Week 2 - Wake Me Up Quilt Sew Along

Dec 13, 2021 - 8:12pm

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Wake Me Up Quilt Sew-Along

Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the Wake Me Up sew-along. How much fun has it been meeting all the Wake Me Uppers and seeing all the awesome fabric choices!

If you have just joined the SAL, welcome! Be sure to grab the pattern, read up on all the details and choose your fabrics soon so you can catch up and join in the fun!


Don’t forget to post a pic of your cut fabrics to IG and be sure to the use the #wakemeupsal and #wakemeupquilt hashtags to make it easier for others to find your photos.

Don't worry if you’re ahead, this is supposed to be fun. If you feel like sewing, knock yourself out. Who knows, you might end up making two quilts!!

There have been some fabulous fabric combos popping up on Instagram! Some of my favourites are shown below. I can't wait to see these made up into Wake Me Up quilts.


Week 2 is all about Half Square Triangles or HSTs. If you have your own way of making HSTs, go for it, just make sure you trim your blocks to 4".

There are two sets of HSTs that need to be made. Both are used in the Circle Block - one set to form the diamond centre, the other set is for the outside of the circles. You’ll need to pair up these fabrics first to make sure you have enough variety in the blocks.


Once you’ve paired up your squares, the next thing you need to do is mark the back of half of your squares. I marked the back of my light grey ones. (Aqua in the original quilt)

One of the best ways to get a straight line on the back of your fabric is to use a sandpaper board underneath. The sandpaper stops the fabric moving, which makes it so much easier to draw the line. How cool is that! I have a fancy sandpaper board but you can just use a sheet of sandpiper from your local hardware store.

I like to use a mechanical pencil with a chaco lead to mark my fabrics. The chaco lead marks the fabric easily and is erasable later on.

Take one of the fabric squares and mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of the fabric. Repeat for all your pairs!


Take one pair of squares with the marked square on top.

Sew either side of the marked line with a ¼” seam.

Repeat for all the pairs.


Now take your rotary cutter, ruler and mat.

Cut down the centre of all the blocks on the drawn line from before.

Press the blocks. I like to press to the dark fabric, AKA the dark side!


The blocks you have just made will be a little big, they also might be a little wonky. I suppose it will depend on how much quarantine wine you’ve been drinking! Don't worry, that's where the trimming comes in.

Using a square ruler (or a bloc loc ruler if you have one), line up the 45 degree line on your ruler with the seam through the middle of the block. Trim the block down to 4" square.

Check out the pics below for a visual on how to trim your HSTs.

That's it for Week 1.

Next week we will be making half of the blocks.

I hope you guys are having fun!

I'm having an awesome time, checking out all the photos you’ve been posting. There is so much gorgeous colour and fabric inspo on the #wakemeupsal hashtag, so if you’ve had trouble deciding what fabric to use you can check out the hashtag. Don’t forget to post once you’ve decided to help others out.

And remember, this sew along is set on a very relaxed speed. This means you can take your time. Lots of you will have time on your hands with the current pandemic keeping most of us at home. Others will be busier than ever juggling work, kids and elderly relatives.

My hope for this SAL is that it brings you joy in a time of uncertainty and is a safe haven for you to retreat to

For my part, I thought 4 Wake Me Up quilts would be enough but now, after seeing all your fab fabric choices, I'm not sure.

Emma x


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