Saturday, February 16, 2019

Block Lotto for March: A Scrappy "Rocky Road to Kansas"!



Here's a scrappy stash-buster block for Block Lotto!  Please consider doing this block in pairs - 2, 4, 6, 8 blocks.  Pairs are not required, but will make it more fun and flexible for whoever wins them all (which might be YOU!).  Each pair of blocks makes half of a larger four-pointed star.

It is foundation pieced and I've included both a PDF foundation to print and instructions for fast-drafting your own, if you can't or don't want to print.  Before you begin sewing, please measure and make sure that what comes out of your printer is 7" square!

(Click here for link to PDF of foundation)

To draw the foundation yourself: (see photo below)  Draw a 7" square.  Mark a point 3" from one corner on each of its adjacent sides.  Connect the two points to make a right triangle.  Then connect the two points to the opposite corner.  Then improvise the scrappy section lines yourself.  The lines on the PDF foundation are only suggestions - just eyeball it. 

The printed PDF foundation & A handrawn version - Both are fine!

Note:  The foundation has a 1/2" seam allowance around the outside edge.  Having assembled several collaborative quilts - in which lots of different people have pieced the blocks - I've learned that it's really helpful to have enough around the edge to square it up yourself.  

Please use white or off-white fabrics for the larger (background) triangles on the sides. 

Scrappy section: the fabrics are up to you! So that we get some consistency: think colorful and contrast - not all neutrals or a single color.   Also, you do not need to follow the lines on the foundation paper; you can improvise so long as there are at least 5 different fabrics.

If you know how to foundation piece, just go for it!  It's a single foundation: Start at the small right triangle, do the scrappy center section, then finish with the large triangles on the sides.

If you want to watch a basic video about foundation piecing: How to Foundation Paper Piece with Angela Walters (4 mins)

Here are photos of how I made my samples:





For each pair of blocks, you'll need one 4-1/2" square of fabric, cut in half on the diagonal.  This will make 2 matching pieces for your center/corner triangles.






Pin one triangle to the non-printed (front) side of the foundation, right side out.








Lay a strip of contrasting fabric along the edge of the small triangle, lining up the edges.  Flip the foundation over, holding the strip in place.  (You can pin it, but I find that the small pieces grip the fabric pretty well.)




Sew through the foundation along the line.












Fold back the foundation along the sewing line and trim the excess to 1/4".  If you have an Add-a-Quarter ruler, that's a great tool to use.  (I often just trim it by hand, because I'm too lazy to get up and find my ruler.)


Flip over the foundation to the front, fold back the second strip along the seam line and press open.

I hold my foundation up to the light to align the next strip, but you may choose to trim the extra fabric, as shown in the video link above.  
Repeat the process of sewing the strip on through the foundation paper on the back.  In the scrappy section, you don't have to follow the lines exactly - they're just a suggestion. (You can see in my samples that the strips are not at all identical.)



Keep folding back the foundation and trimming.  Here is a close up of my hand-trimming: once you get the hang of it, you don't always need the Add-A-Quarter.    








 
Foundation piecing is sometimes called Flip-and-Sew, because you're sewing on pieces and flipping them open before adding more.










After you finish sewing on the pieces for the scrappy center section, flip the foundation over.

Background Fabric Shortcut:  If you are using a reversible white/off-white fabric - such a plain - cut a 7" x 10" rectangle.  Cut it in half diagonally from corner to corner.  This will make two triangles generous enough to cover the side triangles without wasting a lot of fabric.  Note: This shortcut only works with reversible fabrics.

Align one triangle on the front of the foundation, covering the sewing line.  Pin 2-3 times along the line before sewing, as this piece is bigger and will shift. 






Here is the first side triangle, sewn on, as seen from the front.

Fold back the foundation.  Gently pull it back until the fold is along the seam line.  You will have to tear the paper away from the scrappy strip seams in order to get to the triangle's seam line.












Trim the excess fabric from the scrappy strips.  Fold open and press.  








Repeat with the other side triangle.  











Trim the foundation to the 1/2" edge seam allowance.  Do not remove the foundation paper.




This is one block. 













Once you get going, they're easy to do assembly-line style!











The traditional layout for four blocks, making a Rocky Road to Kansas star.
An antique Rocky Road to Kansas quilt.

My Rocky Road to Kansas quilt, made with the help of the Lucky 13 Bee, c. 2016.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

February 2019 Block Lotto


February 2019 Block Lotto


Heart Block


Now that we are well into another cold, sometimes dreary, New York City winter, I wanted to work on a bright and cheerful block.  With Valentine's Day approaching, a simple heart block was the answer.  So dig out those reds and pinks and some low volume fabric for the background and let's get sewing!



For each eight-inch heart block, you will need:

-  Two red or pink rectangles, 4 1/2" X 8 1/2"
-  Two low volume squares, 4 1/2"
-  Four low volume squares, 2 1/2"

Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on all six low volume squares.



Place one small square on the top right of each red rectangle with the lines as shown below.  Stitch just to the outside of the drawn line, toward the seam allowance, not right on top of the drawn line.




Trim excess, leaving 1/4" seam allowance.  (I save these leftover triangles for other projects.)  Flip the light fabric to the right side and press seams as desired (some of us press our seams open, others to one side - either is fine, no quilt police here!).

Now place the remaining two small squares on the top left of the red rectangles with drawn lines as shown.

Stitch just to the outside of the drawn line. Trim excess, leaving 1/4" seam allowance. Flip light fabric to the right side and press seams as desired.



Now place the two large squares on the bottom of the red rectangles with the drawn lines as shown.



Stitch just to the outside of the drawn line. Trim excess, leaving 1/4" seam allowance. Flip light fabric to the right side and press seams as desired.







Now place the two pieces right sides together, pin and stitch along the center vertical line.



Press seam open and you have a heart block!


Don't forget those leftover triangles!  They can be used in another project.  Or, if you would like to donate them along with your blocks, feel free to bring them to the February meeting.  The lucky winner might be able to use them in a border.



Stay warm everyone and have fun making these heart blocks.  See you at the February meeting.

Best,
Maureen


How To Play Block Lotto
Each month Block Lotto block instructions are posted here on the blog.  
Make as many blocks as you like and bring them along to the next meeting.  
For each block you bring along and donate to the lotto draw, you will be given a lotto ticket:

1 block = 1 lotto ticket
2 blocks = 2 tickets
3 blocks = 3 tickets, and so on.

If you're the lucky winner of the lotto draw then ALL the Block Lotto blocks donated at that meeting are yours to keep.

At the April 2017 meeting, members agreed that Block Lotto blocks belong to the winner who can do with them as they wish.  It is asked, however, that the quilt is entered into the group category of any competition entered.

Good Luck!






Saturday, December 8, 2018

Thursday, December 6, 2018

New Charity Block



It's a scrap buster!
It's a quick and fun block!

Raid your stash to make a simple block out of squares and rectangles.

The pattern is up to you.

Your blocks need to be 14.5" unfinished.

Please use kid friendly fabrics. I spy and bright colors.
Blocks for girls and boys.


You have until our June meeting to complete your blocks.

Finished quilts will be presented to:

HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services

https://hsvsnyc.org/


Monday, November 26, 2018

December Meeting This Saturday

Hi Mods,
We have a full agenda for this Saturday. Some reminders:

  • There is no guest fee for new guests. If someone is interested in joining the guild, bring them along.
  • Bring blocks for Block Lotto (see instructions on previous blog post)
  • Bring finished quilts for our summer Game Board Challenge
  • Bring Wrapped Wacky gift for our white elephant swap
  • Bring treats for our holiday party--no alcohol or soda--bottle water and coffee or tea is okay.
  • Bring donations for our raffle table
  • Bring scraps for scrap table
  • Bring your latest creation for Show and Tell


There will also be an opportunity to sign up for our winter sew-a-thon retreat!
If I've missed something feel free to add.


Sunday, November 18, 2018

December Block Lotto

How To Play Block Lotto
Each month Block Lotto block instructions are posted here on the blog.  
Make as many blocks as you like and bring them along to the next meeting.  
For each block you bring along and donate to the lotto draw, you will be given a lotto ticket:

1 block = 1 lotto ticket
2 blocks = 2 tickets
3 blocks = 3 tickets, and so on.

If you're the lucky winner of the lotto draw then ALL the Block Lotto blocks donated at that meeting are yours to keep.

At the April 2017 meeting, members agreed that Block Lotto blocks belong to the winner who can do with them as they wish.  It is asked, however, that the quilt is entered into the group category of any competition entered.

Good Luck!

December 2018 Block Lotto

Blue & White Rail Fence block


Last week's snowstorm got me thinking about winter.  I love the deep blue and cool white/gray of the snowy, winter landscape at night.  So I went through my stash and pulled out medium to dark blue and cool white and light gray fabrics.  This block is perfect for using up jelly rolls, charm packs and making a dent in some of the larger pieces of fabric in my stash.



To make one Rail Fence block:

Cut 4 cool white / light gray strips 2 1/2 " x 4 1/2"
Cut 4 medium / dark blue strips 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"



Place one blue strip on top of one white strip, right sides together.  Pin on one long edge.  Stitch scant 1/4" seam.  Chain piecing makes this quick and easy.  Press seams to the blue side.





You will have four blue and white units.  Each unit should measure 4 1/2" square:


High contrast between the blue and white fabrics and careful placement of the stitched units are what make this block work.  I like to take photos with my phone as I'm working to be sure I stitch everything in the correct order.  Arrange the four stitched units like this:


Pin and stitch the top two units together and then repeat for the bottom two units.



You will now have two rows:


Pin the two rows together and stitch.  Press seams to one side.


Voila! One rail fence block done.  The block should measure 8 1/2" square.



This is what four blocks will look like.  You can see the rail fence pattern emerging the more blocks you make.


Have fun making these blocks!  I'm looking forward to seeing them at the December meeting.  Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving.