Wednesday, November 19, 2014

December 2014 - No BOM

At the December meeting we will have a Christmas Party/Fundraiser. No BOM.
Stay tuned for the January 2015 block!

Monday, October 13, 2014

November: Fancy Four-Patch

 This quick and easy quilt block starts with four 6" squares: 2 are red prints or solids, and 2 are white, ivory or off-white prints or solids. Follow the photos below.

Sew the 4 squares together; press toward dark fabrics.

Measure 1 1/2" from center seam. Cut.

Measure 1 1/2" from center seam on all 4 sides. Cut.

Turn the 4 rectangles like the one below with the yellow handle on it.

Turn all 4 rectangles, as shown below.

 Reassemble the block. This design will make a dazzling quilt for the winner of all the blocks! 
Enter the drawing once for each block that you contribute. Have fun!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

October 2014 - Misty

"Misty" was inspired by this quilt from the Wonkyworld blog featuring vintage quilts found on eBay. 

1.  Choose some blue/gray/neutral solids or prints like the ones in this quilt. (A little mauve or red is nice too. I see a little plaid and some shirtings in there too. You are the boss.) Use one or more darker fabrics, and one or more lighter fabrics. 

2,  Cut rectangles 6.5" long x 1.5" wide. 

3,  Sew them together as shown, in a dark, light, dark, light arrangement. 

4.  Press all the seams to one side. Trim so that your block is 6" x about 12" or so. 

This will make a nice quilt for a chilly day at the beach!

Friday, August 22, 2014

September 2014 - Lamps!

Take a look at your fabric stash to see what interesting lamps you might have in there. 
This is a quick and easy block. Our collection of blocks will make a fabulous quilt!

You could add a finial if you're so inclined. This lamp looks like a game board piece.

  1. Cut a white (or parchment, ivory etc.) square 10" x 10" for the foundation.
  2. Cut a 6" x 3.5" rectangle for the lampshade. Fold in half. Cut a curved or straight line as shown above.
  3. Cut a 5" x 5" square for the lamp base. Fold in half. Cut as shown above. Cutting so that the lamp base is skinny at the top makes the lampshade fit gracefully.
  4. Using a glue stick or pins, secure the lamp base and shade to the foundation. Machine applique about 1/4" from the edges. 

The winner of all the blocks will have a very interesting lamp gallery quilt! Shown above are the blocks that I made to be sure that this block is fun to make. And I assure you that it is!

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. 


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.)