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Sew Let's QAL Segment 3 Giveaway Winner!

The Sew Let’s QAL has ended, so now it’s time to give away some awesome prizes!

To enter for the Segment 3 prize, you only need to make the four blocks in Segment 3 and upload one single photo that showed all four of them.

We had a ton of quilters quilting along with us, and I’d like to thank each and every one of you!

We’ve counted all the entries and have selected a winner for the Segment 3 prize package.

As a reminder, here’s what you could have won.

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!

Congratulations to our winner!

After tracking all the entries, one was selected at random and is being announced soon on Instagram (search for the hashtag #sewletsqal) and on our private Facebook group.

UPDATE: I just learned that Carol Ann Mudek Wojtowicz won our giveaway! Congratulations Carol.

Don’t Forget to Enter the Grand Prize Giveaway!

To enter for the Grand Prize, take a photo of a quilt top that includes all 13 blocks from the quilt along, or projects that include all 13 blocks and upload that photo before September 23rd.

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.

To enter for the Grand prize, upload one photo of either a quilt top that contains all 13 quilt along blocks or a series of projects that contain all 13 blocks to the linky below, to Instagram with the hashtag #sewletsqal or to our private Facebook group. If you want to link up below 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.

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

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

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You’ll find all the ways to follow me at the top of my sidebar. If you missed any of the block patterns, click the Sew Let’s QAL tab above.

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Project Ideas for Sew Let's QAL: Segment 3

Welcome to the project ideas post and the linky parties for the Segment 3 Prize Giveaway and the Grand Prize Giveaways for the Sew Let’s QAL!

By now you've downloaded all 4 block patterns for Segment 3 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, the other quilt along hosts will be providing plenty of setting suggestions in their project post.

Remember, to enter for the Segment 3 prize, you only need to make the four blocks in Segment 3 and upload one single photo that shows all four of them. To enter for the Grand Prize, you’ll need to make projects or a quilt top that uses all the blocks.

I’ve been making several projects along the way instead of a quilt top. At the end of Segment 1, I presented my first project suggestion: Small Wall Hanging. Click here to view the details for that project.

For my wall hanging I used my Binding Clips block in the wall hanging, along with the Sewing Machine block and the Thread Tales block although you could substitute other blocks if you like.

At the end of Segment 2, I presented two project suggestions a Fabric Box and a Vinyl Project Bag. Click here to view the details for making those projects.

I didn’t make all the blocks in this quilt along, but the project suggestion for the two Segment 3 blocks I did make is a zippered sewing pouch. You could use this pouch for anything, like your hand-sewing needles, scissors, thimbles, and thread.

The zippered pouch contains two clear vinyl pockets that zip closed, a Velcro closure, and plenty of room to hold your sewing tools.

Zippered Sewing Pouch

My project suggestions uses two reduced-size versions of our quilt along blocks to make a sewing pouch. If you’d like to make a zippered sewing pouch too, here is what you’ll need.

  • Two 6-1/2” quilt blocks

  • Two zippers, at least 6-1/2” long (it’s okay if they are longer—you’ll trim them to size)

  • Fabric that matches zippers: (2) 2-1/2” x 1-1/2” rectangles

  • Accent fabric inside (teal): (1) 2” x 6-1/2” rectangle, (3) 4” x 6-1/2” rectangles, (1) 6” x 6-1/2” rectangle

  • Accent fabric outside (coral): (2) 2-1/4” x 6-1/2” rectangles, (1) 1” x 6-1/2” rectangle, (1) 1-1/4” x 6-1/2” rectangle

  • Vinyl: (2) 6” x 6-1/2” rectangles

  • Fusible Fleece or Batting: (1) 6-1/2” x 15-1/2” rectangle

  • Lining fabric: (1) 6-1/2” x 15-1/2” rectangle

  • Sew On Velcro: (1) 3/4” x 4-1/2”

Sew the Inside

Prepare zippers

Cut both zippers to 6-1/2” long. Take (1) 2-1/2” x 1-1/2” rectangle (zipper color) and fold the two 1-1/2” sides in towards center and press. Fold the other sides in a little and press. Fold this over the raw end of the zipper and sew to secure it.

Repeat with the second zipper.

Sew first zipper

Fold (1) 2” x 6-1/2” teal rectangle in half and press. Place folded edge along right side of zipper and sew.

Fold (1) 4” x 6-1/2” teal rectangle in half and press, then fold into center again and press. Lay folded edge along left side of zipper and sew.

Add Top Vinyl

Insert (1) 6” x 6-1/2” vinyl rectangle into folded edge of zipper (the left edge) and sew to attach it.

Sew second zipper

Fold (1) 6” x 6-1/2” teal rectangle in half and press then fold again towards center and press. Place folded edge along right side of zipper and sew.

Add to Top Vinyl

Insert (1) 6” x 6-1/2” vinyl rectangle into folded edge of zipper. Position the top of vinyl 1” from the fold. (This positioning leaves a tiny space at which the finished sewing caddy will fold in half.) Sew to attach the vinyl.

Finish Second Zipper

Fold (1) 4” x 6-1/2” teal rectangle in half and press, then fold into center again and press. Lay folded edge along left side of zipper and sew.

Add Bottom Vinyl

Insert (1) 6” x 6-1/2” vinyl rectangle into folded edge (left side) of zipper. Sew to attach it.

Finish the Bottom of Vinyl Unit

Fold (1) 4” x 6-1/2” teal rectangle in half and press, then fold into center again and press. Insert the bottom vinyl into the folded edge and sew.

Add Binding

Fold (1) 2-1/4” x 6-1/2” coral rectangle in half and press. Fold in half again and press. Sew to the front of vinyl , raw edges to raw edges. Fold over the edge and finish like binding. I machine sewed my binding down. Set the Vinyl Unit aside.

Make Outside

Sew (1) 2-1/4” x 6-1/2” coral rectangle to the top of Back Block. Press towards the coral strip.

Sew (1) 1” x 6-1/2” coral rectangle to the bottom of Cover (Front) Block. Press towards the coral rectangle.

Sew the Back Block to the Cover Block as shown (Cover Block will be upside down.)

Sew (1) 1-1/2” x 6-1/2” rectangle to the bottom of this unit to create the Outside.

Fuse (1) 6-1/2” x 15-1/2” rectangle of fusible fleece/fusible batting to the back of the Outside.

Sew Velcro on

Sew the hook side of the Velcro to the top of the Cover Block, centering it.

Assemble Zippered Sewing Caddy

Place the Vinyl Unit on top of (1) 6-1/2” x 15-1/2” lining rectangle, both right sides up. Make sure to align the bottom edges and clip to keep everything in place. Move the zipper pulls to the middle of the zippers, out of the way.

Place the Outside on top, right side down. Be sure to place the Cover Block at the bottom edge. Clip along all the edges and sew, leaving an opening. Backstitch at the beginning and ending of the seam. Clip the corners and turn right side out. Press from the Outside (not the Vinyl side.)

Sew caddy closed

Press under the seam allowance at the opening. Hand stitch or top stitch to close the opening.

Finish the inside pockets by first sewing along the binding at the top of the first pocket.

Next, sew the bottom of the top pocket closed by sewing along the bottom of the Cover block, from the right side.

Fold the pouch closed, mark the position of the loop side of the Velcro and sew it down.

That’s it! You’re done. Fill your zippered sewing caddy with the things you need to keep handy. I use my caddy to hold my hand sewing needles, thimbles, tiny scissors, and seam ripper. Next time I need to sew a quilt binding down or add a hanging sleeve, I’m all set!

I Need More Suggestions!

Here are the project hosts for Segment 3. Drop by their blogs for project suggestions.

Abbie @ Sparkle On
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Sandy @ SandyStar Designs
Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter (that’s me!)
Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing

Making a quilt and not projects? Drop by the quilt top hosts!

April @ JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi @ Snowy Days Quilting
Sherry @ Powered by Quilting
Becca @ Pretty Piney Quilts

Enter the Segment 3 Giveaway!

To enter for the Segment 3 prize, take a photo of the four Segment 3 blocks that you made then upload your photo before midnight, September 9th. There are 3 places you can upload your photo, which I’ll tell you about in a moment. But first, let’s talk about prizes!

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

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!

So, to enter our Segment 3 Prize giveaway, post your photo to the linky below. 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 below 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

Enter the Grand Prize Giveaway!

To enter for the Grand Prize, take a photo of a quilt top that includes all 13 blocks from the quilt along, or projects that include all 13 blocks and upload that photo before September 23rd. I’ll give you complete directions in a moment, but first let’s talk about prizes, prizes, prizes!

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.

To enter for the Grand prize, upload one photo of either a quilt top that contains all 13 quilt along blocks or a series of projects that contain all 13 blocks to the linky below, to Instagram with the hashtag #sewletsqal or to our private Facebook group. If you want to link up below 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.

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

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 see the other projects I design and make.

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 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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Sew Lets QAL: Block 12 Rotary Cutter

Hi! Welcome to Block 12 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 12 in the quilt along and the third block in Segment 3. There will be four blocks in this segment, 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. The prize winner for Segment 3 will be announced on September 10th. 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, and you’ll have until September 23rd to finish your quilt top and projects. If you are making projects and want to get a head start on them here’s a link to my project suggestions for the Segment 1 blocks and the Segment 2 blocks. I’ll have more project suggestions at the end of Segment 3.

Block 12: Rotary Cutter

This week’s block is a rotary cutter. The designer of Block 12 is Sandy @ SandyStar Designs and you can download the pattern there.

Here’s my version of Sandy’s block.

My Tips and Tutorials for Making This Block

Here are my tips for making the Rotary Cutter block.

my Fabric Pull

I am going to use my Rotary Cutter block in the same project as the Buttons block, so I needed to make it half-size like the Buttons block.

For my fabric pull, I started with the Buttons block and the coordinating fabric I’m going to use for the project. I selected a nice blue, teal, and green fabric for the “fabric” portion of the block. For the background I chose a dark teal I thought looked like a cutting mat.

For the rotary cutter portion of the block, I stuck to traditional and chose colors that looked like my actual rotary cutter—bright yellow, black, and grey.

Curious about what I’m making? Stay tuned to the end of Segment 3 in the quilt along where I’ll share my projects for this segment.

Sew the half-rectangle correctly

Mark and cut the rectangles as instructed in Step 1 of the pattern. Be sure to mark and cut each rectangle separately—don’t try to stack them or you might end up with one right and one wrong rectangle.

Sewing the triangles together is perhaps the only real tricky part. Just be sure to line up the triangles as shown here, leaving a small triangle of fabric on either side.

Press well and trim your half-rectangle to 3-1/2” x 6-1/2” as instructed in Step 2.

SEW the background

Sewing up the background is pretty straight forward. To help, I layout the pieces so I know which ones to sew together first. Sandy indicates how you should press the block units as you sew them together. Here’s the back of my block.

Print out the templates

After you get the background sewn together, it’s time to create the rotary cutter applique.

Start by printing out the templates on page 3. Use the 1” square to ensure that the templates are the correct size. Print at 100% and DO NOT scale the pattern to fit.

I’m going to use the Rotary Cutter block in the same project as the Buttons block so it also needs to be smaller. Like before I reduced the templates so they would fit on my block which will finish at 6-1/2”. To do that, I simply printed the template page at 50% size. Notice that the size of my test square was 1/2”. Oh boy! <grin>

Applique the Rotary Cutter

Trace the templates onto fusible web, fuse the web onto the back of your fabrics, and cut them out on the line. I labeled my pieces for easier assembly of the rotary cutter. I also added the a letter indicating the color fabric to make it easier to fuse each template to the right fabric.

When I’m appliqueing something with lots of pieces like this rotary cutter, I assemble it in parts on my pressing sheet then move it to the background in one piece. In this case I started with the rotary wheel, fusing piece F onto piece E.

Next, I fused the F-E piece onto the circle D. I wanted my rotary cutter to look realistic so I to align it properly I first centered FE on D then slid FE off just a little to show the blade open. I used my actual rotary cutter as a guide (children do not do this at home <grin>).

Next, I fused C onto A to create the handle then fused the blade part onto the handle. I again used my rotary cutter as a guide for placement being very careful of that open blade.

I added the hole (piece B) last. I made mine black although you could make yours the color of your background to make it look more like a hole.

Finally, I fused the rotary cutter in place on the background. Be sure to place the end of the handle at least 1/4” from the right edge so it doesn’t get caught in the seam.

Edge-stitch the applique

Edge-stitch your applique to finish the edges. I use a straight stitch and matching thread. If you’ve never machine appliqued before, click here for a step by step photo tutorial.

I edge-stitched my applique using Aurifil 50 wt. #2692 (Black) and #2120 (Canary) and Wonderfil Konfetti 50 wt. KT905 (Sterling Grey).

Trim Your Block

Assemble your block, press well, and trim to it’s final size—12-1/2” (or 6-1/2” in my case.)

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

Drop by Sandy’s blog to download your free Rotary Cutter 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 Giveaway?

First, you must be 18 years old to enter.

Unlike 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 3 (there will be four blocks—this one is the third block in Segment 3). Then at the end of Segment 3, 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 3 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 3 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 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!

Again to enter for the Segment 3 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 visit my Segment 1 Projects post and my Segment 2 Projects post.

Thanks for stopping by! The next block will be released August 13th. We’ll also be presenting more project suggestions at the end of this segment for those of you not making a quilt with our blocks. Don’t miss it!

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