It is my week on the FAT QUARTER SHOP sponsored SEW ALONG called SEWCIALITES. This is the second year of this program and it is always so much fun to see what each designer contributes and how FQS lays it all out.
Each week a different designer shares one of her favorite blocks and all of the info on how to make it in one of three sizes is on the FQS Blog, Jolly Jabber. The folks at the Fat Quarter Shop are working all of the blocks into a sampler so check that out. Read more about Sewcialites HERE.
This week is my block, INVIGORATE, and this is one of my all time favorite blocks. I have made it in so many different variations and often include it in my Fig Tree BLOCK OF THE MONTH programs too. There is something about this block that is the perfect blend of interesting and simple. It showcases fabric of pretty much any style and is not too complicated to assemble. Traditionally it is called the Weathervane block and it was the first block I thought of when FQS asked me for a contribution to their program.
Here is the link to the directions for the block and all the info…. CLICK HERE.
For my block this week… we have done a few things, so come and see some fun options.
I decide to make the 3″ block… because, you know, who wouldn’t like a 3″ block of anything. And OH MY GOODNESS.. it came out so darn cute.
But then of course a 3″ block by itself felt like it needed some finishing so I turned it into the cutest little pincushion. I may have mentioned before a dozen million times that I am ALL ABOUT the pincushions.
This is what I did:
When Joanna shared with me her Invigorate Block for Sewcialites 2, I immediately saw them made up into a cute topper for my kitchen table. Our kitchen table is the heart of our home. It is where we enjoy our morning coffee – sharing goals for the day, where I watch my daughter start her homework after getting all the “tea” from her day at school, and where we spend a few minutes reconnecting after dinner as a family. It’s a special place, and I love decorating it with a topper or runner to make it inviting and welcoming. For this project, I opted for a classic Rail and Nine Patch setting to compliment the blocks for the perfect mix of fresh and nostalgia all combined together.
PIECING & ASSEMBLY DIRECTIONS
MAKE SASHING BLOCKS
MAKE POST NINE-PATCHES
*To make the most use out of your backing fabric combine the Back as follows:
Joanna asked me to join her on this week’s Sewcialites 2 block, and you better believe I said YES! After seeing the block, I immediately envisioned a runner of sorts. I am also very fond of flying geese borders that I see incorporated into many Fig Tree patterns, so I sat down with pen and paper and made some notes. Once I felt satisfied with my [very rough] design layout, I dove into my scraps and picked one of my favorite fabric combos – aqua & red – and went to work.
If you want to create a similar runner, here are my notes. Again, I used scraps, so I didn’t define any fabric requirements. I suggest you do the same. It’ll feel good by the end – a beautiful finish and a dent in the fabric stash to boot! 😉
Size: 20.5” x 41.5”
Quilted by Maggi Honeyman
Blocks: (3) 9” x 9” finished ‘Invigorate’ blocks
For Block Sashing [low volume print]: Cut (10) 2” x 9 ½”.
For Block Posts [red floral print]: Cut (8) 2” squares.
For Inner Border [ivory solid]:
For Flying Geese Border [red scraps/ivory solid background/aqua]:
For Outer Border [low volume print]:
For binding [aqua print]: Cut (4) 2 ¼” strips.
For Block Sashing:
For Inner Border:
For Flying Geese Border:
For Outer Border:
Quilt as desired and bind to finish!
Thanks so much for visiting with us for our SEWCIALITES day!!
Happy Quilting, Joanna and Susan and Lacey too.
This week’s designer is Crystal Manning and her block is called SPARKLE. Be…February 21, 2024