Thursday, January 17, 2019


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.





Thursday, November 8, 2018

November 2018 Recap

Gigi Henries Jones from Vai Girl brought her beautiful fabrics!





"Vai" comes from the name of her tribe in Liberia.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Upcoming Programs

You won't want to miss any of this!

Our Programs Committee has been working hard to bring all of these fun events to our meetings.



November

Gigi Henries Jones will be vending her African fabrics.
She'll also have a surprise for the
 raffle table!


December

Martelli Enterprises will be giving a demo of their wonderful quilting tools.

"White Elephant" swap and Holiday party.


January

No regular meeting, but we have our Winter Retreat!


February

Usha from Handloom Batiks will be vending.

Lisa M. will be teaching us to make these fun pin cushions.
Don't forget to bring a base!





March

Quiltcon Talkback
and some other surprises...

April

Cynthia C. will teach us a special method for making binding.

Dippy Dyes will be selling their fabulous hand-dyed fabrics.


May

Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill from Whole Circle Studio will be giving a lecture, trunk show, and vending!
www.wholecirclestudio.com



June

Board elections and more...stay tuned. In addition to our regular meeting, we have our Summer Retreat!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

October 2018 Meeting Recap

Welcome Back!

It's great to start another year of quilting inspiration!


We had a fun icebreaker where members introduced themselves and told us something about their lives.