Sew Lets QAL: Block 3 Ruler

Hi! Welcome to Block 3 of the Sew Let’s Quilt Along!

Details of the quilt along are located on the Sew Lets QAL tab above, but here’s the short version: we’re presenting the blocks for this quilt along in segments. To win a prize, make all the blocks from that segment, then upload a photo of them all at the end of the segment.

This is Block 3 of Segment 1. There will be five blocks in this segment, released every two weeks. The last block in Segment 1 will be released on May 7th; the Segment will end on May 20th. To enter for the Segment 1 Prize, you’ll have to have all five blocks finished by then. The prize for Segment 1 will be announced on May 21st.

Block 3: Ruler

This week’s block is a quilter’s ruler. The designer of Block 3 is Sherry @ Powered by Quilting and you can download the pattern there.

I’m not making all the blocks, but I am hosting and providing tips. Here’s my version of Sherry’s block from Electric Quilt.

My Tips and Tutorials for Making This Block

Here are my tips for making the Ruler block.

Cut and sew carefully

This block has a lot of pieces, so to make it go together easily, I recommend taking care when cutting and sewing.

First, you’ll make strip sets. With strip sets, you sew long strips of fabric together then subcut the strip set into smaller units that you’ll later sew into the block.

To succeed with strip sets, you should starch your fabrics well before cutting them. I like to use Best Press for starch, and my new wool pressing mat for precise pressing. (I spray Best Press on my fabrics off the wool mat in order to keep it clean.)

Best Press Wool Pressing Mat.jpg

Sherry has you make the strip sets wider than you’ll need to sub cut your units so you’ll be able to clean up the edge (just like you do with yardage) and subcut your units precisely.

After starching your fabrics and cutting them using the Cutting Instructions on Page 1, sew them into the strip sets as instructed. For example, sew the 3-1/2” x 2-1/2” Black rectangle to the 3-1/2” x 2” rectangle and then to the 3-1/2” x 9” Black rectangle to create the Main Grid strip set.

Press well, and measure that the strip set is 12-1/2” long. Resew it if needed.

Turn the strip set vertically, and cut your first unit a little over 1” wide. Turn this unit around and cut the other side to make the unit exactly 1” wide. You now have a clean edge on the strip set. Sub cut the other two units at exactly 1”.

Repeat this process to make all the strip sets.

When assembling the block, be sure to pin the intersections when sewing the units together. Press well, then measure and trim your block to 12-1/2” square.

Add the applique

To finish your block you’ll add applique numbers. I have a step by step photo tutorial on how to do raw edge fusible applique.

Here are a few quick tips on raw edge fusible applique:

  • To keep the raw edges from fraying, coat the back of your fabric with Fabric Mod Podge. Fabric Mod Podge makes the back of your fabrics kinda sticky, so you can probably skip the step where you press fusible to the back of your fabrics. You’ll still need to edge-stitch the pieces though to hold them in place.

  • You can go ahead and fuse your fabrics anyway after using Fabric Modge Podge. That may allow you to skip the edge-stitching step, which give the tiny size of the numbers, might be a good thing in this case. Frankly though I always edge stitch because then I can wash my quilts without worrying that something might fall off. (Keep in mind that fugal me is currently using some old fusible that may not be as reliable as newer stuff. <grin>)

  • If you want, you can simply copy the numbers onto the fabric using a fabric pen such as a Pigma pen. Be sure to use a sandboard to stabilize the fabric so it doesn’t shift during the copy process.

Thanks for the Tips! Where do I get the pattern?

Drop by Sherry’s blog to download your free Mug block pattern. Hurry! The pattern is only available for free until September 21st.

Here are the hosts for Segment 1. Drop by their blogs for tips on making the block.

Abbie @ Sparkle On
April @ JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi @ Snowy Days Quilting
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Sherry @ Powered by Quilting
Becca @ Pretty Piney Quilts
Sandy @ SandyStar Designs
Sandra @ Sandra Healy Designs
Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing

How Do I Enter the Giveaway?

First, you must be 18 years old to enter.

Now, unlike previous quilt alongs, this time you simply make the block. Then after the end of Segment 1, you need to post a photo of all blocks in that Segment to enter the giveaway. If you want to see the schedule for the quilt along and the list of block designers, click here.

When it’s time, you’ll post a single photo of all the blocks in Segment 1 to one of the following places to enter the Segment giveaway:

  • On Instagram, with the hashtag #sewletsqal

  • In our private Facebook group

  • To the linky on any of the host’s blogs

Remember, you don’t have to get the blocks done until it’s time to post a photo of all the blocks in Segment 1 and enter our Segment Prize giveaway. Personally though, I’d make the blocks when they come out so you don’t fall behind.

Here’s what you might win for making all the blocks in Segment 1:

Thanks for stopping by! The next block will be released April 23rd.

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