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, 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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Four-Leaf Clover Blocks for March


Jessica is our BOM Queen this month and she has chosen the Four-Leaf Clover block.  The tutorial can be found here.

Here are Jessica's cutting instructions:

"These were the dimensions I came up with:

12 Strips 2" x 5"
12 2" x 2" squares
2 Strips 2 1/4" x 12.5"
2 Strips 2 1/4" x 9.5"
This is for a 12 1/2" square."

If you use these cutting instructions your block will look like the block above, the four-leaf clover with a border.  I love it!


I just made the block using Jessica's measurements.  If you do this version, be sure you true-up your block at each step.  For the border, I used 2-inch strips and still needed to true up the block.


Be sure to use white or low volume for your background fabric and quality fabric, not from a big box store.  If you don't want your clover to be green, that's perfectly fine. 

Below are the other samples I made.



The top one I made using (12) 2.5 x 6.5-inch strips and (12) 2.5" squares.  The block measures 12.5-inches square.

For the next one,  I made two clovers, using the measurements in the tutorial, and then two snowballs.  For the corners of the 6.5" snowballs, I used 2.5" squares.


Both blocks measure 12.5" square. 

Two things made everything easier. 1.) I pressed all my seams open. 2.) I trued up each section, as I worked on them.

May your bobbins always be full,

Jan