Quilt Block Of The Month Update (16)

Mid Month BOTM Update

Fancy a quick catch up on my BOTM adventure…?

When I last left you in this blog post I had managed to cut out all of the relevant shapes for the nine quilt blocks and arrange them in neat little piles.

Over the last couple of weeks I have managed to snatch some stitching time in-between other projects and have a mini progress update for you.

Now, obviously when stitching things together into quilt blocks there is generally a plan on how to assemble these to make up the finished block. In the case of the Scan N Cut however, it was more of a cobbled together bits of info and a broad idea of what I was doing.

First, using the Scan N Cut I managed to figure out the A would be stitched to C.

… and that A’ would be stitched to C’.

D would be in the middle and B would fill in the spaces.

Beyond that, the machine offered no additional info, like which way the seams would be pressed or the order in which to stitch the parts together. Thankfully there was something that I remembered that I will show you a little later on.

First I set about sewing the A > C and A’ > C’ combinations.

To help me make sure everything stayed in place, and rather than pinning, I used a fabric glue stick to hold the seam together as I stitched. I can’t honestly say that this WILL make it quicker, easier or more accurate, just that its how I did it.

Having had some quarter inch low tack tape in the sewing box for a LONG time – I bought in many moons ago thinking that it would come in handy when I finally got around to doing some patchwork – I thought that it might be time to use it and see what difference it made.

In short, it would take the place of a drawn seam allowance marking and give me an edge against which to sew.

Once I had all of the parts ready to stitch I combined the post it notes from last time so that I knew which group was which between the A > C and A’ > C’ pairs.

More neat piles! Not really sure I should be talking about piles and BOTMs but there we are.

Anyway, first full run on the new sewing machine and off I went chain piecing the parts together.


Oh, remember how I said earlier that there was something that would help with piecing things together, well, I remembered the printed quilting guide that came with the Scan N Cut. Glad my brain still works, a bit.

Looks like it’s going to be a standard construction “template” for more than just this block so I will need to remember to keep it to hand for future BOTMs.

Anyway, as you can see, I am to assemble the squares from left to right in rows and then the rows go top to bottom, pressing the seams out/in as shown.


Oh, first though, time to press the seams open on these little bad boys. No guide for that, sadly so I guessed and pressed them all so that they would face away from the centre of the block.

I will update you next time as to whether this was a smart move.

Ok, right, time I did as I was told and not wing it so, together go the rows …

… and then together the rows go.

Ta-daaa! The first of nine blocks done!


Happy with the first one so I will repeat the same process to complete the remaining eight. I won’t make you watch each one though.

I will however update you with the progress of that together with the application of the batting and backing towards the end of the month … exciting, right?!

In the meantime, thank you for visiting and of course, if you have any questions or comments about this post, please feel free to leave them in the usual place below.

Until next time – *waves camply.

J. :)

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9 thoughts on “Mid Month BOTM Update

  1. Great to see how your block is stitched together John, can’t wait to see the end result.
    Still love the colours you used.
    Is the lantern on the square in the middle there by accident or on purpose?

    Thanks for sharing, stay safe and have a great day.

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  2. I find a sewing machine foot with a quarter inch guide is the easiest way to make certain your seams are all the same. I own about four of them because I keep mislaying them!!

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  3. Love your dramatic colour ways John. Like it muchly. You had me giggling at your piles of cut shapes. I have just finished a patchwork runner – only seven blocks so quite modest. Hubby took one look and said he’d like a waistcoat like that! So new lockdown challenge! So now I have piles of cut shapes all lined up and labelled for sewing just like your photos. Hee hee, enjoy.


  4. Beautiful, John. The colours are gorgeous and go so well together. I don’t own a Scan’n’cut but I do have multi media dies for quilting that work very well. I’ve currently working on my second “lockdown” quilt whilst also recovering from breaking my ankle so I have ample time to craft – yeah! Looking forward to the next episode!

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