Thursday, January 31, 2019

TVMQG Block of the Month Program

Each month we’ll introduce a new 12.5” Quilt Block at our meeting. The goal is twofold, first to use this for a skill building exercise. Hopefully, you’ll learn something new. The block will be posted on the blog under Block of the Month. And second, we’re asking you to make at least one donation block each month for our new Charity Quilt Project using the BOM tutorial.

A good idea would be to make at least two, one for charity and one for you. You might want to make the ones you’re keeping for yourself in coordinating fabrics. You may find a block that you love so much that you want to use it in an entire quilt.

The guidelines for the Charity BOM
  • Make one or more block each month to donate to our Charity Quilt effort
  • Use good quality fabric, not from big box stores.  Fabric can be a solid or a print.
  • Avoid batiks and Civil War type reproduction fabrics if possible.
  • Use White or a low volume print for the background fabric.
  • All finished blocks will be 12.5 inches.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

July and August BOM

This time we're doing a twofer.  We'll have the same Block of the Month for both July and August.  Jessica and I are asking everyone to make at least 2 of these blocks, but honestly the more the merrier!  We're thinking about making a charity quilt top or two from the blocks, using no sashing or borders if we get enough.

Jessica chose this block and Sarah the blogger at Sew Me called it the "Strip Step Block"  Sarah graciously gave me permission to repost her tutorial.  (I did some minor editing.)

The instructions below were copied from the blog Sew Me.  I found the blog very difficult to read on my PC, not because of the writing, but because of the layout.  I had no problem with my iPad.  You can find the original post here.

"As you can see below, the block is made up of six strips which I have labeled A-F for cutting instruction convenience. When choosing your fabrics, please use a white solid for the square steps and keep to mid to strong range colors for the strips to give a really nice contrast to the white squares.

Cut 6: 2.5" squares (white solid)
Strip A and F cut: 10.5"x 2.5"
Strip B and E cut: 2.5" square and 8.5"x 2.5"
Strip C and D cut: 4.5" x 2.5" and 6.5" x 2.5"

1. Lay out your cut pieces into strips as in the photo above.

2. Using scant 0.25" seam, piece each strip together and press the seams away from the white squares.

3. Next stitch the strips together using scant 0.25" seam to form the block, this time pressing the seams open.

4. Trim to 12.5" square. This block could hardly be easier, honest! Take a look below for more layout possibilities for this block. Don't you just love them?"

May your bobbins always be full,

Jan and Jessica

Monday, May 21, 2018

June BOM - Card Trick Block

Jessica chose June's BOM and she went with the Card Trick Block.


You can find the tutorial here.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

May BOM - Jigsaw Patch Block

The block of the month for May is the Jigsaw Patch Block by Patchsmith. It can be found on at the link below.

Jigsaw Patch Block

Jessica made the block to show how easily it can be pieced together.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

April BOM, Tulip Block

Super talented Colleen is presenting out Charity Block of the Month for April at our March meeting.  She wrote up the directions and you can find them here.

May your bobbins always be full,

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

March 2018 BOM, Arrow

For our block this month we're borrowing a super easy tutorial from the Oklahoma City MQG.  This arrow is pretty simple and goes together fairly fast.  Their blog post is here, there's even a link if you want to print out the instructions.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

BOM for February

There's good news!  We have enough blocks to make 5 charity quilts for Jabobs House.

There's more good news!  This month there's no new BOM; instead please make or finish any of the blocks from 2017 and bring them to the February meeting.  We're hoping to scrape together another quilt or two.

Jacobs House is a local charity that works with all the local hospitals to provide lodging for families in medical crisis.  Ask any nurse or other hospital employees how important this is.  Without the help provided by Jacobs House, families could be sleeping in their cars or hospital waiting rooms.  Instead, they can be referred to Jacobs House and have a room and bath of their own, a kitchen and everything else that they need in a temporary home.

There is one more piece of good news, at the TVMQG January Board meeting we voted to continue our Charity BOM program.  The next new block will be presented in February.