• Block of the Every Other Month – Wonky Quarter Log Cabin

    Our newest block of the month is the Wonky Quarter Log Cabin Block, brought to us by Anna and Kathryn!

    How to get started: 

    • Use the instructions linked here to make your block. While Quilt Dad makes his blocks BIG, we would like your finished block squared up to 8 1/2 inches!
    • Our color palette for this month is inspired by Degas’ Dancers at the Barre painting.
    • Use Kona Charcoal for your center square (provided at the meeting).
    • Use solids or prints from the color palette below for your strips or logs. Any brand is fine.
    • 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 July meeting for a chance to win them all during the block lotto!

    Fun Tips from Anna & Kathryn:

    • Make it wonky!
    • Make some rows fat and some rows skinny!
    • Add a fun slice/insert to some of your logs!
    • Start on the right side of your center block and then do the top!
    • Make it wonky some more!

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BxMHBVyHd1i/

  • Block of the Every Other Month – Improv Block

    Our newest block of the month is Improv Block, brought to us by Judy and Teri.

    How to get started: 

    • Use the instructions below to make your block.
    • Our color palette for this month is Emerald City. Use solids from the color palette below for your background. Any brand is fine.
    • 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 May 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 Instructions:

    1. Choose medium gray solids for your background fabrics. If it looks like medium gray to you, it is.  Cut a bunch of 7” squares.  You’re not going to want to stop at one.
    2. Cut off one corner of each square, being sure to vary the angle of the cuts.   Resist the urge to stack the squares and make only one corner cut.  This is improv!
    3. Search your stash for prints and solids in (or near) the project colors. We have included black-and-white fabrics for added interest.
    4. Cut selected fabrics into strips of varying widths. (Maybe ¾” to 1.5”) Wonky cuts are great.
    5. HINT: If you cut the strips for all of your blocks up front, you can take the squares and strips to your machine and create as you sew.
    6. The number of strips in each block and their placement order are entirely up to you.  Randomness reigns!
    7. Is the tip missing?  Just add a scrap and trim it up to finish off the block.
    8. After all strips have been sewn to your satisfaction, square the block to 6.5”. Press all seams toward the strip corner.

    You. Are. Done!

    The blocks are ready for the lucky winner to mix them up.  We hope that you will so enjoy making this simple (but dramatic) block, that you will want to make hundreds!  (Perhaps a small exaggeration)

  • 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!