We’re officially at the halfway point of Sew Let’s Quilt Along! Of course, it’s not too late to catch up on any blocks you missed. Check out my quilt along page for all of the details and links to past blocks.
Block 7 is this fun iron designed by Karen of Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats. I appreciate that she has it ironing a quilt top and not clothes! I don’t know about you, but my iron only knows how to do quilts. Head on over to Karen’s blog post to get the pattern. Remember, all block patterns will be free until the quilt along ends on September 24, 2019.
Tips and Tricks
Any time a block has different sized pieces coming together, it’s essential to test your seam allowance. It’s the only way you can be sure everything will fit together nicely and your block will come out at just the right size.
To test your seam allowance, cut two 2" squares and sew them together. Press as desired, and measure the resulting rectangle. The rectangle should be 3 1/2" long. If your rectangle is shorter, you need a narrower seam allowance. If your rectangle is longer, you need a wider seam allowance. Adjust your seam and try again. Once the rectangle is exactly 3 1/2" long, you're good to go.
Some of the pieces in this block are only 1" square. To keep those short seams from pulling apart, I recommend using a pretty short stitch length. I set the stitch length on my Viking to 2.0, which is about 16 stitches per inch.
Lay Out Your Pieces
As soon as I had everything cut, I laid all of the pieces out where they would go in the final block. That made it so much easier to find the right piece at the right time, because I didn’t have to constantly measure everything between each step. Since the fabric sticks to my design boards, they were the perfect tool to keep things organized.
Stitch and Flip Corners
My favorite tool for drawing the diagonal lines is a Sewline ceramic pencil. They come in several colors, but I just bought one pencil and change out the lead as needed.
The secret to making a successful stitch and flip corner is to stitch just outside of the drawn line. The line you drew isn't the stitching line - it's actually where the fabric needs to fold! By stitching just outside of the line, you give yourself the extra fabric you need to reach all the way to the corner when you flip it over.
Just to be safe, I always test to make sure my corner is covered before I cut away the excess fabric from the back.
I love spinning seams! It makes everything lay so nice and flat, and all of your pieces automatically nest together. For this block, I spun all of the seams in the nine-patch section at the bottom.
Would you like to learn to spin your seams? I made a video just for you! Follow the steps in the pattern to make your strip sets and sub-cut them into the nine-patch pieces. This video will teach you how to spin the seams once you start sewing those pieces together. Repeat the process after each seam, and everything will spin!
Trimming Half Square Triangles
Karen thoughtfully made the half square triangle (HST) pieces a bit big so we could trim them to just the right size. To trim your HSTs, line up the 45° line of your ruler with the center seam. Make sure some fabric extends beyond the 1” lines of the ruler, and trim the first two sides.
Spin your HST around, and line up the 1” lines of the ruler with your freshly trimmed sides. The 45° line of the ruler should still fall along the center seam of the HST. Trim the remaining two sides, and you have a perfect 1” square HST!
Pin Long Seams
A lot of the seams in these blocks are pretty short, so I skipped the pins. But it’s a really good idea to use them when you get to the long seams. It’s so easy for the fabric to shift on those longer seams, so the pins make a big difference in the final block.
Our Lovely Hosts
We have eight hosts for segment 2, and we all made our very own binding clips blocks. Be sure to visit all of the lovely ladies below for more tips and inspiration. If you like what you see, leave a comment! We all love a bit of encouragement from our fellow quilters.
We will have a prize package at the end of every segment, as well as a grand prize at the end of the quilt along. The prizes are open to all participants that are at least 18 years old. If you don’t remember what I mean by segment, check out the intro post for a refresher on how this quilt along is structured.
How to Enter
To be eligible to win a segment prize, you need to make all of the blocks from that segment. Share a photo or photos of your blocks (in a single post) to be entered.
For segment 2, entries will be open from 12:00 am July 2 to 11:59 pm July 15, 2019 (Eastern time). There are three places you can share your blocks to be entered in the drawing:
Facebook - share in the Partners in Design Facebook Group
Instagram - share with the hashtag #SewLetsQAL
Blog Linky - the hosts will include a link-up on their segment 2 wrap-up post on July 2, 2019
Segment 2 Prize Package
We have a wonderful array of prizes for each segment! Here’s the prize package for segment 2:
To be eligible to win the grand prize, you need to make all 13 blocks from the whole quilt along and turn them into a quilt or other project(s). Quilt tops don’t need to be quilted, but projects do need to be finished. Share a single post that shows all of the blocks in a quilt or project. It doesn’t matter how many projects or what projects you make, or how many blocks you use in each project as long as you show that you’ve used all 13 blocks in a finished project or projects.
To keep the contest portion of the quilt-along fair and fun for everyone, only quilters that use all of the designers' blocks [in a quilt or project(s)] will be eligible for the grand prize. Likewise, our segment prizes will only be open to those that make all of the designers’ blocks for that segment.
We are really lucky to have some amazing sponsors on board for this quilt along! Please check them out as thanks for supporting us. Bluprint, Dear Stella, Everything Mary, Island Batik, Paintbrush Studio Fabrics, Prym, Shabby Fabrics, Timeless Treasures, Warm Company Additionally, many of the block designers are donating their quilt patterns.
Let’s Get Sewing!
I hope you’re excited about this week’s block. And if you’ve never spun your seams before, I hope you’ll give it a try. I can’t wait to see what you make!