Midnight Magic QAL – Week 3

Let’s start this off with April Rosenthal!

April has been a Moda Designer since 2014, and she’s done thirteen collections. Midnight Magic 2 was her tenth. (Be sure to look for her first Christmas collection, Candy Cane Lane, this summer.)

April! We’re excited to be working with you on this quilt-along, so can you tell us how this collection began?

Midnight Magic 2 is a follow-up to my original Midnight Magic collection. But this time, I set out expanding on the vibe of the first collection by adding a bit more whimsy with iconic Halloween motifs. Whether you love it or hate it, everyone knows candy corn was bound to show up!

CT MM QAL Week 3 - Candy Corn

Everyone loves candy corn!

My goal with these fabrics was to create a Halloween collection that wasn’t yucky, gross, full of spiders – see YUCKY – or in colors I didn’t want to see for an entire month! My husband and kids love Halloween, and I think the cute parts are pretty fun. But I’ve never cared for the gross or garish, so I wanted this to have a look that would please all of us.

I like that the two collections mix together, but still have a different feel. Midnight Magic is heavy on the black, white, and gray, with some fun orange prints thrown in, and more familiar characters.

CT MM QAL Week 3 - Midnight Magic ONE

This is Midnight Magic, the original collection.

Fun fact: Orange is my FAVORITE color!

Mine too!

So I absolutely LOVE using both collections together – the oranges aren’t exactly the same, and there is more tonal variation in the grays. That creates so much scrappy depth when the two shades are used together!

I’m so excited to make this Midnight Moon quilt! I’ve made my first 6 blocks, and here’s a picture of my progress on the next block. I need to catch up with you and Tammy!

CT MM QAL Week 3 - April's Album Blocks

My Album blocks – they’re a bit scrappier than the book.

CT MM QAL Week 3 - Churn Dash Blocks by April

And my Churn Dash blocks. As you can see, I’m mixing both collections. (I have a lot of scraps.)

I’m sure I’ll be mixing it up a bit more with the Bonus blocks I’ve designed. (When is the first one of those being released?)

May 6! The first SPOOKY Bonus block will be posted here as a Free Download.

First? Hahaha. That’s right, this is still a bit of a Mystery quilt so a few surprises are in order.

Until then – Thank you so much to the friends and shops carrying Midnight Magic 2! And if your shop doesn’t have it, it’s not too late to get some. Halloween isn’t that far away.

Thank you, April! We love this Midnight Magic 2 collection, and we’re so happy you’re quilting-along with us.

This week’s blocks are Hidden Star and Pinwheel Geese.

CT MM QAL Week 3 - Hidden Star Blocks

Hidden Star. The “hidden star” is very subtle with these fabrics, so if you’re using different colors and fabrics, that is something that could be emphasized.

CT MM QAL Week 3 - Hidden Star Fabrics

These are the fabrics. The circle/moon print is a bit directional, but that’s only noticeable in big pieces.

To make the square-in-a-square units for this block, one of the options is the Square In A Square Foundation Paper by It’s Sew Emma.

CT MM QAL Week 3 - Hidden Star with Papers

For the three sizes of blocks, we used the Square In A Square Foundation Papers for these finished Sizes: 1½” finished – ISE785/2″ finished – ISE778/2½” finished – ISE786.

Pinwheel Geese.

CT MM QAL Week 3 - Pinwheel Geese

These are the fabrics for these blocks.

CT MM QAL Week 3 - Pinwheel Geese Fabrics

As for making the geese, and assembling these blocks, Tammy’s Week 1 advice of starting with the biggest block and working down to the smallest is the way to go.

If you have one, using a stiletto to keep seams flat and help guide the fabric under the presser foot will help.

CT MM QAL Week 3 - Stiletto 1

Use the stiletto to guide the piece under the presser foot. This is particularly useful when there isn’t much for the feed dogs to grab, like on the point of a triangle.

CT MM QAL Week 3 - Stiletto 2

The tip of a stiletto will also keep seams flat, whether they’re pressed open, or in one direction.

After you finish this week’s blocks, take a moment to pat yourself on the back. Because this is what you’ve accomplished in three weeks.

CT MM QAL Week 3 - First Six Blocks

Six blocks, each one in three sizes, for a total of eighteen blocks.

If you’re on Instagram and/or Facebook, we’ll be sharing blocks using the hashtag – #modamidnightmoonqal.

We’ll see you next Saturday!

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