Very best wishes to you!
Friday, November 15, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org); I recommend her highly.
Scroll down for November BLOCK OF THE MONTH DETAILS. See you in Nov!
Monday, October 14, 2013
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
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
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.
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. :)
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
This is a quick and easy raw-edge applique block. Start with a 6" square and a 4 3/4" diameter circle (trace a CD to get the right size circle). Use a glue stick to hold the circle in place in the center of the square.
Topstitch the circle to the square using a straight stitch, buttonhole stitch, or a zig-zag stitch, as shown below. (I used a straight stitch, so I sewed around the circle twice, about 1/4" from the edge.)
After sewing, press. Then cut the square in half, horizontally, as shown below. Turn the bottom rectangle upside-down and sew the two together so that the block looks like the one at the top of this post.
FABRIC RECIPE: Choose prints and/or solids in tasty colors. Think: pink and red fruits, lemon, grape, orange, coffee, chocolate, etc. Also lacy prints, damasks, stripes, little dots, pastels. See the colorful macarons and my quilt in-the-works below.
Enter your name in the drawing once for each block that you bring to the June meeting.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
When you see these blocks together in a quilt, you'll be so glad that you made some!
They're quick and easy to make, and the quilt looks awesome.
(Read to end before sewing.)
Start with a 6" x 6" white square. It could be ivory, ecru, a light print...
Measure from the two upper corners to the center of the bottom. Cut.
Cut 2 strips 1 1/2" wide using pretty spring/summer colors. Insert as shown below.
Then trim back to a 6" x 6" square.
Hint: If you start with a block a little taller than 6" it might easier when it comes time to trim.
Posted by Selvage Quilter at 9:39 AM