Welcome to the fourth block reveal for the Sew Let’s QAL.
This QAL is brought to you by Partners in Design: Where Friends and Fabric Meet.
Presenting: Thread Tales
This block was designed by Bobbi Bridgeman of Snowy Days Quilting. You can download the free pattern here on her blog from now until September 24th, 2019. After then, the patterns may not be available anymore. Don’t delay, download them today.
Bobbi designed two blocks for this release. You can find Spinning Spools also on her site. Choose one or the other or do both. I am planning on sewing Spinning Spools, too. I had hoped to have it completed in time for the reveal today but it wants its own day to shine.
Tips and Tricks to Constructing this Block
- Don’t let the number of pieces in Thread Tales discourage or overwhelm you. There are 77 pieces but I think it will probably take you longer to cut them out rather than sew them together. If you think that’s too many pieces and you decide to work on Spinning Spools instead, be aware that block has 104 pieces. No matter which block pattern you choose you can be assured that the pattern directions are well-written and it will sew together easily. It took me about 3 hours to sew Thread Tales. But then I was a bit distracted with a new cactus bloom and needed to check on it occasionally (see picture below).
- LABEL the pieces!! It’s definitely time well-spent. Not labeling the block pieces is a “Recipe for disaster!”
- Use the cutting chart provided in the pattern and put a check mark after cutting out the pieces. This will help you keep track of your progress and let you know where to start if you are called away in the middle of your work.
- Use a purple thang (or something similar) to help you hold onto those little pieces as they are sewn. Some people use their fingers or a seam ripper, but I prefer the purple thang as it won’t hurt my needle if I get too close to it. I wrote an interesting story here about my purple thang and how I came to get it. You might enjoy reading it as it will bring you a bit of humor while you work on your block.
- Fold each of the J pieces (in Thread Tales) in half lengthwise and iron a crease. After you’ve sewn the O sides to J, lay your ruler on top of your piece so the 1 3/4″ line lies along the crease. Trim the right side and the top. Turn block around and do the same again with the other two sides. This is an easy way to get the desired block size as listed on the pattern and keep the thread spool centered.
See These Hosts for More Construction Tips
Look for bi-weekly inspiration from these bloggers.
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Jennifer @ The Inquiring Quilter
In addition to those listed above, look for inspiration from these bloggers during:
Segment 1: March 12th to May 21st
Look for bi-weekly inspiration from these bloggers as they turn their blocks into a quilt.
Bobbi @ Snowy Days Quilting — Designer of this block
Join this QAL
You can join in anytime. Every other Tuesday, a new block will be released until all 13 blocks have been released. You can find the full schedule on my post here. This QAL will be divided into three segments. Segment one will consist of 5 blocks.
Share a picture of your block on our Facebook page, or on Instagram with the hashtag #SewLetsQAL. We want to see them. A prize will be awarded at the end of each segment.
Segment 1: March 12th to May 21st
- March 12th – Block 1: Sandra @ Sandra Healy Designs — Find Block One Here
- March 26th – Block 2: April @ JANDA Bend Quilts —Find Block Two Here
- April 9th – Block 3: Sherry @ Powered by Quilting — Find Block Three Here
- April 23rd – Block 4: Bobbi @ Snowy Days Quilting Find Block Four Here
- May 7th – Block 5: Abbie @ Sparkle On! and Segment Project Suggestions
- May 21st – Segment 1 Prize Winner Announced!
Block patterns will be free from the designers and available on their blogs until the date of the Grand Prize announcement September 24th, 2019.
Enter to Win
Entering to win the prizes below is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
- Everyone (You must be 18 to be able to enter to win prizes) gets to participate because International entries are welcome! You do NOT need to have a blog to enter.
- Make all of the 5 blocks in this segment provided to you free of charge for this event. Use your own fabrics and embellish them as you like. If entering the giveaway, the blocks should definitely be recognizable as made from these free patterns. Take one picture with all of them included.
- Post a picture of all of your blocks before 11:59 PM EST, May 20th, 2019 either on the Facebook page, or on Instagram with the hashtag #SewLetsQAL, or on the hosts blog Linky party at the end of each segment. You are welcome to post a picture on each of the sources but it will only count as one entry.
Segment 1 Prizes and Sponsors
- A newly released item from Omnigrid® (a Prym Company)
Large Folding Cutting Kit that includes 18 x 24″ mat, a 3″ x 18″ ruler and a 45 mm rotary cutter
- Timeless Treasures Tonga Treat Strip Jr. “Orchid” -20 pc 2 1/2″ strip pack
- 2 Shabby Fabrics Vintage Blessings printed table runner patterns and a packet of Sunflower laser-cut appliqués (small.)
- One Free PDF pattern (up to $10.00) from each of these “Partners in Design”
Sandra Healy Designs Janda Bend Quilts Powdered by Quilting
You choose what you want to make: A quilt or several smaller projects. The sewing machine is the only block that will be large. The rest will be 12.5″ unfinished. We have several hosts who will offer suggestions as to what you can do with your blocks if you don’t want to make a quilt.
Not sure what to do? Just start making the blocks and decide along the way. A grand prize will be offered for a completed quilt top or several projects that use all of the 13 blocks.
I’ll be making several projects for my sewing room.
Don’t Miss Out on My Previous Sew Let’s QAL Posts
Tu-Na Quilts: Sew Let’s QAL – Introduction
Tu-Na Quilts: On Pins and Needles – A look at my fabric selection. It varies with each segment of the QAL.
Tu-Na Quilts: Sew Let’s QAL Block 1— Sewing Machine
Tu-Na Quilts: Sew Let’s QAL Block 2 — Quilt Along Mug Block
Tu-Na Quilts: Sew Let’s QAL Block 3 — Ruler
What I Learned Today:
- Cactus blooms are interesting. We spent a good chunk of yesterday at the Desert Botanical Gardens. There were many blooming cacti and trees. You can see more pictures of cacti blooms here.
- Argentine Giants can bloom one year after planting. I wrote about how one came to live in my yard here. It is exciting to see it bloom for the first time.
Question: What is your favorite flower? I enjoy daisies and roses but I think that many cacti blooms are my favorite.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts
Great block, Karen. Your hints are really helpful. It’s a detailed block, but I think it is really neat.
I like your photos of the cactus flowers. They’re not something I see around here in Minnesota. My favorite flower is the peony. I love the smell, and they are so showy and dramatic. I think they were my mother’s favorites, too.
I just have to say that I love my Purple Thang and use it all the time. I like these blocks, btw. They are a little different and different is good. Something like a Purple Thang.
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Your blocks are co-ordinating so beautifully, Karen, I’m really looking forward to seeing them all put together.
What a great quilt along! I love your threads block, looks like variegated threads with the fabrics you chose. Hopping over to see the hostess next.
This is such a creative block! Your hints will be so helpful to those making it. I have too many QALs going on, and I’m having a difficult time keeping up, so I’m watching this one from the sidelines (or is it sewlines?). My favorite flower(s) — lilacs and peonies.
Such fun blocks–the shelved spools and the scattered spools! I can’t decide which one I like better. Fav flower–wisteria. We don’t have any in Minnesota, but they abound in Japan.
the cactus blooms are so pretty. I’m not sure what my favorite flower is – right now I am enjoying the hydrangea on the new little plants Mike bought me that I will plant in the ground in the fall if they survive the summer – I love roses and peonies also
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I love this block and your choice of material…I can never leave cactus material in a fabric shop!
Great tips! That Purple Thang is useful in so many situations. I can’t WAIT to see all of your blocks together. I love the colors and the theme!
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What a great block, and your colors and thread spools and cones look terrific. All your blocks look great together, thanks for showcasing them at the end. I, too, love many flowers, but I think saguaro blooms are my favorite. I also like prickly pear, but that might be because I know it means there will be wonderful fruit for jelly and syrup!
Hi Karen, I love your fun Thread Tales block. And the purple thang is the perfect accompaniment! Love those purple thongs too! Lol
The Argentine cactus’s flower is amazing! It’s so neat your gorgeous surroundings are being incorporated into the QAL blocks:)
Love your block — great tip for using the purple thang — I will definitely use that one!
You are truly an artist!
Purple and cacti – loving it!
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