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.
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.
You can drop by these additional blogs to read their Segment 2 wrap-ups
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:
A Warm 100 queen size batting from the Warm Company
Plus you’ll receive a free PDF pattern of your choice for each of these Partners in Design:
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