Monday, January 1, 2018

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 2017 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.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Simple Pleasures BOM Tutorial for September


Hi, this month Susan chose our BOM.  She saw this block on IG and created a tutorial to go with it.  I tried to find a name of this block and asked other quilters, too, with no luck; so, I named it Simple Pleasures.

Simple Pleasures BOM Tutorial

You just need 2 fabric choices with good contrast.

Cut List

2 light……… 4 ⅞” square
2 dark……… 4 ⅞” square

1 light……… 4 ½” square
1 dark……… 4 ½” square

1 light……… 8 ½” x 4 ½” rectangle
1 dark……… 8 ½  x 4 ½” rectangle



Place one light and one dark 4 7/8" square with right sides facing. Draw line diagonally corner to corner.

Repeat with remaining 4 7/8" squares.

Sew 1/4" each side of drawn line. Do this for both 4 7/8" square sets. 



Cut on the drawn line between stitching. Do for both sets.


Press all 4 hst as you prefer. Trim off the little corner bits. **Trim to 4 1/2" if needed.**

* This block calls for 3 hst, so you will have one left over for a scrappy project. 



Arrange pieces as shown below.



Now sew those rows together and press.



Sew last two seams. Press. (I pressed these two seams open.) 


Step back and admire! 


Here's another sample.


May your bobbins always be full,

Jan

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Scrappy X and Plus Quilt block for August


For this month, we're going to follow the great X and + tutorial from 2011 by Amy of Badskirt.  Above are some examples.  Her measurements are for an 8-inch unfinished block.  Since we want a 12.5-inch unfinished block, I've listed the measurements we'll use below.  

Center Cross - (2) 2.5-inch squares and (1) 2.5-inch x 6.5-inch strip.=
Edges of Cross - (4) 2.5-inch x 3.5-inch strips
Background Triangles - (8) 3/5-inch squares
Branches of the X - (4) 5.5-inch squares

To have a true scrappy look, use at least 7 fabrics, I used 8.  One fabric for the center Plus, one for the "arms of the Plus", four for the branches of the X's, and at least one for the background triangles.




These below were made with only 4 fabric choices for each X and + block, but they were for a different project.






May your bobbins always be full,

Jan




Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Susannah Block for July



Maritza is our BOM Queen this month and has chosen the Susannah Block.  The tutorial is here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Woven Chevron Block for June



Natalie is the BOM Queen this month and she has chosen the Woven Chevron Block, you can find the tutorial here.  This tutorial is for an 8.5-inch block.  Natalie said at the meeting last night, that she added 1 inch to each measurement, to get the 12.5-inch block.

These would be the measurements to use for the 12.5-inch block:

From background fabric (Ash):
* Four 3 1/2" squares
* Four 4" squares.
* Two 4 1/2" squares

From color 1 (Surf):
* Four 4" squares
* One 4 1/2" square

From color 2 (Orange)
* Four 4" squares
* One 4 1/2" square

She also plans to provide a PDF to help get the block the correct size.  I'll post that as soon as it arrives.  Here's the PDF.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Double Pinwheel Block for May

This month's block tutorial is called the Double Pinwheel Block. Colleen showed us the blocks she made using this tutorial at last night's meeting. 



The tutorial to complete these blocks can be found here:


And on this one there is a chart for how big to cut the squares if you want to make smaller blocks:



Just like the previous months, these normal rules apply:


  • 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.

Happy creating!

~Angelica Jones

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Modern Movement Block for April


It's my turn to present a BOM project.  I chose this one because it features my favorite way to make HSTs.  The tutorial for the Modern Movement Block can be found here, and I didn't need to make any alterations.

I made three versions, the first is per the tutorial.


The second version still has movement but it's different.


My third version is very static.  I started with 7" squares, trimmed the HST to 4.5 inches, and used 6.5 inch squares to cut the corner triangles.  I missed my goal by a bit, so I added some height to the top and width to the sides, and trimmed it up to 12.5 inches.



The normal rules apply:

  • 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.


If you want to make a variation of this block, here's a couple charts you can use:




Here is a quilt I made several years ago using a variation of this block.




May your bobbins always be full,

Jan