We’re halfway there! Looking through the #qp2020sewalong hashtag has been a lot of fun… you are all so talented and creative!
Here is our block for this month:
This is our second month in a row getting to use Pimento as our background and we just love how vivid it makes the block!
There is one seam in particular this month that can really make or break your block, so we’re going to focus our attention there.
The layout of the flying geese in this block is a bit different than what you may be used to. Notice that the ‘geese’ are pointing TOWARD EACH OTHER rather than in the same direction and the ‘sky’ in the upper unit is the same color (Pimento) as the ‘goose’ in the lower unit. Take extra care to double check placement before you sew these units together.
As you sew this seam, you’re going to need to be very careful to not cut off the points of both of your geese. Take time and be patient with yourself. You can pin, sew a basting stitch, or even glue baste if that helps.
To glue baste, use a very small amount of liquid school glue or a glue pen within the seam allowance and line the pieces up that same as if you were pinning. It’s important to make sure you stay well within your seam allowance. Use an iron and a pressing cloth to heat set the glue and double check that your points line up nicely. You can then sew as normal without worrying about your pieces shifting. Note that if you use glue basting on this seam, you will not be able to press it open without first wetting your fabric and pulling the seam allowance open. This can be cumbersome, so we chose instead to use lots of pins and sew very carefully.
Whatever you choose, when you do press that seam open, it can get pretty bulky in the center of the block where the geese touch points. Finger pressing it open before using your iron on it can go a long way in helping that spot sit flat. Another tip for getting all your seams to lay flat: after pressing, let your fabric cool before moving it.
Once this seam is complete, adding on your borders is as simple as pie! If you have any questions for us about this block, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you out!
Guidelines to enter your sewn blocks into our quarterly challenge (and 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 each month, sew up your block and post it to Instagram (please use the #qp2020sewalong hashtag) or to the Facebook group (using the same #qp2020sewalong hashtag).
Rules 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 (between the 15th and the end of the month), you’ll be entered into a quarterly drawing for some great prizes from our sponsors.
- You must tag @thequiltersplanner on IG and @QuiltersPlanner on Facebook with your entry and use the hashtag #qp2020sewalong hashtag so we can track your entry.
- Each month’s entry must be posted by 11:59pm on the last day of the month Central Time to be eligible. Each month you post will be counted as one entry for that quarter’s drawing.
- If you win the quarterly 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 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.