Thursday, 18 January 2018

January Block Lotto

String Pieced heart

By the time you turn in this block we will be in valentines month, so I figured, lets go with that theme.

Fabrics you will need:

lots of 1" strips of pink, red, and white prints.
White: one 7" square, two 4" squares, and two 3.5"x 6.5" rectangles.

We are doing a reverse string pieced heart...the white is the heart, and the string piecing is the background.  Start with a bunch of red, white and pink print 1" strips.
Now it's time to build some string pieced squares.  You will need two 4" squares, and one 7" square.  At this time, cut from white fabric, two 4" squares and one 7" square.
Ok, time for HST's.  I love, them, I know some people don't though. Check back on this great tutorial, here, if you need. Use method #3.  Make sure you sew the squares together along the strips, not across.
I missed taking a few photos here, but put your hst's together.
Your next step is to place the two rectangles in, and sew it all together.

Hope this is pretty clear, even with a few photos missing.
As always, one block = one ticket, so make one, make two, make a whole bunch of hearts.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

First meeting of 2018!

It's the January meeting!
Thursday, January 18th, 7pm
@ the Legion, 411 Gorge Rd East.
What's planned?
Last peek at our guild's QuiltCon Charity Quilt, elections, membership renewals, and ???
Come and find out!

Monday, 15 January 2018

December 2017 show and share pics

We kicked off the third annual December Hanukkah/Solstice/Christmas Social with the grand reveal of our year long Round Robin quilts.

Well done all participants! And many thanks to Netta for co-ordinating the robin. Interested in participating for 2018? Stay tuned for details!

Our guild's QuiltCon charity quilt challenge, co-ordinated by Nicole. Thanks to everyone who donated maple leaf blocks, or bits of red, or helped make the top.

Then we had show and share!

Pam V

Sharon S, who used some pretty funky rulers for quilting this.

Audrey and two christmas mini quilts

The back of Mary's QAYG.

The front of Mary's QAYG.

Natalie showing the back of her quilt.

Natalie's improved from solid scraps quilt top.

Kate made this mini as a gift for a "Wicked" fan in her life. 

Guest Hannah finished her first quilt! Made with the help of Kim H.

Lois and some welcome colour on a grey day.

And Lois with some lovely grey scenery.

Nicole finished this rainbow log cabin finally.
Then the more social part of the evening. 

 Judy kicked things off with her advent calendar sweater.

We tried sitting in a circle, and liked it.

This year's swap was pincushions.

Rounding out the evening with some door prizes donated by Stacie from her new online store. Best of luck with that Stacie!

And that was the year that was. See you at the January meeting, and remember your membership renewal form!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

November Block Lotto

This month we have a star.  I know there have been many stars before, but this is a new one, and with no measuring it is fast, easy, and visually effective.  Sounds good, right?

Rising Star, Improvised

Terri Torke did a lovely symmetrical version of the rising star here, but this one is not symmetrical; for visual interest, and "more fun, less measuring and stressing about perfect".

Fabrics you will need:

-four 6.5" square pieces of Kona silver fabric, also Painter's Palette pale silver. ( You can pick up a fat quarter of the Kona at the guild meeting for cheap).  If you can find another light grey/silver solid that matches, that's ok too.

-4 strips of yellow print fabric, approx. 2.5" x 7"

-4 strips of purple print fabric, approx. 3" x 7"

Please try to use prints that only have the desired colour, in variation( tone on tone), or a bit of black or white.

Start with the smaller yellow strips, pin on, at an angle and sew.

Trim the grey background, and press.  Trim the block back to 6.5" square.

Now do the same with the purple strip

Isn't that easy? and looks pretty sharp too!
Now do the other 3 block, paying attention to which way you add your colours, so that they all match up the same. ( I failed on 1 of mine and had to start all over again. oops!)

Four 6.5" blocks
Great.  Now put them all together, and you have a pretty cool star, with lovely sharp points.  Trim to 12.5" square.
I fell in love with this block, and started playing with colour variations, which is leaning towards another quilt started. Crap, I don't need more starts.  Ah, well. Have fun with this one.

Due to the December social, this block is due at the January meeting.

The Missouri quilt company has a free tutorial here for a traditional Rising Star block.  Good for getting the concept, but don't follow it exactly as we want these blocks to be " imperfect".

Have fun.

As always, one block = one ticket.  So make one, make two, make a whole bunch!