Friday, January 22, 2016

Feb. 2016 - Scrappy Bow Ties!


Choose two fabrics from your scrap stash for this classic block: one dark and one light. The contrast between the two can be high or low. The prints can be bold or quiet. A variety will enhance the quilt.


Cut 5 blocks: 3" x 3," as shown above. Cut one block on the diagonal (it can be a dark or a light).
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Place the dark triangles on the light squares, by eye, as shown above. If you make the triangles too big, the bow tie will look chubby, so keep it smallish. The variations in all our blocks will add charm.

(Note: If you have light triangles, place them on the dark squares.)

Sew a 1/4" seam along the long edge of the triangles, as shown below.



Press open, as shown above. Trim off the excess dark triangle fabric. You don't need to trim the light fabric that is behind the triangle.


Sew the two squares in the top row together. Then sew the two squares in the bottom row.

 

Press seams away from the triangles (above).


Sew the last seam to finish.

The block as shown below measures 5.5" square.
 In the finished quilt, each block will measure 5" square. 


 These bow tie blocks made from all our favorite scraps will be stunning.

Happy quilting...and stay warm!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

January 2016 - Lost Socks!


Do you ever lose just one sock? Well here they are in this quilt. All kinds, all shapes, plain and fancy.
Quick applique, hand or machine.


1. Choose a light fabric for the background, print or solid. Cut into a 6" square.
2. Choose a medium or dark fabric for the sock. Cut into a 3.5" x 5" rectangle.


By eye, cut any sock shape that you like. Position it in any direction on your background.


Applique the sock to the background using any method. 


Do you want to make tights or low ankle socks? Baby socks? Pairs of socks? Lace edging?
It's all good. 


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

November - Butterfly


To whip up a quick Butterfly block, choose a very light print for the background 
and a colorful print for the butterfly (any color).


Cut 4 squares for the background: 3" x 3."
Cut 1 square for the butterfly: 3" x 3."
Cut the butterfly square in half on the diagonal.


Place the triangles on two of the light squares by eye, as shown above. 
Sew 1/4" from the long edge, as shown below. Press open. Trim.


Finally, sew the 4 squares together. Press.


The resulting quilt will be very colorful and interesting, 
benefiting from our combined fabric resources!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

October 2015 - Peace and Quiet


This low volume, classic string quilt block is the start of a most relaxing quilt!
Whip up a few blocks for the October meeting and you might win the whole shebang. Then you'll be well on your way to a new "Peace and Quiet" quilt.

Materials:
6" Square quilter's ruler
Low volume (light) fabric strips 1.5" wide
Dark fabric, 1.5" square

Fabric Recipe: Light colored fabrics, modern or retro, whatever you like. And one dark fabric.

Cutting: From your 1.5" wide strips, 
  • cut three strips 9" long
  • cut two strips 6" long
  • cut two scraps to fit the corners, as shown below

Directions:

1. Insert the 1.5" dark square into the middle of a 9" long strip, as shown above. Press. 

2. Sew the other two 9" strips to this center strip. Press. Use the ruler to make sure the block is bigger than the ruler.


3. Next, add the two 6" long strips, as shown above. Press.


4. Add a scrap to the two corners. (If you use a 1.5" strip, you might come up short and have a chunky little seam right in the corner. Using a scrap is easier.)


5. Place the center of the square ruler in the middle of the dark center square, as shown above. 


6. Trim. Enjoy!









Wednesday, August 12, 2015

September 2015 - Hashtag!



Start with a 6" square cut from solid white, off-white, or a very light print.
Cut 4 strips: 1.25" x 7.5" from a colorful print.


Cut the square in thirds vertically (2" x 6").
Insert two colored strips. Press seams toward the print.



Cut the square in thirds horizontally. Insert two strips. Press.



Trim to 6" x 6."


Enter your name in the drawing once for each block that you bring to the September meeting. You might be well on your way to making a new quilt! Enjoy!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

June 2015 - Broderie Perse Hand- Applique


Choose a 6" square of solid white (or ivory, parchment, a pale pastel) for the background, and a floral bouquet. Cut the bouquet in a very simple shape echoing the design (not cutting around each leaf and petal). Gentle curves are much easier to applique.


Place the bouquet on the background square and use a pin or glue stick to hold it in place while hand-sewing. Using the "needle-turn" method of hand applique shown below, turn under the outer one-eighth to one-quarter inch and hand sew. See the finished block at the top of this post.


This quilt will be quite a flower show!