Block of the Every Other Month – Foreign Language

Our newest block of the month is Foreign Language – designed by our very own Lynne Nostrant. Lynne’s inspiration for this block was “Magic Inch Quilts.” You can see a tutorial from Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio to learn how to make similar blocks.

How to get started: 

  • Use the photos and instructions below to make your block.
  • Our color palette for this month is Yellow Submarine. Use solids from the color palette below for your background. Any brand is fine. For the 1″ strip, use Kona Oyster (some was distributed at the meeting.)
  • Complete as many blocks as you’d like.  Each block is an entry into the drawing for the block lotto.
  • Bring your finished block(s) to the March meeting for a chance to win them all during the block lotto!

We can’t wait to see what you make and what unique layout the winner will choose!

Foreign Language Block Instructions

  1. Start with a 7×10 inch piece of your solid background color: Sunflower, Navy, Persimmon, Rose, Emerald. If you plan to make severely angled cuts or curved cuts, use an 8×11 piece as you will lose some when you trim. You will also need a one inch strip of letter fabric for each block. The length of that strip depends on how many cuts you make. Plan on one 1”x 40” for each block and you should be safe.
  2. Starting at least one inch from the sides, make between 1- 5 cuts in the background. (See examples) You can use a ruler or cut freehand.

3. Label the pieces in your preferred manner, thinking about the order you will sew them together, as you will sew the smaller pieces together before the longer ones.

4. Using a one inch strip of the letter fabric (Kona Oyster), sew one side of the strip to piece 1, then the other side of that strip to piece 2. Repeat for successive pieces. Ironing the seam allowance toward the letter fabric will make the letters pop out of the background a little. If you are using an accurate 1/4 inch seam allowance, your seams should exactly meet in the middle when pressed flat on the back.

Note: If you will be using curved piecing, you must cut your letter fabric on the bias or your blocks will not lay flat.
  1. After pressing, trim your block to exactly 6.5 x 9.5 inches.
Tips:
Use painter’s tape for numbering your pieces, always placing the number in the upper left of the fabric for orientation. Just don’t sew or iron over it! For complicated piecing with several cuts, take a picture with your phone for reference. It can be confusing, especially with solid fabric.
Registration marks in the seam allowance help to line up pieces for angled or curved cuts.
You can use a 6.5 inch wide ruler for the first trimming to easily trim both sides. Then turn it and have a straight line to use for finding the 9.5 inch mark.
If you find that your block is a little short, just add in another one inch Oyster strip, followed by at least one inch of your background color.

Block of the Every Other Month – Water Slide

Our newest block of the month is Water Slide, designed by our very own Pam Rocco!

How to get started: 

  • Access the Water Slide Templates and basic instructions written by Pam Rocco. Print the templates for use while making your block. Make sure your printer is set to print with no scaling, or 100% scale to ensure the templates are the correct size.
  • Use the photos and basic instructions below to complete your block.
  • Our color palette for this month is Arctic Winter.  Use solids or prints from the color palette below.
  • Complete as many blocks as you’d like.  Each block is an entry into the drawing for the block lotto.
  • Bring your finished block(s) to the January meeting for a chance to win them all during the Block Lotto!

We can’t wait to see what you make and what unique layout the winner will choose!

 

Water Slide Block Tutorial

  1. Using the templates linked above, cut your fabrics for one or more blocks.  Be sure to add 1/4″ seam allowance on all sides when cutting your fabrics.

 

2. Place piece A and B right sides together and sew along the curve using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

 

3. Press seam to either side.  Congratulations!  You’ve completed one block. Please do not sew blocks together as illustrated on the templates page.

 

We look forward to seeing your blocks!

 

September 2018 Meeting Recap

Hello all! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Ok,  so this happened – Happy 7th anniversary to us!  Mo, our wonderful Treasurer baked this delicious cake and topped it with our guild logo! We love her. It’s all because of you, our members that we are still going strong and growing with each year. Thank you for your creativity and your willingness to show your work. We are such an amazing group. Here’s to the coming years together!

 

And thank you Chelsea – you keep us strong with your humor, your beautiful quilts and your  neverending skill set.

This meeting we had Julie, from the Intrepid Thread come pay us a visit and she had a wonderful pop-up with fabric, notions and patterns. Thanks Julie!

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bj-neXkhpTR/?taken-by=intrepidthread

We revealed the new BOTEOM (Details in our previous post)

What a gorgeous palette! Thanks Karen!

Here’s a reminder for Ruby’s workshop on natural dye and fabrics.

You can get details by going to our Instagram account and swiping on the above picture.

And, as usual, you all wowed us with your quilts.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnVKtgVhvCg/?taken-by=sbamqg

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnVMOHzBWZe/?taken-by=sbamqg

Thanks for reading – we’ll see you at the next meeting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Block of the Every Other Month – Echo

Our newest block of the month is Echo designed by our very own Karen Foster!

How to get started:
• Login to the MQG Community Site & access the Echo Block Study pattern OR reference the email sent on September 5th to all members.
• Use solids or prints from the color palette below.
• Bring your finished block(s) to the November meeting for a chance to win them all during the Block Lotto!

We can’t wait to see what you make and what unique layout the winner will choose!

Block of the Every Other Month – Criss Cross Applesauce

Our newest block of the month is Criss Cross Applesauce by Rebecca Severt.

How to get started: 

  • Login to the MQG Community Site & access the Criss Cross Applesauce written by Rebecca Severt for the MQG Block of the Month series.
  • Use solids or prints from the calming color palette from Design Seeds below & white as your background color (in the same places you are asked to use white in the pattern).
  • Bring your finished block(s) to the July meeting for a chance to win them all during the Block Lotto!

We can’t wait to see what you make and what unique layout the winner will choose!