Blog Sampler

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Blog Sampler Double Cross

This week’s block is named Double Cross.

Cutting Instructions:

Light  fabric:        cut 7  @ 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches. Cut 2 of these squares in half on the diagonal
Medium fabric:    cut 1  @ 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 inches. Cut this square in half on the diagonal
Dark fabric:         cut 5  @  2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 5 uncut light 2 3/8 inch squares. Pair these up, right sides together, with the 5 dark 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inch squares.  Sew a 1/4 inch seam on either side of the drawn line. Cut these apart on the drawn line and press towards the dark.

Arrange  8 of the triangle squares as shown below and sew together.

Arrange the remaining 2 triangle squares with the light triangles as shown below. Sew together. Watch the orientation of the various units carefully.

Pair these finished triangle units with the 2 medium 3 7/8 inch triangles and sew together.

Arrange the finished units as shown below and sew together.

Go  here for the finishing instructions, keeping in mind that the large outer triangles are the dark fabric this time.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January 12, 2017 meeting

Thanks go out to the program committee and to Shirley from the Marsh Store for this meeting. As mentioned in the information post, our speaker for this month had to cancel, so Joan Hillhorst agreed to come and speak for us. Well, Joan had to cancel as well, so our trusty program committee chairperson arranged for Shirley to speak. Thanks to both of them for quickly stepping up for us.
Also, before going into the happenings at the meeting, I want to issue thanks to all our members for the support you are giving to the comfort quilts committee. There were over 40 black and white with coloured centres handed in at the meeting. Thank you so much! And please, keep them coming.

Shirley gave a wonderful talk for us. She went into some of the trends that are new this year. Apparently, the colour of the year, according to the Pantone website, found here, the colour for this year is called “Greenery”. The website shows the colour and also a bunch of coordinating colours. It looks like a great place to go for colour inspiration. She showed us some new products that came out this year at Quilt Market, and also talked a bit about some of the quilty projects going on for Canada’s 150th  birthday celebrations. I’m going to do some digging, and get in touch with Shirley and see if I can’t get some of the posted with some links to information about them into the blog’s side bar. The she showed us some of her quilt projects. One of her easy quilts was an Irish Chain. This one was a colour wheel study where she took specific colours from the colour wheel and arranges them into a quilt. She did a series of quilt doing big and little sizes of the same blocks to make big and little quilts. She showed us a landscape quilt
and also a couple of projects using border print fabrics. There were many other fun quilts to see. I’ll give a link at the end of this post to our google photo album.
After Shirley finished showing all her wonderful quilts, we had member show and tell.
Rose showed a quilt as you go scrap project, to use up strips and strings of fabric, and also all those small bits of batting that result from trimming the edges of a finished quilt. What a great idea! Here’s the front 
and the back. Anne didn’t show a quilt, but instead showed us her chart that lists all her UFOs, WIPs, and other lists she’s made up to keep herself organized. 
Kim Showed us a finished pillow, made from Lorna McMahon’s workshop. 
Julia brought a finished Christmas quilt. Charlene showed a quilt that was made from a top that was originally made by her Grandmother. She inherited the top, and made it into a finished quilt. For more pictures from the meeting, go here.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

January 2017 meeting info

Good afternoon, everyone.  Our first meeting of the new year is happening on the 12th.

Our speaker for this month, Andrea Manias, has had to cancel both her trunk show and her workshop for January. We are hoping to re-book her for later in the year, perhaps April.

Joan Hilhorst from Sew Creative in Mt Brydges will be the vendor.

There are four kits made up for the Veterans’ Poppy Quilts for the palliative care rooms at Parkwood Hospital. If you are a part of a group that gets together to sew, would you consider taking one of these kits to put together a top. It is a very easy and fast pattern to do. The kits with the fabric and the pattern will be available at the meeting.

Please bring with you your Friendship Star blocks for the comfort quilts, using the current colours black/white/coloured centre square, instructions and pictures found here. If you have purple ones, as well, bring those too.

The notion of the month is a snowflake. As always, remember your name tag and your chatelaine for free tickets for the fat quarter draws.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Blog Sampler Windmill

This week’s block is called Windmill. One of many blocks by this name.

Cutting Instructions:

Light fabric #1:   cut  2  @  2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches square
                            cut 4   @  2 inches x 3 1/2 inches
Light fabric #2:   cut 2   @  2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches square
Dark fabric #1:    cut 2  @   2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches square
Dark fabric #2:    cut 2  @ 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches square

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the light #1 and light #2   2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inch squares.
Pair the two light #1  2 3/8 inch squares with the two  dark #1  2 3/8 inch squares. Sew a 1/4 inch seam on either side of the drawn lines. Cut these apart on the drawn lines and press towards the dark. Do the same thing with the two light #2 and the two dark #2  2 3/8 inch squares.

Take the light #2/dark#2 triangle squares and arrange them into a pinwheel as shown below and sew together.

Sew a  2 inch x 3 1/2 inch rectangle on either side of the pinwheel unit. Sew a light#1/dark#1 triangle square on either end of the remaining 2 x 3 1/2 inch rectangles, as shown below.

Sew these to either side of the windmill unit.

Go here for the finishing instructions.  The light large triangles are on the outside of this one.