Posts tagged #applique

Sew Let's Quilt Along: Rotary Cutter

I can hardly believe that the penultimate block of Sew Let’s Quilt Along is already here! Our final block and setting ideas will be released in just two short weeks. If you’ve missed any of the previous blocks, make sure to check out my quilt along page to get the links. Remember, the block patterns will only be free until the quilt along ends on September 24, 2019.

This week’s block features an indispensable tool of the modern quilter - a rotary cutter. I’m forever grateful the rotary cutter was invented. And even more grateful that I started quilting after it became ubiquitous! Our rotary cutter block was designed by Sandy Maxfield of SandyStar Designs. Head on over to her blog post to get the pattern.

Tips for Success

Seam Test

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.

Pin Long Seams

I don’t often go for pins when the seams are short, but they really make a difference on long seams. It’s just so easy for the fabric to shift on longer seams, so it’s worth the few extra seconds it takes to pin.

Avoiding Stiffness in the Applique

It can be easy for applique blocks to become stiff, especially when multiple pieces are fused on top of each other as they are here. To keep my block supple, I like to cut the centers out of the larger pieces of fusible web prior to fusing it to the fabric. Try to leave about 1/2” of fusible web around the edges to fuse the fabric in place.

Make a Hole in the Handle

I decided that I wanted my rotary cutter to have an actual hole in the handle rather than a circle of fabric laid on top. I started with my handle already cut out.

I used the small circle that’s included in the pattern, but I fused it to the rotary cutter handle instead of a separate fabric. I was extra careful to make sure I got it right where I wanted it prior to fusing.

Once the circle was fused in place, I cut out the center.

And I had a wonderful handle with a hole in it! When I placed the rotary cutter on my block, I made sure the hole overlapped the fabric and the background so you could tell it was there.

Secure with Stitching

You can secure your applique with any stitch that appeals to you. I like the clean look of a straight stitch just inside the edges, but a lot of people go for a zigzag stitch or blanket stitch. No matter what stitch you choose, I recommend using matching thread. For my block, I used 50 weight Aurifil in Light Leaf Green, Light Blue Violet, and Dove.

My biggest tip to make the stitching look nice is to take your time. When I get to a corner, I stop with the needle down, lift my presser foot, and pivot. Then I lower my presser foot and continue. When I’m sewing around circles, I take just a few stitches at a time before lifting my foot to pivot. Slowing down makes all the difference on those curves.

Our Lovely Hosts

We have eight hosts for segment 3, and we all made our very own rotary cutter 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:

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.

When Did You Start Quilting?

I mentioned how grateful I was to have started quilting after the rise of the rotary cutter. What about you? Did you start quilting before or after the rotary cutter was common? If you started before, I’d love to hear about your first experiences using one. I bet it was incredible!

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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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