Can you believe it’s week 3 of the Long Time Gone Sew-along? Time flies when you’re having fun! This week we’re covering the Crosses of the UK Blocks. You’ll need to make 6 of these wonderful blocks for inclusion in the quilt top. Before we get into the tutorial details I wanted to take a moment to add some clarification for those that may be wondering the same questions as those that have asked via social media and email.
- Anyone found providing the measurements for blocks in their social media captions and comments, or website, or Facebook will be disqualified from entry into the prize pool (this applies to also encouraging people to email you or message you for the details). Anyone found to be providing alternate patterns for making the blocks (such as foundation paper pieced patterns) will be disqualified from the prize pool. You can make and use them yourself but sharing them is in violation of this competition and it’s just plain disrespectful to all the hard work that the pattern designer has done. You need to buy the pattern to be in the running for the wonderful prizes on offer.
- The timeframe for entering your blocks for consideration in the prize draw is 12:01am on Wednesday in your timezone and 11:59pm on Tuesday in your timezone. The dates will obviously be respective of what block we’re on and I cannot stipulate enough that the free downloadable tracker (click here to download) is your best friend when it comes to keeping this straight. We will post on social media reminders about it, but it’s up to you to make sure you’ve entered your block on time.
- The extension of entry for the prize pool only applied to the first block (and has now passed) and did not impact nor apply to any other block.
For further information about Frequently Asked Questions please click here. Now, hopefully that’s cleared a few things up so we can get on with making this weeks block.
Tutorial: Crosses Of The UK Block
- See tutorial for seam pressing details.
- I used a Schmetz 70/10 needle.
- I used 50wt Aurifil #2600 (Dove) thread for piecing.
- I used Flatter by Soak in Yuzu 248ml as my starch.
- I used Clover Wonder Clips to help keep my pieces in place.
Measurements for the pieces needed to construct this block will not be provided in this tutorial. It is a pre-requiste of making this block that you have a copy of the pattern, Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell. Measurements, where applicable, can be found in this book and it’s associated media.
If you’re using the Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates you can find the conversion chart by clicking here.
How to Make the Block
- Tolerance Levels: you need to decide what is an acceptable tolerance level for “mistakes”. For example if your blocks are consistently 6¼” instead of 6.5″ are you ok with this. Or if your seams matching are less than an eight of an inch “off” are you ok with this. There’s no hard or fast rule and it’s different for everyone, so remember it’s your quilt so make your decision for you.
- Press your seams at each step. Click here for a great article on how to press your seams for patchwork.
- You can iron and starch your fabric prior to cutting. I also starch when pressing bulky seams.
- When pinning, pin away from you so that you don’t move your pieces when pinning.
- Where possible I chain piece all the pieces I can in one step. If you’re unsure of what chain piecing is, click here for a tutorial on how to do it. However, for the purpose of the tutorials I will step you through all the seams individually.
1. Cut all pieces as per cutting instructions on page 7. I will walk you through making one block so that you can see how it’s done and then go on to make the needed blocks. Once you’ve cut all the pieces layout the pieces for your blocks. I find it’s less confusing to do it this way. I also find using a design board is really handy in this instance, if you don’t know what a design board is you can scroll to the next section for more information about how to make, or where to purchase, a design board.2. You will make the diagonal units of this block first. You will do this by lining up one triangle on the side of the long thing rectangle strips as per diagram 2. Stitch and press.
3. Repeat this step with the other side of the strip as pictures in diagram 3.4. This is the hardest part of the whole block and by hard I mean fiddly if your eyesight is going, like mine. You need to trim the block back to the measurement as per step 2 on page 7. If you’ve got a great ruler like this Marti Michell 6.5″ Squaring Up Ruler (click here to purchase), you’ll be able to use the 45° line to make sure that your trimming is square. Make sure the line runs down the middle of your diagonal strip when you trim. Make 4 of these units per block.
5. Once you’ve made your diagonal units lay out your block again as per diagram 5.6. Now the block is simple patchwork construction. Join the blocks to make rows as per diagram 6.
7. Join the three rows to complete the block.Make: 6 in total.
Lori Holt Design Board
If you’ve never heard of, or seen, a design board here’s the tutorial on how to make your own. You can also buy them pre-made at Fat Quarter Shop by clicking here.
Alternate Block Information
Don’t forget that you can head on over to Snips Snippets and see what Nicole has made this week using her beloved stash of Anna Maria Horner fabrics. Click here to visit Nicole.
Prize Winning Details
Of course the ultimate prize is making this amazing quilt, but if you’d like to also throw your hat in the ring to win some amazing prizes from our amazing sponsors then here’s the information you need to know. You can find out more about our sponsors and the prizes on offer by clicking here.
How to Win
We’ve made it as simple as possible for you to win. To be eligible for all prizes on offer all you have to do is:
- Post a photo of at least ONE of this week’s blocks to your Instagram account between 29 March 2017 and Midnight 4 April 2017 in your timezone.
- Tag your photo with the hashtags #LongTimeGoneSAL #AlisonGlass #AndoverFabrics #SewWithTheBest #AnnaMariaHorner #FreeSpiritFabrics #JenKingwell #LongTimeGoneQuilt #AmitieTextiles #MartiMichell #LovePatchworkQuilting
- Be following these accounts on Instagram:
Please note: You do not need to tag these accounts in your images, if you use the hashtag #LongTimeGoneSAL we’ll be able to find you!
You will need to also do the following:
- Post a photo of each of the blocks in their relevant weeks in your timezone. You can find the block timetable by clicking here.
- Complete the quilt top and post it to Instagram within 12 July and Midnight 21 July 2017 in your timezone.
- All photos will need to have all the relevant hashtags on them.
- You will need to be following all the relevant Instagram accounts at the time of drawing.
This is the requirements to be eligible for all prizes, if you wish to select which prizes to be eligible for see the individual prize requirements by clicking here.
Need help keeping all of that clear in your head, then get your hands on the Long Time Gone SAL Tracker by clicking here to download.
You can find out all the information about prizes on offer from our amazing sponsors by clicking here.
For more information you can find commonly asked questions and their answers by clicking here.
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