Thursday, August 25, 2011

And the winner is....

Brenda Stewart!

This picture doesn't do our group justice. The blocks were beautiful...even the one that didn't follow to love that frog!

Brenda won 16 finished blocks, kits for 18 pinwheels, the leftover uncut yardage, finishing suggestions, and a Popsicle coupon for free labor on quilting the complete top from Tops to Treasures.

6 blocks remain at large. If you are in possession of one of these kits please send either the kit or the finished block to Brenda. She is in the book!

SEPTEMBER... I have 14 kits left. If you would like on give me a call.

Monday, August 22, 2011

September Sample Block

The Wheels of Justice is block #3 in our block of the month series.

I have 32 kits cut for Frisco Quilt Guild members. (As I've only handed out 31 each month I thought cutting fewer was a good idea.). Come to the meeting Tuesday evening, August 23 to get yours!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Month 3 - September 2011 - Wheels of Justice

General description of block: This is a nine patch block similar in appearance to a Court House Steps block but with a Quilty Friends twist. It uses all of the 5 fabrics selected.

Cutting directions: (29 pieces)
FQG - dark and light are refering to your "kit" fabric
  • From dark (black) - cut 1, 5 1/4 inch square. Sub-cut this square diagonally into 4 small triangles.
  • From light (numbers) - cut 1, 5 1/4 inch square. Sub-cut this square diagonally into 4 small triangles.
FQG - from your stash sellect three fabrics that coordinate with the numbers on the light fabric.  Make one the same color as the numbers background - beige.  This will be the background color for the block.  The other two fabrics can be any color from the print except black.  Think jewel tones and back to school.
  • Beige (background) -
    • cut 1, 4 ½ inch square.
    • cut 4, 2 ½ inch squares.
  • Color 1 (1st contrasting) - cut 4, 2 ½ x 4 ½ inch rectangles.
  • Color 2 (2nd contrasting) -
    • cut 4, 2 ½ x 4 ½ inch rectangles.
    • cut 8, 2 ½ inch squares.
Piecing directions:
  • Corners -
    • Sew one dark and one light small triangle togther to make one large triangle in which the dark side is to the right when the triangle is viewed with it's longest side down.  Being careful not to warp the triangles, iron seams open.  Make 4.  Be careful to sew each set in the same order.  The finished large triangle sshould be identical.
    • Sew 3, 2 ½ inch squares into “L” shapes with color 2 (2nd contrasting) fabric on the legs and background fabric in the corner. Iron seams toward color 2 (2nd contrasting) fabric.
    • Trim “L” shapes 1/4 inch to the outside of the three point intersection. You will be cutting color 2 (2nd contrasting) fabric only. The remaining shape is trianglish with three right corners.
    • Align light and dark large triangle center seam along the inner and outer corners of “L” shape, right sides and hypotenuses together.
    • Sew along the hypotenuse.
    • Iron seams toward light and dark triangle side of square.
    • Trim square to 4 ½ inches.
    • Make 4
  • Middle Edge block - (like you really need directions for this part...)
    • Sew 1 color 1 (1st contrasting) rectangle to 1 color 2 (2nd contrasting) rectangle along the 4 ½ inch edge.
    • Iron seam toward color 2 (2nd contrasting) fabric.
    • Make 4
  • Block -
    • row 1& 3 - corner square with light & dark side on the outside, left, edge; middle edge block with color 1 (1st contrasting) fabric next to color 2 (2nd contrasting) fabric; corner square with light & dark side on the outside, right, edge.
    • row 2 - middle edge block with color 1 (1st contrasting) fabric to the left; background square; middle edge block with color 1 (1st contrasting) fabric to the right.
    • Assemble rows to make one 12 ½ inch block (actual size, including future seam allowances.)

A quilt like this could be yours.....

It will actually look similar to this you like the scrappy look as much as I do? 

Bring your completed block to the September 27th general meeting of the Frisco Quilt Guild to enter the drawing.  You could win all of the blocks entered, left over kit fabric, and written finishing suggestions....and what ever else I decide to through in the pot.

Friday, August 12, 2011

August preview

These blocks have been completed for our swap by Sue Rejmaniak. I think they look awesome together. I believe I have 11 kits left, that means there is a possibility of winning 29 blocks, plus the left over kits and yardage. Will your name be in the pot?

You have 12 more days to get your blocks made! If you haven't gotten a kit and would like one, or more, give me a call.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

By George, I think I've got it!!!

With much thanks to the kind people out in the land of blog - most especially Maria Spiller of Essex United Kingdom who blogs here (Please go visit her blog and say thanks for the help!) - I am especially proud to announce that you can now print pages from this blog.

See the little green do-dad in the upper right hand corner of the page?  It says "Print  PDF".  That will let you print the page you are on with out any of the extra junk.  YOU  HAVE TO BE ON THE PAGE YOU WANT TO PRINT for this to work.

To make it even easier to find the monthly patterns, they are now listed under a separate tab.  Look under the title, you will see HOME and PATTERNS.  HOME takes you to the most recent posting.  PATTERNS takes you to a hot list.  Click PATTERNS, then click on the one you want.  You will be redirected to the pattern you asked for.  Once you are there click on the cute little green "Print PDF" button and it will give you options for printing the page....junk free.

Thanks  again to Maria.  If you are ever in Texas look us up.  The guild would be glad to thank you in person....well, I would any how, and I'm sure they would be thrilled to meet my hero!

Friday, August 5, 2011

So, you want to print the directions.... so do I!

Hi all - after much fiddling and tinkering I think I have managed to get what we really wanted in the first place.

At the top of the blog, just below the title you will see two options:  "Home", and "PDF Files."

If you click on "PDF Files" you will be taken to a list of file names.  As of this moment the list only has one item in it really isn't a list yet, but it will be eventually.

Click on the file you want.  This month we are doing "August 2011 - Canoe Trip PDF".  It will redirect you to an adobe file.

You can then print just the directions by clicking on the little picture of a printer in the icon bar at the top of the page.

Hope this helps.

That was irritating. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

FQG Sneak Peak

Can you believe the heat? It is great weather to stay inside....and quilt.
I just got fabric for our October, November, and December blocks. I hope you like them as much as I do.
October, Purchased at Quilt Country, these fabrics are part of a fun new line from Moda. "Meadow Friends" by Deb Strain. Pattern #19486 is the brown, and #19485 is the orange. They remind me of candy corn and pumpkins and lingering days of Indian Summer. (Although, I'm ready for summer to get the heck out of Dodge. Bing on the cold!)

November, Our fabrics are from the collection "Grand Finale" by Sandy Gervais for Moda. Grand Finale Goldenrod Fall Leaves, #17594-16, is being paired with Sandy's Solids Dark Red, #7521-428 to welcome Fall.