Sew Lets QAL: Block 9 I Love to Quilt

Hi! Welcome to Block 8 of the Sew Let’s Quilt Along!

You’ll find the details of the quilt along on the Sew Lets QAL tab above. 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 at the end of that segment.

This is Block 9 in the quilt along and the fourth block in Segment 2. There were four blocks in this segment, released every two weeks. To enter for the Segment 2 prize, you must finish all four Segment 2 blocks and post a photo of them online. You’ll find the prizes and the details for entering the Segment 2 Prize Giveaway at the end of this post. The prize winner for Segment 2 will be announced on July 16th.

To enter for the Grand Prize at the end of the quilt along, you’ll need to either make a quilt top 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.

Block 9: I Love to Quilt

This week’s block is Love to Quilt. The designer of Block 9 is Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing and you can download the pattern there.

Here’s my version of Kathleen’s block.

Fabric Pull

I love the sentiment of this block and to emphasize that I wanted to use quilting-themed fabrics. First I pulled this yummy honey-colored honeycomb fabric for the block background from my collection of Deb Stain Bee fabrics. I paired it with a solid teal so the text would be readable. To that I added a bee fabric from my stash for the border which I paired with another Deb Strain Bee fabric, this time gold text on black. Finally I decided to use the solid black fabric for the quilting thread so it would stand out but not compete with the lettering.

My Tips and Tutorials for Making This Block

Here are my tips for making the I Love to Quilt block.

print out the templates

Start by printing out the templates on page 7. Use the 1” square to ensure that the templates are the correct size (on my version, the square measured 1-1/4”). Print at 100% and DO NOT scale the pattern to fit.

Applique the text

Trace the templates onto fusible web, fuse the web onto the back of your text fabric, cut the letters out and fuse them in place on the background.

When I’m doing fusible applique, I always cut my background a bit larger than needed so I can trim it up later, after finishing the applique. So I cut my background square 9” x 9” then fused my letters down.

You can use the placement guide on page 8 to help you place your letters if you are using a light-colored background or have a lightbox or window.

I decided to use my ruler to space the letters out evenly. Since I started with a 9” square, I left 1” on either side of the text to allow space for me to trim the block down to size after I finished the applique edges.

Stitch down the edges of your letters (I used a straight stitch) to finish them, then trim the background to 8-1/2” square. I happened to have an 8-1/2” square ruler that made the process of trimming my background and keeping the text centered so easy.

If you’ve never machine-appliqued before, click here for a step by step photo tutorial.

I edge-stitched my text with Aurifil 50 wt. #5005 Bright Turquoise.

add the quilting stitches

Kathleen provides two methods for creating the quilting stitches: pieced or applique. I chose the applique method but changed it up just a little. Instead of fusing the quilting threads to each border strip, I went ahead and sewed the borders on then added my quilting stitches.

This method made it easier easier for me to space out my stitches the way I wanted. I used a ruler to make sure the threads were not only spaced evenly but also centered on the strip.

If you’re going to edge stitch the quilting threads down, I do recommend following Kathleen’s steps instead of using my method because I think having the individual borders will make it easier to do your edge stitching around all those tiny rectangles. You might want to cut the borders a bit wider however so that after fusing and stitching you can trim them to the right width.

I didn’t finish my quilting threads with edge stitching because the project I was going to make with this block allowed me to simply quilt the edges down. To hedge my bets I made the outer border of the block wider so after I was done with the block I could trim it down to size.

What project am I making you ask? <grin> Don’t worry, I’m not really keeping it a secret. You’ll find a link to my Segment 2 projects at the end of this post.

After you’ve added the quilting stitches, add the final border as instructed and trim your block to 12-1/2” square.

Making I Love to Quilt block 6.jpg

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

Drop by Kathleen’s blog to download your free I Love to Quilt block 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
Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter (that’s me!)
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Sherry @ Powered by Quilting
Becca @ Pretty Piney Quilts
Sandy @ SandyStar Designs

Time to Enter the Segment 2 Prize Giveaway!

First, you must be 18 years old to enter.

To enter our Segment 2 Prize Giveaway, make all four blocks in Segment 2. If you missed a block, click here for more info on where to get the pattern.

Arrange your four blocks together, then take a photo of them. Post that one photo of all four blocks to one of the following places before midnight EST on July 15th to enter the Segment 2 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 my project suggestions for Segment 2 and to find the linky to which you can upload your photo for the giveaway.

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 top or a series of projects. For ideas on projects you might make with your blocks and to upload your photo of the four Segment 2 blocks to the prize linky, click here.

Thanks for stopping by! The next block will be released July 16th.

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