Thursday, April 2, 2020

Book Club - Louisa Link-up

Welcome to the week 3 link-up for Book Club - A Hand Pieced QAL.  We are so excited to see what you have made!  Read more about Louisa and the book behind the block.

This link-up will be open for two week - until Thursday, April 16 (4 am ET/1 am PT).  You are welcome to share any and all of the blocks you completed this week.  When this link-up closes, a new one will open (magic!) so please don't worry if you fall behind.  (Why is this link-up open for 2 weeks?  Next week is a prep week to give us time to share a new tutorial and perhaps for folks to catch up with their blocks.  Plus, we want a block link-up to always be open!)

Our sponsor for the Louisa link-up is Famore!

We all make mistakes and when we do reach for Famore EZ Stitch Snips. Our snips allow you to get under those tiny stitches for easy removal. A perfect companion for all quilters. Spring action allows both left handed and right handed people to use, and perfect for people with ailments that prevent them from using normal thread scissors.

Photos can be shared from a blog, Flickr, or Pinterest and much include a  link to Elm Street Quilts or Simple Handmade Everyday.  Photos can also be shared via a public Instagram and must contain the tag #handpiecedqal and/or #bookclubqal 

Don't have a way to share?  You can also email them to handpiecedqal at gmail dot com.  Need instructions on how to link-up?  See the tutorial!

Blocks shared must follow the guidelines below to be eligible to win a prize.

We hope you take a few minutes to visit others and make new friends!

Please note - sharing a photo in the link-up gives Elm Street Quilts and Simple Handmade Everyday permission to feature a photo of your block on their sites.  Full attribution will be given.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter


  • Blocks must be entirely hand-pieced.  
  • Block must visually match a block to the Book Club - A Hand Pieced QAL pattern.  Blocks can be made a different size.
  • Finished blocks can be shared in any link-up but can only be shared once.  Duplicates will be disqualified.
  • Multiple blocks created by one quilter may be shared in the same link-up.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via email.  Winners have 72 hours to claim their prize - if we don't hear back, we will draw another name.  Once winners have claimed their prize, this post will be updated with the winner's name.
For more information on the QAL including catching up with any tutorials you've missed, please visit the main event page - Book Club - Hand Pieced QAL.   

You can also join our Hand Pieced Quilt Along Facebook Group and / or subscribe to our newsletter so you'll be among the first to know about new block tutorials.

Haven't yet purchased the pattern?  Get your copy here!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

One Monthly Goal April Link-up

Welcome to April!  There were 101 people who joined the link up last month - let's see what this month brings.

New to One Monthly Goal?  Welcome!  To join, share a photo of your project, some words about what you want to accomplish in a blog post, an Instagram post (tutorial) or a post on Flickr and add that photo to the link-up.  Return at the end of the month and share your results.  You can read about the event and the rules on the main event page.

We have wonderful sponsors this month - three (3) winners will be randomly chosen from those that link up in both the goal and the finish event! 

Fat Quarter Shop offers a tremendous selection of fabric, notions, books and just about anything you will need for your project. Consider their Sew Sampler box to receive a monthly surprise delivery of fabric and fun.  Fat Quarter Shop is offering a $25 gift certificate to one lucky participant.

Aurifil is home to a beautiful rainbow of thread in all weights, perfect for any of your sewing and quilting needs.  My favorite product is the designer collection boxes which coordinate with various fabric lines!  Aurifil will be mailing a thread pack to one lucky winner!

Quiltfolk is the magazine for quilters, by quilters, with about 180 pages of inspirational stories and stunning photography. Featuring four new locations each year, it’s like taking a vacation with your favorite quilt friends without ever leaving home!  One lucky winner will win a copy of the latest issue (April) plus a years subscription! 

Aren't these just terrific sponsors?

My goal for April is to quilt my circles quilt.

Make sure you visit the One Monthly Goal event page for the specific requirements for links and social tags.  Your blog post (or Flickr post) must contain a photo of your project, a clearly stated goal and a link back to Elm Street Quilts.  Your Instagram post must include a photo of your project, a clearly stated goal and the tag #onemonthlygoal.  (Entries which don't contain the required information may be disqualified.)

And remember, to be eligible for the prize(s) by random drawing you must linkup at both the goal setting and the accomplishment linkup in a given month.   (The One Monthly Goal accomplishment linkup will be available on April 24.)

Make sure you add a link to this OMG post so others can find the OMG link-up from your blog.  Let's make that easy -  just paste this into your post: 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Thanks for linking up!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, March 30, 2020

Hand Pieced QAL - Louisa

Having fun hand piecing?  It's time to get started on our third block - Louisa.

Louisa will build on the skills from Evelyn (our first block) and Jane (our second) and introduce the challenge of dealing with a bunch of seams coming together at the center.

Louisa goes together quickly and you'll enjoy the challenge of piecing her whether you are new to hand piecing or picking back up your needle and thread after a break from last year's QAL.

Still need the pattern for Book Club for the Hand Pieced QAL - grab yours now!  Book Club is a 9 block sampler and two block setting to make either a wall hanging or a throw sized quilt.  Did you miss the QAL announcement?  You can find more information here!  If you have any trouble ordering the pattern, please don't hesitate to email us at - we'll be happy to help!

Tips & Tricks

There are just two different kinds of units to be cut  for our Louisa block.  You'll likely be a pro using templates now but check out the tutorial if you need some reminders.  Make sure you mark all your stitching lines on the wrong side of the units.  This specialty ruler - The Perfect Piecer -  makes it easy marking sewing lines on angles.

The rotary cutting instructions (if applicable) for the units can be found in the bottom left corner of the pattern sheet.  Please consult the tutorials for Using Templates and for Marking Stitching Lines if you need some tips.

Layout all the units to match the design for the Louisa block.  (I am using my wonderful wool pressing mat to keep everything organized.)

Sew pairs of pie wedges together - you will have 4 sets.  I like to pin along the marked stitching lines to make sure the units are lined up correctly.   Sew 2 sets together to create each half of the unit.

The key to success in dealing with the bulk of 8 pie wedges coming to the middle of the quilt is to pin well and carefully push your needle through all the seam allowances.   Sew a few stitches pass the center and flip to the right side to make sure you are happy with how everything is aligned.  If you aren't, now is the time to pull out your stitches and try again.

Once your pie wedges are all together, sew on the triangles to complete the block

The link-up for Louisa (or any blocks you make this week) will open on Thursday, April 2.  If you share on IG, please tag your photo with #bookclubqal and #handpiecedqal.

Make sure you go visit Kristen and see her Louisa block!

The Book behind the Block

When Louisa (Lou) first appears in the book Me Before You by Jojo Meyes her life is somewhat defined by her quirky family and her inability to hold a job for very long.    Lou takes a job as a companion to Will.  Will, who is paralyzed after a motorcycle accident, has made a deal with his parents that he will seek an opportunity for assisted suicide in 6 months if he finds he can't handle life as someone who is severally disabled.

While I won't spoil the ending for you (although you may have already read the book or seen the movie), I can tell you that this is one of my favorite books of all time.  I laughed and cried as I followed Lou and Will through the development of their relationship.   There are actually two other books in the series and I'd recommend those as well - After You and Still Me.

And if you've read these books and want to enjoy another by Jojo Meyes, let me suggest The Giver of Stars.

When naming the block Louisa, we were both struck by the hectic nature of Lou's life best represented by the spinning block.  I used gold for the triangles as a nod to her bumblebee tights which make an appearance at her birthday party.

The link-up for Louisa (or any blocks you make this week) will open on Thursday, April 2.  You can also add your blocks to the Jane link-up - it closes Thursday right as the Louisa link-up opens.  If you share on IG, please tag your photo with #bookclubqal and #handpiecedqal.

Please stop by Kristin's blog to check out her version of Louisa!

Stay in touch and join our community so you don't miss a thing! 

Have a wonderful day! Patty