“Sisters” QAL – June

Several Quilt Along participants have told me that they are excitedly looking forward to today, June 1, the day when the next instructions are posted for the Big Sister and Little Sister blocks. I am so grateful for your enthusiasm! Just think, when you have completed these blocks, you are halfway finished with all the patchwork blocks you need for the “Sisters” quilt!

June’s block is a variation of my favorite patchwork block, “Weathervane.” The compass points (N, S, E, W) are easily discernible, and the patch sizes allow for large scale as well as small scale prints. This block uses four fabrics plus a light background, so select a group of three fabrics to work with and add another from the “FREE” box.

What, you may ask, is the “FREE” box? At the beginning of the Quilt Along, during the fabric selection stage, I suggested that you group your 10″ squares or your fat quarters in sets of three. The three in each set should contrast in color, scale of print, and texture. If you used a stack of forty-two 10″ squares, only thirty-six are needed for the groupings (12 sets of 3 squares each = 36). The remaining six squares were placed in the “FREE” box. In addition, any scraps after making the Sisters blocks were placed in the “FREE” box. As mentioned above, you need four colorful fabrics plus the background for the “Weathervane” variation, so raid your “FREE” box for the color needed.

This conservation tip for background fabric is from Jenn who faithfully makes her “Sisters” blocks: When cutting background fabric, cut a WOF strip of the required measurement instead of just the squares or triangles. After cutting the squares and triangles needed for the block at hand, mark the width of the remaining strip; it is likely that you will need that same strip width when making future “Sisters” blocks. You can write the strip width measurement with pencil or water soluble marker in the selvage, or you could note the measurement on a slip of paper and pin it to the strip’s selvage.

Ready to get started on your “Weathervane” 12″ and 6″ blocks? Click on the tab for “Sisters BOM QAL” to travel to the blog page of links to the instructions for all the blocks to date. Click the black “Download” button to access the instructions for June. Remember to post a photo of your completed blocks on Instagram, #sistersqal, or send me a picture via email, aby.quilts@gmail.com.

6 thoughts on ““Sisters” QAL – June

  1. Thanks for including the remarks about the FREE box ๐Ÿ™‚ I really appreciate your reminding me what that is and honestly, when I asked about it a couple of months ago, I’d had no idea you’d explained it in the first post. I think I joined the QAL in February so I downloaded the January instructions and missed the “overview” directions entirely.
    I am loving this QAL. What a breath of fresh air it was to come do the April and May blocks as a break from making masks. I’ve personally made just over 700 masks since March 24th and am working on quilting for this entire month! Or that’s my promise to myself. Thanks for getting me started off with the Weathervane block. The instructions make it sound super easy and yet the end result looks so nicely-compicated! I think I’ll really like this block ((adds it to my toolbox for future use))

    Sarah at Heirloom in the Making

  2. I’m not up to speed on your QAL, but that is a super fun block!!! And the Free box sounds like a great idea!

    • Itโ€™s a super fun project where you do one block a month. Aby has a link in the blog menu for the Sisters QAL and itโ€™s well worth checking out the first and other past posts to catch up. This pandemic is great for doing projects you might otherwise not have time to try ๐Ÿ˜Š

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