Sew Let’s QAL Segment 1 Project & Prizes

Wow, did that go by fast? It seemed that just yesterday we began the QAL and now we are pausing after presenting Block 5 to show you some small projects. You can see my project, but an explanation is warranted.

I was going to make a cover for this baby! It is due to arrive to the island in Maine that I spend half my time at very soon, BUT not yet. Like my son, its being a little stubborn on its arrival, so I wait. That meant, I had to change plans. I did take a top to my friend’s but hers is and 18″ machine and on rails so it’s all a little different than this picture.

Machine cover by Dione Gardner-Stephen @CleverChameleon

My friend, Dione who blogs at Clever Chameleon,  has a great tutorial on her cover (and I may repeat that with these blocks (or similar), once I am fully set up – I am adding rear handles because I will be able to do pantos!!!  So meantime, I can dream but you can check out her instructions if that is what you want to do. It will work for nearly any machine!

Materials for Wall Hanging
Lattice2 pieces 2.5″ x 24.5″
Backing28″ x 49″
Batting26″ x 47″
Hanging “triangles” 2 6″ squares folded in half
Binding12″ x WOF (42/44″)


  1.  Sew 2 sets of 2 blocks together
  2. Sew Lattice strip between rows, my order follows
    1. Sewing Machine
    2. Lattice
    3. Blocks 3 & 4
    4. Lattice
    5. Blocks 2 & 5
  3. Sandwich Quilt
  4. Quilt (pictures below with how I quilted.
  5. Attach “Hanging triangles” to top right and left corner
  6. Attach binding (I sewed mine all by machine).

Quilted 1/4 around machine, loops in background, used invisible thread for the squiggle quilting and in the screen. I quilted a straight line thought he lines in the ruler.

Invisible straight lines next to the dark ruler registrations, and loopy quilting in the outside area of the grid.

Quilted on the lines on the shelf and around each spool of thread on the edge.

Shingles were quilted into the roof, stones or path lines on sidewalk.

Followed the curves of the pattern for the background of the mug, and quilted inside the mug.

My back

This was a fast project – and I enjoyed the quilting. I do know I will use this on the door to my studio (note the “quilt shop” is Kathleen’s Quilting Studio or as a machine cover. I can’t wait to see what you create.

Segment 1 Prize Eligibility:
Finish all blocks in this segment and post on either our linky party, our facebook page or instagram with #sewletsqal.

1 Rule => 1 Picture of
Blocks 1- 5

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Deadline : May 20 11:59pm 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.

Full Time Hosts for Quilts:
Full Time Hosts for Small Projects:

Segment 1 Hosts: March 12th to May 21st
Kathleen <—–me!

Segment 2: May 21st to July 16th
May 21- Block 6 Jennifer
June 4 – Block 7 Karen
June 18 – Block 8 Sherry
July 2 – Block 9 Kathleen
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!

Linking Up:
Powered by Quilting:  Friday Foto Fun
TishNWonderland:  UFO Busting #60
Anja Quilts TGIFF

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  1. May 7, 2019 / 5:10 AM

    I enjoyed this tutorial, Kathleen, especially seeing how you quilted the blocks as I’ve been wondering how best to quilt the sewing machine.

    • kathleen McCormick
      May 7, 2019 / 8:27 AM

      The quilting took over on its own as I got going – which was interesting as I had no plan and was maybe even going to hold off until the machine came – but it spoke to me and on I went! Less than a day of quilting and binding.

  2. May 7, 2019 / 11:35 AM

    Love your hanging Kathleen! I enjoy seeing all the projects in your SAL; what a great project (and one I will add to my ahem, lengthy list, along with Dione’s cover. Have loved that since I first saw it!

    • Kathleen McCormick
      May 7, 2019 / 11:50 AM

      I love her cover and our logos should be on it too like her’s. I can’t wait to get the machine.. I am christening the SSQuilts as it will be smooth sailing once I get it here, right?? I can’t wait as I know this will bring the quilting up a notch. I just can’t go “big” with designs on my Bernina 440. So, by the way, what do you sew on for a “domestic machine”? And is New Quilt Bloggers happening this year??? I totally get why it wouldn’t be but I kind of miss meeting the newbies..

  3. May 7, 2019 / 1:10 PM

    Hi Kathleen! I’m sorry you have to wait. Now you have time to look around, pick out the best cover for YOU. I have been meaning to make one or three covers myself. I actually have a pillowcase over one machine. Good grief! That is just embarrassing. You’ll be rocking that sweet midarm in no time. I look forward to hearing all about it. I’ll be drooling over here. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • Kathleen Scargle McCormick
      May 8, 2019 / 10:39 AM

      On the scale of things, this is so minor. I am not as patient as I used to be when the schedule gets tossed upside down!

    • Kathleen McCormick
      May 8, 2019 / 10:41 AM

      Thanks, Sherry,. It was a fun project and I just let the quilting speak to me.

  4. May 9, 2019 / 9:51 AM

    This is adorable and has left me wishing I’d had time to add this qal to my own projects.

    • Kathleen McCormick
      May 9, 2019 / 10:03 AM

      I know, there are so many QALs aren’t there? The patterns are available through the facebook group – feel free to download now and use when it strikes you!

  5. Anja @ Anja Quilts
    May 12, 2019 / 8:08 PM

    It’s a great looking wall hanging. Thanks for linking up with Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday.

    • kathleenquilts
      May 14, 2019 / 8:11 AM

      Its always a pleasure to link up and I, too, am fond of the wall hanging.

  6. May 14, 2019 / 3:43 AM

    Thanks for the shout out – that machine cover project seems like eons ago! It has been useful though, and my HQ dealer didn’t rib me about dust after my last service, so it’s also doing its job.:D Love seeing all those projects linked up together, it’s fun seeing everyone’s version of a quilt along even when you can’t participate.

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