“Sew, Let’s Quilt Along” Block 1 Release!


It is with my great pleasure to announce the release of Block 1 of the Sew, Let’s Quilt Along, “Sewing Machine” designed by Sandra Healy of Sandra Healy Designs. Visit Sandra’s blog to download her free pattern and view her tutorial post.

We thought that a sewing machine would be the perfect start of a sewing themed QAL and Sandra’s design is perfect! The finished block will measure 18 x 24” finished. It is a perfect size for the centerpiece if you are completing a quilt using all 13 blocks or as a wall hanging or any smaller project. As a small project host, I will present my projects as ideas for you to make on May 7th, the end of this segment.

Sewing machine quilt block
My pink machine!

My Tips:

  • I always review a pattern completely before cutting. It helps me know what to expect and get a feeling of how the pieces go together.
  • Follow the cutting chart and use the sewing machine schematic Sandra provides. It is a great help!
  • I used machine embroidery for the main black thread and to secure my wheel. I hand embroidered the needle with silver thread and the spool tops with embroidery floss.
  • I added iridescent beads for my control buttons. Too cute :)
  • If you plan to quilt this block, wait to add embellishments.



I was hesitant to use my Kona solid bright pink but I am so glad I did! I love my pink machine. It’s your machine so have fun with it!!!

Visit these hosts to see Sandra’s Sewing Machine  in a variety of fabric and color inspirations. Host’s also provide their own tips to sewing this block. Also, all the hosts are available to provide tips and help for making each block, answer any questions and encourage you!

Sandra Healy of Sandra Healy Designs →The Sewing Machine Block designer
Abbie Danahy of Sparkle On! →You are here :)
April Adams of  JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca Fenstermaker of Pretty Piney Quilts
Bobbi Bridgeman of Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer Fulton of Inquiring Quilter
Kathleen McCormick of Kathleen McMusing
Sandy Maxfield of SandyStar Designs
Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting

♥ Segment 1 Prizes ♥

Seg 1 Prize logo


Check out this awesome prize package we have for the winner of Segment 1! A great thanks to our wonderful sponsors.

A newly released item from Omnigrid® (a Prym Company)
Large Folding Cutting Kit that includes an 18″x 24″ mat, a 3″x 18″ ruler and a 45 mm rotary cutter.

A Timeless Treasures Tonga Treat Strip Jr. “Orchid” -20 pc 2 ½ strip pack.

Two Shabby Fabrics Vintage Blessings printed table runner patterns and a packet of Sunflower laser-cut appliqués (small.)

And! A free PDF pattern of your choice from each of these Partner’s in Design:

Sandra Healy Designs

JANDA Bend Quilts

Powered by Quilting *up to $10.00

Segment 1 Prize patterns

To quilt along you can:

  • Follow my blog for the latest block release, including links for the featured designer and hosts and to see my version of each block, along with tips to help you make it.
  • Join the “Partners in Design” Facebook group . Here you can meet and see other participants blocks, post your photos and ask any questions.
  • On Instagram, use the hashtag #sewletsqal

To enter the contest:

Participants can enter the prize drawing by sharing a single photo with all segment blocks on facebook, instagram, or the hosts blog linky party at the end of each segment.

If you complete the blocks and post your photo during a  segment and before the next one starts, you will be eligible for the segment prize. To be eligible you must post your photo by May 20, 2019 by  11:59 pm (EST).

The prizes are open to international  participants  and all participants must be at least 18 years old. Please make your blocks your own in fabrics and embellishments, but only those that make the designer’s pattern are eligible for prize entry.

Mystery Block 2, designed by April Adams, will be release on March 26th!

Please quilt along with us! We are looking forward to this fun journey with you!

~Abbie ✨ a "Partners in Design"

22 thoughts on ““Sew, Let’s Quilt Along” Block 1 Release!

  1. This machine is so charming! In addition to the QAL, this is a great block for a sewing machine cover or a tote bag….hmmm endless possibilities! AND the control buttons are such a cute idea…great tip about quilting before adding the buttons…I would have put them on first because they are so cute! It’s so nice to participate in QALs because we get to meet new friends and learn new techniques! Can’t wait to see more!

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  2. oi Abbie! amei seu bloco e suas cores. também pensei em fazer capa para as minhas maquinas de costura. antes de começar vou ler todos os posts das anfitriãs e aprender todas as dicas!


  3. What fun your buttons are! I’m thinking I might change the top a little to look more like my old Viking that I love to pieces. And that makes the machine blue and white, so I’ll have to find a great background!

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