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.


Wednesday, 29 May 2019

It's the most wonderful time of the yeeeear!!

Its back baby.... and it's back early.

It's our fifth annual MQG Victoria Garagesale coming up on June 20.

Please read the following instructions, so the sale is enjoyable for everyone.

BUYERS

Every item for sale will be in a bag, along with an envelope. Bring lots of small change!! Since each item is paid for individually, with money going to multiple sellers, MQG Victoria won't be able to provide change. 
To buy an item:
  1. Remove the envelope from the bag.
  2. Put the correct amount of money in the envelope.
  3. Seal the envelope and take it to the paying area.

     SELLERS

    All items must be quilting-related. Non-modern fabrics are acceptable.
    Prepare an envelope for each item as follows:
    1. Upper left corner - write your name.
    2. Centre of envelope - write a description of the item, e.g. 2m trim, .5m cotton, 3 fat quarters, etc.
    3. Below the item description, write the price.
    4. Do not seal the envelope.
    5. Put the envelope and the item into a sealable, see-through bag - Ziploc bags are perfect!
    6. Bundles of magazines may be tied with string instead, with the envelope taped to the front.
    7. Please use round numbers when pricing - buyers will need to provide exact change!

    • Money will be disbursed after the sale is over, and all envelopes have been collected and sorted, or at the next meeting.
    • Items not sold must be picked up at the end of the sale.
    • Sellers accept the risk of putting the items for sale. MQG Victoria is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
     We will also have a Free Table, for anyone who wants to share free quilting-related items.


    "What can I sell?"

    • Fabric: quilting cotton ONLY
    • Yardage, fat quarters, leftover bits of jelly rolls, charm packs, scraps, etc.
    • Quilt tops, random blocks
    • That project you're never going to finish..... let it go!
    • Rulers, tools
    • Books

    PRICING

    As a guideline, last year's suggested price for fat quarters was $2.00, and $1.00 for older fabrics.