Thursday, January 11, 2018

Block of the Month - January 2018

By Sandra Schlagel

Here is our current Block of the Month project, called "Scrap Happy Home."  It is a row quilt - there are six rows of six blocks.  The finished block size is 8" x 8" and the finished row size of six blocks is 8" x 48".  As it is an original design, it is for personal use only; no reproductions - thanks!  Pictured above is the first row - houses.

I used batik scraps for my quilt.  Every piece uses a different fabric scrap, with no repeats within each block.  I used a different house color family for each of the six blocks, but maintained the same color family for background pieces throughout each row.  You can use batiks, Civil War, brights, etc.  Choose what you like to work with best and have a lot of fabric scraps in.

For sizes A-D, choose 9 coordinating fabric scraps in the same color family, such as blue.  Size E is the roof, so choose a darker or contrasting color than the body of the house, such as brown.

For sizes F-I, choose 6 coordinating light (such as cream or white), neutral (such as grey or black), or contrasting fabric scraps in the same color family.

Refer to the diagram above for piecing and connecting placement.  Press each seam as you sew, according to your preference (open versus toward the darker fabric).

Cut and lay out your pieces for Sizes A-D.  Using a log cabin block style, sew piece A to piece A.  Sew one piece B to blocks A+A.  Sew one piece B to blocks A+A+B.

Continue to build the body of the house using all nine pieces A-D until piece resembles photo above.

Place an F piece to both edges of piece E, right sides together as above.  Draw a diagonal line on E pieces from bottom corner to opposite corner, toward center of piece E to form a triangle.  Sew along each diagonal line.

Trim excess fabric.

Open triangles to reveal the completed rectangle (roof), press.  Sew roof to the body of the house, right sides together.

Cut background pieces G-I and sew according to the diagram above to complete the block.

Sew six blocks together to complete the row.

The next row will be announced at the February 2018 Country Quilters meeting and will be posted to this blog soon afterward.

January 2018 - Sew And Tell

January 2018 - Melanie Schatz-Pattay

Melanie Schatz-Pattay was the guest speaker at our January 2018 guild meeting.  She talked about raw-edge applique, and shared many of her gorgeous quilts.

Here are three projects that Melanie teaches at Gruber's.

November 2017 - Heather Mulder Peterson

Heather Mulder Peterson was the guest speaker at our November 14, 2017, guild meeting.  Here are just a few of the many fabulous quilts she shared.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

2017 Quilt Show is September 23-24!

Join us at the show for tons of inspiration:  300 traditional, contemporary, art, and modern quilts; daily door prizes (150+); fabulous retail therapy; demonstrations and trunk shows; quilts and more for sale!  Details at  See you there!

September 2017 - Sew -N- Tell

If you color your new membership book and bring it to the October meeting, you'll receive a fat quarter from our Membership committee!
Lana Myers talks about her quilt:

Sandie Behm's quilt will hang in her grandson's classroom for the school year (after it displays in the Quilt Show first)!

Anna Beekman's Farm Girl quilt:

Didn't record the maker of this quilt, if you know who's it is, please tell the Historian:

A Judy Niemeyer quilt from Melanie Schatz-Pattay:

September 2017 - Pauline Prawl

Quilt Artist Pauline Prawl was our guest speaker on September 12, 2017.  Pauline had a solo show of her art quilts through the Willmar Area Arts Council and WEAC within the past year.  Her presentation was called "Message within the Cloth."  She shared her art and quilting stories with us, along with her gorgeous art quilts.