Saturday, February 10, 2018

Sewing Olympics: Day 2

Welcome back for Day 2 of the Sewing Olympics!
While you're watching the skiing, ice skating, and more, we hope you'll also join in our Sewing Olympics here at Sew in Love with Fabric. These are events that you can participate in, with a chance to win fabric prizes! 
Click here to read all the details.

For our Sewing Olympics, we'll be making 33" square quilt using three different blocks. We'll be sharing the tutorials and showing the finished quilt using two different colorations of Amanda Murphy's Winter Games fabrics. We invite you to play along, either using Winter Games or any Benartex/Kanvas/Contempo fabrics of your choice. Click here to see fabric requirements.

Today's tutorial features quilt version #1
Day 2 Event: 
Now that you have your ¼” seam perfected, it is time to put that skill to use creating a strip pieced 4 Patch block. 
To make quilt version #1, will need your Red Dots and Silver Rings fabrics. (Quilt version #2 uses Red dots and Gray dots.)

1. Cut (1) 5” x Width of Fabric (WOF) strip of each fabric. Place the strips right sides together and sew along the entire width – creating a 9-1/2” x WOF strip. Press with your seam allowance towards the Red Dots fabric.

2. Place your strip on your cutting mat and square up one end. Cut (8) 5” x 9-1/2” rectangles from strip.

3. Place (2) 5” x 9-1/2” rectangles right sides together, nesting your seams, and pin. Sew together, then place right side down on your ironing board. Press seams in a clockwise direction as shown, spinning the center by gently releasing the stitches in the middle of the block.

4. Square your block up to 9-1/2”, and make (4).

Here are four-patch blocks made for quilt version #2:

How to enter: 
To enter today's sewing event, make a four-patch block using Benartex, Kanvas or Contempo fabrics. (You'll need four blocks to make the finished quilt, but only one must be complete to enter to win today's contest.)

Send a photo of your block to socialmedia23 (at) with the subject line "Sewing Olympics Day 2". Your sample should use Benartex, Kanvas or Contempo fabrics. Include your full name and mailing address. Contest open through Monday, February 12th at 11:59 pm EST. 

Sewing Olympics Rules:

  • For a chance to win a fabric prize, send a photo of your completed unit from the day's event. In each event, we'll post the subject line (Sewing Olympics Day 1, for example), as well as the deadline for entries. 
  • Include your full name and mailing address with your entry; if you win, we'll have your mailing information already. 
  • All photo entries must be made using Benartex, Kanvas or Contempo fabric.
  • We'll randomly draw a winner from each day's entries. Winners from days 1-4 will receive a pack of 5" squares of Benartex fabric. Randomly drawn gold, silver and bronze winners from Day 5 (quilt top assembly) will receive fat quarter bundles. 

Click here to see Amanda's Winter Games fabric collection. 
Click here to see the two versions we'll be making during the Sewing Olympics and to find fabric requirements.

Participate in all five days of the Sewing Olympics!
Day 1: Warm-up -- perfect your 1/4" seam
Day 2: The four-patch block
Day 3The pinwheel block
Day 4: The economy block
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