Sew Let’s QAL – Block 11

Beccas Fenstermaker of Pretty Piney Quilts has created an awesome block for you. Our Partners in Design designers are just so fab and have such great ideas. I love this block called “By the Bolt”. Honestly, the hardest thing was picking fabric; this block continues with using my Island Batik scraps for this segment.

On to my hints to help you with this block!

Hint: Label your pattern with your fabrics in the order you want!

I found this made it so much easier when cutting/trimming fabric. I could do the same size strips together then place them in order again.

Hint: Finger Press open seams

I don’t love open seams. I finger pressed these before going to the iron – it makes it easier.

Hint: Chain stitch bolt strips on bolts in the order they will appear. DO NOT CUT APART.

Chain stitching worked like a charm. Once the bolt strips were on, I took the pieces then to the iron, and then sewed them together. It worked like webbing a quilt, but just stopped the errors caused by picking up the wrong ones. Yes, I could have done them by pairs and it would have been faster. If you do this, you may need to clip the chained thread when pressing open the seams…easy peasy.

Becca’s block

Other than that, I think you are good to go! Below you will find the other hosts and the links to their take on this block. Our hosts below have great hints – check them out.

Segment 3: July 16th to September 10
Full Time Hosts for Quilts:

April Adams @ Janda Bend Quilts
Becca Fenstermaker @ Pretty Piney Quilts
Bobbi Bridgeman @ Snowy Days Quilting
Sherry Shish @ Powered by Quilting
Full Time Hosts for Small Projects:
Abbie Danahy @ Sparkle On!
Jennifer Fulton @ Inquiring Quilter
Karen Thurn @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Sandy Maxfield @ SandyStar Designs
Segment 3 Small Projects Host:  
Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing

Calendar of Events

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!

Segment 3 Prizes

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 August 27th  to 11:59 pm September 10, 2019 (Eastern time). There are three places you can share your blocks to be entered in the drawing:  our facebook group, instagram and the linky party.    

And there is a Grand Prize, too.  I will post more about that later.  For now, enjoy the block.  

Coming Up on the Blog:
Sew Let’s QAL Block 12

Linking Up With:
Lets Bee Social #277


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  1. July 30, 2019 / 12:42 AM

    I love the idea of putting the pieces in order once and webbing them together. That way they can’t get mixed up even if they want to!

    • kathleenquilts
      July 30, 2019 / 9:08 PM

      I’d like to say I planned it but it just worked out that way…serendipty.

  2. July 30, 2019 / 8:19 AM

    Hi Kathleen! Cute block and it really does look like bolts of fabric. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      July 30, 2019 / 9:07 PM

      Thanks, Roseanne! Becca did a great job with this pattern!

    • kathleenquilts
      July 30, 2019 / 9:05 PM

      It was really fun to pick them out! Thanks for the great pattern.

    • kathleenquilts
      July 30, 2019 / 8:49 PM

      Thanks, Nancy!

  3. July 30, 2019 / 2:12 PM

    Love how rich those batiks look!

    • kathleenquilts
      July 30, 2019 / 8:51 PM

      Thanks, Sandy! It was fun to pick them out.

  4. July 30, 2019 / 11:56 PM

    Gorgeous block Kathleen!
    A great reminder about chain piecing, it really saves time.

      • sahilrisky
        August 6, 2019 / 10:16 AM

        Kathleen McCormick you are such a great person <3

  5. August 1, 2019 / 9:44 AM

    Such fun! I love the bolts of fabric.

  6. sahilrisky
    August 6, 2019 / 10:13 AM

    Wow what a great idea. I really thankful to you for this idea. Now i am going to create some Christmas cards by using this kind of patterns which will available on DIY Card Ideas

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