Sew Lets QAL: Block 6 Binding Clips

Hi! Welcome to Block 6 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 6 in the quilt along and the first block in Segment 2. To enter for the Segment 2 Prize, you will need to make the four Segment 2 blocks and post a photo of them at the end of Segment 2. The prize winner for Segment 2 will be announced on July 16th. Click here to view the QAL schedule and to learn more.

To enter for the Grand Prize at the end of the quilt along, you’ll need to either make a quilt using all 13 blocks in the quilt along, or make one or more projects that together include all the blocks. The quilt along doesn’t end until September 10th, but if you want to get a head start on making projects, here’s a link to a project suggestion.

The sixth block was designed by me, and it’s Binding Clips!

When I tried to think of what sewing related thing I wanted to include in my block, I simply had to do mini clips. I use them for binding of course, and for practically everything else.

Click below to download the Binding Clips block pattern.

Block 6: Binding Clips

I think you’ll like making this block because it’s fairly easy and there are no seams to match. <woot!> Still, there are a few things you should know to be successful. Before we get to my tips for this block, let’s talk about fabric selection.

My Fabric Pull for This Block

Mini clips come in a variety of colors and I wanted to include all those colors in my block: blue, red, orange, yellow, purple, and pink. You might choose to use a single color for your binding clips instead and that’s OK.

Regardless of which way you go, I highly recommend using solids or tone-on-tones for your binding clip fabrics.

Use a background fabric that contrasts well with the binding fabrics so your binding clips will show up well in the block. I chose white, but you could choose any color you like including black.

I recommend a fun print for the quilt backing, such as this adorable fox print by Tula Pink. Choose a matching print for the quilting binding. Make sure your binding print contrasts well with your binding clip fabrics. I chose that beautiful magenta shown here on the right. It’s a solid, but your binding fabric doesn’t have to be—as long as it contrasts with your binding fabrics.

Tip: You could get fancy and add a flange or large ric rac next to your binding if you want by simply sewing it into the seam between the binding and the background fabrics.

You’ll notice that binding clips have a silver spring in the center—I chose a solid grey for that. There is also an opening in the binding clip center just behind that silver spring—your background fabric will show through here so again make sure the background fabric contrasts well with your binding clip fabrics.

My Tips and Tutorials for Making This Block

As I mentioned earlier, my Binding Clips block is super easy to make and there are no matching seams! Here are my tips for success.

trim as you go

The units that make up each binding clip are smallish, so trimming them as you go is important. For example, trim Unit 1 to 2-1/2” square and Unit 2 to 1-1/2” x 2” as shown here.

After sewing the Clip Units together in Step 4, be sure to trim them as shown here.

The pattern tells you how to trim at each stage, so pay attention to that and take the time to trim as you go!

Pay Attention When Making the Half Clip Units!

There are two Half Clip Units at the top and bottom of the block. To make these you basically repeat the steps except that when making the center unit, you sew only one binder fabric rectangle to either to the top or the bottom of the grey-Background unit (see the completed yellow and orange middle units below).

So when assembling the Half Clip Units be sure to follow the steps in the pattern—watch for the placement of that Binder fabric in the center section, and trim as you go and you’ll be just fine.

Next you make Between Units that fit between the Clip Units. These are easy peasy because you’re only sewing two rectangles together. But again, be sure to trim to size as instructed in the pattern so your block will go together smoothly.

Assemble the Block

Layout the three Clip Units, two Half Clip Units, and the Between units and sew them together in a tall column as shown here. Trim the Clip Section to size like the pattern says, then add the Quilt Backing rectangle to the left and the Background rectangle to the right and you’ve got your block!

Pressing Issues

As I mentioned earlier, one of the awesome things about this block is that there are no seams to match. Woot! This means you don’t need to press a particular way to get connecting seams to nest together because there aren’t any!

If you want to follow my lead, here’s how I pressed my block.

trim the block to size

Be sure to press your block neatly so it lays flat, then trim it to 12-1/2” square.

Have fun with my block! I can’t wait to see your version!

Thanks for the Tips! Who else is making this block?

Remember, you can download my Binding Clips pattern by clicking the button you’ll find at the beginning of this post. Hurry! The pattern is only available for free until September 21st.

Here are the hosts for Segment 2. Drop by their blogs to view their versions of my block and to read their tips for making it.

Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter (that’s me!)

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

Time to Announce the Winner of the Segment 1 Prize Giveaway!

To enter our Segment 1 Prize Giveaway, you had to make all five blocks in Segment 1. If you missed a block you can still download the patterns so you can make the blocks and enter our Grand Prize giveaway at the end of the quilt along. Click here for more info.

And the winner is…

…being announced soon on Instagram (search for the hashtag #sewletsqal) and on our private Facebook group.

Congratulations Ethel Brake! I just heard you won our prize package for Segment 1:

I Didn’t Win. Can I Get a Do-Over? <wink>

Well, not exactly, but you can make the four blocks for Segment 2 and enter to win the Segment 2 giveaway (you enter after we present all the blocks in Segment 2—click here to view the quilt along schedule).

Here’s what you might win by making all the Segment 2 blocks:

Plus you’ll receive a free PDF pattern of your choice for each of these Partners in Design:

You’ll need to make all the blocks if you want to enter the Grand Prize giveaway at the end of the quilt along. If you need block patterns you’ve missed, click here to learn where to get them.

Thanks for stopping by! The next block in Segment 2 will be released June 4th.

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