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DS QAL: Lesson 1 – Block 18

Delightful Stars Quilt-Along

Welcome everyone to our first star block lesson for the Delightful Stars Quilt-Along (DS QAL). Here is the finished Block 18:


For the first several blocks that we’ll be creating, the focus is on creating the various triangle and flying geese units. We’ll be paying close attention to lining up the seams and not cutting off the triangle points. A couple of tips shared in this week’s lesson are below.

When joining the half-square triangle units together, focus on lining up the diagonal lines. The photo on the left shows that the two triangle points achieved after sewing the seam don’t quite match. To fix this, I unstitched one inch from the edge of the seam, realigned the pieces as shown in the second photo, pinned, and stitched again, making sure to backstitch the starting line. The photo on the right is the result; it’s close enough for my liking.


When attaching the flying geese units to the pinwheel, I’m focussing on getting the flying geese point aligned with the centre seam in the pinwheel block.


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Downloading the DS QAL File

If you used my Add to Cart option to purchase the QAL, an email update notice was sent last evening to your PayPal email address. The subject will say “Update for 2014 Delightful Stars Quilt-Along” .. and inside the message is “Download file: View Purchase Online”. When you click that “View Purchase Online” link, your web browser will open and you will have a screen that looks similar to the one below with the Big Blue Download button. Click that button and save the file to your computer’s hard drive.


If you joined the QAL through Craftsy, the updated file is available now in your Craftsy Library for you to download. You may or may not get an email from Craftsy advising you of the updated file. This isn’t something I have any control over. You may wish to check what email address you have on file with them and also your notification settings. You do not need to wait for the email, login to your Craftsy account (on a computer, not phone/tablet), go to My Craftsy (if you aren’t there already), then on left side click My Patterns. Find the Delightful Stars pattern and download the file. See Craftsy Help if needed.

Remember: If you miss downloading a file for the quilt-along. No worries, just download the latest file and you’ll be good to go. Each new file replaces the previous file. Refer to the change log contained in the file for info on the latest updates.

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This post was published on January 21st, 2014. Post topics: My Quilting Journey, The Learning Center, Tips and Tricks. Post tags: .

2 Responses to “DS QAL: Lesson 1 – Block 18”

  1. Brenda Martin says:

    When you update the change file each week please tell us in this current file what page number that change appears on so we don’t have to look through the whole file each week ie: the info on pressing seams.

  2. Paula Busby says:

    How can I get some of the star patterns that you have shown or just the sizes of the squares. Thank you

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