• Block of the Every Other Month – Cornered Block – Due January 2021

    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.

    New England Color 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!

    The blocks are due at our January 5th meeting.

  • Block of the Every Other Month – Circle in a Square – Due September 2020

    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.

  • Block of the Every Other Month – Sidebar – Due July 2020

    July’s BOTEOM is brought to you by Lynne

    This is a simple, wonky block with endless design opportunities depending on how you rotate the blocks.

    Example layout of a few Sidebar blocks

    We will be using solid colors only (thank you to Mickey for putting together our voting palette, the winning color combination is Émile Alain Séguy Dragonflies.

    For this block, you can use tints, shades, and tones of above colors. Black is to be used for sidebars.


    Fabric needed for each block:

    Four-patches = Four 4.5” squares of the palette colors. You may use two, three or four colors

    Sidebars = One each 2 x 8.5” and 2 x 10” black strips

    Fabric Layout
    1. Sew the four-patch together
    2. Add the shorter black strip to one side
    3. Sew the longer black strip to an adjacent side
    Sewn together, but untrimmed block

    Make a trimming template by cutting off 2.5” from the top of an 8.5×11” sheet of paper.

    Trimming Template
    Painters Tape










    Lay the template on your block, rotating it slightly so it’s off-center. (Adding a small roll of painters’ tape to the back of the template will keep it from sliding.)

    Trimming Template laid on block

    Lay your ruler along one side of the template and trim off the excess.

    Trim excess from block

    Repeat for all four sides.

    Yay! You’ve made a wonky Sidebar!

  • SBAMQG Block of the Every Other Month – Modern Stripes – Due March 2020

    “Modern Stripes”:  Make your own stripes to create a modern block!

    By Ruth Smith and Lori Green

    We based our block on Christine Ricks’s QuiltCon winner (see photo), which you can see here:


    COLORS: SBAMQG Chosen Palette: (Kona names are for reference only—use what you have that is closest)

    Bordeaux, (burgundy/maroon),  Palm (medium green), Lemon (bright yellow)

    Additional tones in same palette (creative license!):

    Salmon Flamingo, Sprout (bright yellow/green), Yarrow (dark yellow/orange)

    • PLEASE USE SOLIDS ONLY—when making stripes the pros recommend sticking to solids to keep the lines clean. (No tone-on-tone this time)
    • BUT. . . you  may include some pieces of the Kaffe Fasset Woven Stripe (Caterpillar in Earth)—this will be provided to you.  This is the only non-solid, and will provide texture and cohesion. (You may want to use SPRAY STARCH to stabilize this loose woven fabric.)


    Choose any TWO colors to create your stripes;

    Suggested width: CUT  1” to 2.0”, –FINISHES at .5” to 1.5”

    Sew together  with ¼” seam


    You can make 4.5” OR  8.5” square blocks, OR 4.5” x 8.5” rectangles.

    Please make at least two blocks: one with solids/pieced stripes only, and one including some of the Kaffe Woven Stripe. Of course you can make more!


    Use your imagination to make creative blocks of your liking!

    • Squares or rectangles made all of same stripes.
    • Triangle within a Square (stripes and solids)
    • Square in a Square
    • Drunkards Path (circle or quarter circle in a square, or half circle in a rectangle); combine stripes and solids
    • Half Square Triangles (half stripes, half solid)
    • Hourglass (juxtapose stripes and solids)

    Have Fun!!    Bring to our March 2020 meeting.

    Questions?  Ask Lori Green or Ruth Smith

    Image from: https://aninoogunjobi.com/2019/07/quilt-challenge-acknowledging-quilts-from-christine-ricks-malka-dubrawsky-steph-skardal-and-michelle-wilkie-modern-quilt-guild-introduces-the-american-patchwork-quilting-stripes-quilt/

    (Please note this photo is NOT the color palette—see notes above for colors)