Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What ya doin?


You could be sewing....just saying.

You have two weeks from today to get your blocks done for guild.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

And the winner is....


Oops - month 10

Hilma Diaz!

Congratulations to Hilma on winning 9 completed blocks, 2 i.o.u. blocks, kits, yardage, and the coupon for free quilting.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Month 10 - April 2014 - Dead Birds

"Dead Birds"

I have based this block on "Birds in the Air" block featured in my phone app, "Block Tool".  It is a great app for finding basic blocks and directions for cutting the pieces at various sizes.

Birds in the Air
As I looked for some history about Birds in the Air, I discovered that there are several variations of the block.  The most popular looks like this.

Also Birds in the Air
It seems that the linking idea is a block, cut diagonally with one half further split into multiple triangles. The block is traditionally colored with the solid large triangle matching the smaller triangles pointing in the same direction.

This bi-color arrangement makes the block as versatile as the ever popular half square triangle.

I was tempted to switch blocks again...in favor of a more complicated quilt...but in the end the simplicity of "Turnstiles" won me over.

"Turnstiles"
I think it is the subtle tessellation of old fashioned folded pinwheel shapes that tipped the scale.

General Description:
  • The Quilt: "Turnstiles"
    • 36, 12" finished "Dead Bird" blocks in a 6 x 6 grid.
    • 2 borders
      • 1" finished inner border
      • 5" finished outer border
    • As described the quilt measures 84"x 84"
    • Fabric requirements are to the nearest 1/4 yard
# Blocks
Finished Size
Red
White
Blue
Grey
16
in a 4 x 4 grid
60”x 60”
¾ yd
1 ¼ yds
2 yds
½ yd
36
in a 6 x 6 grid
84”x 84”
1 ¼ yds
2 ¾ yds
2 ¾ yds
¾ yd
64
in an 8 x 8 grid
108”x 108”
1 ¾ yds
4 ¾ yds
3 ¾ yds
1 ½ yds

If you choose to make one of these quilts please take a picture of it and add it to the Tops to Treasures Flickr group.  I'd love to see your quilt.

"Dead Birds"


  • The Block: "Dead Birds"
    • Finishes at 12" square (actually measures 12 1/2" x 12 1/2")
    • 4 patch construction
      • 2 plain squares
      • 2 half square triangles (hsts)
FQG - This months kit contains fabric for the gray patch.  It was donated to Community Service, and they graciously decided to share with us.

"Basic-ally Kid Stuff" by Cheri L. Strole for South Seas Imports


Each kit will make two blocks.  Please add the following:

  • Background: white
  • Oops patch (where it is red in the picture): yellow to coordinate with the kit fabric.
  • Traditional pieces: deep blues, purples and greens to coordinate with the kit fabric.

Our quilt should look something like this....

"Turnstiles"



Cutting Directions:

  • Background (white)
    • Cut 1, 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" square (cut 2 if making 2 blocks)
    • Cut 2, 7" x 7" squares
  • Oops patch (yellow)
    • Cut 1, 7" x 7" square
  • Traditional pieces: (deep blues, purples, and greens)
    • Cut 1, 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" square (cut 2 if making 2 blocks)
    • Cut 1, 7" x 7" square (kit fabric)
Piecing Directions:


  • Half Square Triangles (hsts)
    • Gather
      • 2, 7" x 7" squares background fabric
      • 1, 7" x 7" square Oops fabric
      • 1, 7" x 7" square traditional fabric (kit fabric)
    • On the wrong side of the background squares draw a diagonal line.
    • With right sides together sew 1 background square to 1 of other fabric squares, 1/4" from each side of the drawn line.  Yes, sew it twice.
    • Cut on drawn line.
    • Being careful not to stretch the triangles, open patches and iron seam allowances open
    • Trim patches to 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" squares
    • Repeat with second set for a total of 4 hsts.
  • The block:
    • Gather 
      • 1, 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" square of background fabric
      • 1, 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" square traditional fabric
      • 1, 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" hst with Oops fabric
      • 1, 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" hst with traditional fabric (kit fabric)
    • Arrange blocks on the table or design wall in front of you.


    • Be careful to put the block together so that it looks like the picture.  It is very easy to get them oriented the wrong way....and in this case it will indeed be wrong.
    • Row 1:  Sew background half of Oops hst to square of traditional fabric so that with the hst on top, the right angle of its background fabric is fed into your machine first.
    • Iron seam allowance towards the square.
    • Row 2:  Sew background half of traditional hst to square of background fabric so that with the hst on top, the right angle of its background fabric is fed into your machine first.
    • Snuggle row 1 & 2 together, locking the seams, sew.
    • Pop seams and iron seam allowances in a twirl.
    • Trim block to 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" square.
FQG:  Return you completed block (s) to me by April 22nd, 2014, or bring it to the general meeting on that night to be eligible to win.  You get one chance to win per block completed.  If you do not finish the block, no worries, just bring the kit back.  We want the winner to have all of the blocks, finished and un. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Recalculating.....


No worries.
You have plenty of time to get back on the road.
2 weeks until blocks are due.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

And the winner is...

Camera Roll-51

Bonnie Miller

Congratulations to Bonnie!

She won 
23 finished blocks,
20 kits,
some yardage of our focus fabric,
and
free quilting from Tops to Treasures


There are still kits available for next month.  Please let me know if you would like one.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Month 9 - March 2014 - The Road to...oh damn!

"The Road to....oh damn"

The inspiration for this block is the classic Road to California.  (Maybe we should do a series on "road to" blocks.  I bet we could find 12 of them.)  Our Oops version might better be named "The Road to...oh Damn!"

Lean back in your seat, and talk real slow, "Whaal, you con't get thera from hera." That is a classic response given by any far north yankee when asked for directions.  "This aint the road to California".

Some of you may notice that this isn't the block I had planned for this month. Truth be told, I didn't like the quilt the other one made.  So I changed it.   I love the quilt this block makes.  Check it out!

"You Can't Get There from Here"
General Description:
  • The Quilt: "You Can't Get There from Here"
    • 36, 12" finished "The Road to...oh damn" blocks in a 6 x 6 grid
    • 2 borders
      • 1" finished inner border
      • 5" finished outer border
    • As described the quilt measures 84" x 84"
Fabric Requirements - rounded up to the nearest 1/4 yard
# blocksFinished SizeRedWhiteBlueGrey
16
4 x 4 grid
60" x 60"1/2 yard1 ½ yards2 1/4 yards3/4 yard
36
6 x 6 grid
84" x 84"1 yard3 yards3 1/4 yards1 1/4 yards
64
8 x 8 grid
108" x 108"1 yard5 1/4 yards4 yards2 1/4 yards

If you choose to make one of these quilts please take a picture of it and add it to the Tops to Treasures Flickr group.  I'd love to see your quilt.

"The Road to...oh damn"
  • The Block: "The Road to...oh damn"
    • Finishes at 12" square (actually measures 12 1/2" x 12 1/2")
    • 9 patch construction -
      • 5, 4 patches
      • 4, half square triangles
FQG - This months kit contains fabric for the grey portion.  I found it on my BOM shelf.  I must have purchased it years ago and never used it.  However, as it has postage cancellations marks on it I thought it would be fun to use for this quilt.  We will use it for the grey part of the half square triangles.

Seashells by Exclusively Quilters

The color is actually brighter in person.  Please add the following:
  • Background = White 
  • Oops 4 patch = Shades of brown. See the darkest color in the seashell fabric. Take it a few shades darker, but please Do NOT go lighter.  We are going for the look of coffee.
  • Traditonal 4 patches = Navy
Because we are making a scrappy quilt you do not have to use the same fabric for each required patch.  You could use several different whites, 2 different browns, or 8 different navies...or not.  It is all good.

Our finished quilt will look something like this...


Anyone else think it is hysterical to make a manly quilt from a block that is a tribute to getting lost?!  We all know that they won't stop to ask for directions.  (with apologies to our newest member.)


Cutting Directions:

  • Background (white)
    • 2, 5" x 5" squares
    • 10, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares
  • Oops Patch (browns)
    • 2, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares
  • Navys
    • 8, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares
  • Half Square Triangles/hst (in kit)
    • 2, 5" x 5" squares

Sewing Directions:
  • Half Square Triangles:
    • Gather
      • 2, 5" x 5" squares background
      • 2, 5" x 5" squares hst fabric
    • On the wrong side of the background fabric draw a diagonal line.
    • With right sides together sew 1 background square to 1 hst fabric square, 1/4" from each side of the drawn line.  Yes, sew it twice.
    • Cut on drawn line.
    • Being careful not to stretch the triangles, open patches and iron seam allowances open
    • Trim patches to 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square
  • 4 Patchs:
    • Gather
      • 2, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares oops patch fabric
      • 8, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares navy
      • 10, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares background fabric
    • Sew 1 dark square (oops or navy) to 1 background square
    • Iron seam allowances toward the dark side.
    • Being careful to keep the oops patches in the same unit, sew 2, 2 patch units together to make 5, 4 patch units.
    • Pop seams and iron seam allowances in a spiral.
    • Trim 4 patch units to 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square
  •  Block:
    • Gather
      • 4, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" half square triangle patches
      • 5, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" 4 patch patches
    • Arrange pieces on the desk or design wall in front of you.
      • The navy blocks should be aligned in the same direction
      • The brown patches of the oops block should be aligned perpendicular to the line created by the navy blocks in the other 4 patches.
      • The hst fabric of the half square triangles (in our case the seashells) should be pointing inward.
    • Be careful to get the oops patch turned around - you want it to be wrong!
    • Sew blocks together to make rows.
    • Iron seam allowances towards the 4 patch blocks.
    • Trim finished block to 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" square
FQG:  Return you completed block (s) to me by March 25th, 2014, or bring it to the general meeting on that night to be eligible to win.  You get one chance to win per block completed.  If you do not finish the block, no worries, just bring the kit back.  We want the winner to have all of the blocks, finished and un.