Wednesday, 27 May 2020

May Block of the Month


Unfinished size 10” square
For this block you will need -
Flower petals - Four 5” squares of a modern floral print.  You can cut one layer cake square into four if you have one.
Flower centre - Four 2 1/2” squares yellow tone-on-tone or solid, a charm square works perfectly for this.
Background - Eight 2 1/2” squares white solid
Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of each 2 1/2” square

Sewing -
1. We want our yellows to match up to make our centre, so lay the 2 1/2” squares on the right side of each 5” squares as shown in the photo.
2. You can just stitch all the way around on each 5” square. *Tip - stitch one thread width to the right of the line which will help keep your block the correct size. Trim off the corners and press out. Square off any wonky edges.
3. Arrange your four sections as shown in the photo and sew together. Press and square up to 10” if necessary. Easy!

For a more in depth tutorial you can go to  I seem to have gotten my flower petals going in the opposite direction to hers, so please follow my photos for the layout.

Monday, 2 March 2020

March Block of the Month


This pretty block due for the March meeting is reminiscent of a Turkish tile in shades of turquoise, royal blue and emerald green. The prints can have hints of other colours, but please stick to the palette outlined. This block is from the excellent book Modern Quilts Block by Block by Emily Dennis. I highly recommend it.
     There are a couple of techniques used here you may not have tried before - half square triangles four at a time and flying geese four at a time. Some aren’t fans of this technique as it creates lots of bias edges, but I didn’t have a problem with it. Use Best Press starch if that is a concern and try not to handle the bias edges too much. One plus is that the pieces are sized to be trimmed down after sewing, so you can end up with perfectly sized components. 
     Remember, 1 block = one ticket. Have fun, and happy sewing! 

Fabrics -
Fabric A - Medium toned print for centre - cut one 4 1/2” square
Fabric B - Dark toned print for cross - cut one 7” square, four 2 1/2” X 4 1/2” rectangles, and four 2 7/8” squares
Fabric C - Light toned print for larger corner triangles - cut one 7” square
Fabric D - White solid - cut one 5 1/4” square

Sewing -
1.Half square triangles four at a time -
Place the two 7” squares right sides together. Stitch 1/4” around the perimeter of the square. Cut the sewn squares on each diagonal. *Hint - leave the square in place after the first cut! 
Press the seams towards the lighter fabric. This will help the seams nest together later on. Trim the four half square triangles to 4 1/2” square.

2. Flying geese four at a time - refer to step-by-step photos
Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the four 2 7/8” squares (Fabric B)
Place two of these squares on the white solid squares lining up the diagonal lines you drew. Sew 1/4” from both sides of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line. Press to form two heart shapes. Place a 2 7/8” square on each heart unit as shown and sew 1/4” from both sides of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line. Press open and you now have four flying geese units. Trim each to 2 1/2” X 4 1/2”.

Saturday, 14 December 2019

November Block lotto


Since there isn’t a block for December, we are going to make two blocks that go together to make a unit that will be for the January meeting. It isn’t difficult, so you shouldn’t have a problem making at least one of these adorable gnomes sitting beside a tall pine tree!

Fabric requirements -
Fabric A - gnome hat - turquoise tone on tone
Fabric B - gnome body - red tone on tone
Fabric C - gnome nose - pink tone on tone
Fabric D - gnome beard - white solid 

Fabric E - tree branches - green tone on tone
Fabric F - tree trunk - brown tone on tone
Fabric G - background - ivory solid
Try to keep your fabric choices bright and cheery. 

Making the block - 
This is from a free pattern on the Sew Can She website. For complete directions go to

Monday, 21 October 2019

November Block of month


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

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

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

Monday, 23 September 2019

October Block of the Month

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


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

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” block is the same except the triangles are pieced.