• Block of the Every Other Month – Lockup – Due August 2022

    Renee presented our next BOTEOM: Lockup, which was created by Riane Menardi Morrison & The MQG. Please follow the instructions found on the MQG website, but note our color choices for the SBAMQG blocks.

    Finished block size: 8-½” x 4-½”

    Fabrics: Any color/any scale stripes on a white to off-white background.

    Substitute striped fabrics (any color and any scale) in place of the coral used on the block on MQG’s website. If you don’t have any striped 1-½” strips, Renee will bring some to the in-person June guild meeting to share.

    Please use a white to off-white for the background color. Renee’s sample blocks are made with Kona Dove, for reference.


    MQG Block Study, January 2018, by Riane Minardi Morrison and the MQG: Lockup


    Alternate grid

    Negative space


    Renee Tallman shared her inspiration for the color scheme, which came from a scrappy stripes quilt she completed with Kona Dove background:

    Quilt by Renee Tallman


  • Block of the Every Other Month – ½ & ½ Log Cabin – Due January 2022

    ½ & ½ Log Cabin

    Presented by Mickey Beebe

    Final 1/2 and 1/2 Log Cabin block

    Scandinavian Fresh Color Palette won our September vote

    Pickle, Herb, Slate, Desert, Green, Sage, Mustard, Ochre

    You will choose 2-3 colors for your block. The center can be the same color as one half of the block, or ANY color in the palette.

    1. Start with two  2” blocks. Sew together.







    2. Going clockwise around the block, add the next strip. Strips can be between 2” and 2 ¾”


    3. Continuing clockwise, add 2 strips using your other color.
    Press all seams open.


    4. Round One is now done!
    Use a ruler and rotary cutter to trim the edges.


    5. You can trim extra fabric with scissors before opening up the seams.


    6. Continue adding until you have three rounds.
    Press all seams open. Trim.
    Your block should measure 11.5” or more.


    • When finished, your block should measure 11.5” or more. The winner of the blocks can trim if necessary.
    • Use narrower strips on the inner row, and wider strips as you work out. This will ensure your block is  11.5” or larger.
    • It’s more productive to make 2 blocks at a time.
    • You don’t have to worry about your seam size. 
    • The next strip is always after your longest strip.
    • Press seams open. 
    • Sew with seam side up.