replace this block with the Hearts of Hope block from our Ukrainian sew-along, perhaps doing one half of the heart dark blue and the bottom part light blue.  Or switch it to any block your heart desires.

So how are we doing this?

I will release the pattern in parts, just like with our mystery.

Part 1 comes out Monday 10/16/23 with the Star of David blocks. 

Part 2 is the Ribbons of Hope blocks.  I'll be releasing that on Monday, 10/30/23.

That means you can work on the 25 star blocks over 2 weeks, and then have 2 weeks to make the 24 Ribbons of Hope blocks.

Yes, our Quiltville Winter Mystery intro will still release on Halloween 10/31/23. Part 1 of that mystery will be posted Black Friday 11/24/23.

I will be adding a Star of Hope tab to the top of the blog.  Check back if it's not there yet.

What are you going to do with your quilts?  That is up to you.

Contact a local synagogue to see if they have any ideas.

Give it to a Jewish friend who is hurting as a show of your love and support.

Hang it where it can be seen to show your support.

We did this with our Hearts of Hope for Ukraine quilt (Now found as a variation in my Solidarity PDF pattern.) 

This conflict erupted only Saturday.  It's been less than a week.  I'm sure you will find where the quilt needs to go.  Follow your heart.  But for now - we sew.

Thank you so much for jumping in with me to collectively put our thoughts, sadness, fears and prayers into something tangible. ⁣⁣
This we can do when we feel like there is nothing we can do. ⁣⁣
Sewing peace.

And before I run off - this Gift-Away happens TOMORROW (And is also a lovely 6-pointed Star of David design.)

You have made Starshine a hit! Thank you so much, everyone.  I can't wait to see your projects in progress and down the road - finishes.

Quilt Details:

Let Your Strings Shine! String Piecing by machine made easy – and a great way to use up an armful of favorite scraps in a rainbow of blossom colors! Full color photos, step-by-step instructions and many helpful hints included.

Quilt Size: 83’’ X 92’’

Introductory special:  I've placed the PDF pattern for Starshine at 25% off in both the Quiltville Store and the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop. No coupon needed.  

Pricing good through 10/15/23. Hurry now and save!

Even more:

I'll be drawing for 2 winners who will each receive a Starshine PDF pattern from me and a Star Bright Color Roll from Cotton to Quilts.  The fabric rolls are a great way to add sparkle to your own scraps.

And yes, they have neutral rolls and blue rolls too.  Check them out!

Enter to win on the Gift-Away Page.

We will draw for our winners on Saturday, 10/14/23.  Good luck, everyone!

Other goodies going on (If you've made it this far)

For fun, I've placed the PDF pattern for the Punkin Patch Runner at $5.00.

Let's celebrate the changing of the seasons with some fun string-pieced pumpkins!

And if you've got this one as a UFO - it's time to pull it out and finish it up.

You'll also find Appalachian Autumn at 25% off in both the Quiltville Store and the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop. No coupon needed.

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

I'm feeling lucky today - are you? 

Happy Friday the 13th, y'all!


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  1. Thank you for this. The process will be comforting for me and the finished product will go to Israel with a humanitarian group. Looking forward to getting started!

  2. Thank you, Bonnie for encouraging us to do what we do best, quilt, to brighten and encourage those who are hurting. Staying busy with purpose is best thing we can do.

  3. yes, your comments and emotions are so right on, iwish so hard that i could manage to do this quilt along... my vision is so poor that even the new laser sewing foot could nothelp me... sigh... i'll return it for refund, when i get a trip to the post office..) prayers and blessings to all... I might go play in my blue scraps, just to be with y'all in spirit... hugs.. Cats in Carlsbad CA

    1. Anonymous2:42 PM EDT

      Cats, so sorry to hear your eyes are deteriorating to the point you can no longer sew. I have enjoyed reading your comments through the years, please do continue to join the quilt community with your thoughts.

    2. thank you so very much for your kind words... i'm not as peaceful as our Bonnie and it's breaking me up in pieces to beunable to join all y'all in all these projects; but, i thank you so much for your encouragement to continue "following" -- prayers and blessings to all y'all... Cats

    3. Anonymous6:57 PM EDT

      Cats, I too have enjoyed reading your comments. I’m struggling too with some minor vision problems, hopefully correct-able. My biggest fear is not being able to quilt.

    4. Anonymous11:59 AM EDT

      Cats, I'm another who has always enjoyed your comments. Vision loss is a fear of mine as it is in my family. I've thought that if machine sewing becomes difficult or impossible, I might be able to hand stitch, feeling the approximate 1/4 inch seamline. I can see this pattern, with short straight edges, working in that way. Whatever your abilities or desires, I am sending hugs to you and thanks for your participation here.

  4. Anonymous10:13 AM EDT

    Yes, I'm in!!! Will start this afternoon!

  5. Will you be furnishing a sample paper piecing pattern we can run off?

  6. You are so super talented to come up with something like this in such a short time. I am in the " I don't paper piece" boat... But, I can probably have the courage to try something new. My heart aches for all those innocent people who are just going about their daily lives and then suddenly it's turned upside down. Also looking forward to the Mystery Quilt release. My Chilhowie is still being pieced, but one thing at a time! Hopefully this evening I can sit and put the border on my 4 patch X!! Happy Friday, and nothing but happy thoughts today!

  7. Anonymous10:46 AM EDT

    I wish there was a place on your page to mark this post 5 Stars. Thank you for your continued humanity.

  8. I'll be pulling all my stash and scraps out today, thanks for giving us a meaningful project through this time of war. Time for us to all count our blessings as we live in a safe and secure country.

  9. Thank You Bonnie....

  10. I shared your post link on my Blog this morning. I see that your Paper Piecing plan is easier than I pictured when I first saw the block. Thank You!

  11. Thank you for doing this! My heart has been hurting since the news broke. I will making this to give to my granddaughter's roommate who still has family in Israel 🇮🇱.

  12. Anonymous1:14 PM EDT

    Thank you Bonnie for doing this.

  13. Anonymous1:19 PM EDT

    Thank you so much Bonnie, I will be sewing along !! You are so kind!

  14. Bless your heart, Bonnie. Once again, your humanity shines through.

  15. Thank you Bonnie! My heart also aches for this war torn area on all sides. I love ❤️ your heart & that you are doing this mystery now in their honor!

  16. Anonymous2:13 PM EDT

    I think this is wonderful! Thank you for giving us a way to support our Jewish friends and neighbors.

  17. What a gorgeous quilt for showing our support. I have the perfect mottled blue fabric for the ribbon blocks. Time to dust off the cobwebs and get busy. You have been blessed with a gift to be able to put together such wonderful projects to help others. God bless ypu.

  18. Anonymous2:27 PM EDT

    I didn’t see swastikas but I get it. One of my first projects was a table runner that I was so proud of… until my son saw the pinwheels as swastikas. You can’t “unsee” that. I’m so sorry Bonnie.

  19. I love the original pattern! The pinwheels are awesome and the exact opposite of what a swastika looks like..... Will it be possible to get the original pinwheels? Please?

  20. Anonymous2:42 PM EDT

    Actually, I loved the swirly effect of those blocks. I don't see a swastika. 😞

  21. Anonymous2:54 PM EDT

    I see ribbon-like pinwheels and nothing more!

  22. Sherri Stauffer3:20 PM EDT

    Sewing peace 🕊️ I love that!

  23. Anonymous3:39 PM EDT

    Thank you, Bonnie. Hearts are broken over these horrible events. Praying.
    Laura Haynes

  24. What some people seem to consider a "swastika block"... looks like ribbons to me and adds a lot of movement to the quilt. I am not pro Israeli or pro Palestinian--I am pro human being. You can't please everybody! Next thing, someone will identify "plus signs" as swastikas too... sheesh!

  25. Margaret4:12 PM EDT

    I do not see a swastika. Additionally, the design was used long before the Nazis “claimed” the symbol. I prefer to feel the love and caring behind the quilt design. Thank you, Bonnie, for your generous , gentle spirit.

  26. Oh, Bonnie—-
    There will always be someone who tries to trash your ideas and plans. Please don’t let the troublemakers ruin a heartfelt desire to show solidarity and compassion to Israel.

  27. People will see what people want to see. It never occurred to me that the ribbon block was anything but ribbons. If you prefer not to do that block then choose another. It's your quilt after all.

  28. I have stared at this quilt picture and your sewed pieces and I do not see a swastika. I knew it was once a common symbol so I googled it….It (the swastika) was once a symbol of auspiciousness and good luck for most of the western world until the 1930’s when the German party claimed it as their symbol.
    I’m so sorry, Bonnie. I’m sure your updated pattern will be wonderful as well.

  29. I love the remake of the ribbon. I'll be joining in on Monday also.

  30. Anonymous7:14 AM EDT

    Thank You Bonnie. I need to turn the news off and sew something purposeful. Piece for Peace

  31. Thank you for this. And thank you for the reworking of the pattern. I have been devastated by this horrible attack. I have family in Israel, who thank God are safe. But one of my daughter's friends along with her 2 year old baby were murdered in the attack.

  32. Thank you Bonnie for this QAL. Sewing Peace.

  33. Anonymous9:08 AM EDT

    Bonnie, I grew up in a home of Holocaust survivors. They could never understand how the world could stand quiet, and do nothing as they were slaughtered. Now that Jews are being massacred again in their own homes and communities, it means so much that people without skin in this particular game, give of their time and talents to demonstrate their love and support. I have never paper pieced, and I’m not looking for a new project at this time, but I will give it a go! I cannot thank you enough for this. It has been a silver lining in an awfully dark cloud.

  34. Thank you for this, Bonnie, says the person who vowed not to do another sew-along until I got caught up with the last one! But this one touches me. Many thanks for your creativity and generosity.

  35. Anonymous2:46 PM EDT

    I just found this info today. I have the pdf for the fabric rqmts but how do I get the pattern for the first stars?????????

    1. There are 2 additional links for the patterns. Click the main button "Star of Hope Sew Along" just below the header at the top of webpage.

  36. Anonymous3:22 AM EDT

    Thank you, Bonnie. I will be making this to be a baby blanket for a friend's grandchild who will be born soon in Tel Aviv during all this hate and violence. I am renaming it "Am Yisrael Chai" which is the Hebrew for "the People of Israel Live!" It seems an appropriate name for a new child born in Israel now.


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