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Sew Let's Quilt Along: Final Quilt Setting

I can’t believe Sew Let’s Quilt Along is coming to an end! We just released block 13, so that means it’s time to share our setting ideas for the final quilt. But before I get to that, do you have all of the blocks? If you’re missing any of them, go get them before it’s too late! They’re only free until the quilt along ends on September 24, 2019.

I’m really thrilled to be able to share my finished quilt top with you. I know that many people struggled to get their blocks to all come out the same size, so I’ve designed a setting to account for that. All of the blocks get framed and trimmed to size. Even the sashing and cornerstones are designed to be trimmed down. There aren’t even any points to match between the sashing triangles.

If you’re looking for a nice sized quilt to snuggle up with or put on a bed, this is the setting for you. And if you had any trouble at all getting your blocks to come out the right size, this setting will make it all ok. I hope you’ll give it a try.

Get the Pattern

Just like the blocks in the quilt along, this pattern is only guaranteed to be free until September 24, 2019. So if you’re thinking about using this setting, make sure you download the pattern before then.

Tips For Success

Staying Organized

I really like to keep my pieces organized on a baking sheet. It makes it so easy to move around my sewing room without losing anything. For easy counting, I stacked all of my pieces in groups of 10 or 20. It also helps to label the stacks with sticky office labels.

Make Flying Geese Your Way

I didn’t want anyone to need special tools to make this quilt, so I wrote the pattern to use stitch-and-flip corners for the flying geese. But there are a lot of flying geese in the quilt, so if you prefer a different method, don’t hesitate to use it! Personally, I used my Easy Angle Ruler and Companion Angle Ruler to cut all of my geese pieces. You should do whatever works best for you.

Trimming Half Square Triangles

To trim Half Square Triangles (HSTs), line up the 45° line on your ruler with the diagonal seam in the HST. Trim the first two sides (making sure to leave enough space to trim the other two sides next).

Rotate the block 180°. Once again, line up the 45° line with the center seam. This time, you also want to line up the edges with the 2” lines on your ruler. Trim the remaining two sides. Now you have a perfectly trimmed half square triangle!

Spinning Seams on a Pinwheel

Spinning your seams will make the center of a pinwheel lay so much flatter! There are 8 different fabrics coming together in that point, so anything you can do to help the bulk will make a big difference. It’s easier to see in a video than a picture, so I recorded a tutorial for you.

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.

Make Your Own Non-Slip Ruler

The best way to instantly turn any regular ruler into a non-slip ruler is with clear bumpy bandage tape. Just put the tape on the back of your ruler, and you’re good to go! Since it’s clear, you can still see what you’re cutting. And if you don’t want to leave it on the ruler, it peels right back off without any trouble.

Trimming the Sashing

It’s so nice to be able to trim everything to size! It makes such a difference in how the final quilt goes together.

To keep the sashing centered, line up the 2 1/4” line on your ruler with the long center seam. Line up the 7 1/4” line with the tip of the middle flying goose. Once it’s all lined up, trim the first two sides.

Turn the sashing 180°. You can still line up your ruler the same way, but this time make sure the 4 1/2” and 14 1/2” lines are on the edges you just cut. Now you’re ready to trim again.

Voila! One perfectly centered sashing unit.

Enjoy the Process

I’m not going to lie - this setting has a lot of pieces. That’s part of what makes it look so cool, and most of what allows you to end up with a nice, big quilt. I hope you don’t let the piecing overwhelm you. Instead, grab a nice drink, and work on it just a bit at a time. (My sister made that tumbler for me!)

Or dive right in! I find chain piecing to be meditative. No thinking; just sewing. Perhaps you feel the same way. It can be so satisfying to power through a whole bunch of pieces at once while you let your mind wander. Nothing beats a few hours of blissful sewing time.

Other Ideas

The center medallion in my quilt top would make a gorgeous wall hanging all on it’s own.

If you would like a little bit smaller quilt, you could use the medallion as a wall hanging, and make a quilt with the rest of the blocks. My setting from our last quilt along is amazing for a 12-block quilt! It has all the same advantages of the setting I’m sharing this time - All of the blocks get framed and trimmed to size, and the sashings are also designed to be trimmed down. What’s more, the sashing points all float away from the seams, so there’s no chance of chopping them off!

More Quilt and Project Ideas from Our Lovely Hosts

Just like you, our hosts got to choose whether they would make small projects or one big quilt. All of them have wonderful ideas to share. Be sure to check them out for inspiration! And if you love what you see, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Your appreciation is why we do this.

Small Project Hosts

Quilt Hosts


It’s time for our final prizes! We have a prize package for segment 3, as well as a grand prize package for the whole quilt along. The giveaway is open to all participants that are at least 18 years old.

How to Enter for the Segment 3 Prize Package

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. The segment 3 blocks were the buttons, bolts, rotary cutter, and thimbles.

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 - Scroll down to the Segment 3 Linky near the bottom of this post

Segment 3 Prize Package

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

How to Enter for the Grand Prize Package

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.

For the grand prize, entries will be open from 12:00 am August 27 to 11:59 pm September 23, 2019 (Eastern time). There are three places you can share your quilts and projects to be entered in the drawing:

  • Facebook - share in the Partners in Design Facebook Group

  • Instagram - share with the hashtag #SewLetsQAL

  • Blog Linky - Scroll down to the Grand Prize Linky near the bottom of this post

Grand Prize Package

We really have an amazing grand prize package for this quilt along. Thanks to some truly amazing sponsors, we’re able to offer you this bundle that retails at $300.

  • Color My World Quilt Kit by Nancy Smith featuring Boundless Blenders Ombre fabrics from Bluprint! This kit includes the quilt top and binding fabric with the printed pattern. Quilt size 58” x 70”.

  • Plus 4 yards of 44” Warm White Boundless Solids fabric for backing!

  • A fat quarter bundle plus a 24” panel from Timeless Treasures “Moon and Stars” collection!

  • A fat quarter bundle from the "Jungle Cruise" collection from Island Batik!

  • Two Vintage Blessings table runner patterns; October and November and two packets of l2 piece laser-cut appliqués; Butterflies and Pink Ribbons from Shabby Fabrics!

I’d like to include a special thanks to Timeless Treasures and Shabby Fabrics for supporting us throughout the entire quilt along.

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.

Segment 3 Linky

Link up here for the Segment 3 prize. Make sure your post includes all 4 blocks from segment 3 - the buttons, bolts, rotary cutter, and thimbles.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Grand Prize Linky

Link up here for the Grand Prize. Make sure your post includes a quilt top or combination of small projects that use all 13 blocks from the quilt along. Quilt tops don’t need to be quilted, but projects do need to be finished.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

How Will You Finish Your Blocks?

Have you been making small projects all along, or have you been hoarding your blocks for one big quilt? If you’re making a quilt, what kind of setting do you think you’ll use? I’d really love to hear your plan in the comments!

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Turnabout Patchwork - Blog Hop and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Turnabout Patchwork blog hop! I’m excited to share this book with you. If you like what you see, be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.

Turnabout Patchwork is a new book by Teresa Mairal Barreu of Sewn Up. The whole book is based around “disappearing” blocks (like a disappearing nine patch). You sew a block, cut it up, and spin the parts to create something new. The result is a stunning quilt that’s much easier than it looks.

I was absolutely thrilled when Teresa allowed me the opportunity to participate in her blog hop. Upon receiving a digital copy of the book, I quickly decided I would make the Stepping Stones quilt.

Like all of the quilts in Turnabout Patchwork, Stepping Stones is based on sewing, slicing, and rearranging a quilt block. It’s such a clever way to quickly achieve intricate results.

For my quilt, I started with just four charm packs. The foreground is Soul Song by Island Batik, and the background is Cashmere by Timeless Treasures.

My first task was to sew the charm squares into a slew of nine-patches.

Once my nine-patches were finished, I was ready to slice them up. This is when the process starts to feel a little bit like magic.

Since my quilt is pretty scrappy, I matched all of my blocks before I started sewing. That way I could make sure I didn’t end up stuck with the same fabrics right next to each other.

Once they were matched, the blocks were ready to transport to the sewing machine on my handy dandy baking sheet. A baking sheet is such a great way to keep pieces organized as you move about your sewing space. They stack well, too!

My quilt top went together so quickly! Once it was finished, I took it to the longarm to quilt. I decided to quilt it with Feather Vines. I used a lovely light blue and green variegated thread (OMNI-V 9061 Skyscraper).

I found the perfect batik in my stash for the binding. I sewed both sides by machine for a quick finish (and because I backed it with minky, and I really don’t like hand stitching with minky).

For the backing, I used lilac minky. I always label my quilts, and this one is no exception. The label is in place, so it’s just waiting for me to write on it. Since this quilt is intended for a baby that hasn’t arrived yet, I’ll wait to write the label. I like to include the child’s name, and that has a way of changing up until the time they’re born.

I really had so much fun with this project, and I couldn’t be any happier with how it turned out. It’s just perfect for a little girl.

It’s always amazing to me how much changing the fabrics can change the look of the quilt. Teresa’s version uses just four fabrics in a planned arrangement. It looks quite different from my quilt with its many fabrics and random color placement. Both quilts are lovely in their own ways.

Now I just need to wait for my friend to have her little girl so I can give her the quilt. It feels pretty amazing to have a quilt finished before the baby arrives instead of after. I do hope she likes it.

Quilt Stats

The Blog Hop

I’m really excited about this hop, because all of the participants made a project from the book. Check out their posts to see their individual approaches to the patterns.

Wednesday, January 30 - Quarter Snow Ball

Arrowhead - Patterns by Jen and Laurel, Poppy and Pine

Sweet Bows - Seams Like a Dream and Sandra Healy Designs

Tutti-Frutti - Quilt Design Duo and Puppy Girl Designs

Sun Dunes - Sarah Goer Quilts and Tamarinis

Friday, February 1 - Modern Shoofly

Flying Rainbows - Snug Harbor Quilts

Flying Butterflies - Samelia's Mum and Stitching Farmgirl

Flying Flags - Tamarinis and Pretty Piney

Flying Confetti - Saroy and Slice of Pi Quits

Saturday, February 2 - Half Square Triangles and Squares

Rose Garden Star - Said with Love

Swirl - Quilts by Joanne and The Quilted Diary

Houndstooth - Pretty Piney

Diamond Star - Sew Joy Creations and Piccolo Studio

Monday, February 4 - Striped Fabric Block

Shells - Quilting Gail and Running Stitch Quilts

Xs and Os - The Quilting Biker and Piccolo Studio

Jaws - QuilterChic

Arrowhead - Steph Jacobson Design

Wednesday, February 6 - Coordinated Strips

Peaks - Quilting Mod

Diamond and Crosses - The Quilting Biker and Pampered Pettit

Knots and Crosses - Devoted Quilter and A Bright Corner

Friday, February 8 - Double Disappearing Nine-Patch

Holiday Trellis - Powered by Quilting

Stepping Stones - Snowy Days Quilting (That’s me!) and Anja Quilts

Two for One - Mania for Quilts

Cross - Textile Time Travels and Anjeanette Klinder


EDIT - Giveaway is now closed.

Would you like to win your very own copy of Turnabout Patchwork? You’re in luck! Martingale is giving away a digital copy to one lucky reader. To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post telling me whether you’re more drawn to scrappy quilts or controlled quilts.

I really like scrappy quilts with a controlled colorway. I love the variety of fabrics (the more the better!), but I really like to stick to a specific color pallet for a given quilt.

Make sure you enter your email address in the comment form so I can contact you if you win. The giveaway ends at 11:59pm Eastern on February 15, 2019.

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Romance Table Runner

I have a finish! I’m really excited to share this with you. I finished the top and quilting ages ago, but only recently found the time to put on the binding.

I made this runner from a charm pack of Tonga Romance. I cut each of the squares diagonally into quarters, and randomly sewed them into quarter square triangles. I kept the pieces by my machine and sewed it as a leader-ender project. I love how leaders and enders make it feel like you’re getting a free quilt without taking any extra time for sewing.

I quilted it with a variegated blue and brown thread. It’s one of my favorites. I’ve used it quilting for customers, but this was the first time it went well on one of my own projects.

The solid backing fabric really shows the quilting. The design is Feather Plumes.

tonga romance scrappy table runner

Now the runner is gracing my table. And my husband even mostly likes it! That’s a big win in my house since our tastes in fabrics and colors are nearly opposite.

Random quarter square triangles is one of my favorite scrappy patterns, and it’s a go-to when I make a runner. What’s your favorite design for a table runner?

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