Wednesday, January 23, 2013

And the winner is....

Susan Yoder
Congratulations goes to Susan for her win of
11 finished blocks,
16 kits,
and a coupon for free quilting from Tops to Treasures.
There are 2 blocks outstanding - please forward them to Susan when they are finished.
All 30 kits for February's block, Starry Night were taken home last night.
I can't wait to see the collection of blocks at next months meeting.

Monday, January 21, 2013

CQF Month 8 - February 2013 - Starry Night

General Description of Block: This is a nine patch block, constructed with nine patch blocks in the corners. The edge blocks are constructed of triangles - suggesting a friendship star, plus something more...a conundrum. 

I like the idea of making this quilt as a study in shades of the same color.  I chose black and grey....thus the name Starry Night.

There isn't anything in this block that we haven't already done in this series. It should be easy. 

FQG: Your kit contains fabric for the little black squares in the corners. 

"A New York State of Mind" designed by Maria Kalinowski for Benartex, (# City Lights CM5334.) will create circles that come and go as the whites, greys, and blacks in the pattern are rearranged in our blocks.  The resulting quilt will be a study in the night life - blacks, greys, and whites.

You will need white, black, and two greys to complete this block.

Cutting Directions: (there are 49 pieces, but some will be strip pieced to make it easier.)

  • White
    • 4, 2" x 8" rectangles (for corner blocks)
    • 1, 6 1/4" x 6 1/4" square (for edge blocks)
      • sub-cut twice on the diagonal to create 4 small triangles
  • Black
    • 1, 5" x 5" square (for center block)
  • Medium Grey
    • 2, 6 1/4" x 6 1/4" squares (for edge blocks)
      • sub-cut once on the diagonal to create 4 large triangles
  • Light Grey
    • 2, 2" x 8" rectangles (for corner blocks)
    • 1, 6 1/4" x 6 1/4" square (for edge blocks)
      • sub-cut twice on the diagonal to create 4 small triangles
  • Kit fabric
    • 3, 2" x 8" rectangles

Piecing Directions:

  • Sew strip sets:
    • Gather all 2" x 8" rectangles. (You should have 9)
    • Sew 3 sets of 3 as follows
      • grey, white, black
      • white, black, white
      • black, white, grey
    • Iron seam allowances toward the black.  Where black is on the outside of the set, iron seam allowances so that they fall away from the center
  • Cut each strip set into 4, 2" x width of set segments
  • Sew segments together to match picture above.  Make 4.
  • Trim blocks to 5" x 5" squares

  • Gather all triangles.  (You should have 12)
  • Sew one white small triangle to one small light grey triangle.
    • Place the white on top as you feed it through your machine right angle first and it will come out correctly.
    • The white triangle  should fall to the left when, with the hypotenuse parallel and closest to you, the patch is pressed open.  Thinking of it as if it were a little pyramid, the left side is white and the right side is light grey.
  • Iron seam allowances open.
  • Align pieced large triange with medium grey large triangle at the right angle.  The medium grey patch will be a bit big.  That is okay.
  • Sew hypotenuse of pieced triangle to hypotenuse of medium grey triangle, 1/4" from edge of pieced triangle.
  • Iron seam allowances towards the medium grey.
  • Trim to 5" X 5" square.
  • Repeat 3 times to make 4

Assemble Block:

  • Gather 8, 5" pieced blocks and 1, 5" black square
  • Arrange patches in front of you so that it resembles the picture above.
  • Sew patches into three rows.
  • Iron seam allowances towards the edge blocks
  • Sew rows together to make block.
  • Iron seam allowances towards the center row.
Bring your completed block(s) to the February 2013 meeting of the Frisco Quilt Guild to be eligible to enter a drawing to receive the whole bundle.   (There are 29 kits available this round...30 finished blocks to be won.)

The finished quilt will look something like this....


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

And the winner is.....

Valencia Warren
Congratulations to Valencia on winning the draw at the December general meeting.
Her haul included:
7 finished blocks
 (we can do better than this guys....but I will cut you some slack because there were only 25 guild members at the party.  I do however, expect Valencia to be showered with finished blocks at the up coming meeting on January 22 - three weeks from tonight.)
14 unfinished kits
about 1 yard of uncut kit fabric
and a coupon for free quilting at
 Tops to Treasures.
I have 16 kits remaining for this months block.  If you would like to participate let me know and I will get the kit to you. 
(Sorry this game is for Frisco Quilt Guild members only.  If you are not a member, I'm so glad you are here.  Please feel free to use my patterns on your own, or with a group of friends.)