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.”
Barbie

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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!