Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Block of the Month for January, Scrappy Triangle

Maritza has chosen the Scrappy Triangle #5 Block for the next Block of the Month.  It's foundation paper-pieced and measures 6.5 inches; so you'll need to make 4 of blocks and stitch them together in order to achieve a 12.5" block.  Can't wait for the January meeting to see what everyone comes up with.

Maritza received permission from Leila Gardunia who blogs at Sewn by Leila, to distribute the pdf of the pattern at our December meeting.  If you didn't make the meeting you can print it out by going to this link, be sure to print out four!

If you're not familiar with foundation paper-piecing, here are some tutorials, LovePatchwork, CarolDoak, AngelaWalters.

You can follow Leila on IG if you want @sewnbyleila, and look at her blog to sign up for her emails.  If you post these blocks on social media, include the hashtag #yearofscrappytriangles. 

May your bobbins always be full,


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.

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,


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,


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Heart Blocks for February

The Block of the Month is our new program for TVMQG's Charity Committee.  Above are some examples that were made for another project.  For our February blocks, please use any color fabric, print or solid, you want for the heart shape and use a white or a white/low-volume for the background fabric

Please follow the directions at Cluck Cluck Sew for completing your blocks.  Bring your blocks to the February meeting,  This is a great opportunity to make additional blocks for yourself, all year long.

The tutorial doesn't include 12.5" blocks, here are the measurements for the fabric pieces:

Focus fabric, cut 2 - - - 6.5" x 12.5"

Background, cut 2 - - - 6.5" square

Background, cut 4 - - - 2.5" square

As an alternative, you could make four 6.5" blocks and join them for a 12.5" block.