Fall into a QAL: Block 9 Postage Stamp Turkey

Welcome to Block 9 of the Fall Into a QAL, a mystery quilt along by Partners in Design.

If you'd like to quilt along with us, click here to learn more.

The ninth block in our quilt along was designed by Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats and it’s a turkey!

Here in America, turkey means Thanksgiving, and that means fall.

Here's my version of the block

This block uses two-at-a-time HSTs, flip corners, and folded fabric inserts to create the turkey. If you’ve never used these techniques before--no worries! As a quilt along host, I’m here to help.

My Fabric Pull for This Block

I had several goals for this block. First, I wanted to make sure that the background I chose for this block complimented the other background fabrics I've already used in my quilt. I've now got 4 blocks with a dark background and 4 with a light. It's time for a dark background for this block. My background is that dark green over on the right, with the touches of red and yellow in it (the same background I used for the Hedgehog block.)

Second, I had this awesome golden brown fabric that had a pattern that reminded me of feathers so I wanted to use that for the turkey body. So the other fabrics needed to compliment it.

After pulling fabric for my block, I laid it out as it would be used to see how the final block would look.

Finally, I checked my fabric selection with the blocks I've already made to ensure everything is going to go together..

Block Tips

Here are my tips for making the block:

  • I found Karen's directions for making HSTs two-at-a-time really easy to follow. I use a sandboard and a small 1" x 6" ruler to draw my line from corner to corner. As instructed, I trimmed my HSTs to 2". If you want a photo tutorial with step by steps for this method, click here. My tutorial also includes a neat trick for trimming HSTs fast, fast.

  • Flip corners are easy if you keep a few things in mind. First, I know you want to jump right in and start making the block, but take the time to carefully mark the diagonal line on the back of all of the flip corner squares. I use a regular pencil, a small ruler, and a sandboard.

  • Instead of sewing right on the line you've drawn, sew just a bit to the right of it (closer to the corner) as you see here. Sewing the seam just a bit short of center makes a bit more room for the fold, so when you press the flip square back towards the corner it will fit perfectly.

  • With flip corners, you typically trim the seam allowance after pressing the corner back.There are two schools of thought with this. If you don't trim, then you always have the bottom fabric (which is cut to size) to help you construct the block properly. If you do trim the seam allowance, you will have a lot less bulk in the seams. And you can always trim the finished unit to size (which I highly recommend if you do trim the seam allowance).

  • Karen's block calls for two colors for the tail feathers and I wanted my block to be more scrappy. That meant I had to figure out the number of HSTs to make on my own. Also, in a lot of cases, I didn't want to make two HSTs at a time because maybe there was only one HST with that particular fabric combo.

To get the scrappy look I wanted, I used the chart, counting up HSTs I could make in pairs. For those, I cut one 2-1/2" square of each of the two fabrics involved.

Then I counted up all the single HSTs. For those I also cut one 2-1/2" square of each fabric, but I cut each in half on the diagonal so I could sew the triangles together in single pairs. That allowed me to pair up the other unused triangles of each fabric with different fabrics to create the other single HSTs I needed.

If you decide to do this too, follow these tips:

  • Refrain from cutting your squares on the diagonal until you're ready to sew.

  • Then handle the triangles very gently because you're dealing with bias here and you don't want your triangles to stretch out of shape.

  • And of course, trim the HST after you sew it to 2" square.

I simply continued to make my HSTs one or two at a time, lining them up on a block board (a piece of plexiglass covered in batting so pieces will stick to it). After all the HSTs were made, I sewed up the tricky units--the head, wattle, and feet.

  • After I had all the block units sewn, I sewed the block together in rows as instructed, pressing the seams in each row in opposite directions. I checked each row for size and trimmed or resewed as needed.

  • Finally, I sewed the rows together in pairs and pressed those seams open.

  • When I was done, I trimmed the block to 12-1/2" square.

If you have any questions while making this block, feel free to post them here in the comments. Just be sure to enter an email address when prompted so I can get back to you quickly.

My Quilt So Far

Here are my nine quilt blocks. I'm so happy with this!

Where do i get the block pattern?

Drop by Karen's blog to download your free Postage Stamp Turkey block pattern.

Visit the other hosts if you want to see their versions of this block and gather ideas for your own version. Here are the hosts:

Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilting with Vanda

If you want to see the schedule for the quilt along and the list of block designers, click here.

How Do I Enter the Giveaway?

First, you must be 18 years old to enter. Then, to enter the Postage Stamp Turkey block giveaway simply make the block and post it in one of these three places before the deadline.

  • On Instagram, with the hashtag #fallintoaqal

  • In our private Facebook group

  • To the linky right here! Karen's on vacation so each of the hosts is hosting a shared linky for you to use this time. Link up your block photo here or on any of the host's blogs (except Karen's of course) and the photo will appear on all the blogs!

You have until Monday, September 17th at 11:59 pm EST to post your block for a chance to win this awesome prize package—two Vintage Blessings patterns from Shabby Fabrics (the Vintage Pumpkin Wall Hanging and the Vintage Schoolhouse Table Runner) plus one craft-sized Warm & White Cotton batting!

Please help us support our QAL sponsors. Visit Shabby Fabrics to request their latest mail order catalog or view the digital version. You won't be disappointed...we carry a number of Shabby Fabrics' patterns in the quilt store I work at (Always in Stitches) and they are all cute and very, very popular.

On Tuesday, September 18th be sure to come back here for the next block in our quilt along!

You can follow me on social media or sign up for my newsletter if you’d like a reminder when the next block is posted. You’ll find all the ways to follow me at the top of my sidebar. If you have any general questions about the quilt along or would like to see the complete schedule, click the Fall into a QAL tab above.

A Special thank-you to our sponsors

The Final Grand prize package for our quilt along will be announced October 16th.

Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop finishes this week!

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The Great Outdoors Blog Hop finishes this week, but it's not too late to enter all the great giveaways.

Click here to see the list of Island Batik Ambassadors participating this week and to enter their giveaways.

Click here to see the full blog hop scheduled and to enter my giveaway, which is open until the end of the hop. Be sure to enter the Island Batik giveaway too.


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