Wednesday, January 31, 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.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Block of the Month for December

Judy has chosen the King's Crown block to be our Block of the Month this month.  Here is the link.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Spools Block of the month for November

I chose this pattern called Chez Claire (aka "Spools") by Brigitte Heitland from Zen Chic for our November BOM.

This is the block I made using Joel Dewberry fabric for the spools and Victoria Findlay Wolfe fabric for the background.

The original blog post can be found at Auribuzz and the link to the pattern can be found here.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

HST Flying Geese BOM for October

Madeline has picked this great Flying Geese variation for our Block of the Month, due in October.  The tutorial can be found on Jen's In Color Order blog, here.


May your bobbins always be full!

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,


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,


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.