Friday, May 30, 2014

June Block: Floral 9-Patch


Choose a floral on a dark background and several light prints. Cut 3" squares (2 1/2" finished).
Cut 3 squares from the dark floral.
Cut 6 squares from the light prints.


Assemble as shown here. The winner of the blocks will have lots of options for arranging all the blocks.
Remember, you enter the drawing once for each block that you make. Have fun!



Friday, May 2, 2014

May Block: Crazy Green!

 

Spring is finally here and green is looking very good! 
Let's whip up some 6" green improvisational squares.

These blocks might be set in a checkerboard pattern with white squares for a modern look, or with black and white sashing, or just sewn right next to each other. The winner will have an awesome spring quilt in no time flat!

Use a 6" square plastic ruler (5 1/2" finished size) and some (mostly) green scraps.




Keep adding scraps, willy nilly, until your piece is bigger than your 6" ruler. Trim.



I bet you can't make just one. And you enter your name in the drawing once for each block that you make. Happy quilting!





Saturday, January 25, 2014

FEB: Old Sayings and Cliches


This quilt will be fun to read! Choose an old saying or cliche (use the links below for ideas if you like), add some red and pink scraps and you're done. 


Directions: 

1. Cut a white 3" square. Stiffen with freezer paper. Using a fabric pen, write your old saying or cliche. Remove the freezer paper.

2. Add 4 tiny corner triangles, as shown below. Press open. Trim.



3. Cut red/pink scraps. Cut two: 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" 
                                    Cut two: 2 1/4" x 6 1/4"


4. First sew the two short strips to the sides, as shown below. Then sew the long strips to the top and bottom.


5. Place a 6" square ruler on the block and trim. 


Enter your name in the drawing to win all the squares, one entry for each block that you bring. You may be the lucky quilter who goes home with all the blocks, and a quilt half finished! 

P.S. The scraps can be red or pink or both. (Bits of other colors are okay.)


Thursday, January 2, 2014

January:Color Therapy String Quilt!


I think we can all use some serious color therapy this time of year! So pull out your most colorful fabrics and your 6" square ruler. Cut some strips 1.25" - 1.5" wide.

Cut the first strip long enough to span the ruler diagonally, as shown below.


Add more strips, as shown below, checking to be sure the block is a little bigger than the 6" ruler.


Sew strips to the second half of the block. Press. Trim to a 6" square.


Bring your block(s) to the next meeting. Enter your name in the drawing for all the blocks, one time for each block that you bring. You may win all the blocks and be well on your way to having a new Color Therapy quilt! Have fun!


Friday, November 15, 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Tea Basket Quilt (November Block!)


I got a little carried away making Tea Basket blocks for November! I just finished this quilt yesterday, and I love how it came out. The machine quilting was done by Maika Christensen of Utah (maika@familypieces.com); I recommend her highly. 

Scroll down for November BLOCK OF THE MONTH DETAILS. See you in Nov!



Monday, October 14, 2013

November: Tea Basket


This colorful scrap block is a quick little basket. All you need is four 3" squares cut from white or ivory, and some scraps from your fabric collection. The triangles are applied and sewn by eye. 


Start with a 3" square, and scraps of 3" squares cut on the diagonal.


Lay a triangle on the square as shown above. Do this "by eye." Sew along the long edge of the triangle, as shown below. Press open.


Apply the second triangle as shown below.


Again, sew along the long edge of the triangle. Press open.




Turn the square over and trim.




 Make 4 squares, and arrange them like this:


The seam allowances are a little thick, so it helps to press this block on a folded terry cloth towel.

This will make a pretty quilt for the winner of all the blocks. I'm making a bunch.