SAHRR2022 – Round Four Signature Block
It’s time for Round Four of the Stay At Home Round Robin or SAHRR2022 for short. Wendy from Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life selected the signature block. The signature block is often called the autograph block, and I have a few tutorials to share with you. One is by Stash Bee, and they join the block with four-patch blocks (what a cute quilt that makes!). The second tutorial is found at Persimmon Quilts as part of their Quilts of Valor collection of blocks. Lastly, we made a modern take on the signature block back during Melva’s sew-along, Pieces From the Past. I still LOVE those fabrics and that block! Ultimately, we went in a slightly different direction with some success after the third try!
SAHRR Status So Far
So far in the SAHRR2022, we have shared our center block along with a heart-shaped curve block, a nifty diamond block, and finally, our choice of a wonky star block. We are making a dresser runner that needs to finish at 18″ x 36″ for Addison. We’re using the same Tula Pink fabrics that we used in her ballerina quilt. You might enjoy this slideshow recapping these first four rounds.
Signature Block Times Three
Yeah. So, we decided to make our signature block slightly different. We used an HRT (half-rectangle triangle) block which we also used in Round Two for our diamond block without issue. During the first attempt at cutting the fabric for the HRT, I aligned the fabrics with the right sides together. That is WRONG. You need to have the fabrics all going in the same direction. In the second picture below, the light gray fabric is in the correct position with the wrong side of the fabric. Darn it. Oh yeah – I forgot to mention that I sewed 1/4″ on either side of the drawn line, which is also WRONG. What a flippin’ nightmare! What was I thinking?!! I might have been a bit cocky, thinking I knew what I was doing.
In our second attempt, I forgot the size of fabric needed so Sue cut it to my incorrect dimensions. I didn’t even take pictures of that attempt . . . but we did take a short break at that point! HAHAHA! I needed a break, I guarantee (or a timeout).
Returning with a clear head, we had much more success on our third attempt! This time, rather than drawing a line on the back I used the markings on the cutting board. I aligned the pieces to be cut so that I could see a 1/2″ mark from the edge on the top and bottom. Then, I matched up the ruler to those marks and cut with ease. Perfect cuts and the stitching line ended up right in the valley, just as it should.
Signature Ta-Da Finally
What have I learned from this long @ss experiment in how not to sew an HRT block, let alone the eight that we actually needed? Don’t get cocky . . . refresh yourself with a brief how-do, even though you just did this two short weeks ago . . . and take a break when things start to go south. Remember your vow of stress-free sewing! Yes.
Here is our signature block on our snazzy ironing board cover (it’s orange). Clearly, it is not attached to the other blocks yet. Why you might be wondering?? Well . . . time has gotten away from me. Poor excuse for sure, but the truth.
More Signature Block Fun!
Check out our fellow SAHRR blog friends for their ideas on how to use a signature block of some sort in your fourth round:
- Anja @ Anja Quilts
- Emily @ The Darling Dogwood (posting on Tuesday but check out her Monday post, too!)
- Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life with a linky party!
- Gail @ Quilting Gail
- Chris @ Chris Knits Sews
Share your ideas in the comments below and link up when you’re ready. We all look forward to seeing what you’ve come up with!
Our Previous SAHRR2022 Posts:
- Overview post
- Launch party – center block
- Round One – curved block
- Second Round – diamond block
- Round Three – star block (wonky star)
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