I am so excited! Sandra Healey, our designer this month, has done a fantastic job on the sewing machine block. The block looks difficult, but it is not. One step at a time will get you through it. Also, this the first of 13 blocks – yes 13! The sewing machine needed bigger space and we figured it would work well with the small projects or a large quilt center or top – let your creativity run wild. As a small project host, my block 1 will be used in my first small project (TBD) – but it will be revealed on May 7th. But now to the fun part; let’s get sewing!
I have been keeping this green fabric forever that I used for the sewing machine, and when I saw Sandra’s pattern I knew I would use it. I also liked that the green would work with my conversational sewing fabric – the pink and lime green will be fun to play with. I’ll pull in other colors – but on the brighter side of the sprectrum.
1. Download the sheet below to cut your pieces in an orderly fashion. I found the instructions a tiny bit hard to follow and like to cut a group of sizes and sub-cut if necessary. There is a fat quarter diagram for the sewing machine (NOT necessarily for Directional).
2. Directional Fabrics: I marked my sewing machine picture with arrows because I wanted my fabric to go in the same direction. I did not use this cutting chart. If you need help – let me know.
2. Mark your pieces: I used my Alphabitties from Fat Quarter Shop*. I combined the same sizes with one clip until I actually started piecing, for instance pieces “4-7” and “e-i-o-u” and were clamped together.
3. Measure twice, cut once.
1. Keep the diagram nearby with a ruler – in case you need to check the size of a pice!
2. Pull the pieces for a particular section and sew that section.
3. Use a Clearly Perfect Angles * to sew diagonal seam without drawing a line – a real timesaver.
4. Watch that your pieces are facing the right direction when the dimensions are close in measurement – the difference is not obvious.
1. If you will use your machine for the thread (a triple stitch is what I used #157 on Bernina 440QE) – do this before embroidering the needle & eye. The thread will look as if it is going through the eye/needle.
2. BUTTONS – go on after quilting but you might want to find them and safety pin in a pill bag or small zip lock to the block so you can locate them later. I have enough collected for the next century. I think I am leaning towards the black buttons on the right – but that can wait until I am a little further along.
3. Floss/Thread I used regular grey rather than silver floss – no metallic in my stash (or so I thought). Funny think happened, as I went looking for thread for something else, what did I spy – metallic thread! Take a look in all your thread stashes for embellishment if you have more than one spot where things may be. Floss is one place…spools in another – probably not an unusual scenario in our studios.
- A brand new item from Omnigrid® (a Prym Company) Large Folding Cutting Kit – 18 x 24″ mat 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.)
- and some fabric from Paintbrush Studios
- And, a free PDF pattern from each our designers: Sandra Healey, April, and Sherry Shish
How to Win Prizes
Segment Prize Eligibility:
Finish all blocks in a segment and post on either our linky party, our facebook page or instagram with #sewletsqal. One picture/post with all finished items is needed – by May 20 11:59 for Segment 1)
Grand Prize Eligibility:
Finish all 13 blocks and put in either 1 quilt top (does not have to be quilted) OR a number of smaller projects that contain all 13 blocks.
Segment 1: March 12th to May 21st
Hosts: Sandra Kathleen <—–me!
*March 12th – Block 1: Sandra @ Sandra Healy Designs
*March 26th – Block 2: April @ JANDA Bend Quilts
*April 9th – Block 3: Sherry @ Powered by Quilting
*April 23rd – Block 4: Bobbi @ Snowy Days Quilting
*May 7th – Block 5 & Project Suggestions: Abbie @ Sparkle On!
*May 21st – Segment 1 Prize Winner Announced!J
Segment 2: May 21st to July 16th
July 16th – Segment 2 Prize Winner Announced!
Segment 3: July 16th to September 10
September 10th – Segment 3 Prize Winner Announced!
September 24th – Grand Prize Winner Announced!
Other happenings on my blog:
- Before the end of the month, I will be showing an Island Batik Ambassador project on a vintage reimagined theme.
- Also, I am helping with Hands2Help. Join up and help us go over the top with donations this year. There are quick tutorials and many needs out there.
- There is some design work and the next few blocks to keep me out of trouble!!
Good luck on your first block – be in touch with any of us if you need help. I will soon have a tab at the top for this QAL links so you can easily find the blog entries on the QAL.