Sew Lets QAL: Block 13 Who's Got the Thimble?

Hi! Welcome to Block 13 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 13 in the quilt along and the last block in Segment 3. There were four blocks in this segment and they were released every two weeks. To enter for the Segment 3 prize, you must finish all four Segment 3 blocks and post a photo of them at the end of Segment 3. You’ll find instructions on how to upload your photo at the end of this post.

The prize winner for Segment 3 will be announced on September 10th. If you’ve missed any of the block patterns, click here to view my previous block posts.

Now that the quilt along has ended, you can also enter for the Grand Prize. To do that 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. You’ll have until September 23rd to finish your quilt top or projects. If you are making projects and need ideas, here’s a link to my project suggestions for the Segment 1 blocks, the Segment 2 blocks, and the Segment 3 blocks.

Block 13: Who’s Got the Thimble

This week’s block is thimbles. The designer of Block 13 is April @ JANDA Bend Quilts 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 April’s block from Electric Quilt.

My Tips and Tutorials for Making This Block

Here are my tips for making the Who’s Got the Thimble? block.

Fabric Pull

April’s block is very scrappy and so it’s a great opportunity to reuse the fabrics you’ve used in the other blocks so far, helping you to create a cohesive look across your quilt or quilt projects.

For this block, I revisited the fabrics I’ve used in other blocks created in Electric Quilt. I would encourage you to do the same, and return to your other blocks and pull your favorite fabrics to put on display in this block.

You can choose anything for your background and shelf fabrics. In this sample, I chose a neutral colored sewing themed fabric for the background. You might choose a tone-on-tone white or beige, depending on your other fabrics. For the shelf, I chose a teal ruler fabric from Electric Quilt.

cutting your thimbles

To make the thimble blocks, you cut Tumbler shapes. You can do this with a regular quilting ruler, or with a special die (if you have an AccuQuilt GO! cutter for example.) I have an AccuQuilt GO! as you know, but not this particular die so I would cut this using my ruler. April provides clear directions, so it’s easy!

First, sew two of your 3-1/2” thimble fabrics together. Make sure they coordinate like these fabrics.

To make the next step easier, I’d cut your “strip set” into a 3-1/2” square.

Next, mark your square at the top 3/4” in from the left and right edges as indicated in Step 1 of the pattern, then cut your tumbler shape.

That’s it! Repeat this process to make 8 thimbles (tumbler shapes). As April suggests, when you trim each strip set to 3-1/2”, adjust the placement of the two colors to add variety in your thimbles.

I placed my two fabrics 1-1/2” from the top for 3 thimbles, 1-1/4” from the bottom for 3 thimbles, and 1” from the bottom for 2 thimbles.

Cut the Backgrounds

Cut the background shapes as you did the thimble shapes—marking each 3-1/2” square and then cutting. You’ll need 13 Background shapes.

sew the block together

To sew the tumbler and background pieces together, you have to offset them a little, like I’ve done here. Press towards the tumbler piece as directed in the pattern.

As you sew each row, you’ll notice that you have extra background fabric on both sides. That’s okay.

The pattern tells you to trim each tumbler row to 12-1/2” then to add the shelf and background strips. I’d add the shelf and background strips centering them over/under each untrimmed tumbler row. To give yourself even more fudge room for getting a perfect 12-1/2” block, you could cut your background and shelf strips to 1” x 13” instead of 1” x 12-1/2”. Then trim each row to 13” before sewing each row together to create the block.

After pressing your block, trim it to 12-1/2” square.

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

Drop by April’s blog to download your free Where’s the Thimble? block pattern. Hurry! The pattern is only available for free until September 21st.

Here are the hosts for Segment 3. 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!)
Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Sherry @ Powered by Quilting
Becca @ Pretty Piney Quilts
Sandy @ SandyStar Designs

How Do I Enter the Segment 3 Giveaway?

First, you must be 18 years old to enter.

To enter our Segment 3 Prize giveaway, make all four blocks in Segment 3. If you missed a block pattern from Segment 3, click here for info on how to get it.

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 September 9th to enter the Segment 3 giveaway:

The Segment 3 Giveaway winner will be announced September 10th, so be sure to come back for that!

Here’s what you might win by making all the Segment 3 blocks:

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

Plus this free PDF pattern from April!

How Do I Enter the Grand Prize Giveaway?

To enter our Grand Prize Giveaway 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 visit my Segment 1 Projects post, my Segment 2 Projects post and my Segment 3 Projects post.

If you need ideas for sewing your blocks into a quilt top, visit the other designers’ project posts. You’ll find links to them in my Segment 3 Projects post.

After making your blocks, sew them into a quilt top or a series of projects. Be sure to use all the blocks! Arrange your quilt top or your projects together, then take a photo. Post that one photo of a quilt top or projects that use all 13 blocks to one of the following places before midnight EST on September 23rd to enter the Grand Prize giveaway:

Here’s what you might win by entering the Grand Prize giveaway:

A special thanks to Timeless Treasures and Shabby Fabrics for supporting us throughout the Sew Let’s QAL.

The Grand Prize Giveaway winner will be announced September 24th, so be sure to come back for that!

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