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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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I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long: Setting Tutorial

I can't believe it's already time to reveal my finished quilt top! This quilt along has certainly gone quickly. If you missed it, you can find the last block right here. You can also check out my quilt along page for links to all of the past blocks and information. Remember, all of the block patterns are only free through January 15, 2018.

Before I get to the reveal, I have exciting news to share! Many have asked if we will be doing another quilt along, and the answer is yes. We're thrilled to announce that we will be doing a Fall themed quilt along in 2018! We're still ironing out the details, but we'll let you know more as soon as we do. Announcements about the next quilt along will be made right here on the blog, as well as in the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Facebook group.

My Setting Choice

For my quilt top, I wanted a setting that was quick, easy, and forgiving. If you've had any trouble with your blocks coming out slightly different sizes, this is the setting for you. After framing the blocks, they each get trimmed to the same size.

Since I used four different background fabrics in my quilt, I decided to use those same four fabrics for the frames. It would also look really nice to use only two framing fabrics so they alternate between blocks.

My quilt top finishes at 48" by 64". If you wanted it larger, you could always add a border or two all the way around.

Setting Tutorial

I will be demonstrating on my Reindeer Games block. The process is the same for every block in the quilt.

For each block, cut two strips of framing fabric 3" by the width of fabric. Remove the selvedge and square up the ends of the strips.

Line up the ends of one strip with the top center of your block. I do this with the strip folded in half to save myself some time.

While holding the strip in place, smooth the fabric along the center of the block. Be gentle so you don't stretch the fabric.

Line up a ruler with the bottom edge of your block. You want to make sure it's square to both the block and the strip that you are about to cut.

Here's a closer look. You can see that the ruler is lined up with the edge of the block, and that the strip is in line with the marks on the ruler. You may have to adjust the strip to get it perfectly straight.

Use your rotary cutter to cut the strip even with the edge of the block. You now have two 3" wide pieces that are the exact height of your block.

Pin the newly cut pieces to the sides of your block. I folded each piece in half to find the center, and pinned it to the center of the block. Then I pinned each end.

Sew with your regular 1/4" seam allowance and press towards the framing fabric.

We will follow the same process to frame the top and bottom of the block. Take your second 3" strip folded in half, and align it across the center of your block horizontally.

Once again, make sure that the ruler is lined up with the edge of the block, and that the strip is in line with the markings on your ruler. You may have to adjust the strip to make this happen.

Use your rotary cutter to remove the excess fabric. You now have two 3" high pieces of fabric that are the same width as your block.

This time, I used five pins per side. Fold each framing strip in half to find the center, and pin to the center of the block. Next, pin the ends at the edge of the block. Finally, pin in between to secure it further.

Sew with your normal 1/4" seam allowance and press towards the framing fabric.

Note - If you are only using two fabrics to frame your blocks, you may want to press towards the framing fabric on all of the blocks that use one fabric, and towards the block on all of the others. This way if your seams align when you put the blocks together, you will be able to nest them (It isn't guaranteed that the seams will align since the individual blocks weren't required to start at exactly the same size).

Finally, trim to 16 1/2" square so the framed block will finish at 16" square in the quilt.

After I framed all of my blocks, I played with the layout until I was happy with it. At that time, I re-pressed some of my framing seams to go towards the block instead of the framing fabric. This allowed the seams between the blocks to nest when they lined up.

I'm really pleased with how my quilt top turned out. If you decide to use this method, I would love to hear about it.

More Setting Ideas

The other 10 ladies that are hosting this quilt along also have finished quilt tops to share! We each came up with our own settings, so the odds are that they're all different. Check them out to get ideas for your own quilt.

Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca at Pretty Piney
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting <---- That's me!
Diane at Cwilt
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts
Sandy at SandyStar Designs
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilt in Piece

Grand Prize

We have an incredible grand prize package to share with you! To be eligible to win, post a finished quilt top that includes all 12 quilt along blocks by 11:59 pm Eastern on January 15, 2018. It doesn't need to be quilted to enter. You can post your picture in our Facebook group, on Instagram with the hashtag #iwishyouamerryqal, or in the link-up at the bottom of this post.

The grand prize package includes:


I'm so excited to see all of your finished quilt tops in this link-up! I'm really hoping we end up with quite the collection of them.

This link-up is special, because it will appear on all of the hosts' blogs. So, if you link up here, your link will automatically appear everywhere! How cool is that?

Once you've linked up, please take some time to visit the other links and spread the quilty love.