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

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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 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, 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 13 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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Wednesday Wait Loss 125

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss. Please share what you’ve been working on!

First let me tell you what I've been up to

On Monday I released a new pattern called Greek Mosaic.

To celebrate, I’m having a sale in my shop. From now until next Monday at midnight, you can get 20% off Greek Mosaic! Click here to visit my shop and get your copy today.

On Tuesday, I finished my June Island Batik challenge quilt. Click here to read more about it.

Well that was my week!

Now let's see who made this week's feature

First up is Denise @ For the Love of Geese, who shared this adorable baby quilt and matching bear. So sweet (and so is little Ella!)

Next is Vicki @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting, who shared her football table runner. Isn’t it wonderful? Perfect for a football watching party.

Last is Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing, who shared her June Island Batik challenge project. Kathleen chose fabric weaving and it fascinates me!

Congratulations ladies! Here's an I Was Featured badge for your blogs or to simply print out and wear with pride! Thank you for supporting my blog!

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Time to link up!

Now it’s your turn to link up your works in progress and recently completed quilts! Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • By linking up, you give me permission to grab a photo or two to share here on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.

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As you know, I use InLinkz to run my weekly Wednesday Wait Loss linky party. To link up, you’ll need to sign in using Facebook or Google+ or create a username/password for InLinkz.

I’d really hate to lose you over this change because we have such a great weekly group! If needed, you can send me your images via email and I’ll add them manually.

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My June Island Batik Challenge

The June challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to make a quilt using a technique new to them. Since I’ve been quilting for decades, it was a bit hard for me to think of a technique I haven’t tried but then suddenly it occurred to me that I hadn’t yet made a hexagon quilt.


Although you can make a hexagon quilt by hand, I decided I wanted to try the machine piecing technique.

I played around with ideas for a bit, then decided to frame each hexagon in a narrow strip of white or something similar.

I found a light purple batik in my stash and it seemed to go well with the collection of fat eighths I’d already selected so it was off to the races!

The light purple is a Basic, and it’s called Almond. It’s a white-ish batik with light almond and purple dots on it. Lovely.

The fat eighth collection I chose is called Plum Delicious. It’s from the Fall/Winter 2017 collection. I’ve used it before in a similar challenge last year to make a Lone Star quilt.

Sunset at St. John’s, which uses the Plum Delicious fabric collection also

Sunset at St. John’s, which uses the Plum Delicious fabric collection also

I wish I had the hexagon die for my AccuQuilt GO! system because that would have made cutting out the hexagons go more quickly. But then I decided I wanted to try making a hexagon quilt first to see if I liked it enough to invest in the die.

For now I’ve purchased the Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool because it has a framed hexagon trimming option.

Using the tool, I cut 4” hexies and framed them. Then I sewed them together in the usual way—starting stopping my seams 1/4” from each edge of the hexagon. I found the process pretty easy to do so I think other hexagan quilts may be in my future (along with that AccuQuilt GO! hexagon die.) I have to say that I really love how hexagons show off the fabrics in a collection!

After sewing up the quilt center, I decided it needed something else to finish it so I added a narrow frame of Almond followed by a scrappy border of Plum Delicious fabrics.

For quilting, I went with a modern motif—straight lines. I created them using ruler work which I’m really starting to like—at least for straight lines…I haven’t done ruler work for anything else just yet.

For the binding, I returned to the Almond fabric and I’m glad I did because I love how this turned out.

For the backing, I pieced together some odds and ends from my stash that matched the front. Heck, I like the back so much I might use the table runner that way as well. <grin>

Here are the quilt details:

"Honeycomb"
18” x 39-1/2"
Original Design
Fabrics: Island Batiks Almond (a Basic), Plum Delicious collection, and scraps for the backing
Batting: Hobbs Batting 80/20
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #5011(Rope Beige)
Quilting Threads: Aurifil 50 wt. #4030 (Plum)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

Next month, our challenge is to feature at least three Aurifill thread weights in an art project. I’m working through ideas now. Wish me luck!

So What Are You Working On?

Thanks for stopping by!

While you’re here, why not take a moment and share what you’ve been working on in my weekly show-and-tell linkup, Wednesday Wait Loss? Click here to read all about it and to link up a photo.

Disclosure: The products featured here were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik, Aurifil, Hobbs, and AccuQuilt GO!

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