Monday, March 29, 2021

Harmony Hand Pieced QAL - the Corner Unit and a Link-up

Let's make some Corner Units!  Each Harmony block needs 4 Corner Units which means you'll need 16 if you are making the throw sized quilt.   My guess is you will both enjoy joining together all the units you've created so far and be excited to see the design start to appear!

We've got our first check-in link-up and a chance to win prizes - scroll down to enter!

Still need the pattern for Harmony?  Grab yours now!  

Stitching Tips

You've tackled so many units like a pro - go you!  Here are a few tips to help smooth Corner Unit assembly.   (I learned all of these the hard way!)  

Three pro tips:
  •  Carefully mark your stitching lines.  If you've got a unit that doesn't quite measure 4 1/2'' (looking at you Twisted Triangle in a Square), cut a 4'' square from template plastic and trace it on the wrong side of the unit to place your stitching line.  Pin units together along stitching lines to make sure your unit with the 'scant' seams lines up with the unit with the true 1/4'' seam
  • The unit with the most seams goes on top.   This allows you to stitch through all those seam allowances.

  • Carefully lay out the units and double check against the pattern illustration.  It is easy to get a block misplaced.  Removing stitches is never fun but somehow removing handwork - while easier than stitches from a machine - is more painful!

Check out Kristin's Corner Unit tips - she has a great tip on how to get the best looking point of your twisted triangle.

Corner Unit Link-up!

It is time to share your Corner Units!  Whether you’ve got one Corner Unit sewn, all four for a wall hanging or sixteen for a throw quilt, gather them up and share a photo!   If you’ve already sewn the Corner Units into a Harmony block, share a photo of the block.

This link-up will be open until midnight, Sunday, April 11.  Not quite done with a Corner Unit?  No worries - our second check-in link-up will open on April 26!   The Grand Prize link-up for your final quilt top link-up (quilted or just a flimsy) opens May 17 and closes at the end of June.

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Photos can be shared from a blog, Flickr, or Pinterest and must 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 #harmonyhpqal 

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

Units 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
  • Units must be entirely hand-pieced.  

  • Units must visually match the Corner Unit in the Harmony Hand Pieced QAL pattern.  (If you’ve already assembled the Harmony block and don’t have a photo of just the corner unit, share a photo of your Harmony block.)

  • Units can be made a different size.

  • Multiple corner units created by one quilter should be shared in a single photo. 

  • 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 names.

The Basics 

Still need the pattern for Harmony?  Grab yours now!  

Harmony is a large single block - make one and you've got a lovely wall hanging (28'' x 28'') or join 4 Harmony blocks together for a lovely throw sized quilt (56'' x 56'').  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!

Whether you are making the wall hanging or the throw sized quilt, we recommend you cut just the pieces you need to make a single Harmony block.  Once you've sewn a few units and have some experience cutting with templates, you can go back and cut the rest of the pieces for all the Harmony blocks you need.

Please consult the tutorials for Using TemplatesMarking Stitching Linesand the Running Stitch if you need some tips.

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

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. I'm enjoying piecing these units! Thanks for this pretty design and another great QAL!

  2. I am enjoying seeing all the colour choices. They all look amazing.


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