Abbie included some adorable appliqué templates, but don’t be afraid to customize your shop to suit your own taste. I work out of a converted garage, and frequently invite friends to “shop” from my stash, so my quilt shop, Becca’s Quilt Garage, is a tongue-in-cheek reflection of my own studio, unlimited coffee and all.
- If using directional fabrics for your quilt shop front (like I did), pay attention to the orientation of the fabric when cutting. For example, when cutting the 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ pieces, you’ll want 5 of them oriented horizontally and 2 of them oriented vertically.
2. Again, if using directional fabric, pay attention to the orientation of the stitch-and-flip squares at the top of the door.
3. I knew I wanted to put signs in the windows, so I went with a single piece of fabric for the windows instead of piecing them. The fabric is meant to suggest sunlight reflecting off of glass.
4. Pigma Micron Pensare ideal for writing letters on these tiny signs!
6. If you like those window boxes, I cut the boxes to 2″ x 1/2″. The flowers are 2″ x 3/8″, and I cut improvised curves from the top. The bottom of the flowers is aligned with the windowsill. The boxes are layered on top, just covering the bottom edge of the flowers.
- Download this handy checklist to keep track of your progress if you haven’t already.
- Bookmark this page with all of the links to all of the blog hosts.
- Visit Sparkle On! With Abbie to download your pattern (it’s guaranteed to remain free throughout the duration of this quilt along).
- Check out all of the hosts’ versions of the block for inspiration and tips.
- Gather your supplies and start sewing!
Segment One Hosts
Abbie of Sparkle On!
April of JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca of Pretty Piney Quilts (that’s me!)
Bobbi of Snowy Days Quilting
Karen of Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, & Eats
Kathleen of Kathleen McMusing
Sandra of Sandra Healy Designs
Sandy of SandyStar Designs
Sherry of Powered by Quilting
Jen of The Inquiring Quilter isn’t officially hosting this segment, but she’s been sewing along and has some great tips, too.
How to Enter the Prize Drawing–SEGMENT ONE ENTRIES OPEN NOW
Hold your horses! Remember, this time around the prize drawings are held after each segment instead of after each block. Here’s a refresher about how it all works:
We’ve divided the quilt-along into three segments, with prizes at the end of each segment (plus the grand prize at the end of the whole thing). Because oh yes, there are prizes! Before the end of each segment, make all of the designers’ blocks in that segment and share either one photo of the blocks together or one photo of each block, but all posted at the same time in one location (all in one Facebook post, or all in one Instagram post, or all in one blog post). Here are the three ways you can enter:
- Join the Partners in Designs Facebook group and post your entry there.
- Post your entry on Instagram with the hashtag #SewLetsQAL.
- Link up to a linky party that will appear in a wrap-up post at the end of each segment on the segment hosts’ blogs. (It’s the same linky party on every participating blog, so you only need to link up ONCE.)
The Prize Drawing for Segment One: May 21, 2019
Segment One entry is NOW OPEN and closes on May 20, 2019 (11:59 pm Eastern). Here’s what you could win if you make all of the Segment One blocks (#1-#5):
- Large Folding Cutting Kit from Omnigrid® (a Prym Company) – includes an 18 x 24″ folding cutting mat, a 45 mm rotary cutter, and a 3” x 18” Omnigrip ruler
- Timeless Treasures Tonga Treat Strip Jr. “Orchid” -20 pc 2 1/2″ strip pack
- Two Shabby Fabrics Vintage Blessings printed table runner patterns and a packet of Sunflower laser-cut appliqués (small.)
- One PDF pattern from Sandra Healy Designs
- One PDF pattern from JANDA Bend Quilts
- One PDF pattern from Powered by Quilting (up to $10 value)