Sew Let's QAL

Sew Lets QAL: Block 10 Buttons

Hi! Welcome to Block 10 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 10 in the quilt along and the first 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 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, 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 10: Buttons

This week’s block is a bunch of cute buttons. The designer of Block 10 is Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts and you can download the pattern there.

Here’s my version of Laura’s block.

I am going to use my Buttons block in a project where it needs to be smaller, so I made the block half-size.

For my fabric pull, I started with this adorable thread spools fabric then chose colors to match. Laura used three fabrics for her buttons (one for each one) and simply used the back side of her fabrics for the lighter colored button rings. I chose to use two different fabrics for each button.

Regardless of which way you go, just make sure that you end up with enough contrast between the two colors on a button to be able to see the ring.

For my background I chose a tone-on-tone white fabric. Love the circles! They reminded me of buttons. No, I didn’t use the thread spools fabric as my background—it’ll be the supporting fabric for the project I’m making. (Curious? Stay tuned to the end of this Segment in the quilt along where I’ll share my projects for this segment.)

My Tips and Tutorials for Making This Block

Here are my tips for making the Buttons block.

print out the templates

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 Buttons block in a project where it needed to be smaller, so I reduced the templates so the block would 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”. Yikes! <grin>

Cut out the fusible

Laura tells you to cut a 10” square of fusible for cutting the buttons out, but I’d recommend that you cut your fusible just a hair bigger than that (at 10-1/8”) to make it a little easier to get the templates to fit.

I cut the template on the bottom and right sides right on the line, and cut around the dot, leaving it there to help with placement on the fusible.

I folded the fusible as instructed and clipped it in place. Again, my Clover Clips are a life-saver!

I cut out the fusbile from the dot out, labeling the pieces as I went. This may seem strange that you are cutting out a ring of fusible for the back of a circular button, but by following Laura’s directions you’ll end up with less fusible on the backs of your buttons and as a result your block will be less stiff. Very clever, Laura!

As I cut I moved the clips as needed to keep everything together. I labeled as I cut, and discarded the pieces marked Discard. Eventually I had the fusible cut out for Buttons 1, 2, and 3 and the Button 1 Ring.

I again used a slightly larger square for the second fusible (4-1/8” square instead of 4”). I clipped the template to the fusible square and cut it out. This one was a little harder to cut out so I used a lot of clips to hold everything in place while I cut.

Finally, I traced out the button holes onto fusible. I used a scrap of fusible for this rather than the 4” square listed in the instructions because I like to use up my scraps. Make sure you trace out 4 large and 6 small button holes. I traced out only 4 of each and had to go back and trace out 2 more small ones after I realized my mistake. <wink>

Cut out the shapes

After cutting out the fusibles, I fused them onto my button and ring fabrics as instructed. As you can see here on my dotted button fabric there is only a small ring of fusible, leaving the button itself soft and flexible in the block.

Be sure to fuse your button hole fusible on your background fabric and not some third color fabric. The button holes should show the background through the holes. (Yeah at this point I hadn’t yet noticed I didn’t trace out enough small button holes.)

cutting out the Buttons

I decided to fuse my buttons together on my Teflon pressing sheet, and move them to the background for fusing after that was done. If you don’t have a pressing sheet you can use a piece of parchment paper.

I started with the large button, fusing first the ring then the button holes. To help me place the button holes, I lightly folded the button fabric in quarters.

I repeated the process, fusing the other two buttons into a single unit I could place on my background.

fusing the shapes

Be sure to cut your background square larger than needed, as instructed in the pattern. For a 12” finished block, cut your background 13” square.

I used a ruler as suggested to place the big button in the lower right corner. My measurements were half of Laura’s since my block was half as big.

As you place the button, make sure that your button holes are at least 1/2” from either edge so they won’t get caught in the seam allowances once the block is sewn into a project.

Once you’re satisfied, fuse the big button in place.

Trim the back of the block as instructed.

Measure again to place the second and third buttons. Before you fuse them, I highly recommend measuring out your 12-1/2” final square area (for me, 6-1/2”) so you’re sure that your buttons are outside that seam allowance.


Edge-stitching the shapes

After fusing the buttons onto your background fabric, edge stitch around the shapes to hold them in place and to finish the edge. If you’ve never machine appliqued before, click here for a step by step photo tutorial.

I edge-stitched my buttons using Wonderfil Konfetti 50 wt. #KT607 Teal, Aurifil 50 wt. #5006 Light Turquoise, Aurifil 50 wt. #1147 Light Leaf Green, Sulky #60 wt. #1104 Pastel Yellow Green, Aurifil 50 wt. #2250 Red, Wonderfil Invisifil 100 wt. #605 Christmas Red.

Trim your block

After edge-stitching, press your block well. Trim your block to 12-1/2” square. I trimmed only two sides, measuring out from the lower right corner of the block. This protected the placement of the large button.

stabilizing the lower right corner

Because you used a tiny ring of fusible to hold the large button down (leaving the button nice and supple) and then placed that button halfway off the block, the edges of the button in the lower right corner will be a little loose. You can slip a bit of fusible along the bottom and right edge of the block to stabilize the button, or you can staystitch (stitch with a slightly shorter stitch length within the seam allowance) to stabilize that edge.

With my tiny block, I didn’t feel that was needed to I skipped that step.

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

Drop by Laura’s blog to download your free Buttons 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 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 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 12 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 July 30th. We’ll also be presenting more project suggestions for those of you not making a quilt with our blocks. Don’t miss it!

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Project Ideas for Sew Let's QAL: Segment 2

Welcome to the project ideas post and the linky party for the Segment 2 Prize Giveaway of the Sew Let’s QAL!

By now you've downloaded all 4 block patterns for Segment 2 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 want.

Remember, to enter for the Segment 2 prize, you only need to make the four blocks in Segment 2 and upload one single photo that shows all four of them. To enter for the Grand Prize at the end of the quilt along, you’ll need to make projects or a quilt top that uses all the blocks.

I’m going to be 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.

You may notice that the final version of my wall hanging to be is different than the one I originally showed you—I’m going to use my Binding Clips block in the wall hanging, along with the Sewing Machine block and the Thread Tales block.

At the end of Segment 3, I’ll present some additional projects for you to make with your blocks 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 or make a quilt top instead of projects to enter the Grand Prize giveaway in September.

Anyway, let me share my project suggestions for Segment 2. I have two of them: a Fabric Box and a Vinyl Project Bag.

Fabric Box

For my first project suggestion, use two reduced-size versions of quilt along blocks to make a fabric box. If you’d like to make a fabric box too, here is what you’ll need.

  • Two 6-1/2” blocks from the quilt along. I reduced the size of Block 7 - Iron and Block 8 - Pin Cushion and used them for this project because I wanted to use my fabric box to store my ironing supplies.

  • Three 6-1/2” squares (outer fabric)

  • Five 6-1/2” squares (lining fabric)

  • Ten 6” squares mid-weight fusible interfacing

  • One 2-1/4” x WOF strip (binding)

Fuse the Interfacing

Fuse the interfacing on the back of the (3) outer fabric squares and the (2) blocks. Be sure to center the interfacing on the back of each fabric square before fusing.

Stitch the Outer Shell Together

Stitch a block to either side of one outer square. Start and stop your seam 1/4” from either end (backstitching at both ends as well.) Be sure you stitch the bottom of each block to the center square (and not one of the sides, or the top). Press the seams away from the center block.

Stitch one outer block to the top and bottom of the center block. Stitch as shown, forming a plus sign. Start and stop your seam 1/4” from each end and backstitching as before. Press seams away from the center block.

Sew up the sides of the box. Lift two side squares up, pin, and sew the side seam. If you flatten the other squares as shown it’ll be easier to sew the side seam. Be sure to start and stop your seam 1/4” from each end and backstitch.

Repeat to sew up each of the sides. Turn the box right sides out. Press.

Repeat these steps to sew up the lining. Do not turn the lining right side out, but be sure to press.

Slip the lining box inside the outer box. Pin, then stitch the two together using 1/8” seam. Press.

Press binding in half and sew to the top of the box. Tuck one end into the other as shown.

Flip binding to the inside of the box and stitch down by hand or machine.

Now your fabric box is finished! I plan to use mine at my pressing station, to corral my starch and my water mister.

Vinyl Project Bag

For another project idea, you could make a vinyl project bag to hold the blocks for a project. If you’d like to make a project bag too, here is what you’ll need.

  • One block from the quilt along (I used the I Love to Quilt block)

  • One 4” x 12-1/2” rectangle for top of block inside

  • One 14-1/2” x 17-1/2” rectangle for back of project bag

  • One 14-1/2” x 17-1/2” rectangle batting

  • Two 4” x 14” upper and lower rectangles for bag front

  • One 14” zipper

  • One 14” x 13” rectangle of upholstery vinyl

  • Two 2-1/2” x WOF strips for binding

Sew rectangle to top of quilt block

Sew the 4” x 12-1/2” rectangle to the top of your quilt block. Press.

Quilt Your Block

Layer the quilt block, backing, and batting. Quilt as desired. I quilted straight lines on either side of the quilting thread on Block 9: I Love to Quilt. This not only quilted my block but also stitched the thread rectangles down to secure them.

Next, I quilted straight lines behind the text. I used ruler work to quilt the straight lines.

After quilting, trim the quilt sandwich to 14-1/2” x 12-1/2”

Sew up the zipper

Start by folding one of the 4” x 14” rectangles in half and pressing. Repeat with the other 4” x 14” rectangle.

Take one of these strips and open it up. Fold the edges in towards the center and press. Press in half once again.


Place the 14” x 13” rectangle of upholstery vinyl in between the two folds of the second strip, and sew two lines near the edge to secure the vinyl. Stitch slowly and use a walking foot if that helps. I didn’t need to do that on my machine, but vinyl can be slippery.

Place the vinyl-fabric strip below the zipper as shown and stitch close to the zipper using a zipper foot. I use Clover Clips to hold the zipper in place while I sew.

Place the other strip on the top of the zipper as shown. Make sure that the raw edges of this strip are away from the zipper, towards the top of the project bag. Stitch as before, close to the zipper.

Finish the project bag

Layer the project front (zipper side up) on top of the quilt (block side up). Align the top edges and pin. (The vinyl piece will be larger on the sides and bottom than the bottom piece. This is okay.)

Slide the zipper pull to the center of the zipper for safekeeping, then flip everything over so you can trim the vinyl piece even with the block piece.

Clip the edges using Clover Clips to secure them. If you must pin, pin where the holes you make in the vinyl won’t show after sewing (pin 1/8” from the edge).

Sew the two binding strips together, fold and press. Clip the binding to the edges of the front side of the project bag, aligning the raw edges. Stitch the binding in place as you would a quilt.

Fold binding to the back and hand or machine stitch in place. Your project bag is done!

Here are the project hosts for Segment 2. 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!)

You can drop by these additional blogs to read their Segment 2 wrap-ups

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

To enter for the Segment 2 prize, take a photo of the four Segment 2 blocks that you made then upload your photo to the linky below before midnight, July 15th.

Here’s what you might win for making all the blocks in Segment 2:

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

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 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 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 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.

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.

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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 12 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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Sew Lets QAL: Block 8 Pin Cushion

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 8 in the quilt along and the third block in Segment 2. There will be 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 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 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 my first project suggestion. I’ll have more project suggestions at the end of Segment 2.

Block 8: Pin Cushion

This week’s block is a Pin Cushion. The designer of Block 8 is Sherry @ Powered by Quilting and you can download the pattern there.

Here’s my version of Sherry’s block.

I am going to use my Pin Cushion block in the same project as the Iron block, so I chose similar fabrics. What project you ask? Don’t miss my Segment 2 project suggestions post on July 2nd <wink>

My Tips and Tutorials for Making This Block

Here are my tips for making the Pin Cushion block.

print out the templates

Start by printing out the templates on page 2. Use the 1” square to ensure that the templates are the correct size. Print at 100% and DO NOT scale the pattern to fit.

Because I’m going to use the Pin Cushion block in the same project as the Iron block, I needed to reduce it’s size so it would finish at 6-1/2” (the same size as my version of the Iron block). To reduce the size of the block, I had to reduce the templates. To do that, I simply printed the template page at 50% size.

Prepare the Background

Be sure to cut your background square larger than needed, as instructed in the pattern. For a 12” finished block, cut your background 13” square.

I decided to piece my background to match the Iron block. You can piece your background too if you wish. For these proportions, cut the top part 9” x 13” and the bottom part 4-1/2” x 13”. Your pieced background will end up 13” square which is just right for now.

After printing out the templates, trace the shapes on the back of your fusible web, fuse the web onto the back of your pin cushion and leaf fabrics, cut them out, then fuse them in place onto your background.

To make your block softer, “window” the fusible before you fuse it to the back of your fabric. To do that, simply cut out the center of the fusible shape, leaving a tiny bit of fusible on either side of the outline. I haven’t done that yet in this photo, but I did and forgot to take a photo afterwards. Oh well!

I often fuse my applique shapes together on top of a Teflon applique pressing sheet, so I can move the completed shape to my background and center it more easily.

After fusing the pin cushion onto your background fabric, edge stitch around the shapes to hold them in place and to finish the edge. If you’ve never machine appliqued before, click here for a step by step photo tutorial.

I edge-stitched my pin cushion with Aurifil 50 wt. #2265 Lobster Red and the leaf with Aurifil 50 wt #2545 Medium Purple.

add the embroidery

This block includes a lot of cute embroidered details. Without them, your pin cushion block just won’t be as adorable. Don’t let the fact that you don’t normally embroider stop you from adding these personal touches!

First things first. Before adding the embroidery, fuse some light-weight interfacing on the back of your block, in the areas where the embroidery is going to be. This will stabilize the block and prevent it from distorting out of shape as you make your stitches.

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The first embroidery you need to add is the stitching lines on the pin cushion. The traditional color for these lines is green, but you can make them any color that coordinates with the fabric you’ve chosen for your pin cushion. I decided to go traditional and use green, although I chose a lime color instead of the normal deep green because I liked how it looked with my pin cushion fabric.

Mark the stitching lines, then embroider them. I used my sandboard to keep my block from shifting as I drew my lines. I marked my lines with a chalk pencil so it would be easy to remove them after embroidering the lines.

To secure the floss for stitching, you can make a quilter’s knot. Click here to learn how.

The pattern suggests a backstitch or whipped backstitch for the lines, but I used an outline stitch (a variation of the stem stitch). I used 2 strands of #471 DMC Very Light Avocado Green embroidery floss. Click here for a tutorial on how to do the stem/outline stitch.

After stitching the lines on the pin cushion you’ll need to stitch the lines for the pins. You can embroider the pins using an outline stitch too, but I chose to stitch them by machine because I thought that would make the pins thinner and more like pins.

I auditioned a lot of threads for the pins and finally chose Mettler 40 wt. #813 Ash Mist. I considered using a metallic but in the end chose the Ash Mist thread instead.

For the pin heads, I decided to use buttons.

First I arranged the buttons so I could judge how many I wanted, and where. Then I marked the pin lines using a chalk marking pencil. Again, I used my sandboard to keep the block from shifting as I marked my lines. Finally, I stitched the lines I’d marked using my sewing machine.

Add buttons if you like

If you decide to add buttons for your pin heads, you may want to wait to sew them on until after your quilt is quilted. I’m using this block in a project so i went ahead and sewed on my buttons.

The interfacing you’ve fused to the back of your block should keep your block from puckering too much as you sew on your buttons.

After you’re done with your block, trim it to 12-1/2” square.

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

Drop by Sherry’s blog to download your free Pin Cushion 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
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 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 12 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 July 2nd. We’ll also be presenting more project suggestions for those of you not making a quilt with our blocks. Don’t miss it!

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