Sew Ottawa! Sew-a-long Week 1

Thank you everyone so much for joining us! The response to our little sew-a-long has been incredible and heart warming, we appreciate everyone so much for being here with us.

Here are the important details to note before you get started:

Fabric Requirements: 2 yards of a solid fabric, 2 yards of a coordinating fabric or fabrics (we are using a combination of coordinating solids and prints).

Finished Quilt size: 50.5″

Seam Allowance: Seam allowance for all seams on this quilt will be 1/4″. I like to use a 1/4″ foot on my machine but a piece of painters tape or masking tape put at the 1/4″ mark will work just fine.

If you choose you can do all 16 blocks or stop at 9 or 12 blocks. 9 blocks with sashing would give you a quilt of 38.5″ x 38.5″ and a 12 block quilt would give you a quilt top of 50.5″ x 38.5″. Both would be a lovely size for a lap quilt or baby quilt.

We are so excited to get started with our first block, it’s a very simple but very pretty block that I love. You can do almost anything with it colour wise so don’t be afraid to experiment with your colours and see what you like together.

I have chosen white as my main for this block and then shades of pink and flowers for the accent colours. You will need:

8 x 3.5″ squares of white or another solid

8 x 3.5″ squares of contrasting colours

Finished Block Size: 10.5″ x 10.5″

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The pinks here are part of the Kona Solids Blossom bundle from Mad About Patchwork The florals here are also from MAP  from Rifle Paper from the Menagerie line. The white is a Kona Solid in Snow

Place your solid squares on top of your coloured/patterned pieces and continue with the usual HST construction:

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I like to chain sew when doing something like this – it saves time with lifting your foot, cutting the thread and putting a new piece in – do all 8 blocks down one side, cut the thread, turn it around and do the other side:



Snip your pieces apart and then using your ruler cut down the middle. Press your seam allowance to the dark side. At this point you should have 16 blocks.

For our pattern we will need each finished block to be 3″ so you may need to trim your blocks slightly, this is called squaring up. Place your ruler with the diagonal line on the centre seam of the block and trim the block down to 3″ Using the diagonal line on your ruler will help with making sure that you take equally from each side:


Once you have done this for all 16 blocks you will need to layout your pattern:

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You are now going to sew all your pieces together. I like to start with the top row –  sew each row together. When pressing seams I like to press even rows to the right and odd rows to the left so its easy to remember. You want your seams to be going in different directions like this:

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Once you have each row sewn you will want to then sew each row together, making sure to keep everything the right way up.

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Once you have sewn all 4 rows together you will want to press all your seams flat and then you will have your first finished block! Yay!!

Your block should measure 10.5″ x 10.5″.


Thank you so much for joining us for week 1! Tania from Poppy Monroe Collection and I will be here to answer any questions you may have.

Tania will be doing week 2 next Thursday the 18th.

Once you have completed your block post it to the Sew Ottawa! Facebook page with the hashtag #sewottawa and you will be entered into a draw to win a weekly prize!


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