Let’s Sew Together! Welcome to the January Block of the Month Pattern for 2018!
It’s the first day of the first month of a brand new year, so now is a great time to join us for the start of our #QP2018sewalong. If you’re sewing along with us and want to enter to win prizes each month, post your finished blocks to Instagram or in our Facebook group (between January 15th and January 31st) with the hashtag listed above and you’ll be entered to win fabric, thread, and other wonderful prizes!
You’ll find the instructions for Block 1 on page 27 of the Quilter’s Planner companion magazine (it came with your purchase when you bought a Quilter’s Planner).
The goal for the week is to pick fabric! We know this may feel challenging, so be sure to join our Facebook group if you need ideas, or have questions.
And did you download the coloring pages to help you choose your fabric yet? This is a great way to figure out what color combinations make your heart sing.
Block 1 Tips
We are on Block 1 (page 27 in the Quilter’s Planner Magazine). Block 1 combines triangle and square shapes for a colorful design.
Block 1 can be approached in a couple of different ways.
- As shown in the Magazine, you can use a different fabric (plus background) for each corner HSTs
- or you could use a more simplified color palette and use 2 (or even 1) color. (If you want to use 2 colors, skip Fabrics C & D and use both HST units that are created in Block Assembly step 1e.)
For our Block 1, we used the following feature fabrics by Alison Glass for Andover: Lilliput in Sunrise from Diving Board; Diatom in Parakeet, Cosmos, Seaside, Canary from Sun Print 2018; and Compass in Peacock from Sun Print 2018.
QP Insider Tip #1:
Before you begin constructing your first block, please note that the pieces that will be used to make the Half Square Triangles (HSTs) are SLIGHTLY oversized, so it will be important to remember to sew with a scant ¼” seam allowance as mentioned in the pattern notes on page 25 (this will be consistent through all of the blocks).
QP Insider Tip #2 (Half Square Triangles):
When making the Fabric F HSTs in step 1f, we did square the blocks to 5” x 5” (although the pattern notes that it’s not necessary).
As noted in Tip #1, these HSTs are only slightly oversized, and squaring the starting point typically will give you a greater likelihood of success as the units are assembled.
QP Insider Tip #3 (Split Quarter Square Triangles):
Split Quarter Square Triangles (SQSTs) may be a new technique for you. But don’t worry! They are as easy as HSTs!
Make your HSTs units (in step 1f), layer them with their corresponding background square, mark a line across the diagonal so it crosses the HST seam (perpendicular not parallel), stitch on either side of the line like you normally do for HST, and cut them apart!
When you’re laying out the pieces to assemble the block, make sure Fabric F (it’s dark blue in the diagram) is on the side that is touching your center square.
QP Insider Tip #4 (Classic Beauty vs. Modern Bliss Layout):
If you’ve chosen to follow the Modern Bliss layout, notice that you will need to make a total of 17 blocks instead of 12 blocks (for the Classic Beauty layout). So in the Modern Bliss quilt pictured on the cover of the magazine, you’ll see that there are 2 versions of Block 1 (because it’s one of our favorites!)
Feel free to make a second version of this block for your Modern Bliss layout too, or choose another favorite later.
QP Insider Tip #5 (Waiting to Choose Your Block Borders):
You may want to wait to add the borders to your blocks until you have finished them all to give yourself more flexibility with arranging them at the end.
Guidelines to enter your sewn blocks into our monthly challenge (win prizes on Instagram and Facebook):
Between the 1st and the 7th day of each month, you’ll find the pattern for that month’s block and select your fabrics.
Between the 8th and the 14th, you’ll get your fabrics prepped and cut.
Between the 15th and the last day of the month, sew up your block and post it by 12:01 am Central time. You can choose whichever platform you want to share on. For Instagram (please use the #QP2018sewalong hashtag) or to the Facebook Group (use the same #QP2018sewalong hashtag). We will have prizes for both, so please pick whichever location you are more comfortable with using (not both).
Rules for for Entering your Sewn Blocks to Win Prizes Online:
When you post a photo of your block on Instagram or in our Facebook group by each deadline set for the mont, you’ll be entered into a drawing for some great prizes from our sponsors: Andover Fabrics, Aurifil, OLFA, and the Quilter’s Planner.
Each month’s entry must be posted by 12:01am Central Time by the last day of the month to be eligible.
If you win one month’s price, you will be eligible to win again at 6 months, and 12 months, if you complete and enter each month’s block on time.
Some prizes may not be available for participants outside the US due to shipping costs. Winners will be contacted via social media and asked to provide an email address and shipping address.
If a prize alternative is required, it will be sent via email.
If you do not receive your prize within one month, please contact us at email@example.com so we can contact prize sponsors and help coordinate a new shipment.
These contests are not affiliated with Instagram or Facebook in any way.
General Tips for Sewing the 2018 QP Block of the Month Pattern:
Fabric requirements are listed for the whole project on p. 26 of the pattern magazine. They are also listed per block, if you do not plan to sew the entire sampler.
Along the way, we will provide you with tips and tricks on Instagram, in our Facebook group, and via email for success and to answer your questions as they arise.
If you’re worried about missing Sew Along dates, we’ve got you covered – reminders will be posted on Instagram, on our Facebook page, and in our Facebook group as we move through the different phases of the Sew Along.
While these aren’t required, 3½” and 4½” square rulers may speed up the process of trimming and squaring your blocks. If not, there’s no need to worry. Many quilting rulers have 45 degree lines printed on them. These handy lines are great for helping you to align your seams.
Happy Sewing! Please contact us on Instagram or in our Facebook group and tag us if you get stuck or have questions!