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Welcome to the Swiss Star Quilt Along – Fabric Requirements

It’s finally here!!!! Welcome to the much-anticipated Swiss Star Quilt Along! I’m thrilled to embark on this creative journey with you, where we’ll be crafting a contemporary masterpiece using a classic star pattern.

In this inaugural blog post, we’ll delve into the exciting process of selecting fabrics that will bring your Swiss Star quilt to life.

The Vision: A Modern Twist on Tradition

About two years ago, I designed a quilt block inspired by wintertime sweaters, with a simple star in the middle. I used the block several times on social media, on my blog, etc. and to this day, it’s the most asked about block that I’ve ever posted.

When designing the Swiss Star Quilt Pattern, I know it had to include that gorgeous star. And I’m so excited to finally share the pattern with you!

Over the next 8 weeks, we’ll be making the Swiss Star Pattern together. Make the quilt top with me as we go. For those that finish the quilt top, you can enter a giveaway for the final prize generously sponsored by BERNINA: a BERNINA 570 QE Sewing Machine (open worldwide). You can join the raffle by sharing your finished quilt top on social media or in the community section before 15.05.2024! The full terms and conditions of the final raffle will be announced on May 1.

With a foundation in the timeless star pattern, we’re infusing a breath of fresh air with a modern color palette. Dark blue, gray, and off-white will work harmoniously to create a quilt that’s not only cozy but also visually stunning.

Picking Fabric Colors

For a modern twist on the Swiss Star quilt, consider mixing different fabric styles. Pair solid dark blue with a subtle gray pattern or an off-white with a modern geometric design.

Mixing prints and solids adds visual interest and depth to your quilt, making it truly unique. 

I used the following fabrics for my quilt top: Moda Bella Solids: Navy Blue, Muslin Unbleached, Pewter

Fabric Requirements

To give you a head start on gathering your fabrics, below are the fabric requirements for the Swiss Star Throw Size.

This is a standard square sized quilt that is perfect draped on a sofa or bed. 

Alternative Colors

Choosing colors for quilt designs often takes me the most time. It’s actually wild to think that out of the entire process (design and quilting), choosing the colors takes the longest!

Maybe a quilt therapist could delve more into why I am the way I am (probably something to do with my childhood I’m sure), but I’ve always felt that the colors made the quilt into what it is. 

Below are some fun mockups to give you some inspiration on choosing your own beautiful fabrics.

Personalizing Your Palette: Adding a Pop of Color

While our primary palette consists of dark blue, gray, and off-white, don’t be afraid to introduce a pop of color to make your quilt uniquely yours. Consider adding a complementary hue in small doses—a vibrant yellow or a calming mint can create a stunning focal point within the modern star pattern.

Next Steps

As we kick off the Swiss Star Quilt Along, remember that fabric selection is an exciting and personal aspect of quilting. Take your time, trust your instincts, and enjoy the creative process.

Make sure to share your progress pictures and use the hashtag #SwissstarQAL and tag @quiltdstudios so I can reshare your gorgeous pictures!

Another way is by uploading a picture of your progress in the blog community. Click on “New Project” on the top left and make sure to choose the “Swiss Star Quilt Along” campaign. I can’t wait to see your gorgeous creations!

The next blog post, we will delve into the cutting and piecing process, bringing our vision to life one stitch at a time. Don’t want to miss the next post? Subscribe to the blog newsletter here to be notified of the next part!

Until then, I can’t wait to see the colors that you chosen!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: A week or more
Used Products:
BERNINA 570 QE (NEW)
BERNINA 570 QE (NEW)
Reverse Pattern Foot with Clear Sole #34
Reverse Pattern Foot with Clear Sole #34

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  • Chris EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    This beautiful Swiss star Quilt is coming together so well. I am enjoying sewing this quilt. 

  • Jody EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Has anyone seen the next set of instructions? I thought they were being released today. 🙂 

  • Eileen Wagar EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Looks great. I think I missed the actual finished size.  It was probably listed somewhere 

  • JILL DAVIES EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    This is such a lovely throw quilt and I would love to make it although I have a few other quilts to finish off first.  I look forward to joining in.

  • GEMMA GUERRERO EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

     Preciosa la colcha, ¿dónde están las instrucciones de corte?Gracias

  • Kathy Rucker EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    i’m curious if you will be offering suggestions for cutting with accuquilt died.
    ciurious

  • Danica H. EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Excited to participate in the QAL!  Would be quite amazing to win a new Bernina sewing machine, too!  I may be a little behind everyone and will have to do some catching up — traveling to an out-of-state wedding, so the later start date will be my friend.  

  • Julie Ellis EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    I have my fabric. Just arrived today. So I’m ready to begin! Curious when and how we will receive or retrieve the weekly (I’m guessing!) pattern? Thank you.

    • ramonawirth EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

      Dear Julie,

      Glad to hear you already received your fabric! The next post will be on the 20.03.24 so everyone has enough time to decide on their colours and receive their orders. Just one more week of patience!

  • Connie Anderson EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    I’m looking forward to participating in Swiss Star quilt along! It’s been raining in my neck of the woods, so it’s a perfect time to begin shopping for just the right fabrics for my quilt! The pattern is great and while these colors aren’t my normal choices, I am in the mood to widen my quilting horizons and move out of my comfort zone. Can’t wait to get started, and of course the opportunity to perhaps win a beautiful new Bernina has certainly caught my attention as well!

  • Catherine D EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    I have just fallen in love with this pattern! I’ve already considered 3 separate colour pathways and debating with myself which I should do, if not all three.  So timeless, and yet contemporary.  Hats off to your designer!

    • ramonawirth EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

      Dear Nancy,I hope you will enjoy your first quilt along! If you wish to already share your chosen fabrics with us, then you have 3 options to do so:

      – Share it on Instagram and use the Hashtag #SwissstarQAL and tag @quiltdstudios so we can see it
      – Add a picture to your comment (only if you have a registered account on the blog and are logged in)
      – Share your progress in the Community section.

      To add a pic on your comment, click on the icon with the picture frame. If you are not logged in, the website will ask you to log in. Then either drag & drop or select a picture to upload and click “Upload Image”If you wish to create a post in the Community section, head over to the community section here and click on “New Project” on the top left. Fill out Title, Category, choose the Campaign “Swiss Star Quilt Along” and write a little text about your work/ selection. Scroll a bit further down and there you can add your picture by clicking “Upload your images to the gallery”. Click on “Create project” when you are done and your post will appear in the Community Section!

      I hope this explenation helps you a little bit 🙂

       

  • Dorothy Steinhice EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    I love this design. I am a picky person and it is hard to fine designs I love but this one made it to the list!

  • Patricia Findlay Findlay EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Looks a very appealing design.  I hope to participate. 

  • Sara Kailasam EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Wow. Am just 4 quilts old and a fellow quilter forwarded this to me today.  If I start today March 7, can I complete by 15th.. 

  • Sally Gray EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    This is a lovely quilt to get me back into the swing of quilt making after a long hot summer here in Australia with cooler weather on the horizon with Autumn. I do have the 34D foot so I hope I can use that for the piecing.

  • Jillian Ferguson EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    I was gifted a Bernina Artista 180,the first computerised model, recently with all the accessories.There’s so much it can-do full-on embroidery set up.This project will be perfect for my first sewing with the machine. 

  • Gail Hibbert EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Have been waiting for your next quilt  can I quilt this one as a as a quilt as you go ?Look forward to your next blog keep it up Gail

    • Jessica Rose | Quiltd Studios EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

      Hi Gail – I’m excited that you’re along for the ride! The Swiss Star pattern wasn’t designed to be quilt-as-you-go so there won’t be directions for that, but feel free to attempt it! Let me know how it goes.

  • Tiffany Pellizzari EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    This is gonna be fun! I love the minimalism of the three colors. It’ll be super different for me. I’ve only ever done one quilt with mostly solid colors. Can’t wait!!

  • Rachel Pappas EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Love this Quilt! Looking forward to making this with you! And yes, picking fabric takes me the longest too! 😊

  • Donna Belcher EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    My aunt had a Bernina and quilted all her life.  Would love to have one – currently using one as old as I am!  Old, old singer!

  • Alice Thill EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Love this pattern! It is stunning! Looking forward to the Quilt Along!

  • Jo Bryan EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Making “things” is my love language and I know the perfect recipient.  BTW it would be A Win-Win to receive a new sewing computer!  

  • Darla Rice EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    This is sew exciting ❤️ can’t wait to get started!!! Off to go look for fabric… 

  • Donna Hughes EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    I’m very excited that I came across this sew-a-long. I can’t wait to choose my fabric!! 

  • Kim Xtian EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Not sure I have reached intermediate level, but would love to give it a go on a Bernina.  I understand they are the gold standard!   

  • Diana Wylie EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    I am not familiar with the reverse pattern foot and I have been a Bernina owner for years 

  • Diana Wylie EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Reverse pattern foot that is a new to me and I have had Bernina’s for years 

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