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.)

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 (; 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. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

October: Butterfly

This pretty butterfly block is quick and easy to make.  

CUT: Four 3" squares from a white/ivory fabric (solid or print). 
CUT: One 3" (+ or -) square from a colorful print. Then, cut it on the diagonal. 

Place one triangle on a white square, as shown above. 
This is done "by eye" so they won't all be exactly the same. 

Sew along the long edge of the triangle. Make 2.

Press open. Trim.

Sew 4 squares together.

The winner of the blocks might arrange them all in the same direction or at random. 

Here's another possibility: offset. This is going to be one cheerful quilt! See you in October.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Birthday Quilt - September 2013

This signature quilt will show our names, birth dates and locations. Also included will be blocks for our quilting/sewing friends and relatives

Someday people might see this quilt and say: "Imagine the quilters way back in the 1900's, wielding those dangerous rotary cutters! And look at their old-fashioned cursive handwriting! You don't see that anymore!" Or who knows what they'll say? But this will be one interesting quilt!

1. Start with a white/light 3" square. Stiffen temporarily with freezer paper to make writing easier.
2. Using a fine-point fabric marker, write your first name, birth date, and where you are from.
3. Cut a 2 1/2" wide strip of a fabric that you like, maybe one that says something about you.
4. From this strip, cut two 3 1/2" long pieces, and two 8" long pieces.
5. Sew the short pieces to the sides. Press. Sew the long pieces to the top and bottom. Press. 
6. Place a 6" square ruler on your block and trim. You might like to position the ruler it so that your white square is on a bit of an angle, as shown in the photos above.

Take a look at the photos below. They're worth a thousand words. Make multiple blocks to honor the quilters/sewists (or sewers, if you prefer) in your life. 

The more blocks you make, the more chances you have to win all the blocks at the September meeting.

The two pens (shown above and below) are good to use. 
Sharpie Laundry markers make a very thick line, so they are not good to use.

 After writing your info, peel off the freezer paper (shown below).

Sew strips to the sides, then to the top and bottom. Press.

Don't bother to trim. (See below.)

Finally, trim the block using a 6" square ruler. Fast and easy.

 My niece Amelia has already made several quilts in her 16 years. I think I'll make blocks for my grandmothers too. They didn't quilt, but they sewed.
Have fun! See you at the September meeting. :)