Scinteallate #6: a meteor shower

EIGHT more stars have fallen into my mailbox.

I think that qualifies as a meteor shower, don’t you? It  means we’re up to 18 stars for Scinteallate, only 7 left to go till there are enough to start quilting and assembling. Good work, everyone!

These are the latest contributors.

Robin (her third block for this quilt)

Lynn (don’t you love that animal fabric?)



All gorgeous, aren’t they?  I love the range of styles and designs, and I’m flat-out impressed by Sharon’s immaculately hand-pieced block! For those of you concerned about the background cream, don’t be; we need a bit of variation to add definition and individuality with these lovely blocks.

Finally, here’s how they’re looking together on the design wall so far. This is by no means the final layout (unless it turns out to be the best arrangement, of course!), but I’m liking how it looks as a grouping.

I really must crack on with a few more blocks of my own; there’s been a paper piecing pattern and fabric scraps sitting on my table since before we went away.

But first, the laundry 😦

48 thoughts on “Scinteallate #6: a meteor shower

  1. magpiesue says:

    Every last one is spectacular! I am so impressed with the work everyone has put into these blocks. Makes me feel like a slacker!

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh yeah, you’re SUCH a slacker… not! I do believe yours were amongst the very first to arrive, and I know I can rely on you to make something gorgeous, perfectly pieced and with beautiful fabrics… Slacker! Snort!

  2. Every block better than the last … amazing work ❣️

  3. Clever, clever quilters! It’s just as well we don’t have to pick a favourite!! Aren’t they just gorgeous….

    • katechiconi says:

      I sometimes have a favourite – for about 5 minutes, till the next one comes! It’s going to be a gorgeous quilt, and everyone’s work contributes.

  4. Nanette says:

    A galaxy of gloriousness. My table is cleared off and I have fabric and patterns at the ready. Do you really only need 7 more, or is that just to start quilting?

    • katechiconi says:

      Because of shortness of time to assemble the quilt, I decided to make it 5×5 rather than 5×6, which is my usual size. It’ll be a nice lap size at 60 inches square. I have 18, I need 25, so yes, only 7 to go. Margaret and Lynda have both promised 2 each, you offered 2 and I still have one in progress, so unless there’s a hiccup, we’re aaaaalllll good!

      • Kerry Davidson says:

        I you look like being stuck, I’ve seen a couple more blocks that I’d like to do (thanks to your link to the Wombat page)

      • katechiconi says:

        I think it’ll be OK, but thank you! This quilt’s going to be a little smaller than usual, so 30 is enough, and we’re nearly there. If there’s an issue with one of the other makers, I’ll let you know 🙂

      • Nanette says:

        I’ve found a half dozen patterns I like, but better narrow it down to just 2 😕

      • katechiconi says:

        Well, if you really want to make more, I guess I could do another row on the quilt and make a couple more blocks myself, but I think I’d probably prefer not to over-commit any more than I already have, and stick to the 5×5 format…

      • Nanette says:

        Better to stick to your plan, I have chosen my two, and sewing today…….hopefully on the way tomorrow.

      • katechiconi says:

        I agree… Finished my third one today, post following shortly. Then it’s just two from the UK, two from the US and then we’re done 🙂

  5. I have a favourite 🙂
    And I’m interested in the variety of the patterns for the theme – is there a reason for most of the stars having the same number of points (or appearing to, for the non-expert)- is that quilting etiquette, or was it an instructions ? either way, its looking fab.

  6. I’ve looked again and I must be losing it – they all have different numbers of points!! Isn’t that wierd! Must be that they all work so well together 😉

    • katechiconi says:

      In general, there would be an even number of points because the stars tend to be symmetrical; it’s the way the patterns work. Of course, there are exceptions: with appliqué or intentionally ‘wonky’ stars anything goes! Six and eight points are most common. I tend to avoid giving too many instructions for these quilts because I want everyone to have maximum freedom for creativity. I stick to size, colour and theme, and the rest is up to them for the most part.

      • Thanks – it’s always nice to have an explanation, and I’ve been enjoying (hugely) watching all the various pieces arrive for all the many quilts you coordinate. I’m in awe at the amount of time you devote to this, and also rather awed at the vast variation. Awesome is really the right word for this 😉

      • katechiconi says:

        Well, if you don’t sew, I can see how the variety is a bit staggering, but it’s all little bits of fabric stitched together. The awe-inspiring part for me is how the human brain can devise a seemingly infinite number of ways to do it!

  7. nanacathy2 says:

    Well done everyone, most impressive and I especially love the first one which looks 3D.

    • katechiconi says:

      I wish the photos could show the full variety of colour, design and texture in the fabrics, but the stars are lovely strong shapes, so it gives you a fair idea.

  8. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Just amazing !!!

  9. claire93 says:

    blocks are really playing well together. Almost looks as if all ladies went teal fabric shopping together ^^

  10. tialys says:

    I see you have a pair of banded stars now – great minds think alike 😉
    I really like Kerry’s middle one, I must ask where she got the pattern.
    I love all these stars, all different but all with a common theme which brings them all together – I feel like making a starry quilt for myself now.

    • katechiconi says:

      I love both the banded stars, and they work really well balancing each other on either side. I think Kerry’s middle star is one of the free patterns on the Wombat Quilts website. If you want a link, let me know, it’s a big library of free paper piecing patterns, mainly stars. I think you should have a go at a starry quilt, it’d be lovely – what colours would you use?

  11. jmcheney says:

    Stellar! First Magnitude, each one!

  12. Wow wow wow!!! These stars are going to light up the room!! Thank you for always organizing a masterpiece Kate. ❤️❤️❤️

  13. That is an amazing group of quilters there. I love all the squares and the fact they are all so unique along with the variety of fabrics used. Everytime you put one together, I think they can’t get any better. Then they do.Wow!

  14. Dayphoto says:

    Beautiful, Beautiful!

  15. All lovely, and lovely how they all come together 🙂

  16. kathyreeves says:

    The wall is looking AMAZING!!

  17. KerryCan says:

    Such variety but tied together beautifully by the colors and the theme! This is going to be scinteallating, for sure!

  18. rutigt says:

    Some good looking stars there I must say!!!!

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