This post is a part of the Para Para Quilt Along. Below is a list of all the posts and articles on this series.
- Announcement – Sign ups and Details
- Bundles + Supplies Video Chat
- Spirit Bundle For Para Para Quilt
- Scrappy Background Kit for Para Para Quilt
- Prizes and Giveaways
- Week #1 – Half Square Triangles
- Week #2 – Tree Trunks
- Week #3 – Finish Section 1
- Week #4 – Section 2 – Light of Mine Blocks
- Week #5 – Section 3 – Sweet Spot Blocks
- Week #6 – Section 4 – Fading Light Stars
- Week #7 – Section 5 – Bow Tie Blocks
- Week #8 – Section 6 – Girl in the Corner Blocks
- Week #9 – Finished Quilt Top
We are slowing things down this week with some hand sewing, or not. Just whatever you prefer is fine. There was a time when I could not ever see myself hand sewing anything, but then I gave it a go and found it surprisingly relaxing.
I hope you are well! It’s been raining here for days on end and I’d really like to see the sun, but I’m sure it’s coming soon. Anyway, enough chitter chatter, let’s dig in.
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This Week’s Task
This week, we’ll be working on section #3, the Sweet Spot blocks. There are 8 of these blocks. They are a very simple larger 4-patch block with a hand or machine appliqued circle in their center. They rotate around the quilt in alternating directions.
- The pattern goes into all my favorite hand applique and machine applique supplies, so I won’t go into that here. I do have a page in the shop dedicated to it here though.
- The pattern details how to get perfect round circles using cardboard and aluminum foil, but if you have a preferred way, I say go for it and don’t let me box you into my favorite methods. I do use the aluminum foil method for a lot of different round shapes.
- There is no need to cut the fabric of for your applique into a circle unless you prefer needle turn applique.
- Slow down. That’s kind of the point.
Fabrics I’m using
I’m using Art Gallery Fabrics Spirited fabrics and Pure solid Macademia for my background.
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This Week’s Giveaway
This coming Thursday, I’ll be choosing a winner for this week’s giveaway, which I’ll announce over on Instagram on Thursday and here during the next post. All you have to do to be eligible to win is to post your progress over on Instagram using the #paraparaquiltqa. You can post as many times as you want. But be sure to tag me and following the sponsors below. The winner will be chosen randomly and is open internationally.
This week’s winner will get:
- Longarm quilting on one quilt from J-coterie up to $200 (shipping not included) – You must be following @Jcoterie
- One pair of Warm Crochet Scissors -You must be following @Warm_Crochet
- Havel’s 7″ Serrated Scissors – You must be following @Havels_Sewing
- Ahmed Tea – You must be following @AhmadTea_USA
I’m so excited for this week’s winner and so happy to get to offer this to one of you, lovelies. If you can, do reach out and thank the sponsors. It helps me get them on board with prizes during the quilt alongs.
Discounts from the Sponsors Available to Everyone
- Warm Crochet is offering 10% off all scissors when you use code PARAPARAQUILT at checkout. Shop here.
- Havel’s is offering $7 off any purchase $25 or more when you use code SOUTHERNCHARM7 at checkout. Shop here.
- JCoterie is offering 20% off any longarm quilting on any quilt if you are participating in the quilt along. Sign up here.
Meander + Make and Hillstitches are both holding “First Finish” contests. Please read the rulers for that here. Faith has claimed the First Finish contest from Meander + Make. She has completely finished her Para Para quilt and wins 20 fat quarters. If you are located in Australia or New Zealand the First Finish contest continues for one of you. Good luck!
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I hand sewed my Sweet Spot blocks just the other night while watching television on the sofa in the evening. We’ve been bingeing The Outsider and it’s a bit of a thriller. Whether you hand sew or machine sew, I hope you enjoy it. I’m loving watching the progress happening with your Para Para over on Insta. It’s so fun to see it in so many different colors and fabrics.
Have a good weekend.
I am excited to try hand appliqué on the Sweet Spot blocks! This is a skill I have wanted to learn for a long time. I’m ready and with rain finally coming to Northern California this weekend, I am gping to get it done!?