Thursday, February 8, 2018

February Meeting Recap

Welcome to Our New Space!

It's bright and spacious, but feels intimate and cozy.
Looking forward to many more meetings here! 

Friday, February 2, 2018

February 2018 Block Lotto

Charleston Square
8.5" unfinished
8" finished

Step One
What you need for one block:
2 solids in the same color family
Low Volume

Step Two
For one block:

* There is an error in the photo above.  Each label that says 2" square  should say 2 1/2".

1 - 3 3/8" square (low volume)
4 - 2 1/2" squares (low volume)  *

1 - 3" square cut on the diagonal (light solid)
4 - 2 1/2" squares (light solid)  *

1 - 3" square cut on the diagonal (dark solid in the same color family)
4 - 2 1/2" squares (dark solid in the same color family)  *

Step Three

Place one triangle face down on a side of the diamond.
The dog ears overlap the diamond 1/4" on each side.
Sew the triangle to to the square using a 1/4" seam.
Repeat with a triangle of the same color on the opposite side.

Step Four

Repeat Step Three with the remaining two triangles.
Open the triangles and press.
Trim your square to 4 1/2" if necessary paying careful attention to the 
corners where the diamonds and triangles touch.  
Look at this next photo:

Step Five
Lay out all of the pieces for the block noting how the light and dark solids are grouped.

Step Six
Sew the top row of squares together using a scant 1/4" seam.
Sew the bottom row of squares together using a scant 1/4" seam.

Step Seven
Sew the two solids on either side of the center square together and press the seams.
Then sew these  two sets of side solids to the center using a scant 1/4" seam.  Before
sewing, put an anchor pin through both layers of fabric at the intersection of the seams.
Then put a pin on either side of the anchor pin.  If you stitch on the wrong side of the
center square, you can see exactly where to sew through the seam intersection and not
cut off the points.

Step Eight
Sew the three rows together.  Again, put an anchor pin in, and side pins in, and sew on the wrong side so you can see exactly where to sew through the seam intersections.   Press.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

January 2018 Block Lotto

What you need -
Step One
Choose 3 Modern Fabrics:
Navy Blue or dark blue  (print should not read as a medium or light)
Low Volume
One other color of your choice

Step Two
For one block you need:
4 - 4.5" x 4.5" print A
1 - 4.5" x 4.5" print B
12 - 2.5" x 2.5" print B
4 - 4.5" x 4.5" print C

Step Three
 Pin eight of the 2.5" squares as shown.
 Draw diagonals as shown and then sew on that line.
 Press toward the corner.

Step Four

Since I chose white for the   +  part of this block, I need to take the four remaining
2.5" squares and also pin them to the white squares  as shown.
Draw diagonals, sew, press.

Step Five

Arrange all the units and the one remaining 4.5" print square as shown.
Sew into rows.  
Sew the rows together nesting the seams as you would in a nine patch.

Four Finished Blocks showing possible placement of print colors:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Quilts for Memorial Sloane Kettering Hospital

A big thank you to everyone who worked on these beautiful quilts for Memorial Sloane Kettering Hospital - and special thanks to Chris E. for organizing this great project. Well done everyone!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Pin Cushion Swap

Are you planning to participate in the Pin Cushion Swap at our December meeting?
I know I am! 

Your pin cushion can be sewn, knitted, crocheted, whatever!

Wrap it so it is anonymous.
Members will have a surprise when they open the package!

Need Inspiration?

Check out Pinterest:

or Google:

These chicken pincushions were very popular a few years back:

Ideas for what to stuff your cushions with:

Have fun with it! Can't wait to see what everyone makes!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

November 2017 Meeting

The Fun Continues!

We had lots of amazing quilts to see, and several new members/guests. On a more serious note, we found out that we need to find a new place to meet! 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

November BOM

Hashtag Block 

1. Start with two 8" squares:  One fabric should be a black-on-white print.
                                               The other a bright solid.

2.  Cut both squares into 2" strips:

3.  Sew 3 b/w strips and 2 solid strips together as in this image:

4.  Cut your new block into 3 sections.  Your cutting measurement is the same as
      the the width of your original strips, 2".

5.  Add the 2 remaining solid strips to the center section and press:

6.  Then pin the 2 remaining block strips to the new center, matching and pinning seams as    
      in this image:

7.  Sew  together and press: