Welcome to the third week of the Firefly Quilt Along! This quilt was designed by Lindsey Neill of Pen and Paper Patterns, and is new and exclusive to Pattern Drop! There is also a bee version included in the pattern–click here to see some examples of bee blocks!

Interested in Joining along? You can purchase the Firefly Quilt Pattern here, or join Pattern Drop [and get the pattern as part of your subscription] for a discount!

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Purchase the Individual Firefly Quilt Pattern Here

This week will feel awfully similar to last week! This week is all about piecing the second five blocks!

A few people have asked on Instagram about piecing the antennas–they can be a little tricky to get just right.

If you are traditionally piecing them [without paper piecing] my biggest tip is to measure your seam allowance when you sew the antennas. If it is even 1/16” larger or smaller than 1/4”, the antennas won’t add up. When I was making one of my blocks, I noticed that the seam allowance was a little bit too small, which meant the antenna was a little too wide. I fixed the seam allowance and it worked great. A final tip–make sure to follow the diagram [Figure F on page 3] in the pattern when you are piecing them–you should have little dog ears/triangles that hang over on either side, just like the diagram shows [or like you do when you are making binding].

Love Dana from Old Red Barn Co’s blocks!

Paper Piecing Tips in the Pattern Drop Instagram Stories

The easiest way to make the antenna, at least for me, is to paper piece them! If you haven’t done a lot of paper piecing, I put together a *super* professional demonstration on my Instagram stories. If you go to the @patterndrop profile, click on the circle that says “Paper Piecing” for my permanent stories. 

Additional Paper Piecing Tips

Don’t forget to shorten your stitch length (thanks for the reminder!)

I also co-host the Summer Sampler every year, and Faith Jones and Lee Heinrich have put together a number of Paper Piecing tips and videos over the years. Check them out!

Faith put together a paper piecing videos for a Summer Sampler 2018 block here–her blog pos for the same blockt is also located here. She also has a paper piecing tutorial for new paper piecers here.

Lee also has a super helpful post about paper piecing on the Bernina blog–make sure to check it out, even if you have been paper piecing for a long time. Its an “aha” moment for sure.  She shares how she uses prints with paper piecing [and gets them straight!]

I shared a favorite tip and favorite seam ripper/scalpel for seam ripping when paper piecing here.

Purchase Kits

If you haven’t purchased a kit yet and would like to, you can purchase quilt kits [slightly different fabric choices] from Sewtopia or Fabric Bubb!

Sewtopia Quilt Along Kit Fabric Bubb Quilt Along Kit

Quilt Along Schedule

Week 1 – July 2-6: Cutting

Week 2 – July 9-13: Piecing the 1st 5 blocks 

Week 3 – July 16-20: Piecing the 2nd 5 blocks [this week]

Week 4 – July 23-27: Piecing the remaining 6 blocks

Week 5 – July 30-Aug 3: Piecing the quilt top

Week 6 – Aug 6-10: Catch up week

Week 7 – Aug 13-17: Quilting

Week 8 – Aug 20-24: Binding

Week 9 – Celebration and show and tell