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Sewcialites 2 Block 5 – Empower by Carrie Nelson

We’re celebrating our quilting community with a free block of the week quilt along called the Sewcialites 2 Quilt Along. We’ve joined forces with 24 talented designers to bring you all-new, unique sampler blocks! If you’re just joining us, you can find all of the details over on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page. This week we’re excited to share Block #5 designed by Carrie Nelson!


This week’s designer, Carrie Nelson, is a talented quilter and author who has written many beloved designs under the name of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company. She designed the Empower block which features several half-square triangles and she sewed using Isabella by Minick & Simpson for Moda Fabrics. She shared, “Before trimming down and triangle paper, blocks like Empower made me crazy because they were usually wonky. Getting better at them was like opening a new box of 64 crayons. I could PLAY.”

Blocks 1 through 5 are looking good! It’s hard to go wrong with a classic color combo like red, white and blue.

We’ve sewn the Empower block with different collections in all three size options. The 3″ block is sewn with Nutmeg by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics, the 6″ block in Dwell by Camille Roskelley for Moda Fabrics, and the 9″ block using Cinnamon & Cream by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics.

You can join Kimberly for a pre-recorded sewing tutorial of the Empower block in the video below or on the Fat Quarter Shop’s YouTube Channel.

The suggested fabric requirements and all the block patterns released so far will be posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page, so don’t forget to bookmark it for later reference.

Ready to chat? Meet us in the Sewcialites Lounge

Meet your fellow Sewcialites by joining the Sewcialites Lounge on Facebook (where we will also be posting weekly updates and where you can ask questions).

Follow us on Facebook, and Instagram for updates and share your progress with the #Sewcialites2 hashtag so we can see and share your work! We’re taking a week off for Thanksgiving (time to get caught up!), and then we’ll see you back here on the blog on Friday, December 2 for the next block release of our Sewcialites 2 Quilt Along!

Happy Quilting!

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  1. I love the empowered block shown today. I would need to make the larger size. I haven’t started yet but am saving the patterns.

  2. I’ve got to challenge myself and make the 3″ block! The 1/2″ finished HST’s are a challenge calling my name to master!