Member Project – Neutral Curves

Neutral Curves Quilt - StaceyThis month our feature is from Stacey who blogs at Slo Studio.  Here is what she had to say about her quilt:

“I designed this quilt accidentally! I was practicing sewing curved pieces for the first time (using a great video tutorial from fellow guild member Leanne!) I ended up liking the neutral blocks that I was making, then added in some black fabric… and it ended up getting bigger and bigger!

The resulting design is a bit more modern-looking than other quilts I’ve made so far, perhaps because of the high contrast in the colours. I had planned to free-motion quilt it, but then decided to keep with the contemporary feeling by using straight lines.

The fabrics I used are Kona Snow, Bone, Ivory, Ash and Black; “Sketch Basics” in black; and a Timeless Treasures striped print in ivory/black. I machine pieced and quilted it on my Janome Horizon 8200 QC. This finished quilt measures approximately 48 x 48″. There are more pictures over at my blog!

Thanks so much for featuring my quilt!”
Thank you Stacey for the wonderful quilt.

Block of the Month – String block

Block #4 – String Block


1 to 3 “ wide Various coloured strips
3.5 “ strip background fabric
Newsprint or other lightweight paper
Note: if using darker fabrics were any possible transfer of ink will not show I highly suggest using newsprint or an old paper as it is much easier to remove! I did not have any trouble with ink transfer when doing this, but it possible depending on the newsprint you use
String Block template (Note when printing be sure to set printer to “print actual size” and to check the measurements on the template with your printout)

1. Shorten your stitch length (because we are stitching on paper you will that yourself later when you have to remove all the paper).
2. Using the template, cut out 4 pieces of newsprint or lightweight paper.
3. Take your first coloured strip and lay it on your paper foundation covering one end.

4. Take a second coloured strip and lay it on top of the first (right sides together) with the edges matching toward the rest of the foundation. Sew a ¼” seam along the matched edges through the fabric and paper.


Note: strips do not have to be straight, if you wish for a more “wonky” look feel free to use strips that are tapered.  The goal is simply to work across the paper template and “fill” it in.
5. Press open the fabric (you can trim off the excess fabric near the paper if you wish).

6. Take another strip of fabric and place on top of the pressed fabric.  Sew a 1/4 “ seam and press open.

7.Repeat until you reach the end of the paper foundation.

8. Trim the long edges of the block along the paper foundation/template.

9. Lay the background fabric along the long edge of your pieced strip and sew on with a ¼” seam, press open. Repeat for the second side.

10. Using the corners of the template/foundation trim the remaining sides of the block to create a 6.5” square Trimming should make your background fabric into triangles.

11. Repeat until you have 4 6.5” blocks.

12. Arrange your blocks to your pleasing and sew together to form a 12.5” block. Here are a few ideas.





Member Project – Heart Block

Welcome to our new (and hopefully monthly) feature! We have so many talented quilters making wonderful projects each month we decided it was time to start showing off the beautiful creations.  Each month we will be showing off a project done by one of our members!

This month is a small but beautiful heart block by Michelle.

IMG_1770About the block from Michelle:

“I won a pack of minicharm solid coloured squares at September’s meeting and wanted to find a quick project to use them in. I found the free pattern “Color of My Heart” on FatQuarterShop. It used 5″ charm squares, so I just followed the directions with my 2 1/2″ minicharms and produced a finished piece that is 12 1/2″ square (instead of 27 1/2″). You primarily use your squares in the piecing with only a few half square triangles in it to shape the heart, so it goes together quite easily. I decided to do spiral quilting and started off centre for a modern look. It was fun laying the colours out to find the arrangement I liked best. I have to admit there were a few brown squares in the pack that I did not use (I threw them out- gasp!) and I added in a couple blues and greens from my own stash. I think I will use this block in a larger quilt-as-you-go modern quilt of my own design. This would be a great little project to use your solid scraps from our Modern Block of the Month. It could also inspire you to design a solid rainbow themed project (made of squares), in other shapes such as star, pear, house, seashell, cat’s face, etc.”

Great work, we can’t wait to see how the quilt turns out.

To see more pictures of work done by our members please visit our flikr site!


Block of the Month, Block 3

Block # 3 – Wonky Dresden



Various background strips

Various coloured strips

5” background square



Wedge and circle templates

Click to download the templates (note when printing make sure your printer is set to actual size and not fit to page.  The wedge should be 8″ in length)

Note: I used the Easy Dresden ruler to create my block.  If you have a dresden ruler you can use it and you will need to make an 8″ wedge.


  1. Take a strip of coloured fabric and sew it to a strip of background along the longest edge.  Make sure that the width of the background + coloured fabric is at least 9.5”.
  2. Along the remaining long edge of the coloured fabric attach another background strip.  Ensure that again the width of the coloured strip + new background strip is a minimum of 9.5”

    Note: A larger width will allow you more flexibility and more variety when cutting your wedges.

  1. Repeat steps 1-2 for all coloured strips (you can use as many or as few colours as you wish)
  2. Take the wedge template and cut out a wedge with the narrow end on the coloured strip and the wide end on one of the background strips.IMG_1950
  3. Flip the wedge template to have the wide end on the remaining background strip and cut another wedge

    Note: you will want to vary the height of the coloured strip on your wedges

IMG_19516. Repeat the steps for 4-5 for all colours until you have a total of 20 wedges.

7. Arrange the wedges in circle.

8. Using a true ¼” seem attache the wedges to each other, they will form a circleIMG_1954

9. Press the seams to make a flat block.  You will now have a large circular block.

10. Trim the block the 12.5” square – the empty circle should remain in about the middle of the block, but does not need to be perfectly centered.IMG_1956

Note: I used green painters tape on my ruler to mark the 12.5″ square so I could make sure I had the block the way I liked before cutting.


11. Place the circle template on the square of background fabric and trim ¼” around the template.

12. Run a basting stitch around the template and pull tight to fold the fabric around the template.  Tie off and iron (you can also starch) before removing the template.IMG_1959

13. Place your circle over the “hole” in the middle of your block and stitch in place.  You can hand stitch or machine stitch (straight stitch or zig zag).IMG_1960


Block of the Month – Block # 2

IMG_1682Block # 2 – Half Square Triangles

8 4” background squares
8 4” coloured squares (2 of each colour for my design)


1. On the wrong side of each background square draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner.IMG_1946
2. Lay each background square on top of coloured square (right sides together) so you have 8 pairs.
3. Sew ¼” inch from the line on you background square. Repeat for all squares.

4. Take each of the squares and sew ¼” on the opposite side of the line from your first seem.

5. Cut each set of squares on the line you drew and press open to make 16 total HSTs.

6. Trim each HST to 3.5” square.
7. Arrange the squares and sew into row, then attach the rows together.


Note: you can arrange the squares anyway you like, here are a few ideas from other bloggers:

72 Blocks from Quilt Art Designs 2014 HST BOM

12 Blocks from In Color Order HST BOM


Charity Project – Fidget Quilts

IMG_0396A member came across a great idea for anyone wanting to make a charity quilt – Fidget Quilts for Alzheimer patients. Many Alzheimer patients are constantly moving/fidgeting their hands so this gives them something to feel, touch and hold. Anyone interested in making one of these charity quilts can donate them to Youville Continuing Care Centre in St. Albert

If anyone is interested in making a “Fidget Quilt” for Alzheimer’s patients as one of our charity projects, I’ve listed some information below:

- it has been suggested that the quilts be approximately 20” x 20”

- I cut my blocks 5 1⁄2” square

- before assembling the blocks, you might want to decide what you want to add as far as velco, zippers, beads, bobbles, buttons, keys, pockets, rick rack (to name a few) or whatever else you can think of that might keep their hands busy, as you might want to attach them to ribbons or twill tape and sew them into the seams

- different textures of fabrics are a good idea as well

It’s a good project to use up some of your scraps.

Want more information on Fidget Quilts? Check out the Fidget Quilt project with Rowe Together. Here is also an article from the Times.

Block of the Month – Block 1


Block of the Month Block 1 – Improv stripes

13” square background material
various coloured strips 1.5 to 3” width

1. Lay the background square on the cutting mat and cut through at an angle.


2. Attach the first coloured strip of fabric to the one side of the cut. and trim the ends.


3. Mark the center of the coloured strip and the background fabric. Line up centers, right sides together and pin.


4. Attach the second piece of background fabric so you now have a block of background fabric with a strip of colour.


5. Repeat the steps above for additional coloured strips (2-3 more times).IMG_1938

Note: When adding additional strips that pass through an existing strip it is important to line up the middle of the strip as well as lining up the seams from the strip that you cross through.


6. Trim finished block to 12.5 inches square

Note if you are doing quilt as you go add a 1.5 inch border before quilting this square

Block of the Month – Intro

After finishing the Mystery Quilt the guild members have decided to do a Block of the Month sampler quilt.  We started this month with our first block and will be continuing through the winter.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone’s quilts come together over the coming months.

Modern Block of the Month 2014/2015



10 – 12 fat quarters

3 – 3.5 yards background fabric

Easy Dresden ruler (or material for template)

template material for Drunkards Path



This project will feature a new block each month.  Many blocks will be a modern take on traditional blocks.  Fabric requirements are estimates as many of the blocks have an element improv that makes it hard to determine a set amount of fabric.  Everyone’s quilt top should end up being a unique piece!


Number of blocks:

Currently 9 blocks have been determined, but if we are having fun we can always add more when we get closer to the end.


Quilt as you go:

If you would like to practice your quilt as you go technique, this is a great project for practice.  If doing quilt as you go, add a 1.5 inch border with background fabric to the blocks before quilting to act as the sashing that would be added when making the quilt top for quilting normally.


Alternate layouts:

Currently the layout is a 3 x 3 set of squares, however you are welcome to use you imagination for combing your squares into a quilt top – on point, offset, it is up to you.



Aug – Improv stripes

Sept – Half square triangles

Oct – Wonky dresden

Nov – String block

Dec – Wonky log cabin

Jan – Wandering geese (paper piecing 2)

Feb – Stacked circles (drunkard’s path)

March – Herringbone

April –  Hexagons


August Meeting and Guild Project

Recently guild members finished off the Mystery quilt! This time members decided to try a block of the month as a way to try new blocks and techniques. The block of the month will be starting in August, with information going out at the August meeting for the first block. Each month a new block will be chosen and instructions given to the members.  Currently the project is set for 9 blocks (9 months) with the option to add additional blocks.

There will also be the option for members to practice their quilt as you go with this project!

The August meeting with the information to start this project is August 13, 2014 at Earthly Good Quilting starting at 7pm.  We look forward to seeing everyone’s projects over the coming months!