Posts tagged #applique

Sew Let's Quilt Along: Buttons

It’s hard to believe we’re already starting our third and final segment of Sew Let’s Quilt Along. We only have four blocks to go! If you missed any of the first nine blocks, it’s not too late. All of the blocks will be free until the quilt along ends on September 24, 2019. You can find the links to the past blocks on my quilt along page.

This week’s block is one of my favorites! These fabulous buttons were designed by Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts. Check out her blog post to get the pattern.

Tips for Success

Working with Too-Small Fusible Web

I really love my Lite Steam-A-Seam2, but it just so happens that the size sheets I have weren’t wide enough for the buttons. Since I couldn’t fold a single sheet in quarters as the pattern instructs, I folded two sheets in half.

I lined up the template along the folded edge and pinned in place. Then I cut along the lines.

When I was finished, I had pairs of half circles. I simply placed the two halves together to create the full circles I needed.

Peeling the Paper

Sometimes it’s quite the challenge to get the paper to peel off the back of the fabric. This is especially true with circles! If you score the paper with a pin then fold along the score line, it will come right up.

Teflon Pressing Sheet

My Teflon pressing sheet made a big difference in constructing this block. First, I used it to fully assemble each of the buttons separately. Then it allowed me to fuse them to the background before trimming and stitching them in place. If you don’t have a Teflon pressing sheet, parchment paper works just as well.

Securing the Applique

Since the rings on the buttons are so narrow, I recommend using a straight stitch to secure the applique. I like to use matching thread so the stitching doesn’t show too much. For this block, I used 50 weight Aurifil in Light Leaf Green, Light Blue Violet, Dusty Lavender, and Grey.

I really took my time to get the stitching to go evenly around the little circles. Since they’re so small, I would take one stitch at a time, then lift my presser foot so I could pivot before taking the next stitch. While it takes a bit longer this way, it ends up looking really nice. Just make sure your need stops in the down position before lifting the presser foot.

Our Lovely Hosts

We have eight hosts for segment 3, and we all made our very own buttons 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.

Prizes

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 3, entries will be open from 12:00 am August 27 to 11:59 pm September 9, 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 3 wrap-up post on August 27, 2019

Segment 3 Prize Package

We have a wonderful array of prizes for each segment! Here’s the prize package for segment 3:

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Grand Prize

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.

Important Note

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.

Fabulous Sponsors

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.

Are You Ready?

I hope you love this week’s block as much as I do. What colors do you think you’re going to use? I can’t wait to see what you make!

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Sew Let's Quilt Along: Segment Two Wrap-Up

We’ve reached the end of segment 2 of Sew Let’s Quilt Along! It’s been so much fun sewing along with all of you. If you’ve missed any of the past blocks, you can find all of the links on my quilt along page. And if you didn’t catch the pattern for the “I Love to Quilt" block (the last block of the segment), I blogged about that one here.

So what does the end of segment two mean? Firstly, it means we’ve already completed nine whole quilt blocks! In the past couple months, we’ve made binding clips, an iron, a pincushion, and an “I Love to Quilt” block. Now it’s time to celebrate our accomplishments and decide what we want to do with our blocks. It’s also time for our second round of prizes! More information on that can be found towards the bottom of this post.

Small Projects or Big Quilt?

Personally, I’m saving all of my blocks to make one large quilt at the end of the quilt along. Several of our hosts are doing the same thing. But we also have people that are turning their blocks into small projects as they go along. The hosts that are making small projects are all sharing ideas today. Be sure to check out their posts for inspiration!

Small Project Hosts

Quilt Hosts

Prizes

It’s time for our second prize package! The giveaway is open to all participants that are at least 18 years old.

How to Enter

To be eligible to win the segment 2 prize, you need to make all of the segment 2 blocks. Share a photo or photos of your blocks (in a single post) to be entered.

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 - Scroll to the bottom of this post to link up

Segment 2 Prize Package

We have a wonderful array of prizes for each segment! Here’s the prize package for segment 2:

Link Up Here

Use this link up to share a post with all of your segment 2 blocks. Then share the love and visit some of the other people that have linked up. Remember, sharing your blocks here will enter you in the segment 2 giveaway.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

What’s Your Plan?

Do you have ideas for your blocks? I’m planning to save mine for a large quilt, but I can’t wait to see the small projects that people will be making. What do you think you want to do with your blocks? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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Sew Let's Quilt Along: I Love to Quilt

I can hardly believe it’s already time for the final block of segment 2! If you’ve missed any of the past blocks, you can find them on my quilt along page. The end of segment 2 means it’s time to share all of your blocks to enter the giveaway! It’s also time for the hosts to provide ideas for small projects. All of the info can be found on my segment 2 wrap-up post.

Our final block of segment 2 is this sweet little “I Love to Quilt” block designed by Kathleen McCormick of Kathleen McMusing. Head on over to her blog post to get the pattern. Remember, all block patterns will be free until the quilt along ends on September 24, 2019.

Tips for Working with Small Pieces

These tips are important if you’re going to piece your stitches like I did. If you’re planning to applique your stitches, you won’t have to be quite as careful with your sewing.

Starch

It’s easy things to get wonky, especially when you’re working with small pieces. To help prevent that, I starched my fabrics with Best Press before cutting. It adds a little bit of stiffness to the fabric to help keep it from stretching. You still need to be gentle, but the Best Press makes a big difference.

Stitch Length

Some of the pieces in this block are only 3/4" wide. 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.

Pin

I usually only pin the long seams, but with the narrow strips for the stitches, I did a lot more pinning on this block. It’s so easy for narrow strips to get wonky, so the pins were super helpful.

Applique Tips

Tracing the Shapes

I always use a fine-point pencil for tracing so I can fix any mistakes. My favorite fusible web is Lite Steam-A-Seam 2. Because it’s a little bit tacky, you can get all of your pieces placed just right without them wanting to move around before you iron them. I drew little up arrows inside the I’s and the O’s so I could be sure to get them facing the right direction in the block.

Make a Light Box

I had a brilliant idea this week! I used the extension table from my sewing machine and a small lamp to create a light box. It worked really well!

With a light box, you can use the block guide to place your letters. If you use this method, I very much recommend using Lite Steam-A-Seam 2. Since it makes the fabric a little bit sticky, your letters won’t get messed up when you move to the ironing board.

Use Rulers

You can also just place the letters by hand in a way that pleases you. This is what I ultimately decided on. Just make sure the letters don’t end up inside your seam allowance!

To avoid catching my letters in the seam, I placed rulers around the edge of my block to mark off the seam allowance and make sure my letters were evenly spaced inside where the seam would land. I started by cutting my center 1/2” too big to give myself some wiggle room, so I placed my rulers at the 1/2” marks. If I had cut the center at the size the pattern called for, I would have placed the rulers at the 1/4” marks.

I fussed with the placement until I was happy, then removed the rulers and pressed the block. It worked great!

Secure with Stitching

With the narrow pieces in this block, I recommend using a straight stitch in matching thread to secure the applique. I go slowly, lifting the presser foot often to readjust my fabric. When you need to adjust, stop with the needle down so you can pivot the fabric without losing your place.

If you find that your fabric is puckering, you may need to adjust your presser foot pressure or your tension. I had to adjust both! Play with some scrap fabric until you get it to behave.

Cut the Center a Little Bit Big

Applique has a tendency to make the background shrink a bit, so I cut my center square 1/2” bigger than the pattern calls for. I stitched around all of my letters then pressed the center before trimming it to size.

Our Lovely Hosts

We have eight hosts for segment 2, and we all made our very own “I Love to Quilt” 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.

I Love to Quilt block

Prizes

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:

Segment 2 Prize Package

We have a wonderful array of prizes for each segment! Here’s the prize package for segment 2:

Grand Prize

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.

Important Note

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.

Fabulous Sponsors

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.

What Will Your Block Say?

Do you think you will go with the “I Love to Quilt” saying on your block, or will you make up a phrase of your own? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! It will be fun to see the variety of everyone’s blocks.

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