“Sew, Let’s Quilt Along” Block 7 Release!


I’m happy to announce the release of the Block 7 of the Sew Let’s Quilt Along “It’s a Pressing Issue” designed by Karen Thurn of Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats. Visit Karen’s blog to view the block tutorial and download the free pattern!

“It’s a Pressing Issue” 12 x 12 block by Karen Thurn

This is a pieced 12″ x 12″ finished block with added embroidery and rick rack embellishments. Karen’s personality always shines through in her patterns. So it’s full steam ahead for Block 7, it will be exciting to see all your  fun versions!

My Tips:

  • I always review a pattern completely before cutting. It helps me know what techniques will be used and get a feeling of how the pieces go together.
  • Starch! Starch fabric before you cut. Stiffer fabric keeps smaller pieces from stretching out of shape.
  • I added rick rack cord, a perfect color that I found in my ribbon box. I went to iron it flat first and it melted and stuck to my iron! It was polyester and forunately I had enough to finish my block. Just a cautionary tale ;)
  • Enjoy and have fun!

I love this block because I find ironing relaxing, a  purposefully present activity.

I also enjoyed making the nine patch blocks. It has been awhile since I have and the mini ones that make up your quilt are fun to do.

Visit the Segment 2 hosts to see this block in a variety of fabric and color inspirations. Hosts also provide their own tips to sewing the block, as well as answer any questions you have.

Abbie Danahy of Sparkle On!
April Adams of  JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca Fenstermaker of Pretty Piney Quilts
Bobbi Bridgeman of Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer Fulton of Inquiring Quilter
Karen Thurn of Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats>>>Block Designer 
Sandy Maxfield of SandyStar Designs
Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting

Segment 2 of the Sew Let’s Quilt Along:

During this segment, running from May 21st through July 15th, blocks 6 through 9 will be released for a total of four blocks.

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.
  • On Instagram, use the hashtag #sewletsqal

Segment 2 Prizes

  1. A Warm 100 queen size batting from the Warm Company.
  2. A fat quarter selection from Dear Stella, “Can You Dig It?” collection.
  3. Three printed table runner patterns from the exclusive Shabby Fabrics collection the Vintage Series.

#sewlatsqal Segment 2 Prizes

And a pattern of your choice from from each of these Partners in Design:

#sewletsqal Segment 2 Prizes

To enter Segment 2’s contest giveaway:

Complete all four of the blocks in Segment 2 and post one photo showing all of your completed blocks on our FB page, IG #sewletsqal, or the ending linky party by July 15th 11:59 pm (EST). 

Also, don’t forget there is a super Grand Prize that will be awarded to one lucky winner who completes all 13 blocks and uses them to make small projects or one quilt top.

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 follow the designer’s pattern are eligible for prize entry.

Patterns  are free during the duration of the QAL!

Learn all about this Partners in Design’s mystery QAL here. Please quilt along with us! We are enjoying this fun journey with you!


14 thoughts on ““Sew, Let’s Quilt Along” Block 7 Release!

  1. What a jazzy looking iron! Thanks for the heads-up about the content of the rick rack. That will be helpful for all of us. Great job.

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  2. Ric rac melts???? Yikes! I don’t use it much so its good to know. I try to remember to turn my iron down whenever it is not cotton or unknown, but I would not have thought that about the ric rac.

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