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!

 

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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