Wednesday, April 23, 2014

And the winner is...

Camera Roll-563

Tami Beltran!

Congratulations to Tami on winning:
 28 completed blocks,
6 i.o.u. blocks,
10 kits,
2/3 yards kit fabric,
and a coupon for free quilting.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Month 11 - May 2014 - Spat Between Friends

Spat Between Friends

My annual tribute to my friends in the Frisco Quilt Guild, this months block is based on the Friendship Star.

Friendship Star
It is a horrible thing to see friends quarrel.  It is as if there were a giant rip in the fabric of the universe, and nothing seems right.  Imagine my delight when I discovered that my Oops blocks produced something beautiful.

Braided Windows
Much like the results of a mended friendship - made stronger by the struggle - this quilt reminds me of the strength and beauty created when bad feelings are worked out.  The broken Friendship Stars form a cord that holds things together more tightly than they were ever bound before.

General Description:
  • The Quilt:  "Braided Windows"
    • 36, 12" finished "Spat Between Friends" blocks in a 6 x 6 grid
    • 2 borders
      • 1" finished inner border
      • 6" finished outer border
    • As described the quilt finishes out at 86" square.
Fabric Requirements
Rounded up to the nearest ¼ yard
# Blocks
Finished Size
Red
White
Blue
36
6 x 6 grid
86” x 86”
Twin/Full
1 ¼ yards
3 ½ yards
3 yards
16
4 x 4 grid
62” x 62”
Throw/Crib
¾ yards
1 ¾ yards
2 ¼ yards
64
8 x 8 grid
110” x 110”
Queen/King
1 ½ yards
6 ¼ yards
4 ½ yards

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

Spat Between Friends
  • The Block: "Spat Between Friends"
    • Finishes at 12" square (actually measures 12 1/2" x 12 1/2")
    • 9 patch construction
FQG - This month the kit contains....


Loralie Designs - Creative Ladies
I liked the idea that these ladies might be tied together by good times and bad...but more so by surviving the bad.

The tallest of these delightful divas measure 4".  I will cut the kit fabric a little big so it can be fussy cut to the best advantage.  

Please add coordinating brights for the traditional parts (HSTs) and pale blues for the background. This is going to be a scrappy quilt.  You can use pieces from your scrap bin.  The points of your star do not have to match, nor do your backgrounds, as long as they fall within the parameters described above.

Cutting Directions: (9 pieces in this block)
  • Background
    • 4, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares
    • 2, 5"x 5" squares for half square triangles (HSTs)
  • Traditional portion
    • 2, 5"x 5" squares for HSTs
  • Oops Portion (kit fabric)
    • 1, 4 1/2"x 4 1/2" square

Sewing Directions:
  • HSTs
    • 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.

  • Block:
    • Gather
      • 4, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" half square triangle patches
      • 4, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares background
      • 1, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square Oops 
    • Arrange pieces on the desk or design wall in front of you. Make sure they match the picture.
    • Be careful to get the oops patch in the corner - you want it to look funny!
    • Sew blocks together to make rows.
    • Iron seam allowances towards the squares.
    • Trim finished block to 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" square
FQG:  Return you completed block(s) to me by May 27th, 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. 


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.