Make the Cut: 100 Block Pictorial Sampler is a new type of sampler designed by Ange Wilson. It’s both a traditional style sampler and a fun new twist on a sampler when you can make an image appear from the blocks when they’re assembled in a set order and fabric value is followed. If you’d like to receive all the information about the event, including the free event tracker, free bonus layouts, tutorials and more simply pop your details in the boxes below and click the “Join Now!” button.

When is it?

Starts: Block 1 will be posted on 1 February 2022

Ends: Block 100 will be posted on 12 May 2022

A block tracker has developed to help you keep track of the dates and your blocks. Sign up to the event newsletter below to get your free copy of the event tracker.

a note about timezones

To help facilitate things from my end all dates, as written on this website and for the purpose of my organising, will be in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) because I live and work in Australia. This is the timezone for Sydney, Australia. You will simply need to follow the calendar in your timezone, there’s no need to convert to AEST.

purchase the pattern

The pattern is available in 2 construction methods: machine piecing and foundation paper piecing (FPP).

You can purchase the patterns in either hard copy (for machine piecing only) or instant PDF digital download.

To help you save if you’d like more than one pattern I’ve put together the following bundle options. Click an image to shop them or click the big button below.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions and answers have been collated to help you understand how the event works and to provide clarity. If you cannot find an answer to your question below please email me and we’ll work through it together.

Questions and answers have been grouped together under topical headings to help you find what you’re seeking.

participation

Where do I sign up to participate?

There’s no need to sign up or register to participate, but some people find it helpful to sign up to receive my event specific newsletter so you don’t miss out any announcements. To sign up simply pop in your name and email below and click the “JOIN NOW!” button.

Please note: participating in the event is not reliant on your signing up to the newsletter.

To participate in the event all you need to do is purchase the pattern (click here to do so), make the blocks and post them on their assigned day to either Instagram (using the #MaketheCutSAL2022 hashtag in your photo caption) or to the GnomeAngel Facebook Group (click here to join) in the corresponding album.

I’m a beginner, can I still participate?

This is the perfect project for a beginner. There’s no tricky blocks and you’ll learn some of the fundamental techniques for being a patchworker.

Here’s a sample of a page from the Make the Cut: 100 Block Pictorial Sampler pattern to show you how easy it is for beginners.

I missed the start, can I still participate?

The answer is always YES! Participate! The goal of this is to encourage you to spend time daily with your craft, enhance your skills and connect you with the community of creatives at your fingertips which you can do at any time during the event.

What’s the order?

We will be sewing the blocks in numerical order. So block 1 on day 1, etc. etc. until we get to block 100 on day 100.

A block tracker has developed to help you keep track of the dates and your blocks. Sign up to the event newsletter below to get your free copy of the event tracker.

Life happens, can I sew ahead or miss a day?

I know there’s a lot of you that have started sewing blocks previously and want to use this event to help you get them all done. I’m also aware that you, like me, will have life events crop up during the 100 days which will see you not able to sew a block on it’s set day. Don’t worry! The world won’t end if you miss a day or if you’ve been pro-actively sewing to get a buffer. Just post the blocks when they’re ready and use the hashtag to share and connect.

Can I make the quilt without posting photos?

Yep, you totally can and we have a number of people who sew-along with the event without participating via social media. You could even sew-along with us and post photos using the hashtag and that’s it if you’re not interested in winning prizes and we have a lot of people do that too. It’s a great way to connect with other makers and make new friends.

I signed up to your newsletter, where’s my block information?

I do not send out block cutting or assembly instructions via my newsletter. You need to buy the pattern to sew the blocks. I also do not send out daily prompts via the newsletter. If you want to know what days to post which blocks I have developed a free tracker for you to use. The newsletter is purely to let you know about the big ticket dates and any changes to the event details.

Don’t worry, I won’t share your email with anyone and you’ll only ever get sent information that relates to GnomeAngel. You can unsubscribe at any time.

prize information

What prizes are on offer, and how do I win?

Stay tuned! Sign up to the event newsletter so you don’t miss the announcement!

I run a business within the creative industry and I would like to sponsor this event, how can I do that?

Thank you for your interest and your desire to support the creative community. It means the world and it’s by working together that we can do great things. At this stage there is no sponsorship of this event open as I’m not in a position to be able to juggle the requirements of event sponsorship. If this changes I will make an announcement via my Newsletter.

making the blocks

Do I have to use a specific fabric range/collection/designer?

No. While, I love using specific fabrics, that doesn’t mean you have to. This is all about making a quilt that you will love and cherish, so please use whatever fabrics make your heart sing. There’s no rules about what fabrics you can use. Just have fun!

How much fabric do I need?

The fabric requirements for the pattern are listed at the top of this page simply scroll back up to see the fabric tables.

I’d like to see some options for how the blocks can look, do you have any?

I do! But as this is the first year the event is being run you’ll have to watch along as I reveal them during the event.

If you need more inspiration I suggest checking out the Facebook Group (click here to join) or asking a question on social media and seeing what your other creatives think about what would work.

Do I have to make the blocks as per the book?

You can do whatever you would like with the blocks (except breach copyright by publishing the dimensions or copying the blocks for your own financial gain).

Do the cutting instructions include seam allowance?

Yes, the cutting instructions include the seam allowance. Simply cut as stated and assemble as per the diagram. There’s no need to add seam allowance or do any additional math.

All the information to help you make this quilt can be found in the pattern/book.

How do I make Half Square Triangles and Flying Geese?

All the information about how to make these units for your blocks can be found in the pattern/book on pages 6 – 7.

Tutorials to assist with this can also be found by clicking here.

Are there acrylic templates available for this quilt?

YES! We’ve partnered with From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates and Rulers to make the machine pieced version of the patterns compatible with their range of products. You can shop the range by clicking here or clicking the button below.

Do I need to trim my blocks to the pattern finished size?

NO!!!! Do not trim your blocks! The blocks for Make the Cut: 100 Block Pictorial Sampler are 6.5″ x 6.5″ (as indicated in the pattern) unfinished – this means before they’re sewn into the quilt top. If you trim your blocks they will be too small and you’ll lose valuable points.

sharing and connecting

Where’s it all happening?

You can share your blocks and connect with those sewing along with you in the following places:

  • Instagram – This is the original platform for this event and it’s the most popular way to participate. You simply post your completed blocks to instagram as per the event requirements and then use the event hashtag, #MaketheCutSAL2022, to connect with people in our creative community.
  • Facebook – By joining the GnomeAngel Facebook Group (click here to join) you can connect with other creatives, share your blocks and possibly win prizes.

instagram

What if my account on Instagram is private?

I’m really sorry, but if your account is private other participants won’t be able to see your blocks and therefore you may miss out on connecting with this amazing creative community.

One way around this, if you’re really keen to participate but don’t want to share your private moments (which is completely understandable), is to create a second account and just post your blocks on this account.

Instagram now makes it really easy to flip between accounts so it shouldn’t be too cumbersome to manage. You can read the Instagram help file on how to do this by clicking here.

What hashtag do I need to use?

I’ve made it super simple: one hashtag! The only hashtag you’ll need to use to connect with the #MaketheCutSAL community and look at all the eye candy is #MaketheCutSAL2022.

Can I put anything else in the caption, or use more hashtags?

You totally can. The minimum requirement is to include the event hashtag. If you want to use more hashtags, or write about the block, or your thoughts on the day, or a recipe – whatever you like you can.

Is there a way of seeing all the block being made and posted to Instagram?

Yep! You can click on the hashtag within Instagram (either on your desk top or within the app) or you can click here to see them in your browser.

I’m having some issues with Instagram, can you help?

I’ve put together a list of the Top 5 Troubleshooting Questions I get when it comes to Instagram to try and help you solve any problems you might be having. You can find it by clicking here.

Unfortunately I can’t troubleshoot every problem you might be having with Instagram so I would recommend you ask Google and if you can’t get a resolution via Google then contact Instagram and get them to help out.

Instagram is down! Help!

Try to remain calm, there is life outside of social media. I promise! If Instagram (or Facebook) is down just simply wait until it’s back up again to post and share your blocks. In the meantime, try to use the down time to get outside, sew some more blocks or make some sourdough.

Do I have to follow ANY accounts?

I strongly encourage you to follow me (@gnomeangel) so you don’t miss any announcements or surprises. Other than that it’s totally up to you. I think that one of the ways to make the most of the event is to connect with other creatives and find new accounts to follow. There’s a whole, amazing, world of fabulous makers out there you just need to get out there and connect with them.

facebook

How do I share my blocks on Facebook?

Firstly, you need to join the GnomeAngel Facebook Group (you can do that by clicking here).

Once you’re membership request has been approved you’ll find in the group there are specific block photo albums set up. You simply post your block to this album to help inspire others who are making along with you.

How do I post a photo to a Facebook Group Photo Album?

I’d love to provide you with specific advice here, but due to the wide and varied nature of IT I can’t. BUT I can give you a link to the Facebook help file on how to do this: click here to learn.

Please note: If you’re experiencing issues posting to the photo albums you will need to contact Facebook directly as I can not provide trouble shooting or IT support for this issue.

I requested membership but I’m not in, what’s happened?

There may be a couple of things happening here:

  1. You didn’t answer the compulsory question about following the group rules. This question is there because I want to make sure every member of the group is aware of the group rules (you can read them by clicking here). If you don’t answer this question you won’t be allowed in.
  2. It hasn’t been approved yet. Given the large volume of work involved with this event we only approve membership requests once a day. If it’s been more than 48 hours since you applied and you answered the rules question when you applied send me an email and we’ll get it sorted.

Facebook is down! Help!

Try to remain calm, there is life outside of social media. I promise! If Facebook (or Instagram) is down just simply wait until it’s back up again to post and share your blocks. In the meantime, try to use the down time to get outside, sew some more blocks or make some sourdough.

still have a question?

If you’ve made it all the way to the bottom of this very long post (go you!) and your question was not covered, please drop me an email and we’ll work together to get it sorted.