Wednesday, February 29, 2012

And the winner is....

Valerie Businger

being the sweet heart that she is she gave her winnings
 (14 completed blocks, 10 block kits, and extra fabric) to
 Laura Brents.
  If you have kits or blocks that you still need to turn in, please forward them to Laura.

Special thanks to Martha Wolf of Pinwheel Productions for providing this months free quilting coupon.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Month 9 - March 2012 - Brain Dead

I just finished cutting kits for Brain Dead. I have 31 ready to hand out Tuesday evening. This block is so easy you might consider making more than one.
I also have this month's sample all stitched up. What a breeze. I can now tell you that this Quilty Friend block is most definitely Charm Pack friendly. (I suspect all of them are, but I've only actually tried it with this one). The block can be constructed with your kit plus 7 charms. I have a few extras to share if someone wants to play along but doesnt have a stash of 1930's prints at home. Just ask me about it when you pick up your kit.
Have a great rest of the weekend!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Month 9 - March 2012 - Brain Dead

This month is brought to you in honor of teachers and students every where who are more than ready for spring break; our northern friends who are tired of the oh so long winter and fighting the cold; and anyone who just wants to do something really easy for a change.

Brain Dead is the 9th installment in the Quilty Friends block of the month program.

General Description of block:  This is a basic nine patch block with Quilty Friends signature corners.  The intent is to be scrappy in the manner that old time quilts were scrappy, yet unified by the setting pinwheels.

Cutting Directions: (17 pieces)

FQG - Dark and light refer to your kit fabrics.
  • from dark (solid green in kit) - cut 1, 5 1/4 inch square.  Sub-cut this square twice diagonally into 4 small triangles.
  • from light (green 30's print in kit) - cut 1, 5 1/4 inch square.  Sub-cut this square twice diagonally into 4 small triangles.
FQG - this month's pallet is 30's prints.  Anything goes as long as it is typical of a 1930's reproduction fabric.

  • from your scraps cut 5, 4 1/2 inch squares for center and edge blocks
  • from your scraps cut 2, 5 1/4 inch squares.  Sub-cut squares once diagonally into two large triangles for a total of 4 large triangles for corner blocks.

  • Sew one dark and one light small triangle together to make a large triangle.
  • Being careful not to warp the triangles, iron seams open.
  • Make 4
  • Using the right angle to align the pieces, sew each two colored triangle to a large triangle.
  • Trim the excess seam allowance (This should be all from the large, single fabric, triangle.)
  • Being careful not to warp the triangles, iron seams toward the large triangle.
  • Trim  to 4 1/2 inches square
  • Make 4

Block:  Really, do you need any more directions?  If you have a problem use the comment section and I will be glad to help you.  However, I think you can handle it from here.  (You probably didn't need any directions at this point.)