Signature Block Tutorial

Posted on June 11, 2020 by prairiemoonquilts in Tutorials

When I posted my Signature Block tutorial, I posted it at the end of the Arrow Rock Sampler BOM post, and lots of people are having trouble finding it, so I’m excerpting it here so it’s easier to find and refer to.

So, in case you missed it, I’m making a signature quilt — and I’d love it if you would send me a signature block!

I’ve collected 25 blocks already so far! Many thanks to all of you who have already sent one. But I’m planning to make a huge quilt, so I need a LOT more — haha!

Here’s the tutorial:

You need a 3 1/2″ square of solid white, and two 2 1/2″ squares of a bright color (print or solid, I don’t care which).

Draw a diagonal line on the back side of each colored square, and line one up on the corner of the white square, right sides together. Sew ON the drawn line, then trim 1/4″ outside the seam. (Actually, if you sew just a hair to the outside of the drawn line, it works even better — see my example.)

Press the corner out. Repeat this with the other colored square on the opposite corner of the white square. You’ll end up with a cute little block like this (3 1/2″ square):

Then, if you want to send it to me, I want you to sign it. You can put where you’re from, too, cos I think that’ll be fun to see. Here’s mine:

Then stick it in the mail to me at:

Shelly Pagliai
34374 Menefee Rd.
New Cambria, MO 63558

Some of you have inquired as to the best pen to use for signing. Here’s the one I like to use:

It doesn’t bleed, and it makes a nice line weight. If you purchased Option 4 of the Arrow Rock Sampler BOM, you automatically get one in your first month’s packet. If you aren’t doing the Arrow Rock Sampler BOM, I have a few of the pens for sale in my Etsy shop. (Also, there are only a limited number of Option 4 of the BOM left, so if you’re thinking about getting in on the BOM with that option, don’t delay! — Options 1-3 aren’t limited, so you can always jump in on those anytime. You can read about the options HERE.)

16 responses to “Signature Block Tutorial”

  1. Angela says:

    My block went in the mail on Monday, so you should receive it any day!
    I used a regular ink pen to sign my block …I hope that was okay.

  2. Wendy says:

    I use Pigma Macron pens, but always make sure to heat set it when I’m done. This will be a fun quilt to see!

  3. Cindy-liveacolorfullife says:

    Making one of these is on my list!

  4. Ginabeth says:

    My block was put in the mail today. Used Micron pen, not sure I heat set it😳

  5. Paula Hedges says:

    Off to you Saturday! Cannot believe how the days just fly by. Still staying home and taking precautions with mask and distancing when I must go out. Hope all are doing well at your house, including all the 4-legged, also.

  6. Donna says:

    Your album blocks remind me when many of us sent siggy blocks and 25- 2 1/2 inch squares around the world in order to accumulate enough to make a YR2000 quilt with 2000 different pieces. My collection is still in a storage container–of course.

  7. Victoria says:

    Done and Sent To my BFF.

  8. Deanna says:

    My block isn’t solid white. Shall I send a replacement? I don’t want to be THAT person.

  9. Marlene says:

    Sorry, not exactly off topic, but close. It occurred to me we stress, and rightly so, about every mark we make by intent or accident, on our quilt tops. We have learned by hard lessons that whatever it is, it just doesn’t come out. Until we want to do a signature block! Then we stress over whether or not it is “permanent enough!” Just struck me as funny!!

  10. mimisdarlins says:

    Well, I’d better get one of these little blocks made! I use the Micron Pigma pens and then give a good heat set. I’ve never seen them bleed or fade.

  11. Marcia in TX says:

    Thank you. A lot easier to find. Can you use an extra unsigned for family or friends to sign?

  12. Mary Delia says:

    Sending you mine on Monday. Fun project AND so easy!

  13. katie z. says:

    I discovered I have no solid white in my stash!

  14. Jocelyn says:

    Did you receive my block? Hope you have a nice collection of them.

  15. Michelle says:

    Could I still send you a block?

  16. Gretchen says:

    Hi!! Sending you my block. Sorry it’s taken so long. Hope it arrives in a somewhat timely fashion.
    PS: Extra best wishes to Ranger.

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