TCJ Fall 2020 QAL - Nova Star

TCJ Fall 2020 QAL - Nova Star

The Fall 2020 TCJ QAL will be here next month and we are making Nova Star! I knew when designing this pattern, it would be the perfect one to make during a QAL. So here we go, this blogpost will be full of information about the QAL.

Nova Star QAL

The Nova Star Quilt Pattern is my latest quilt release and a new modern star quilt. The designing process of this pattern was really fun. I wanted a traditional block, star design, lots of movement and a punch to the face! (A nice punch). The pattern itself is not hard but it is more tedious and sewing an accurate 1/4" seam allowance is essential to your success. Because of that, I have labeled this an Advanced Beginner/Intermediate pattern. The pattern is Fat Quarter, Half Yard, Yardage and scrap friendly! I will be sewing and promoting the Throw Size which finishes at appx 55" x 68" - feel free to make whatever size you'd like.

Dates: August 24th - October 19th

Duration: 9 Weeks Long

Quilt Size: Throw appx 55" x 68" (make what you'd like)

Schedule: This quilt is more time intensive than most of my patterns so that is why I am making it 9 weeks long. There is a catch up week near the end for those who fall behind. Also, I expect the time commitment weekly to be roughly 4-6 hours but everyone works at a different pace. 

Week 1: We will talk about curating a color palette for Nova Star and the different design options/material requirements. If you don't already have your fabrics, you will order them this week so we can start cutting in Week 2.
Week 2: Cut the fabric, mix & match, and trim/make your first block.
Week 3: Sew 4 Blocks.
Week 4: Sew 4 Blocks.
Week 5: Sew 4 Blocks.
Week 6: Sew 4 Blocks.
Week 7: Catch up!
Week 8: Make final 3 blocks.
Week 9: Sashing + Assemble your quilt top!

How to Follow Along

  • Follow along on Instagram using the hashtag #novastarqal and post your weekly photo (I will give prompts each week). Your account must be public for your posts to be seen by me or anyone.
  • Sign up for the weekly newsletters (there are over 500 poeple signed up so far!)


The Nova Star Quilt Pattern as a PDF or Printed Version (USA only through my shop).

Sponsors + Prize Rules

I am so excited to announce all the generous sponsors we have for the Nova Star QAL. I am still organizing what everyone is providing but know it is A LOT of fabric. Here is a master list of sponsors:
Stacked Fabric
Fabric Stork
Fabric Bubb
Modern Domestic
Ruby Star Society
Handmade is Heartmade
Libs Elliott
Knot & Thread Designs
FIGO Fabrics
Hawthorne Supply Co
Lamb + Loom Fabrics
Every week there will be a sponsor giving away an amazing prize. To be entered to win the prize, you need to post a photo with the prompt assigned to that week (it will be in the newsletter) to the Instagram hashtag, within that week. Each week starts fresh, so Week 1's post won't count for Week 2's prize. Make sense?
There will be a Grand Prize Winner announced on Monday October 26th, after everyone has entered their final week's photo submission (finished quilt top). More details to come!

Nova Star Blogposts

The Ruby Star Society one
The Modern Solid one
The One I am Keeping
Don't forget to sign up for the weekly newsletters and grab a pattern!
I will be back soon with a source list for Nova Star Kits and Bundles available to buy from shops!
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