Saturday, June 30, 2012

And the winner is......

Sue Rejmaniak

Congratulations to Sue for winning 9 finished blocks, 14 kits , and the remaining fabric.

If you have a block or kit that didn't make it to the guild meeting last night please send it to Sue.  She is in the book!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

CQF Month 1 - July 2012 - Olympic Rings

27 July -  12 August the eyes of the world will turn to London England for the  30th Summer Olympic Games.  It doesn't matter where you are from, or who you are rooting for, there is nothing as thrilling as seeing athletes from across the globe gather to compete.

According to Wikipedia, the symbol of the Olympic Games is composed of five interlocking rings, coloured blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white field.  The rings are meant to represent the continents participating in the games, the colors are those that appeared on all the national flags of the world at the time of the emblems creation. (1914 by Pierre De Coubertin)

In honor of this occasion, the first Circle of Quilty Friends block is "Olympic Rings". (NOTE: If you are doing this series as one big quilt...the corners of this block are might want to hold off until next month when the Circle of Quilty Friends corner is used.)

General Description of Block:   This nine patch block is made of two sets of four identical blocks, (one on the corners, and one on the edges) and one solid patch in the center.  This block finishes at 13 1/2" square.

FQG:  Your kit will contain enough fabric to complete the black rings.  You need to add a white background (tone on tone is fine) and any of one of the other Olympic colors for the ring.  (blue, yellow, green, or red)

Cutting Directions: (33 pieces)
  • From background (white) -
    • cut 1, 5" x 5" square
    • cut 8, 2" x 5" rectangles
    • cut 4, 2" x 2" squares
    • cut 4, 2" x3 1/2" rectangles
Cutting diagram for kit fabric. - a 7" x 8" rectangle
  • From black -  (FQG - use the diagram to cut the fabric in your kit.)
    • cut 4, 2" x 2" squares
    • cut 4, 2" x 5" rectangles
  • From one color (blue, yellow, green, or red)
    • cut 4, 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles
    • cut 4, 2" x 5" rectangles

Piecing Directions:
Corners-  Make 4

This is the most difficult part of this block.  Pay close attention to where each piece goes.
  • Sew white 2" squares to black 2" squares
  • Iron seams open
  • With black and white unit perpendicular to your body and the black block closest, Sew colored 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles to the right side, long edge of patches.
  • Iron seams toward pieced side.
  • Sew white 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles to white/colored end of pieced patches.
  • Iron seams toward white side.
  • Sew black 2" x 5" rectangles to yellow/white edge of pieced patches.
  • Iron seams toward black wide.
  • Trim corner blocks to 5" square.

Edges - make 4

  • Sew 4, white 2" x 5" rectangles to 4 colored 2" x 5" rectangles along the long edge.
  • Iron seams toward colored side.
  • Sew 4 white 2" x 5" rectangles to other long side of colored rectangles
  • Iron seam toward colored side.
  • Trim edge blocks to 5" square.

Block -
  • Sew patches into three rows
    • Row 1 & 3
      • Corner block with black rectangle vertical on right
      • Edge block with colored rectangle perpendicular to the black rectangle.
      • Corner block with colored bits aligned and black rectangle lying horizontally on the bottom
    • Row 2
      • Edge block with colored rectangle vertical
      • White 5" x 5" square
      • Edge block with colored rectangle vertical
  • Sew rows together to make block.
    • Be sure to align rows so that the colored bits connect
    • Your block should measure 14" x 14" (actual size)

This is a sample of what 12 blocks would look like.

A quilt made from 12 blocks would look something like the picture above.  It would measure 43.5" x 57."  It would make a great quilt for a baby born during this Olympic summer.  To make it big enough to snuggle under while watching the games you will need a few more blocks...or borders...get sewing!  The games start soon!

FQG - You can pick up your kit at the June 29th meeting of our guild.  Blocks are due back at the July 24th meeting.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Introducing A Circle of Quilty Friends

A Circle of Quilty Friends is my second block of the month set.  As with the first, this set is based on a nine patch construction and depends on the corner block to link all of the blocks in the set together.

"Quilty Friends" (set #1) was designed for my dear friend Kelli.  "A Circle of Quilty Friends" is being designed for the members of the Frisco Quilt Guild.

If you are not a member of the Frisco Quilt Guild, or are and would like to make your own "Circle of QF" quilt, you will need  One yard of each of 5 fabrics.  One dark, two mediums, and two lights.  In my drawings these translated to dark - black; medium - red, grey; light - white and beige.

Unlike the blocks I designed for Kelli and then shared here, these blocks and their quilt have never been shared before.   I'm not sure how it is going to look when it is all fleshed out...however, I don't think you could go wrong with scrappy.  Keep the dark fabric the same throughout your quilt and you should be fine.

Look for the first block in this series during the last weeks of June 2012.