Welcome to the tenth block reveal
for the Sew Let’s QAL
This QAL is brought to you by Partners in Design: Where Friends and Fabric Meet.
This super quick but fun block pattern was created by Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts. You can download it free on her blog here from now until September 24th, 2019. After then, the patterns in this QAL may not be available anymore or may be available for a small fee. Don’t delay, download them today.
Tips and Tricks to Constructing this Block
- Make do with what you have.
- Pin the paper pattern to the fusible.
But the smaller pattern worked better with small pins.
- Once cut, label the fusible with a pencil so you can remove the pins and pattern.
- Save the extras.
- Choose button fabrics that will contrast well. This pattern uses the wrong side of the fabric for the ring portion. Check it out to make sure you will have good contrast or choose another fabric to use for the ring. Solids and batiks do not have the contrast necessary to achieve the look that pattern calls for.
- Work in groups to avoid confusion. I piled the rings together and piled the circles together. I started with fusing (by ironing) the circles to my fabrics first and then cut them out around the outer edge. Then I did the rings. This helped me cut only around the outside edges of the circles and around both edges of the rings.
- Embrace your mistakes.
- Use a pin to score the paper side of the ring. Then bend it back along the score and peel the paper away. This helps to prevent frayed edges if you were to pick at the side to try to grab the edge.
- Make it easy. I found that the inner rings of the small and medium button were 1/2″ from the edge of the circles and the larger ring was 7/8″ from the edge of the circle.
- Using a shorter stitch length (2.0 or even 1.5), appliqued around the outer edge of each circle before securing down the rings. I just stitched a straight stitch close to the edge as I felt a blanket stitch would be too distracting.
- Then to reduce bulk, I trimmed out the background fabric away from the wrong side of the block before continuing with appliqueing around the rings.
- Hide them well. Pull the threads to the back of the block and knot.
- Tame the whiskers. While appliqueing the first block, I noticed that my “buttons” were developing whiskers. You know, those tiny little hairs along the side of the appliqued piece. So I decided to try an experiment. I wonder what I can do to prevent the whiskers? So I grabbed some Fray Check and applied some to all the edges.
- Size really does matter! Use the right size of needle helps.
- Wait to trim. I trimmed the block to 12.5″ after I finished appliqueing.
- Make it your own.
See These Hosts for More Construction Tips
Look for bi-weekly inspiration from these bloggers.
In addition to those listed above, look for inspiration from these bloggers during:
Segment 3: July 16th to September 10, 2019
Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts — The designer of this block
Look for bi-weekly inspiration from these bloggers as they turn their blocks into a quilt.
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 is divided into three segments. Segment one consisted of 5 blocks. Segments two and three will each have four blocks.
Share a picture of your block on our Facebook page, or on Instagram with the hashtag #SewLetsQAL. We want to see them. At the end of each segment, post a picture containing all the blocks in that segment. A prize will be awarded at the end of each segment. At the end of all the segments, a grand prize will be selected from among the pictures that contain a finished quilt top or finished projects containing all of the blocks from this QAL (one picture containing all of the 13 blocks finished into either a quilt top or several projects).
Segment 1: March 12th to May 21st
- March 12th – Block 1: Sandra @ Sandra Healy Designs — Find Block One There
- March 26th – Block 2: April @ JANDA Bend Quilts —Find Block Two There
- April 9th – Block 3: Sherry @ Powered by Quilting — Find Block Three There
- April 23rd – Block 4: Bobbi @ Snowy Days Quilting — Find Block Four There
- May 7th – Block 5: Abbie @ Sparkle On! — Find Block Five There
- May 7th – Segment Wrap-up and Project Suggestions
- May 21st – Segment 1 Prize Winner Announced! Congratulations to Ethel Brake
Segment 2: May 21st to July 15th
- May 21st- Block 6: Jennifer @ The Inquiring Quilter — Find Block 6 There
- June 4th – Block 7: Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats — Find Block 7 There
- June 18th – Block 8: Sherry Shish @ Powered by Quilting — Find Block 8 There
- July 2nd – Block 9: Kathleen McCormick @ Kathleen McMusing — Find Block 9 There
- July 2nd – Segment Wrap-up and Project Suggestions
- July 16th – Segment 2 Prize Winner Announced!
Segment 3: July 16th to September 10th
- July 16th – Block 10: Laura Piland @Slice of Pi Quilts — Find Block 10 There
- July 30th – Block 11: Becca Fenstermaker @Pretty Piney Quilts
- August 13th – Block 12: Sandy Maxfield @Sandy Star Designs
- August 27th – Block 13: April Adams @JANDA Bend Quilts
- August 27th – Segment Wrap-up
- September 9th at 11:59 pm EDT – Last day to enter for the Segment 3 giveaway. Post a picture with all 4 blocks in this segment on either the linky party (find it on any of the blogs), Partners in Design Facebook page, or Instagram with the hashtag #SewLetsQAL.
- September 10th – Segment 3 Prize winner announced
Grand Prize Giveaway
- September 23rd at 11:59 pm EDT – Last day to enter for the grand prize giveaway. Post ONE picture of ALL 13 blocks from the Let’s Sew QAL made into either a Quilt top (doesn’t need to be quilted or bound) OR finished multiple projects that together use all the blocks. Post this picture on either the linky party (find it on any of the blogs), Partners in Design Facebook page, or Instagram with the hashtag #SewLetsQAL.
- September 24th – Grand 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 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 one picture of all of your blocks by 11:59 PM EST, July 15th 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 3: Prizes and Sponsors
- 4” Needlecraft Scissors from Omnigrid (a Prym Company)
- 5 Piece Fat Quarter bundle from the “Ring Ring” collection by Hoodie Crescent (color Cinnamon) from Paintbrush Studio Fabrics
- Craft Storage Tool Box from Everything Mary
- 13 piece Fat Quarter Bundle of the Colette Collection from Timeless Treasures
A free digital pattern from each of the Segment 3 designers!
- Laura Piland from Slice of Pi Quilts
- Becca Fenstermaker from Pretty Piney
- Sandy Maxfield from SandyStar Designs
- April Adams from JANDA Bend Quilts A Christmas Tree Farm table runner pattern
You choose what you want to make: A quilt or several smaller projects. The sewing machine, revealed in segment one, 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 (but it doesn’t have to be quilted) quilt top or several projects that use all of the 13 blocks.
I’ll be making several projects for my sewing room. I completed a mini quilt using one of the blocks from the first segment. You can read about it here. The remaining blocks from the first segment as well as a couple from the third segment will be used for a sewing machine cover. So I really can’t show you this project until those blocks have been revealed. Plus it gives me some extra time to complete it.
You will notice that my fabric has changed for each segment.
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: Segment One Wrap-Up and Project Idea — A Quilt Shop mini wall hanging
Tu-Na Quilts: Sew Let’s QAL Block 7 — It’s a Pressing Issue — This is my pattern. The post also contains Tu-Na’s Tried and True Easy Guide to Pressing Matters.
What I Learned Today:
- I can make do with what I have. I was hoping to get to a quilt shop to get a yard of Lite Steam a Seam II but I didn’t do so and this block needed to be done a week ago.
- The next time my grandchildren need a project, I will bring out the buttons and have them sort out the black, white, and colored buttons. This should greatly reduce the amount of time when I search for buttons.
- My computer is still having issues. I can type a bit and then all of a sudden it stops and refuses to show the letters or the space bar doesn’t work requiring me to to go back and add in all the spaces when it decides to start again.
- This computer is taking way too much of my time!
- Tu-Na Helper agrees with #4 in that I spend a lot of time in front of it.
- I am definitely thinking a new laptop will solve my computer problem.
Questions: What do you collect? Tu-Na Helper would say that I collect fabric but really I collect buttons and cookbooks.
Linking this week to:
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilt
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts