Welcome to our October 2018 Block of the Month tips and tricks post, everybody!

This month, we are working on Block 10 (page 37-38) in the Quilter’s Planner Magazine).  Block 10 is a take on a traditional block with many names, one of the most popular being Sister’s Choice.  The block dates back to the late 1800s.

QP Insider Tip #1:

If you’re using a directional print for Fabric B (the dark blue), rather than cutting 4 rectangles at 2½” x 3”, cut (2) rectangles at  2½” x 3” and (2) at 3” x 2½”. When assembling the block, make sure that your pieces are oriented so that the print will maintain its correct direction.

QP Insider Tip #2:

Be sure to note that the Half Square Triangles (HSTs) used in this block are squared to 3” not the 3½” that we’ve been using in past blocks.  On the subject of those HSTs, when you are laying out your block, be sure to check their orientation as shown in the diagram on page 38.  It’s easy to turn those HSTs the wrong direction without realizing it.

QP Insider Tip #3:

If you’ve chosen to follow the Modern Bliss layout, there is 1 version of Block 5 in the quilt pictured on the cover of the magazine (the rightmost block on row 5).  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!