I am”in stitches” and so pleased to be the designer of this month’s block – In Stitches. We have had so many gorgeous blocks and I hope you enjoy making mine. It is hard to believe we are at block 9. I have missed hosting these last few weeks but it was good timing for a break as I had more schedule interruptions.
I wanted to represent stitches so I made a mini quilt. There are two ways to make the block included in the pattern, so, please read through the entire pattern before you make your choice. The template pages are included, along with a full set of the alphabet, in case you want to write something else on your block.
Here is the Pattern! Click on file name below.
Hint 1: Starch!
Now, we have really gotten you into shape with the small piecing and well, this block builds on those skills. The hints we have used before help – but especially starching. My go to starch is Mary Ellen’s Best Press Unscented*. We don’t use many fragrances in our house due to allergies, so this works perfectly. My technique is to WET that piece of fabric and let it air dry a bit or dry completely. Either way you will get a nice stiff piece of fabric that won’t shift quite as much for you.
Hint #2: Put pieces across block to check size (if piecing your stitches).
Even with starch, this can be a little stretchy and you may be able to remove one or two of the last patches. Keep those in case you need them for the longer sides.
Hint #3: For Fusing (letters & stitches)
I sometimes find it easier to give a little fuse with the tip of my iron before the final securing of the pieces so they don’t move. Also, I used a ruler to help line up the stitches, 1/4″ from seam and 1/4″ apart. Finally, These pieces are small so having a tweezer can help move them (especially on a humid day).
Hint #4: Place template page under block
This will help you place & keep your pieces where they belong. Even on an ironing board I can see through my background. I do urge you use a release or teflon sheet* when first pressing to keep from getting on your iron. Once you have done that you may want to make sure pieces are attached but the glue should be all facing the background so you can secure any looser pieces.
Hint #5: Use a new needle
I used a new, smaller 75/11 needle and clear thread (Superior MonoPoly or YLI Invisible are my go to threads).
You should check out the other hosts for this block and segment. They will have fabulous ideas. We are at the end of segment 2 so at the bottom you will find the linky for your completed blocks (4 this segment).
- Quilt Hosts
- April Adams @ Janda Bend Quilts & segment 2
- Becca Fenstermaker @ Pretty Piney Quilts & segment 2
- Bobbi Bridgeman @ Snowy Days Quilting & segment 2
- Sherry Shish @ Powered by Quilting & segment 2
- Small Project Hosts
- Abbie Danahy @ Sparkle On! & segment 2
Jennifer Fulton @ Inquiring Quilter & segment 2
- Karen Thurn @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats & segment 2
- Sandy Maxfield @ SandyStar Designs & segment 2
Segment 2: May 21st to July 16th
May 21st – Block 6: Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter
June 4th – Block 7: Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
June 18th – Block 8: Sherry @ Powered by Quilting
July 2nd – Block 9: Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing
and Segment Project Suggestions
July 16th – Segment 2 Prize Winner Announced!
Segment 3: July 16th to September 10
Full Time Hosts:
- Quilt Hosts
- April Adams @ Janda Bend Quilts
- Becca Fenstermaker @ Pretty Piney Quilts
- Bobbi Bridgeman @ Snowy Days Quilting
- Sherry Shish @ Powered by Quilting
- Small Project Hosts
- Abbie Danahy @ Sparkle On!
Jennifer Fulton @ Inquiring Quilter
- Karen Thurn @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
- Sandy Maxfield @ SandyStar Designs
Segment 3 Host: Kathleen McCormick @ Kathleen McMusing
Sandy @ SandyStar Designs
Abbie @ Sparkle On!
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Segment 3 Host: Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing
July 16th – Block 10: Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts
July 30th – Block 11: Becca @ Pretty Piney Quilts
August 13th – Block 12: Sandy @ SandyStar Designs
August 27th – Block 13: April @ JANDA Bend Quilts
and Segment Project and Quilt Setting Suggestions
September 10th – Segment 3 Prize Winner Announced!
September 24th – Grand Prize Winner Announced!
Here is the Linky Party!!
To be eligible to win a segment prize, you need to make all of the blocks from that segment. You just need one picture with the last 4 blocks finished to enter. Share a photo or photos of your blocks (in a single post) to be entered. Entries will be open from 12:00 am July 2 to 11:59 pm July 15, 2019 (Eastern time). There are three places you can share your blocks to be entered in the drawing:
Coming Up on My Blog:
Rainbow quilt – waiting for thread
July Island Batik project
Goal setting for July/3rd Quarter
August secret Island Batik project
August Island Batik challenge