Thursday, April 27, 2017

Update on January Block of the Month

The drawing for these blocks was at our March general meeting.  There were over 80 blocks turned in so we split the blocks 3 ways!  I ended up taking home one set because one of the winners was not in attendance.  If a person can't be at the meeting they can put in for the drawing as long as they turn in the block before the meeting.

I played with the blocks a bit before delivering them to their winner.  Here are some of the layouts that I came up with.

If you are interesting in the source and constructions of these blocks go to:

And if you are looking for the April BOM instructions go to:

First up is the old random color scheme.  There were 28 blocks total so I made it 4 x 7 blocks.
Some of the possiblities would necessitate making a few more blocks but these blocks are so fun and easy to make that's not a problem.
In horizontal rows of color...
Then I tried colors by diagonal...
Grouped in random color sets of 4 seperated by some yet to be determined sashing...
And lastly sets of 4 arranged by colors...
I think my favorites are the two where the colors are randomly distributed.  But this last one is growing on me.  It really needs another vertical row to make it a bed sized quilt.  The blocks finish at 10".  Maybe even two rows?!  Well they were really fun to make and play with.
And now they are with their lucky winner!
Happy Weekend!
Cheers, Claire W.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

PVQA April 2017 BOM- Spring Baskets

I used half of a layer cake patch (5" x10") for the printed areas and then a solid or tone on tone for the background. From the background  cut: 1- 5"x 10" rectangle,  2- 2" x 3" rectangles and 1- 3 1/4" square.
Step 1
Put the print 5" x 10" rectangles right sides together and press. 
Step 2
Cut the 5" x 10" rectangles in half to make 2- 5" x 5" layered sets.  Cut one of these squares in half diagonally. See left hand side of the next picture.  Sew one of these triangles on the long edge. open and press toward the print.  Trim this Half Square Triangle to 4.5 ".  
Take the other half of that cut- square and seperate the print piece from the background piece.  Cut the print triangle to make 2 smaller triangles and then take one of these triangles and cut it to make two smaller triangles.  You will have a total of 3 triangles: 2 smaller and one larger.
Match the two small triangles with the 2- 2" x 3" rectangles and sew.  NOTE:  they are right and left facing.

Step 4
Take the other 5"x 5"  and sew a 1/4" seam on all 4 sides of the square
Step 5
Cut this square through both diagonals.

This will yield 4- HST.  And yes, they are all bias edges, but if you treat them kindly they will keep their shape!  Press toward the print.
Step 6
Now you have all the pieces you need plus a few leftovers. Layout all the pieces according to the picture below.
  Sew the to units from STEP 3 to the 4.5" HST,  Then use the large background triangle to finish the bottom. 
Step 6
THIS TRIANGLE IS  a little bigger so trim the whole unit to 6" square.
Step 7
Sew the Basket handle HSTs 2 for the left and 2 for the right.  use the pix as your guide. 
Sew one basket set to the left sew the 3 1/4" square to the top of the other set and then sew to the other side of the basket to finish!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Another "leftovers" project.

Amoungst the many scraps I found in the Bargain Garden this year was a bag of diamond shaped patches that appeared to be left over from a Lonestar project.  There was no rhyme or reason to the number and color of patches so I just made four patches and then sewed them together for an All over effect.
The fabrics were fun and colorful so it was a pleasure working with them.  I thought the odd angle of the diamonds might be difficult to work with but it seemed to me no different than a regular 4-patch.
There were just enough patches to make a 36" x 48" lap quilt for the Wheel Chair bound Vets project. A rather loud and busy covering for a lap but perhaps more entertaining to look at too?!
Have a good week!
Cheers, Claire W.