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Sewcialites Block 26 – Courage by Joanna Figueroa

We’re celebrating our quilting community with a free block of the week quilt along called the Sewcialites Quilt Along. We’ve joined forces with 18 talented designers to bring you a free 38-week quilt along with amazing sampler blocks and sew many options! If you’re just joining us, you can find all of the details over on the Sewcialites Landing Page. We’re sewing up block #26 this week!

This week’s designer, Joanna Figueroa is the creative force behind Fig Tree & Co. for Moda Fabrics. Joanna designed Courage! This block is a variation of the classic Cat’s Cradle Block, so if you’ve never made one here’s your chance to try it out! If you’re ready to make this block, follow along with Kimberly for a tutorial in today’s video on the Fat Quarter Shop YouTube channel.


Joanna sewed up her Courage blocks from her collection Figs & Shirtings by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics. Joanna has a couple sewing tips for us! She wanted to remind us to trim the components down to size since we are cutting them a tiny bit too big on purpose, to press toward the color on individual units, and to press open on the multi-piece units in order to have our blocks lay flat.

Visit Joanna’s blog for more details about her block, sewing process, and her fabrics, and sign up to be notified of her upcoming book, A Scrapbook of Quilts. This collaboration between Carrie Nelson and Joanna Figueroa serves up a beautiful mix of 30 plus projects, along with tips and tricks, artistic guidance on scrap quilting, and a bevy of inspiration, sprinkled with a bit of friendly banter!

Sewcialites Quilt Along

Kimberly is sewing with the Homestead collection by April Rosenthal for Moda Fabrics. She made her blocks in all three sizes for a fun challenge.

We invited some FQS staffers to join

The suggested fabric requirements and all the block patterns released so far will be posted on the Sewcialites Landing Page so be sure to bookmark it for later reference.

Sew Along Perks

Each month, you can enter to win a giveaway by posting your progress on Instagram using #SewcialitesQAL. This month’s prize bundle features:

To enter to win, share photos of any one of your blocks #24-26 on Instagram with the #SewcialitesQAL and tag @fatquartershop. Post your photo by midnight on Monday, April 12. You can enter up to 4 times (once for each block)! We’ll pick a winner and announce them here on the blog on Friday, April 16. Thank you to our generous sponsors Moda FabricsAurifilCreative Grids, and Martingale!

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 #SewcialitesQAL hashtag so we can see and share your work. We hope to see you back here on the blog on Friday, April 16 for Block 27 of our Sewcialites Quilt Along!

Happy Quilting!

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  1. i am making the 3 and 9 sizes. the three inch size is being put on a square baby blanket that hangs behind me in my room. this way i can see the quilt coming together. when it is done it will go on my night stand.

  2. I have really enjoyed this sew along. My cousin and I are doing it in different fabrics and it’s been fun to compare the different looks we are each getting. We are both doing the 9″ blocks.
    After watching Kimberly piece together the 3″ version of this today I think I am going to attempt it!
    Thank you for sewing “Live” for each of these. I have really picked up some good tips!