Welcome back for the 7th month of the 2018 Quilter’s Planner Block of the Month Sampler Sew Along!  We can’t believe that we’re already halfway through the year. 

This month, we are working on Block 7 (page 34-35) in the Quilter’s Planner Magazine).  Block 7 combines intersecting flying geese within a square in a square block. the instructions in the magazine explain how you would piece this block traditionally.  In this blog post we will give you tips and hints for the instructions, and we also are offering you a Foundation Paper Piecing template (see further below) so that you can paper piece the block instead, if you choose.

For our Block 7, we used the following feature fabrics by Alison Glass for Andover:  Reef in Mermaid from Diving Board, Starfish in Coral from Diving Board, Compass in Sangria from Sun Print 2018, and Diatom in Canary from Sun Print 2018.

Foundation Paper Piecing Block

Click here to download:  July BOM Paper Piecing Template

You will need to print 4 pages of the paper piecing template, and make sure your printer is set to 100% with no scaling.  There is a 1 inch square on the page.  After you print the page, measure it with a ruler to make sure your printer was accurate. 

QP Insider Tip #1:

We have triangles that are cut and sewn along the bias edge, so cutting the fabric squares a little oversized may be helpful again.  Here’s what I did for mine:

  • (1) 3⅞” squares of each Fabric A-D, I cut mine at 4⅛”.
  • (6) 3⅞” x 3⅞” squares of background fabric, I cut mine at 4⅛”.

As in Block 5, they may look a bit strange when you are sewing, but you will have more room to trim them down to size. 

QP Insider Tip #2:

Before you cut the 3 ⅞” square of Fabrics A-D that will become the center of the block, you may want to pay close attention to any directionality of the print on your fabric.  It will not be the same as the flying geese units. If you want them to match, you may wish to cut the square on point. 

QP Insider Tip #3:

When squaring your block make sure the points of your geese are ¼” away from the edge of the block before you trim so your points of the triangles are not cut off. 

QP Insider Tip #5:

If you’ve chosen to follow the Modern Bliss layout, there is 1 version of Block 7 in the quilt pictured on the cover of the magazine (the rightmost block in row 2).  Also, don’t forget that the Modern Bliss layout uses blocks set on point (rotated 45 degrees), so that may be something to consider when selecting fabrics.

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 end of the month, sew up your block and post it to Instagram (please tag @thequiltersplanner and use the #QP2018sewalong hashtag) and/or to the Facebook Group (using the same #QP2018sewalong hashtag).  We will have prizes for both, but you are only eligible to win the monthly prize once.

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 month (usually the first of the next month),  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 12:01 am Central Time to be eligible.

You MUST tag @thequiltersplanner on IG or post your block in our Facebook group with your entry and use the hashtag #QP2018sewalong (please be sure to use the hashtag on Instagram AND Facebook) so we can track your entry.

If you win one month’s prize, 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 protected] 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!