Last year I was approached by Jimmy Beans Wool to be a part a featured designer/author in their Sew Red book, a follow up to their Knit Red book published in 2012 to raise awareness for women’s heart health. Partial proceeds of the sale of both books go to the FNIH for The Heart Truth campaign for women’s heart disease research and awareness programs.
The book was released in Feb 2013 and is available now in book stores, quilt shops and Amazon.
In addition to participating in the book, I was asked to create a quilt block for their Sew Red Sew-Along happening NOW! I knew I wanted to incorporate machine embroidery into the block, so here’s what I came up with.
The center block is a linen-blend solid (Butter from Free Spirit Fabrics). I hooped it with a lightweight woven permanent stabilizer and added a tear-away over that using KK2000 temporary spray adhesive. I embroidered the design, and then tore away the additional stabilizer along the design perimeter, leaving the woven intact. After a good press, I trimmed the fabric to a 6″ square, orienting the design on the diagonal.
The polka dot fabric was a scrap I found, so that size dictated the finished block size. Jimmy Beans told me to make the block whatever size I wanted–so I went small in order to use this great fabric scrap. The scrap was 6 1/4″, so I knew I’d need to use very small seam allowances to make this work. I cut the square on each diagonal to end up with four triangles, which I pieced on each side of the embroidered square.
Then I added top and bottom borders using the linen.And finally side borders to complete the block.The finished block is only 7 1/2″ square. Hopefully they love it and can work with it! If it’s too small, I’m sure they can add a wider reddish border to the perimeter and all will be right with the world.
This would make a pretty quilt or table runner for Valentine’s Day or any time of year. Enjoy!
Check back with the Jimmy Beans Wool blog for each quilt block tutorial presented by the designers and authors of Sew Red!