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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 12 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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Project Ideas for Sew Let's QAL: Segment 1

Welcome to the project ideas post and the linky party for the Segment 1 Prize Giveaway of the Sew Let’s QAL!

By now you've downloaded all 5 block patterns for Segment 1 of our quilt along, and have made or are making all your blocks. Now it's time to think about how to use those blocks!

If you plan on making a quilt, there will be plenty of setting suggestions at the end of the quilt along.

If you’re planning on making projects instead of a quilt however, you can get started now if you feel like it.

Remember, to enter for the Segment 1 prize, you only need to make the five blocks in Segment 1 and upload one single photo that shows all five of them. To enter for the Grand Prize at the end of the quilt along, you’ll need to make projects or a quilt that uses all the blocks.

I’m going to be making several projects along the way. At the end of Segments 2 and 3, I’ll present some additional projects for you to make with your blocks if you want. You don’t need to make any of the projects I present or that any of the hosts present for that matter. You can make projects you design instead if you like, or make a quilt instead of projects to enter the Grand Prize giveaway in September.

Anyway, let me share my plan for Project 1 - Small Wall Hanging.

If you’d like to make this wall hanging, here is what you’ll need.

Make Two Log Cabin Blocks

The Log Cabin blocks finish at 6”. You’ll need to make two. Trim to 6-1/2”.

Light Purple

  • (2) 1-1/2” squares

Medium Purple

  • (2) 1-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangles

  • (2) 1-1/2” x 5-1/2” rectangles

Dark Purple

  • (2) 1-1/2” x 3-1/2” rectangles

  • (2) 1-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangles

Light Teal

  • (2) 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” rectangles

  • (2) 1-1/2” x 3-1/2” rectangles

Medium Teal

  • (2) 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” rectangles

  • (2) 1-1/2” x 3-1/2” rectangles

  • (2) 1-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangles

Dark Teal

  • (2) 1-1/2” x 5-1/2” rectangles

  • (2) 1-1/2” x 6-1/2” rectangles

Make Two Shoo Fly Blocks

The Shoo Fly blocks finish at 3”. You’ll need to make two. Trim to 3-1/2”.

Background

(4) 1-1/2” squares

(2) 2” squares (for making HSTs)

Teal

(1) 1-1/2” squares

(2) 2” squares (for making HSTs)

Make the HSTs using the Two-at-a-Time method. Click here for a photo tutorial on making HSTs this way. Trim to 1-1/2” before sewing them into the block.

Make Two Friendship Star Blocks

The Friendship Star blocks finish at 3”. You’ll need to make two. Trim to 3-1/2”.

Background

(4) 1-1/2” squares

(2) 2” squares (for making HSTs)

Pink

(1) 1-1/2” square

Purple

(2) 2” squares (for making HSTs)

Make the HSTs using the Two-at-a-Time method. Click here for a photo tutorial on making HSTs this way. Trim to 1-1/2” before sewing them into the block.

Applique the Text Block

Click here to download the applique templates. Print out the templates at 100%, no scaling and check the size by measuring the 1” square.

Trace the shapes onto fusible web, then fuse onto the back of your letter fabric. Cut out each shape on the line and fuse onto (1) 3-1/2” x 12-1/2” white rectangle. Edge stitch each shape with matching thread. If you’d like a step by step photo tutorial on how to do fusible machine applique, click here.

Finishing

Sew the two 12” blocks together in a vertical column with (1) Teal 1-1/2” x 12-1/2” rectangle between them. Sew (1) 1-1/2” x 25-1/2” rectangle on the left side of this unit.

Arrange the (2) Shoo Fly blocks and (2) Friendship Star blocks as shown and sew together. Sew this unit to the bottom of the Make it Sew! applique block.

Sew the two log cabin blocks together. Sew to the left of this unit.

Sew (1) 1-1/2” x 24-1/2” rectangle to the bottom of the Sewing Machine block. Sew the Log Cabin-Make it Sew unit to the bottom of this unit.

Sew the left and right sides of the quilt top together. Add (1) Purple 1-1/2” 25-1/2” rectangle to either side of quilt top. Sew (1) Purple 1-1/2” x 39-1/2” rectangle to the top and bottom of quilt top.

Layer quilt top, batting and backing (cut batting/backing to 33” x 45”—this size includes 3” overage on all four sides). Quilt as desired and bind. (You’ll need about 1/3 yard for binding and 1-1/4 yards for backing.)

Well that’s it! If you’d like more ideas for projects you can make with your quilt along blocks, be sure to visit the other hosts for Segment 1.

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

To enter for the Segment 1 prize, take a photo of the five Segment 1 blocks that you made then upload your photo to the linky below before midnight, May 20th.

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

You can also post your photo to Instagram, with the hashtag #sewletsqal or post it in our private Facebook group. If you want to link up but you need help, click the Wednesday Wait Loss tab above. It’ll give you step by step instructions on how to use a linky.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

You can follow me on social media or sign up for my newsletter if you’d like to watch me finish my quilt. You’ll find all the ways to follow me at the top of my sidebar. If you have any general questions about the quilt along or would like to see the complete schedule, click the Sew Let’s QAL tab above.

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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 12 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).

HSTs

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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Sew Lets QAL: Block 4 Thread Tales

Hi! Welcome to Block 4 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 to our Facebook group, Instagram with the hashtag #sewletsqal, or to a special linky we’ll host at the end of that segment.

This is Block 4 of Segment 1. There will be five blocks in this segment, released every two weeks. The last block in Segment 1 will be released on May 7th; the Segment will end on May 20th, so to enter for the Segment Prize you’ll have to have all five blocks finished by then. The prize winner for Segment 1 will be announced on May 21st.

Block 4: Thread Tales

This week’s block is a set of thread spools. There are actually two blocks to choose from this week: Thread Tales, the block I made and will share tips for here, and Spinning Spools. The designer of both versions of Block 4 is Bobbi @ Snowy Days Quilting and you can download the pattern there.

Here’s my version of Bobbi’s Thread Tales block.

Thread Tales is the block I made

I had a lot of fun making this block, especially choosing my fabrics. I chose colors that I thought would go with Block 1: Sewing Machine because the project I have in mind will use both blocks.

Not only did I have fun choosing the thread colors, but I also had fun choosing the colors of the spools. For inspiration, I looked at my thread collection. As you can see, spools come in more colors than white and brown!

At Spring Market a few years ago, I picked up some Cotton and Steel threads because they were new and the spools were so cute! There they are, on the left in a pyramid. Look at all those cool thread colors and awesome spool colors! Looking at these, I decided to choose thread and spool colors I thought would go together. No plain white and brown for me!

As an Island Batik Ambassador I have a lot of Aurifil threads because they are one of the sponsors. I’ve been an Aurifil thread user for a long time though, so my collection is vast. Aurifil identifies its thread weights with its spool color (for example, 50 wt thread has an orange spool) so I decided to use orange, green, red and dark grey spools for the Aurifil threads in the block.

Here are my fabrics, arranged in the order I planned to use them in my block.

For the shelf, I chose a fun butterfly print that had all of my favorite colors. The result is a riot of color that makes me smile.

My Tips and Tutorials for Making This Block

Here are my tips for making the Thread Tales block. The other block you can make is Spinning Spools and it’s shown below. Visit the other hosts (listed at the end of this post) for tips on making that block.

Spinning Spools is the other block you can make

This block has a lot of pieces, so my first tip is to mark them.

You’ll find a diagram on Page 2 of the pattern. Print it out because the checkboxes really help you organize your fabric cutting. In addition, I recommend labeling your pieces. I cllip my labels to my pieces using my Clover Mini Clips.

When a block has tiny pieces, it’s also a good idea to use a slightly shorter stitch length so your seams won’t pull apart.

Sew the Flip Corners carefully

This block uses a technique called Flip Corners to create the angles on the thread spools 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.

I decided to trim my unit to size first, then trim the seam allowances.

Sewing the tall Cone Units

Bobbi has you mark and then cut the J rectangle at an angle to create the tall cones. I got lazy and decided to mark and not cut and it worked just fine. First I marked 1/2” from each edge.

Then I laid the background rectangle RST on the J rectangle, using the mark to angle the rectangle correctly. Then I simply sewed the seam.

After adding both background rectangles, I flipped the unit over and trimmed it to the size of the J rectangle. Then I sewed the rest of the thread spool as directed. You can trim the seam allowance if you want but it was so tiny I didn’t bother.

trim the thread spool units

This block uses a lot of small pieces, but don’t let that worry you. The block will go together easily if you trim each unit (each spool) before sewing them together into a block. Bobbi provides the sizes of each unit in the instructions, so this is easy to do.

Trim each row as well.

Then trim the block when you’ve sewn it all together.

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

Drop by Bobbi’s blog to download your free spools block patterns. Hurry! The patterns are 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

How Do I Enter the Giveaway?

First, you must be 18 years old to enter.

Now, unlike previous quilt alongs, this time you simply make the block. Then after the end of Segment 1, you need to 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 1 to one of the following places to enter the Segment giveaway:

  • On Instagram, with the hashtag #fallintoaqal

  • 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 1 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 for making all the blocks in this Segment:

Thanks for stopping by! The next block will be released May 7th.

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