Block Lucky 13 is released for the Sew Let's Quilt Along Mystery Quilt and it is mine!
It is called, "Who's Got the Thimble?" and is based on a game from my childhood. Do you see where one Thimble is missing from the shelf?
When I was a child, we played a game where a group of children would hide a thimble or other small object while the child who was "it" was out of the room. When the child returned, she would try to find the thimble. If she was heading in the right direction, we would say "warmer." If she was heading away from the thimble, we would say " cooler." We would continue to direct the her using temperature readings that included: cold, colder, freezing, ice cold, warm, warmer, hot, red hot, burning up until the child found the thimble. Okay, maybe it is not as exciting as video games, but we enjoyed it, and you have to admit that it included a lot of social interaction.
The "Who's Got the Thimble?" block uses traditional tumbler blocks to represent thimbles on a shelf, but one of them is missing. To download the pattern, click on the button below.
I am really glad that this block turned out to be Block 13. It seems so appropriate because I am using Meg Hawkey's Salem Quilt Guild fabric for this quilt. The guild would love it! My fabric pull for this block includes many of the fabrics. I wanted my pieced Thimbles to be as colorful as possible!
The first step is to cut the fabric. You need 16 squares cut from variety of prints for the pieced Thimbles, 13 squares cut for the Background Tumblers, and strips for the shelf and the background.
Cutting the Tumblers and Pieced Thimbles
There are two ways to cut the Tumbler blocks and the pieced Thimble Block. One way is to use an Accuquilt cutter and die #55015. This method can be used for both the background Tumblers, as shown below, and the pieced Thimbles.
The advantage of the Accuquilt dies is that they cut accurately and consistently. In addition, the die pre-cuts any dog ears that might occur during piecing. If you are interested in the Accuquilt Cutters, visit Accuquilt (affiliate link.)
The second method is to cut the Tumblers and Thimbles with a ruler. To prep the
pieced Thimbles for cutting, sew two squares together, ironing toward the dark fabric. Then trim the square as directed. You should vary the placement of the seam so that your Thimbles vary. (Think decorative Thimbles.) The initial squares are large so that you can play with varying the placement of the seam. Finally mark the edges of the Thimble as directed, place a rotary cutter ruler along the lines. (Note, the background Tumblers could also be cut using this method.
For safety, you should always use a rotary cutter ruler to guide your rotary cutter.
Next, sew rows of Tumblers and Thimbles as shown below. You will need three rows, but one row will have a background Tumbler in place of the pieced Thimble so that it looks like one Thimble is missing. Then, trim the row to 12 1/2" wide. Be sure to leave a 1/4" seam allowance at each end of the row! See photos.
Then, add the shelf strips to the bottom of the rows and the background strip to the tops of the rows. See photos.
Finally, sew the rows together! See photo.
Your block is complete! I hope you enjoyed making it!
Where Can I Find Other Versions of This Block?
We have nine hosts for Segment 3, 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!
How Can I Be Eligible for Segment 3 Prizes?
Block 13 is the last block in Segment 3. We will be awarding prizes for this segment. To find out more, go to Sew Let's Quilt Along Segment 3 Wrap-up.
How Can I Be Eligible for the Grand Prize?
Block 13 is also the last block for the quilt. We will be awarding a grand prize for making all of the blocks and incorporating them into a quilt or a variety of finished projects. To find out more, go to Sew Let's Quilt Along Segment 3 Wrap-up.
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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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