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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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Sew Let's Quilt Along: Iron

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

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.

Stitch Length

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.

Spinning Seams

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.

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.

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!

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