Sew Lets QAL: Block 5 Sew, Let's Quilt Shop

Hi! Welcome to Block 5 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 5 and the last block in Segment 1. To enter for the Segment 1 Prize, you simply need to finish all five Segment 1 blocks. You’ll find the details for entering at the end of this post. The prize for Segment 1 will be announced on May 21st.

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, at the end of this post you’ll find a link to my project suggestions for Segment 1.

Block 5: Sew, Let’s Quilt Shop

This week’s block is a quilt shop. The designer of Block 5 is Abbie @ Sparkle On! 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 Abbie’s block from Electric Quilt.

My Tips and Tutorials for Making This Block

Here are my tips for making the Sew Let’s Quilt Shop block.

Sew the Flip Corners carefully

This block uses a technique called Flip Corners to create the angles on the roof, door, and sidewalk. With a flip corner, you draw a diagonal line, place the square on the corner of a larger piece RST, sew on the line, then flip the top piece back towards the corner, creating a right angle.

To sew flip corners correctly, take the time to carefully mark the diagonal line on the back of the flip corner squares. I use a regular pencil, a small ruler, and my sandboard to do that. A sandboard really helps to prevent the square from slipping so you can mark the diagonally correctly.

Then, 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.

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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).


Abbie has you make the small pinwheels for the windows using the two-at-a-time HST method. If you would like a step by step photo tutorial on making HSTs this way, click here.

trim to size

To ensure your block goes together smoothly, I highly recommend trimming the block units to size. For example, trim the roof flying geese units to 1-1/2” x 2-1/2”. Trim your HSTs to 1-1/2” square, and the pinwheels (after sewing the fourHSTs together) to 3-1/2” square.

Add applique touches

This block includes templates for decorative elements you can add to personalize your quilt shop.

To add the applique, start by printing out the templates on page 9 of the pattern. Use the 1” square to ensure they are the correct size. Print at 100% and DO NOT scale the pattern to fit.

Next, trace the shapes on the back of your fusible web, fuse the web onto the back of your fabrics, cut them out, then fuse them in place. Edge stitch around the shapes to hold them in place and to finish the edge.

If you’ve never done fusible applique before, click here for a step by step photo tutorial.

special notes on The Shop Sign

You can add the text to shop sign fabric in a couple of ways:

  • You can embroider the text onto fabric, cut the fabric to size, and piece it into the block.

  • You can copy the text onto fabric using fabric pens, cut the fabric to size and piece it into the block.

  • You can print the text onto fabric, cut the fabric to size, and piece it into the block.

To embroider the text, use an outline or stem stitch. First, lay the printout on your table and place your fabric on top and trace the text with a marking tool. I use my sandboard to keep the fabric in place while I trace the text.

To keep the fabric from puckering too much from your embroidery, fuse a light weight fusible to the back. Then use the outline or stem stitch and three to six strands of floss to embroider the text.

If you want, you can simply copy the text onto the fabric using a fabric pen such as a Pigma pen or an Ultra Fine Sharpie. Again, use a sandboard to stabilize the fabric so it doesn’t shift during the copy process.

To print the text onto fabric, you’ll need printer-prepared fabric and an ink jet printer. For step by step instructions on how to print on fabric, click here.

After printing, be sure to trim your fabric to the size of the shop sign and then applique it onto the block.

After you’ve sewn your block together, trim it to 12-1/2”.

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

Drop by Abbie’s blog to download your free Sew, Let’s Quilt Shop 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

Time to Enter the Segment 1 Prize Giveaway!

First, you must be 18 years old to enter.

To enter our Segment 1 Prize Giveaway, make all five blocks in Segment 1. If you missed a block, click here for more info.

Arrange your five blocks together, then take a photo of them. Post that one photo of all five blocks to one of the following places before midnight EST on May 20th to enter the Segment 1 giveaway:

  • On Instagram, with the hashtag #sewletsqal

  • In our private Facebook group

  • To the linky on any of the host’s blogs. You’ll find the linky on our project suggestions post. Click here to see mine.

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

Again to enter for the Segment 1 Prize Giveaway, you need only make the five blocks. Later, to enter our Grand Prize Giveaway at the end of the quilt along, you’ll need to use those blocks to make a quilt or a series of projects. For ideas on projects you might make with your blocks and to upload your photo of the five Segment 1 blocks to the prize linky, click here.

Thanks for stopping by! The next block (mine!) will be released May 21st.

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