I am so excited to release my Quilt Along Mug which is Block 2 in the Let's Sew Along quilt along by Partners in Design! Why a mug block? I chose it because I love to have a mug of hot coffee or tea while I am sewing, especially if it is late at night. It seems like a sewing essential to me!
To learn more about the quilt along please see my Introductory Post or see my Quilt Alongs Page if you missed Block 1.
I do offer my apologies to Robert Browning for modifying his quote. He inspired me by his poem Rabbi Ben Ezra which includes the lines,
Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made...
I think that the more you quilt, the more you learn. Therefore, I hope that my quilts will become better over time and that the best is yet to be.
Where Can I Find the Pattern for Block 2: Quilt Along Mug?
To download the pattern click the button below.
My fabric pull for this block is shown below. As you may remember, I am using fabrics from Salem Quilt Show by Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studios.
I printed the text (found on Page 6 of the pattern) on printable fabric sheets using an ink jet printer. I had used printable fabric sheets before to print quilt labels, but this is the first time that I have printed text for the front of a quilt. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's recommendations. The sheets that I used were by June Taylor and can only be used in ink jet printers.
Simply print the quote on page 6 on the fabric sheet and cut to size. Be sure to use the actual size or 100% setting on your printer so that the text is the correct size. Follow the manufacturer's recommendation concerning how to make your printed fabric colorfast. If you prefer, you can embroider the text with embroidery floss. In addition, the hosts have some additional ideas for the center of the mug. Please see their suggestions as well.
Then, cut the rest of your pieces as directed in the pattern. See photos below.
Adding the Borders to the Text Rectangle
Add the borders to the text rectangle as shown below. Press seams away from the center of the block. See photos below.
Piece the bottom border strip using the stitch and flip method. Draw a diagonal line on each Fabric C 1 1/2" square. Sew along the marked line. Trim the seam to 1/4". press away from the strip. See photos.
Sew the bottom strip to the text rectangle. See photo below.
Complete the Block.
Construct the mug handle as directed n the pattern. Sew the mug handle and side strip to the center of the block. See photos below.
Add the top background strip and the bottom strip to complete the block. See photo below.
I hope you enjoy your block!
Where Can I Find Other Versions of This Block?
We have nine hosts for Segment One, and we all made our very own versions of the blocks. Be sure to visit us all! We all have tips and inspiration. We would love to see comments from you as well!
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter has suggestions as well even though she is not a host for this segment. Yeah, Jennifer!
What are the Giveaways for Segment 1?
We will have a prize package at the end of each segment. As well as a Grand Prize at the end of the Quilt Along. The prizes are open to all participants that are at least 18 years old. If you don't remember what I mean by segment, check out the Introductory Post. You will find additional information of interest there as well as a schedule.
How to Enter
To be eligible to win a segment prize, you need to make all of the blocks from that segment. Share a photo or photos of your blocks (in a single post) to be entered.
For segment 1, entries will be open from 12:00 am May 7 to 11:59 pm May 20, 2019 (Eastern time). There are three places you can share your blocks to be entered in the drawing:
Segment 1 Prize Package
We have a wonderful array of prizes for each segment! Here’s the prize package for Segment 1:
To be eligible to win the grand prize, you need to make all 13 blocks from the whole quilt along and turn them into a quilt or other project(s). Quilt tops don’t need to be quilted, but projects do need to be finished. Share a single post that shows all of the blocks in a quilt top or project. It doesn’t matter how many projects or what projects you make, or how many blocks you use in each project as long as you show that you’ve used all 13 blocks in a finished quilt top, project, or projects.
To keep the contest portion of the quilt along fair and fun for everyone, only quilters that use all of the designers' blocks [in a quilt top or project(s)] will be eligible for the grand prize. Likewise, our segment prizes will only be open to those that make all of the designers’ blocks for that segment.
We are really lucky to have some amazing sponsors on board for this quilt along! Please check them out as thanks for supporting us. Bluprint, Dear Stella, Everything Mary, Island Batik, Prym, Shabby Fabrics, Timeless Treasures, Warm Company and Paintbrush Studio. Additionally, many of the block designers are donating their quilt patterns.
I am a quilter who is starting a new adventure. After retiring in May 2016, I became a certified Quilt in a Day Instructor. I am certified to teach workshops using Quilt in a Day patterns and techniques. In addition, I am designing my own quilt patterns.
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