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!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

April 2015: Retro One-Patch

This quilt from Apartment Therapy is the inspiration for our April block: Retro One-Patch.
Choose 9 fabrics from your stash that say "so twentieth century!" 
I like how the quilt above has darks, lights, plaids, big and small prints, solids, etc. 
 Cut a 6" square from each. Sew them into three rows of three, as shown below. Our quilt will have a huge variety of fabrics. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

February Camp Quilt

Our quick and scrappy blocks for February will combine to make a quilt that's right at home in a lake cabin like the movie set for "On Golden Pond." You need a 6" square and a handful of 2" strips. It's quick. Go fast, don't fuss. This will look great with our big variety of fabrics!

Start with a 6" square yellow print or solid. Cut 2" strips from scraps to make 4 borders around this center square. Add them to the center square as shown.

Press closed to set seams. Then press open (shown above). This helps keep the seams straight.

You might want to alternate between borders of dark and light scraps.

After you add 4 borders, cut the block into quarters, as shown above.

Insert a vertical strip and 2 horizontal strips, as shown above. Trim. The finished block will be 18.5" square.  If the block sizes vary a bit, that will simply add charm. They can be trimmed as needed.

Remember, you add your name to the drawing once for each block that you bring to the meeting. The winner of the drawing gets all the blocks. See you at the Feb. meeting!

This is my finished sample quilt: "Golden Pond." You can see that I added some string borders between the blocks and around the outer edge. Optional pattern here.
 I can't wait to see all our blocks on the wall at the February meeting!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

January 2015 - Cheerio!

Our January quilt will be cheery indeed! It'll have a soft ruffled texture too (after washing and drying the finished quilt). And it takes only 1 minute to make one of these. So make a bunch and you may win the makings of your first quilt of the new year!

Choose a bright multi-colored fabric and cut it into a circle using a CD for a pattern.
Fold into quarters and cut a circle out of the middle, by eye. 

Place the "Cheerio" on a white 6" square. (The square can be ivory, ecru etc.) 

Machine stitch around the outer and inner edges of the circle, as shown above.

Snip along the outer and inner edges, about every 1/4 - 1/2 inch. Be careful not to clip the stitches.

I used a toothbrush to speed up the fraying in the photo above, but you don't need to do that. When the lucky winner finishes the quilt, it will fray in the washer and dryer. After the first washing there will be a lot of threads to pick off. But after that, loose threads won't be a problem. And the texture will be so nice!
Remember you enter your name in the drawing once for each block that you bring.