This month’s BOTEOM is “Cornered Block” and is the MQG block study for October-November-December designed by Jamie Siel for MQG, colors and organization by Mickey Beebe for SBAMQG.
The color pallet that won the August vote is “New Mexico.” We postponed the winning color to November in favor of having our Community Quilt block be our BOTEOM for November. For this block, please use solids; they do not need to be these exact colors from Kona, but try to remain close to this palette.
Examples from Mickey:
The “Cornered Block” is on the MQG website – here (you will need to log in) – or click on Resources and it’s 3/4 down the page.
This block is easy to cut out (most of the pieces are cut from 2 1/2” strips) and quick and fun to make.
Pick 4 out of the 6 colors in this month’s color palette: Celestial, Blue Jay, Grass Green, Lime, Tangerine, and Grellow.
Follow the directions on the MQG website. Press all the seams open.
For a chance to win all the blocks you need to return the entire block, which consists of 3 completed inner block elements and the 2 pieces of sashing. Don’t sew your three blocks together, but if you already did, it’s okay, turn it in as is!
July’s block is a very simple appliqué, presented by Laura Ryle.
There are only 2 rules:
1. You must use solid fabric only. Any color is ok, including black and white.
2. You must hand sew the appliqué.
Cut a 5 1⁄2 inch square for the background.
Cut out a 4 inch circle of another color.
The finished appliqué is a 3 1/2 inch circle. This is the size of your template.
Turn the edges under, using your technique of choice. Cut the excess fabric from the back.
The technique that I prefer is to cut a freezer paper circle the size of the finished circle (3 1/2”). Place your fabric down, with the wrong side up, then place the freezer paper with the shiny side up, on the wrong side of the fabric circle. I use a little fabric glue to tack the edges down and then press the edges so they stick to the shiny side of the paper. Be careful to only iron the fabric edges down so that they stick to the freezer paper, you don’t want the freezer paper to stick to your iron!
Center the circle on the background. There should be about a 1 inch border on each side. Hand appliqué.
Match your thread color to the circle.
If you would like an additional challenge, you can piece strips of solids and then cut your circle.
After the circle is sewn down, cut the excess fabric from the back of the circle, leaving a 1⁄4” seam allowance. The paper can then be removed.