Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April 2018 Sew and Tell

Donna's Quilt
Laura's Quilt
Deb's Quilt
Nancy's quilt
 
Shirley's Quilt
Lana, Darlene and Dorothy made the same row-by-row pattern using different fabrics.  This quilt was made by Dorothy.
Lana, Darlene and Dorothy made the same row-by-row pattern using different fabrics.  This quilt was made by Darlene.
Lana, Darlene and Dorothy made the same row-by-row pattern using different fabrics.  This quilt was made by Lana.
Winnie's Quilt using keepsake handkerchiefs and buttons
Daphne E.'s Quilt


 

April 2018 Guest Speaker


We really enjoyed meeting Amanda Effering, and her son, Luke.  They are from Creative Stitches in Bird Island.  Amanda provided us with a lot of good information about basic sewing machine maintenance and needle selection, as well as the classes and machine services provided by Creative Stitches.  You can reach them on Facebook @creativestitchesbi, at creativestitchesbi@gmail.com, or by calling 320-365-4191.

Block of the Month - Row 4

 

 
 
By Sandra Schlagel
 
What would a sewing room be without spools of thread?  Row four of the "Scrap Happy Home" quilt has four spools in each block.  Each block is a different color.  The colors run diagonally through the quilt, however, feel free to run them horizontally or vertically.
 

Refer to the diagram above, along with the photos below, for piecing and connecting placement.  Press each seam as you sew, according to your preference.

Spools, Color A, cut:
Eight 3-1/2" x -1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece

Spools, Color B, cut:
Four 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece

Spools background, Color C, cut:
Twenty-four 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece.  Alternatively, you could make each section the same fabric which reduces your types of fabric that you'll need from twenty-four to eight.


Layout cut pieces in an arrangement that you like.


For the top and bottom of each spool, place a C 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" square to each edge of an A piece, right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line on C from outer corner to opposite corner to form a triangle.  The lines are fairly visible in the photo - you can see that they echo the shape of the spool.


Sew along the lines, trim excess fabric (spool on right above).  Open to reveal the completed rectangle (spool on right above).  Press.  Make eight of these units (four shaping the top of each spool and four shaping the bottom of each spool).


For the center of the spool (the thread portion), sew one B 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece between two C 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces.  Make four of these thread units.


Sew one top spool unit to a center thread unit to a bottom spool unit as illustrated.  Make four spool units.


Sew the four units together.  Sew the background C 6-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to the left side of the spool units.  Sew one background C 7-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to the top.  Sew another C 7-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to the right side.  Sew the C 8-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to the bottom.  The completed block is above.

 
 
Make six blocks and sew together to complete the row.  Sew the completed row to the top of row 3.  The next row will be announced at the May 8 guild meeting.









Monday, March 26, 2018

Block of the Month - Row 3

 

 
 
By Sandra Schlagel
 
My house would not be a home without books, so Row 3 is a row of books, with the books on each end turned on their sides.  Feel free to line them up any way you like, mix up the sizes and colors if you choose.  If you are not a book person, think of them as stacks of fabric instead!
 
I have a confession to make about this row by row mystery quilt - it is a mystery to me, too!  This is the first time that I'm making this quilt, just one row ahead of you.  I started with my hand-drawn original pattern on grid paper, but have already changed two of the blocks.  I love to design quilts and most of my quilts, both traditional and art, are my original designs.  However, while making this block-of-the-month quilt, that is the responsibility of each past president, I discovered that writing patterns is not my strong suit.  So, thank you for sticking with me on this one, and letting me know right away when I've made a mistake or omission.  I just found out that I didn't have the cutting instructions on the blog, so those were added today - sorry!
 
Anyway, here we go ... those of you who thought the tulips were too fussy, may enjoy this easy-peasy block.
 


Refer to the diagram above, along with photos below, for piecing and connecting placement.  Press each seam as you sew, according to your preference.

Background, Color A, cut:

Two 8-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece

Two 6-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece

Two 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece

Two 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece

One 3-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece

Books, Color B, cut:

One 3-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece

Two 4-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece, using different fabrics for each piece

Two 5-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece, using different fabrics for each piece

One 6-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece


Layout cut pieces in an arrangement that you like.


1.  Sew one Color A 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to one Color B 5-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece.  Sew the other same-sized pair together.
2.  Sew one Color A 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to one Color B 4-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece.  Sew the other same-sized pair together.
3.  Sew the Color A 3-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to the Color B 3-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece.


Sew the six book/fabric units together, including the Color B 6-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece, as above or in any order you prefer.  Feel free to mix up the sizes to suit your scraps.  Sew the two Color A 6-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces to each side of the book unit as illustrated.


Sew the two Color A 8-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces to the top and bottom of the unit as illustrated to completed the block.

 

Make six blocks and sew them together side to side in a row.  Sew the row to the top of row 2.  The next row will (hopefully) be posted the week of our next guild meeting, which is April 10.




Thursday, March 15, 2018

Block of the Month - Row 2


By Sandra Schlagel

Here is row 2 for our current Block of the Month project, called "Scrap Happy Home."  We're building from the bottom row up.  I used a different tulip flower bud color family for each of the six blocks, but maintained the same color family (green) for the stem/leaf pieces throughout the row.

 
Refer to the diagram above, along with photos below, for piecing and connecting placement.  Press each seam as you sew, according to your preference.
 
Tulip Buds, Color A, cut:
Six 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece
 
Tulip Buds, Color B, cut:
Six 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece
 
Tulip Buds, Color B, cut:
Three 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece
 
Tulip Buds, Color C, cut:
Twelve 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece
 
Tulip Leaves, Color B, cut:
Nine 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece
 
Background (leaf units), Color C, cut:
Twelve 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece
 
Background (flower bud units), Color C, cut:
Two 3-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece
 
Background (top/bottom), Color C, cut:
Two 8-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece
 
 

When working with scraps, I will usually cut more pieces than I need of each color so that I have several to choose from.


Make flower buds first.  Start a flying geese unit by placing a color C 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" square to one edge of a piece A, right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line on C from outer corner to opposite corner to form a triangle.  Sew along the line, trim excess fabric.  Open to reveal the completed rectangle, press.


Finish the flying geese unit by placing a color B 1-1/2" X 1-1/2" square to opposite edge of the A piece, right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line on B from outer corner to opposite corner to form a triangle.  Sew along the line, trim excess fabric.  Open to reveal the completed rectangle, press.


Make a flying geese unit for the bottom of the flower bud using a color B 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece and two color C 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares.


Sew the three flying geese units together to form the flower bud.  Make three flower bud units and sew together in a row.  Sew one color C background 3-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to each side of the flower buds.



Sew one color B 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" square diagonally (as in half of a flying geese unit) to nine of the color C background 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces.  Trim excess, press open.  Three of the C background 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces will not have leaves sewn to them.  Arrange units as above, sew together to resemble photo below.


Sew remaining background color C 8-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces to top and bottom of the units.


Finished 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" block is above.  Sew six blocks together.  I decided to have the colors follow a diagonal pattern, but you could keep the colors in rows of vertical stripes instead.


Sew the row of tulips to the row of houses.  Row three will be posted soon!
 
 


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).

House, Size A, cut:
Two 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece

House, Size B, cut:
Two 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece

House, Size C, cut:
Two 3-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece

House, Size D, cut:
Three 4-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each  piece

House, Size E, cut:
One 6-1/2" x 2-1/2" piece

House, Size F, cut:
Two 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece

Background, Size G, cut:
One 6-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece

Background, Size H, cut:
Two 7-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece

Background, Size I, cut:
One 8-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece




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