Sew Lets QAL: Block 7 Iron

Hi! Welcome to Block 7 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 7 in the quilt along and the second block in Segment 2. To enter for the Segment 2 Prize, you must finish all 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 about it.

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 my first project suggestion. I’ll have more at the end of Segment 2.

Block 7: It’s a Pressing Issue (Iron)

This week’s block is an iron. The designer of Block 7 is Karen @ Tuna Quilts, Travels, and Eats and you can download the pattern there.

Here’s my version of Karen’s block. Because of the project I’m making with this block, I made it half it’s normal size—6” finished. Karen’s methods for making this block were so good, they worked perfectly even in miniature!

My Tips and Tutorials for Making This Block

Here are my tips for making the It’s a Pressing Issue block.

Sew the Flip Corners carefully

This block uses a technique called Flip Corners to create the angles on the spray head and the front tip of the iron. 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).


Karen includes pressing arrows in her illustrations. For ease in construction, make sure you press as she directs. This is especially important if you make the 9-Patch quilt section—pressing your seams in opposite directions will help the different sections to nest together and fit perfectly.

trim to size

To ensure your block goes together smoothly, I highly recommend trimming the block units to size. For example, trim the handle unit to 4” x 2-1/2” and the 9-Patch unit to 3-1/2” x 12-1/2”.

Add the cord

Because I need to sew this block into a project before I add the cord, I didn’t do that just yet. But I highly recommend adding it because it’s so cute! I so wanted to to add the cord that I couldn’t wait to try out how it will look.

To add the ric-rac glue it in place with fabric glue or pin in place, then sew right down the center of the ric-rac with matching thread.

Add the spray

When I miniaturized the block it didn’t leave me much room for spray, but I think I will add it after I sew the block into my project because again I think it’s the perfect touch!

To embroider the spray, use an outline or stem stitch. Lay your fabric on a sandboard to keep the fabric in place while you trace the lines of spray.

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

If you don’t want to embroider the spray lines you can simply draw the spray 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 drawing process.

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 Karen’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 2. Drop by their blogs to view their versions of this block and to read their tips for making it.

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

How Do I Enter the Giveaway?

First, you must be 18 years old to enter.

Unlike our previous quilt alongs, you only need to make the blocks to enter the segment giveaways. Here’s how it works: First, make all the blocks in Segment 2 (there will be four blocks—this one is the second block in Segment 2). Then at the end of Segment 2, 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 2 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 2 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 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:

Again to enter for the Segment 2 Prize Giveaway, you need only make the four blocks in the segment. Later, to enter our Grand Prize Giveaway at the end of the quilt along, you’ll need to use all 13 blocks to make a quilt or a series of projects. For ideas on projects you might make with your blocks click here.

Thanks for stopping by! The next block will be released June 18th.

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