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

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Materials:

Various background strips

Various coloured strips

5” background square

 

Other:

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.

Directions:

  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.

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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

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

Instructions.

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.

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

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

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

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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

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Block of the Month Block 1 – Improv stripes

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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6. Trim finished block to 12.5 inches square

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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

 

Materials:

10 – 12 fat quarters

3 – 3.5 yards background fabric

Easy Dresden ruler (or material for template)

template material for Drunkards Path

 

Info:  

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.

 

Schedule:

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!

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge

Guild members showed off their projects for the Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Fabric Challenge at the July meeting. The rules were to make something quilted with the provided fabrics and the guild members came up with some great projects!

 

There were pillows:

MM Challenge 7 July 9

Quilts:
MM Challenge 6 Upclose & Bound July 9

MM Challenge 1 July 9

Table runners:
MM Challenge 4 July 9
MM Challenge 5 July 9

And minis:
MM Challenge 2 July 9
MM Challenge 3 back July 9
MM Challenge 3 front July 9

 

Way to go everyone!  Good luck with the challenge – remember the deadline for entering your project is July 25th.

June 11 – Regular Meeting

Our next regular meeting is on Wednesday June 11, 2014, from 7 pm to 9 pm. Our meetings are the second Wednesday of the month.

Everyone is welcome, current members, new members and guests.  We are meeting at Earthly Goods Quilting  –  4115 – 106 Street, Edmonton.

The meeting will include:

  • Mystery Quilt. Bring your finished project to show off
  • Show and tell
  • Continued discussion about formal leadership positions for the guild and how that can be accomplished
  • Wendy P. will present her research and suggestions on a retreat
  • The MQG Michael Miller Fabric Challenge – pick up your fabric if you have not yet done so, feel free to bring along your progress to show and/or discuss
  • QuiltCon registration opens on June 24 at 10 a.m. CST (which I think is 9 am here). Members get a 15% discount. The classes will fill quickly, so register early if you are going.
  • Other Old or New business

The MQG has moved the deadline for the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge to July 25, 2014. You will need to post a photo of your finished project in the MQG forums, so if you have not yet been online to the MQG site, it’s time to do so. You may make anything quilted, you can add any additional Michael Miller fabrics and you can add any solids you like to the challenge. You will need to post your finished project under Forum – MQG Fabric Challenges – Finished Michael Miller Fabric Challenge at http://www.modernquiltguild.com.

Do NOT wait until July 25 to sign in for the first time and learn how to upload photos. If you are stuck, ask for help sooner and you can always email Leanne at shecanquilt (at) gmail (dot) com for help but please do that earlier rather than later.

Remember to bring your name tags!

We have  more Sew Days booked as well:   July 12 and Aug 16. Please confirm your wish to attend in advance – these dates might be booked right now but check with her in case things have changed.