Sew Let’s Quilt Along

I am participating in my second Quilt Along, sponsored by Partners in Design. Abbie, from Sparkle On!,is the one who introduced me to this group of designers. I participated in the Christmas quilt along, which resulted in a quilt. I made a few blocks of the Fall QAL, and made small projects with these blocks. This time, the theme for the QAL is quilting…what fun!

Here are the designers of this QAL:

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

The first block is a sewing machine.

I finished the second block which was released yesterday. There is nothing like a cup of coffee to get me started on a day of quilting, so this block is appropriate.

I had been purchasing fabrics with a sewing/notions theme, and now, I can use them. I do not know if I will make a quilt or different small projects with these blocks. In the meantime, I am thoroughly enjoying participating in this QAL. Thanks, Abbie!

Quilt Along


Partners in Design 

The first quilt along I joined was a Christmas quilt hosted by Partners in Design.  I also made a few of the blocks they had in last year’s fall quilt along. These quilt alongs gave me the opportunity to try new things.
This year, the theme for the quilt along is sewing. I had been looking online for some sewing machine quilt block designs. I have also been purchasing sewing themed fabric, with no real plan in mind. So, when I saw that this new quilt along was beginning on March 12, I decided to try it out.
I may just end up making a “sewing” quilt for me.Although, this year, they will be offering ideas for using these blocks in small projects. Abbie, of Sparkle On!, is a host of the small projects. I am looking forward to seeing her ideas.
Today’s block was designed by Sandra Healy. She provides great directions. All of the other designers, offer great tips as to how to complete the block.

I am finding difficulty with precision. I double check my cutting and my quarter inch seams. I measure each section as I complete it. But I still find that I am a bit off in final measurements. I noticed that I am not pressing correctly. I still tend to mash and distort the fabric. I also noticed that as I sew, I sometimes stretch and distort the fabric. I especially have trouble when piecing smaller pieces, as required in this sewing machine block. I am just a bit off of the final measurement of the block. I need to be more diligent with this. Any suggestions or tips on how to improve on precision are appreciated.

I still need to embroider the thread running through the machine; and embroider the tops and bottoms of the thread spools.
I love the porcupine pin cushion on the bottom black fabric. This fabric represents the mess I have on my sewing table!😊

Hosts for this QAL

Abbie @Sparkle On
April @JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca @Pretty Piney Quilts
Bobbi @Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer @the Inquiring Quilting
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Kathleen @Kathleen McMusing
Sandy @SandyStar Designs
Sherry @Powered by Quilting