Remember how last week I suggested that you check your seam allowances? Well, that was good practice for this week. Bobbi of Snowy Days Quilting created not one, but TWO versions of block four to choose from, Spinning Spools or Thread Tales, and both have a few very small pieces. But don’t worry, all of the hosts have some great tips to help you out, and it’s all worth it.
Bobbi includes instructions on how to check your seam allowance and final measurements for every segment of the blocks. Check those measurements as you go!
When choosing fabrics, I was careful not to duplicate any fabrics that I used in the first block for the spools that were included with the sewing machine. Of course, I do have some duplicate spools in my REAL stash, but I wanted more variety here!
- Starch and press before you cut. Spray the starch on the back of the fabric, then flip the pieces over to press them from the front.
2. Use Bobbi’s handy checklist to keep track of your cutting–label each section with the fabric you’ll be using to help keep them straight. I also use Alphabitties and Wonder Clips to label all of the cut pieces.
3. Yes, there are several very small squares. They can be challenging to cut, especially when the measurements are in eighths of an inch–most rulers don’t have as many markings on the eighths to use for alignment. Use the 45 degree line on your ruler to ensure that your cuts are accurate.
4. Grip Strips are my favorite ruler accessory to help keep rulers from slipping, but positioning your non-cutting hand as shown below also adds stability.
5. A stiletto can help you hold those tiny squares in place as they go under the needle.
6. Finally, take it SLOW. Double-check your measurements, slow down your rotary cutter, and slow down your sewing machine. Going a little slower helps to improve accuracy, and ultimately saves time and frustration. My seam ripper is my best frenemy, and I avoid it whenever possible.
- 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 Snowy Days Quilting 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
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 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 entries open on May 7, 2019 (midnight Eastern time) and close 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)