Monday, 21 October 2019

November Block of month


QUATREFOIL BLOCK DIRECTIONS

Fabrics required:
- Two different red tone on tones - cool reds, not orangey 
- Two different green tone on tones - forest greens, not blue or olive
- NO extra colours except white, and NO Christmas prints please!
- Solid white for the background

Cutting:
From the white, cut sixteen - 2 1/2” squares

From one of the reds, cut four 2 1/2” squares for the four patches

From the other red, cut four 4 1/2” squares for the “petals”

From one of the greens, cut four 2 1/2” squares for the four patches

From the other green, cut one 4 1/2” square for the centre of the block

Sewing:
1. Take two of the 2 1/2” white squares and one each of the red 2 1/2” squares and green 2 1/2” squares and sew together in a four patch as in the photo. Make four of these.
2. Take the remaining eight 2 1/2” white squares and draw a diagonal line across each one. Place one on the upper left hand corner of a red 4 1/2” square, with the diagonal line slanting forwards. Stitch, trim and press. Take another 2 1/2” white square and place it on the opposite corner, with the diagonal line slanting backwards. Stitch, trim and press. Make four of these.
3. Lay out the squares as in the photo. Sew together in rows, then sew together to make your block. Square up to 12 1/2” if necessary.
As always, one block = one ticket. Make one, make two, make lots! Happy sewing : )

For a video tutorial by Jenny at the Missouri Star Quilt Company, go to http://bit.ly/quatrefoilquilt

Monday, 23 September 2019

It’s pumpkin time! This month we have a wonky log cabin pumpkin that is really fun to make. Three or more of these big blocks sewn together would make an awesome fall table runner too.

September Block Lotto

WONKY LOG CABIN PUMPKIN





Unfinished size - 12 1/2” X 14 1/2"


Fabrics and cutting - 
Lots of orange print scraps cut into strips 2 - 3” wide, can be tapered. You will need about 16 per block.
A small scrap of green or brown for the stem, about 2 1/2” square
White solid - one strip 2 1/2” wide by 12” long plus four  3” squares

Construction - 
Start your log cabin with a square of about 2”. Continue adding strips around the square in log cabin fashion, making it as wonky as you like.
You can press every few strips. I went counterclockwise. Go around and around until you get a block that is big enough to square up to 12 1/2”.
Then add your white squares to the corners to “snowball” the block. 
To make the stem, cut a scrap of green or brown whatever shape you like but 2 1/2” tall, and piece it in your white strip. Make it land wherever you want on the top of your pumpkin, it doesn’t have to be in the centre. Sew this strip to the top of your snowball block (see photo)

These are so fun to make, you’ll want a whole patch full!
As always, 1 block = 1 ticket. Happy stitching!

For additional info on wonky log cabin piecing, there is a good tutorial at https://www.scrapish.com/wonky-log-cabin-block.html

Saturday, 7 September 2019

August Block of the Month

Star Pinwheel


Unfinished size: 12 1/2” square


Fabrics - 

Pinwheel -  a variety of batiks ONLY in lime green, blue violet or a combination of the two. Avoid additional colours. You will need eight different prints for one block.
Background - black solid

Cutting -
Batiks - cut eight different 4 7/8” squares. Cut these all in half diagonally into triangles.
Black - Cut two 2 1/2” X W.O.F. strips. Sub-cut into 8 rectangles measuring 6 7/8” long.


Sewing -

1. Select 8 different triangles. Sew one black background rectangle to each triangle as shown in the photo below, lining it up with the square corner of the triangle. It will extend about 2” beyond the diagonal corner. I pressed the seam towards the batik - handle your bias edge carefully because it can stretch.

2. Using the bias cut edge as a guide trim the black background diagonally to extend to the corner of the background piece. (see photo)

3. Sew two of these units together into a square (see photo). Repeat with remaining units to make four total. They should measure 6 1/2” square. Trim off the “ears”.

4. Arrange in a pinwheel to make the block as in the photo. Sew the top two together, then the bottom two, and press the seams open. Sew these to “rows” together. Square up if necessary to 12 1/2”.  

The last photo is two blocks sewn together. I love the secondary pattern that’s created!
For additional info check out the tutorial “Star Twist Pinwheels with Jackie Robinson” http://sewinlovewithfabric.blogspot.com/2013/11/tutorial-star-twist-pinwheels-with.htmlThe block is the same except the triangles are pieced. 




Sunday, 14 July 2019

JULY BLOCK LOTTO DIRECTIONS - Wonky Strips




Loosen up with this Wonky Strip block - no points to match, yay! Dig out those black and white prints you’ve been wondering what to do with, grab some solid scraps and get making!


Cutting 

From your black and white prints, cut some wedge shaped strips that are at least 15” long and taper from 3” to no less than 1/2”. You will probably need about 7 strips per block. Have a variety of black on white, and white on black (NO CREAM, and no extra colours including grey!). Do the same with your solids, but you will only need 1 - 2 per block. 



Sewing
Start randomly sewing some strips together. You don’t need to sew wide end to narrow end, just mix it up. (See photo). It looks better if you vary the tones. Throw in one or two solid “zingers” (no more, this is supposed to be mainly black and white). Sew, sew, sew, la, la, la, go to your happy place, 
Ryan Gosling, margaritas . . .ooops! You can stop when you are able to trim your block to 13” square. Press well, and trim to 13” square, making sure there is at least 1/2” on the edge before a join so you don’t have a bunch of bulk when the blocks are joined together. Ta da!  




Since you have all your scraps out, make a bunch more. As always, 1 block = one ticket. 
For more inspiration, go to https://fleurdelisquilts.blogspot.com/2016/09/pin-it-weekly-170.html and check out the quilt at the bottom of the page.



And here are four blocks set together 




Happy Sewing!



Thursday, 20 June 2019

Block of the month due for July meeting







JUNE BLOCK LOTTO DIRECTIONS - FLOATING PLUS

This month with are “going dotty” with an easy Floating Plus sign block. It makes up quickly so you can get back to all your other fun outdoor activities like mowing the lawn and weeding the garden.
These are also super easy to make two at a time (you will find this when you cut out your background) so dig out your all your Polka Dots and get sewing! 

Fabric A (Plus sign) - any polka dot fabric, but avoid those with white background
Fabric B (background) - white solid

Cutting -
Fabric A polka dots - one strip 2 1/2” X 18 1/2” and one 4 1/2” square
Fabric B white solid - one strip 2 1/2” X 18 1/2” and four 4 1/2” squares

Making the block - 
  1. Sew the two 2 1/2” X 18 1/2” strips together. Cut these into four pieces 4 1/2” long and press to the dark side. (I find it easier to cut the strip before it is pressed open, but that is up to you.)
  2. Lay all the 4 1/2” squares you now have in three rows as shown in the photo and join each row together. Then join the rows together to make your block. It should measure 12 1/2” square.

For additional information go to http://www.pieceandquilt.com/2015/12/how-to-floating-plus-quilt-block-basics.html#more. You will find that the directions there call for the strips to be cut 2 1/2” X 18”. I added the extra 1/2” to the 18” length to allow for trimming uneven ends. 

Here are four blocks for inspiration - 


Monday, 3 June 2019

It's here!! Block of the month for June meeting.

Hello! Here are the much anticipated directions for the May block. Last month we had the cool colours of beach glass, but this month we are going Hot! Hot! Hot! Oh, I love this block and it looks even better joined in a quilt! Accuracy is definitely the key to success on this one. Have fun!!



STARBURST CROSS
DIRECTIONS

ONE 12.5” BLOCK
COLOUR PALETTE:
You will need two fabrics either
tone-on-tone or in a print of
these colours:
Bright yellow
Orange
Magenta
Hot Pink
*When choosing your fabrics,
make sure they are on the warm
side of the colour wheel -
ie: red based, not blue.
Plus white solid for background

CUTTING:
  • Fabric A - centre star
1 - 4.5” square
8 - 2.5” squares
  • Fabric B - starburst rays 8 - 4.5” squares
  • Fabric C - background, white solid
8 - 2.5” squares

SEWING:
Use a scant 1/4” seam. This is very important!!
  1. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of all the 2.5” squares (16 total)
  2. Take the 8 - 4.5” Fabric B squares and align one of the 2.5” squares in each upper left hand corner right sides together with the diagonal line going across the corner as in the photo. Chain piece, trim and press.
  3. Take the 4.5” squares with the white background corners and align another white 2.5” square in the opposite corner as in the photo. Chain piece, trim and press.
  4. Take the 4.5” squares with the Fabric A corners, and align the remaining Fabric A 2.5” squares in the “flying geese” fashion as in the photo. Chain piece, trim and press.
  5. Assemble the block in three rows as per the photo. Press seams open.
  6. Join the rows together and press seams open. Your block should measure 12.5” square. As always, one block = one ticket. Happy sewing!

For additional directions see the “Starburst Block” tutorial at

Here are four blocks sewn together so you can see what the quilt will look like.