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Sewcialites Block 28 – Hope by April Rosenthal

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 #28 this week!

This week’s designer, April Rosenthal, is the quilty creative behind Prairie Grass Patterns, and she is a talented pattern and fabric designer for Moda Fabrics! 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.


April sewed up her Hope block from her new upcoming collection Love Lily for Moda Fabrics! She used two prints from her line and especially loves the diamond print and the blues! She loved making these tiny blocks, and she suggested that we starch our fabrics first, and use a sharp rotary blade when cutting. Then, she suggested that we use a short stitch length to sew to avoid the pieces slipping against each other, and finally, TRIM! Even though it seems minimal, in these little bitty blocks those 1/32″ and 1/16″ differences really add up. So after each step, April squared up to the stated measurement. So far, her blocks have ended up about 1/16″ larger than the 3.5″ which is perfect for trimming right to size.

Visit April’s Instagram for more details about her block, sewing process, and her fabrics!

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 we’re giving away two prize bundles from ByAnnie supplies!

The Ultimate Travel Bag 2.0 bundle contains everything you need to create the ultimate travel companion! It’s designed to incorporate an adjustable carrying strap, quick-grab side handles, slip and zippered pockets and a convenient trolley sleeve to secure the bag to rolling luggage. Add your favorite fabrics, and you’ll be traveling in style!

This Catch All Caddy Bundle contains everything you need to make the Catch All Caddy 2.0! This sturdy, portable container features numerous exterior pockets, padded handles and expanding interior dividers, making this caddy perfect for any sewist to store essential notions! Pick out your favorite fabrics, and ByAnnie provides the rest!

To enter to win, share photos of any one of your blocks #28-31 on Instagram with the #SewcialitesQAL and tag @fatquartershop. Post your photo by midnight on Monday, May 10. 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, May 14.

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 30 for Block 29 of our Sewcialites Quilt Along!

Happy Quilting!

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