March Feature Quilt

FrontThis month features another amazing member of our guild – her specialty is extra tiny quilts!  Her is what she has to say about her quilt:

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“As part of our ongoing block of the month program, Vikki kindly brought her die cutting machine to the February meeting.  Members brought their fabrics and she used the machine to cut perfect Drunkard’s Path pieces for them!  At the end of the meeting, a small bag of teeny scraps happily went home with me.  After trimming off the threads and edges, I found myself with a fascinating assortment of fairly uniform bits ranging in size from ⅝” by 1 ⅝” to 1” by 2”.  After sorting and stacking them by colour I discovered I had at least 6 of each fabric and the colours blended beautifully.  I stacked them sideways in a teeny box and let a plan form over a few days.
The idea was simple.
– Sew 6 braids in the same colour order.
– No trimming until the braids were completed and ready to be squared up.
– Every third strip a neutral.
– Any additional fabrics must be neutrals from my scrap collection.
A few hours alone in my sewing room and a small quilt top formed.  6 similar braids framed in white.  It made me happy, but the leftover bits still in the box looked sad.  Some guild members had brought fabric that had cut 8 repeats instead of 6, so with pairs left over of only about half the colours, I felt compelled to keep sewing.  I sewed 2 matching strips and squared them up.  I dug out some long skinny grey bits I had fallen in love with (left over from a fussy cutting project and barely an inch wide).  A little creative framing and more white scraps, and the back was finished.  I carefully sandwiched it to keep the seams aligned front and back, sewed some simple almost-straight line quilting at irregular intervals, then gave it a quick bath before binding (to make the quilting pop).  A binding of the remaining grey strips, and it was complete.
Is it a miniature?  I’m not quite sure.  It finished about 12” by 15”.  Strictly speaking it’s about 1:6 scale, a twin sized quilt for Barbie.  Looking at it I am reminded of how a guild (like a bag of scraps) can grow into more than the sum of its parts.  Oh dear, I think I sewed a metaphor.”
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Block of the Month – Herringbone / Braid

IMG_2502This month we are doing a simple block that is lots of fun to play with!  It comes together quickly, so have fun with it.

Materials:

13 2.5″ strips of fabric (can vary in length from 5″ to 18″ depending on were in the block you want them)

Directions:

1. Using your 45 degree mark on your cutting mat  or ruler  cut the end off one of you strips to give you a small triangle.

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2. Take another 2.5 strip and line it up along the edge a ridge of the triangle (right sides together) and sew together.  Press open.

3. Take a third 2.5 strip and along it along the edge with the seam from joining the first two (it will attache to both strips. Sew and press open.

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4. Repeat this alternating the side that you add the new strip on each time.

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5. Once the block is over 13″ wide in across the bottom you can start trimming so your strips do not need to be as long.  I put my overlap “center” area of the design more to one side, but you can put it however you would like.

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6. Continue adding strips until the block is at least 13″ wide and 13″ tall.  Trim off to make a 12.5″ square block.

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That is all there is to it, congrats you are done your block for the month!

 

If you are just joining us check out our previous blocks here.   Remember next month is our last month before we assemble!

 

Monthy Member Feature – February

Alright, so this is going up a little late, but better late than never right?

A Fall Wind quiltA Fall Wind (20 “ x 70”) by Cris

“I saw this quilt design by Ellen Stuckey in a Quilter’s World magazine several years ago. I finally found a selection of shot cottons and grunge cottons that I thought would work well together. The piecing is mostly improv, consisting of two panelsthat are offset, resulting in an unusual top/bottom edge. The quilt top is quilted to the batting using straight line designs; echo quilting was used to define the leaves. The quilt was then finished with a full back facing rather than the more common binding technique. To hold the back in place it was strategically “stitched in the ditch” along some of the major pieces. As soon as it was finished I hung it in our front entry – just the right addition to a tall narrow wall!”

What a great quilt Cris!

IF you would like to see more of what our members have been making, check out our Flikr page!

Block of the Month – Curves

Block of the month – Stack Circles

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This month we are working with curves!  With that said there are so many great tutorials out there, even from our own members I am going to refer you to some videos for some tips on sewing curves and you will get assembly instructions here!

Materials:

3 coloured fabrics (you will need 3 inner circle, + 1 outside from each of two colours and 4 inner circle pieces from the third colour)

Background fabric for template, 2 3.5″ squares and 2 6.5 x 3.5″ strips

Tempate: Circle template (make sure the print actual size and check the test square)

Directions:

1. Cut out your fabric – remember if you are attending Feb meeting and you bring 5″ squares of each colour and background I will cut them for you!

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2. Mark the middle of the curve of the inner and outer pieces – on the templates I have them marked with a triangle for easy reference, or you can fold each piece in half to have a small crease at the center.  Align the middle of the inner and outer circles.

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3. Sew a coloured inner circle with a background outer circle. If you are new to sewing curves check out this great tutorial from our member Leanne at She Can Quilt!

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4. Repeat sewing coloured inner circles with background outer pieces for the 2 fabrics that have 3 inner circles each.  Also take 2 inner circles from the third colour and attach them to background outers.

5. Take the remaining coloured inner pieces and attach them to the coloured outer pieces.

6. Press all your seams.

7. Now trim your blocks to 3.5″.  Each block has a generous overage to allow you to square up and remove any stretching that happened during sewing as these are small pieces.  Note that in order for your seams to match up it is important to trim them each the same way so that you have the same amount of coloured vs background in each square.  I found it easiest to square the inner curve then take the majority off the outer square as shown below.

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8. Assemble your block arranged like this: (or get creative as come up with your own arrangement).

IMG_2472When assembling watch your curves to make sure the seams meet – unlike mine which was put together after very little sleep and will need to be fixed! In the interest of getting this up you get to see my poorly matched seems.

Block of the Month – January

Block of the month – January

“Wandering Geese”

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This month we are going to try some foundation paper piecing!  I have named this block Wandering Geese (or as I have started to think of it as – drunken geese), and it is a twist on the more traditional Circle of Geese block.  Our pattern has been graciously provided this month by Piece by Number, you will have to go to her site (here) to download the template.

 

Note: Even if you are familiar with paper piecing I ask that you please read the directions as I have made some modifications.  The original template makes a 12” block, so I have made a couple changes to have our block end up the same 12.5” as our other blocks.

 

If written instructions are hard to follow for this, there are lots of great videos on paper piecing!  If you are a member of Craftsy, the 2012 BOM for October features this block and is free to members.

Here are a few others to check out:

Connecting Threads

Fons and Porter

 

Materials

Colored scraps for geese (at least 2.5” x 3”)

Background material (large scraps work well) + 6.5” square

Template from Piece by Number- 2 clockwise and 1 counterclockwise  (remember to check the 1” test line on your printouts!)

 

Directions.  

  1. Print out your templates (2 clockwise and 1 counter clockwise), cut out on the dotted line (insure that your 1” test square is correct!) Note: it can be handy to prefold the lines of the paper or to prestitch the lines with no thread to “perforate” and make removal easier.  I find using a slightly smaller stitch setting works fine instead of perforating.

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  1. Take your first template and find a coloured square for your first goose.  This piece of fabric needs to cover over the shape of the goose with a minimum of ¼” on each side.  To be safe, it is best to have more overage!IMG_2148
  2. Using a fabric safe glue stick (or a pin) fasten the fabric to the back of the paper so that it covers the shape of the goose labelled 1.  Note – your fabric needs to come off the edge of the paper by ½ ” (this is very important!)
  3. Fold the paper along the line between the shapes marked 1 and 2.  Trim the fabric that you have attached the paper ¼” from the fold.IMG_2150IMG_2149
  4. Align a piece of background fabric to the edge of the goose fabric, ¼” from the fold, right sides together.  Make sure that the background piece will cover the background piece labelled 2.IMG_2151
  5. Secure the fabric to the piece of paper with a pin and lay the paper flatIMG_2160
  6. Sew along the black line between spaces 1 and 2.  IMG_2152
    1. IMPORTANT: Extend the sewing along the line to the edge of the paper!!  If you do not do this there will be problems later!
  7. Press the background fabric open.IMG_2153
  8. Repeat steps 4-8 moving to add fabric to cover the section labelled 3 (so fold along the line that is between 1 and 3).IMG_2155IMG_2156
  9. Continue moving in order of the numbers around the block.  Remember that lines going to the edge of the block need to be continued to the edge of the paper.
  10. Once the block has been “finished” ie all the pieces are sewen together, you will need to trim.  You want to make a 6.5” block so check your measurements.  You will need to trim ⅛” past the paper on each side as the paper is only 6.25”.IMG_2167
  11. Repeat steps 1- 11 for the remaining 2 pieced blocks.
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  13. Assembly the 3 pieced blocks and the 6.5” square block to make a 12.5” block (below is an alternate assembly, have fun with it!).IMG_2169IMG_2170

 

Next month is a variation of a Dunkard’s path block.  As a special present for those of you attending the meeting I will be happy to cut your pieces for you!!  If you would like me to cut piecing please bring 8 5″ background squares, 3 5″ of each of 2 colours and 4 5″ squares of a third colour.

Feature Quilt for December

I am a little late getting this up this month, but that is the way things go with the holidays!  Better late than never, and as an apology for being late, we have 2 quilts this month!

These two wonderful quilts were made by a wonderful member Stephanie!  Here is what she has to say about her quilts.

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“These two quilts were a custom Christmas order for two sisters. The sisters are very close in age but could not be more different. Their mom and I talked about their hobbies, style and what their rooms look like. We settled on an anchor design for the older sister who is into nautical symbols and zebra print and a vinok for the younger sister whose first love is Ukrainian dancing. I wanted the quilts to have something that tied them together so both have a modern ombre background.

I based the anchor design on Tula Pink’s Anchors Aweigh quilt. Instead of piecing the anchor in I pieced it separately and appliqued it on the quilt top using a blanket stitch. It gave me a lot more freedom with the background and allowed me to downsize the anchor. The vinok was a completely different challenge. I created the design on my own, hand cutting all of the flowers and appliqueing them on using a fusible and my free motion foot.
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The ribbons are real vinok headpiece ribbons and they were very challenging to deal with.
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I quilted both quilts with an all over swirl pattern on my domestic machine and machine bound them for durability.
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I am really looking forward to hearing how much they love them.”
Quilt backs:
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Great job Stephanie!  Want to see what other projects our members are working on?  Check out our flickr page!  Join us again next month for a new feature quilt, and don’t forget our block of the month will be posted the first week of January!

Block of the Month – Wonky Log Cabin

Block of the Month – Wonky Log Cabin.

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It is December and that means it is time for a new block!  Can you believe that we are on the fifth block already?  This month is a variation on a log cabin block, it is fairly easy and quick which is great for sewing project in the busy holiday season!  As a special treat for this month I have given you two variations of the block – you can pick which one you would like to do or make them both, it is up to you!IMG_1946

 

Materials:

Various width strips of your fabric

 

Directions:

  1. Pick a small piece of fabric for the center of your cabin (Note – this piece does not have to be square, it is fine for it to be a rectangle or even a little angular).IMG_1932
  2. Take a strip of fabric and sew it to one side of your piece from step 1.  Press open and trimIMG_1933IMG_1934
  3. Sew the same color to next side of your inner piece of fabric, press and trim.IMG_1935
  4. Continue to work your way around the inner piece until it has a strip on each side.  Note that the strips you add do not need to be the same width on each side!IMG_1936
  5. OPTIONAL:  Doing this step will give your the tilted variation of the block, skipping it will give you the more square version of the block.  Using a Ruler cut off some of sides at an angle so that the block no longer square.IMG_1941
  6. Repeat steps 2 – 5 with your block, expanding it outward until it is a 12.5” square.  Note – it is okay to go a little over the 12.5” you will trim it.IMG_1945 IMG_1938
  7. Trim your square to 12.5”.IMG_1947

Need to catch up on previous month’s blocks?  You can find them all here.

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

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Materials:
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)

Directions:
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.

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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.

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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).

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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11. Repeat until you have 4 6.5” blocks.

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

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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!