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 – 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.

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!

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.