Tuesday, May 17, 2016

June - Random Block With Red Centers

 Start with a bit of red in the middle and then randomly add light colored print fabrics any which way you please, as shown below. Trim to 6" square. 

The finished blocks will have different numbers of pieces.

Use your ruler to see when your block is big enough, then trim.

I like how the red centers tie all the blocks together. This will make a pretty summertime quilt. Enjoy!

NOTE: Due to my computer problems, this is a repeat of a block we did a few years ago. Hopefully you agree that random piecing never gets boring. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

April - Botanical Garden Quilt

Let's hurry the arrival of spring by making a classic 16-patch block with pretty floral fabrics of any color. Green foliage is good too. Use 2.5" wide strips. Have any jelly rolls handy?

Cut two strips: 2.5" x 42. (These will yield two blocks.) Then cut them in half on the fold (above). Sew two strips together lengthwise. Then cut the sewn strip in half lengthwise (below).

Place the two units together and sew (above). Press all 3 seams in the same direction.

Cut into 4 strips: 2.5" wide (above).

Turn two strips upside-down (above), making a checkerboard.

Sew the strips together. Press.

Enter the drawing once for each block that you contribute. 
This will make a beautiful springtime quilt!
Happy quilting!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

March - No BOM

The March meeting is devoted to Charity Quilts. Stay tuned.

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).

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.

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


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!