Quilt Block Mania ~ Show up and Shine!

>> Tuesday, August 4, 2020


This month the #quiltblockmania theme is Back to School. Hopefully, yes! 
But regardless of where we are, having confidence in our abilities makes learning a positive adventure. I named my block, Show up and Shine!

#quiltblockmania Show up and shine block Sew Joy Creations

Sew Joy Sew Along

Dropping In quilt pattern Good Vibes fabric sew along quilt along

This month - today actually! - is the beginning of my first ever sew along. Talk about a learning journey! Being ready is only one part; having the tools and materials to start a new project is important to having a good experience and the projecct turning out. But being mentally ready is just as important: mistakes will be made. Opportunities for growth will be found :) How you respond to these opportunities shapes how you respond the next time. As a teacher, part of my job is finding what each student is already good at and using it to grow their confidence. With confidence comes the willingness to take risks - where all new learning starts.

You're invited to join my Sew Along! Click over to this post for the first post.

You could also try another of my patterns or check out my tutorials to find something new to try!

#quiltblockmania Back to School Series

Show up and shine block quiltblockmania Sew Joy Creations

This block incorporates what I love about quilting and how I get ready to try new things. I love patchwork blocks and the churn dash block was the first block I made in my first internet block swap in the late 1990s. I still find new ways to incorporate it into my quilt designs. 

When I think about school for me as a child, it was always about getting those gold stars! And while I still think wanting to do well in school is a great thing, I know it's even more important to feel good about yourself before the star shows up. The star in this block is a reminder to enjoy the process too.

I added the words to the center of my block using the built in fonts on the PFAFF performance icon. You could do the same with your machine, or hand stitch them, or leave them off altogether :)

Show up and shine quilt block Sew Joy Creations


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Summer Sampler Setting

I designed this setting to go with last month's blocks. You can find them here - Summer Series
My block is still free, but several others may not be any longer. Take a look and see!

free august show up and shine block summer sampler setting

I recoloured the setting with colours to match this month's palette. Like I said, I love the churn dash block!
 sampler setting churn dash sampler quilt block setting pattern
You can find the pattern in my online shop.

Designers Link List

There are so many wonderful Back to School blocks for you to enjoy today!

Back to school blocks quilt designer blog hop

There are a LOT of designers joining in on the back to school theme fun! Be sure to visit in a timely manner as again, some blocks may not stay free indefinitely. 
My block will stay free as a way of saying Thank you for being here :)

Crayons by Slice of Pi Quilts
Lockers by Powered by Quilting
Math Problem by Pretty Piney
Chalk Board by Inquiring Quilter
Stack of Books by Carolina Moore
Pointy Pencil Block by Sew Brainy
Geometry by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Pencils by Quilting Room with Mel
School Bus by Orange Blossom Quilt
Book with Animal by Seams to be Sew
Stack of Textbooks by Quilted Diary
Shades of the Sun by Charisma Horton
Basketball by Devoted Quilter
Apples by Perkins Dry Goods
Box of Crayons by ScrapDash
Apple with leaf by Blockofthemodotcom
Crayons by Off the Wall Quilt
School Time Schoolhouse by Quilt Moments
School House by Utah Quilt Appraiser
Pencil by True Blue Quilts
Owl by The Whimsical Workshop
Calculator by Quilt Fabrication
Crayons by Linda B Creative
Applique Computer by DooHikey Designs
Modern Apple by Cotton Street Commons
Glue by Quilting Mod
School Girls Puzzle by Sew on the Go
Snack by Quiltfox Design
Backpack by Oh Kaye Quilting
Math Signs by Patti's Patchwork
Bookworm by Appliques Quilts and More
Backpack by Tacy Gray
Schoolhouse by From my Carolina Home
Girl's Favorite by Blue Bear Quilts
Origami Paper Plane by Amarar Creacions
Show up and Shine! by SewJoy Creations - you are here! :)
School House with Children by Aunte Ms Quilts

Enjoy your time spent quilting these blocks!

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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Carole @ From My Carolina Home August 4, 2020 at 9:06 AM  

What a great sentiment for Back to School!

Carolina August 5, 2020 at 1:53 PM  

Congrats on your first sew along! And I love the block and the setting for the block!!

Sandra August 7, 2020 at 3:40 AM  

Great attitude! I think that is a big part of the battle.

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