Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wobbley Web class forming at Happiness is Quilting

The lovely ladies at Happiness is Quilting have asked me to teach! The shop is located in historic McKinney, Texas and is one of my favorites.
Wobbly Web Layer Cake Throw was featured on Moda Bakeshop and is a fun seasonal throw that would be easy to personalize for different holidays.  I can easily imagine pumpkins wrapping their vines around the trellis, or spring flowers.
The model features "The Boo Crew" by Sweetwater for Moda and two friendly goggley eyed spiders on a wobbly web.
The class, #503,  is currently scheduled for Saturday, August 24 from 10am to 4 pm.  Cost for this class is $40.
Please contact the friendly people at Happiness is Quilting if you are interested in spending the day playing with fabric with me.

PS - If you are a member of the Frisco Quilt Guild and attend the class I will donate my portion of the class fee to the guild.

And the winner is....

Oops-1 breaking Formation
19 Breaking Formation blocks,
13 kits,
a yard of red fabric,
a coupon to Tops to Treasures was won by...
Holly Stephens!
11 Bonus blocks were won by...
Cindy Sharp!
Congratulations to our winners.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Oops 2 - August 2013 - My Stomach is Churning

My Stomach is Churning!

According to The Quilter's Block Bible by Celia Eddy the Churn Dash block is one of the oldest and most popular of traditional blocks.  She states that "Barbara Brackman lists as many as 18 different names for it, although Churn Dash seems to be the most popular.  Alternatives include Broken Plate, Double Monkey Wrench, Fisherman's Reel, Hole in the Barn Door, and Indian Hammer."
Traditional Churn Dash block.

My version is named after the feeling that most assuredly grabs every quilter in the pit of the stomach when she realizes that she pieced that one rail block the wrong way.  Not to worry though, our quilt will be fantastic!

"Chain Links"
General Description:
  • The Quilt: "Chain Links"
    • 36, 12" finished "My Stomach is Churning" 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 1/4 yard
# Blocks
Finished Size
6 x 6 grid
86" x 86"
1 yard
3 ½ yards
4 1/4 yards
4 x 4 grid
62" x 62"
1/2 yard
1 3/4 yards
2 3/4 yards
8 x 8 grid
110" x 110"
1 1/4 yards
6 yards
6 1/2 yards

  • The Block: "My Stomach is Churning"
    • Finishes at 12" square (actually measures 12 1/2" x 12 1/2")
    • Nine patch construction
    • Made from:
      • 4 half square triangles
      • 4 double rail blocks
      • 1 square
FQG:  This month's kit features a yummy orange, blue, and purple batik I found at Stitchin' Heaven in Mineola TX. 

Anthology Batiks
Anthology Batiks #AF3343

Please add a coordinating blues or purples for the traditional portions of the block, and light greys (solids or low volume prints) for the background.  The fabric in your kit is for the Oops patch.
Cutting Directions: (17 pieces/block)
  • Background (light grey):
    • Cut 2, 4 7/8"x 4 7/8" squares
    • Cut 4, 2 1/2"x 4 1/2" rectangles
    • Cut 1, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square
  • Traditional portions of block (purple or blue):
    • Cut 2, 4 7/8"x 4 7/8" squares
    • Cut 3, 2 1/2"x 4 1/2" rectangles
  • Oops portion of block (orange):
    • Cut 1, 2 1/2"x 4 1/2"  rectangle

Sewing Directions:
  • Half Square Triangles
    • Gather:
      • 2, 4 7/8" background squares (FQG light grey)
      • 2, 4 7/8" traditional portion squares (FQG purple or blue)
    • Draw a line diagonally across the wrong side of each background square
    • Layer background square with traditional portion square, right sides together
    • Sew 1/4 to each side of the diagonal line. (YUP, sew twice! Once on each side and 1/4" from the diagonal line)
    • Cut on diagonal line.
    • Open resulting triangles
    • Iron seam allowances open.
    • Trim patches to 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square
  • Double Rail Patches
    • Gather
      • 4, background rectangles
      • 3, traditional portion rectangles
      • 1, Oops portion rectangle
    • Sew 1 background rectangle to 1 other rectangle along the long edge.
    • Repeat with remaining rectangles.
    • Iron seam allowances open.
    • Trim patches to 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square
  • My Stomach is Churning Block
    • Gather
      • 4, half square triangles
      • 4, double rail patches
      • 1, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" background square
    • Assemble pieces to look like picture
    • Oops Patch: Pay attention here - you need to purposefully piece the Oops patch so that it is wrong.  The orange patch should be on an outside edge of the finished block.
    • Iron flat
    • Trim block to 12 1/2" x 12 1/2"
FQG:  Return your completed block(s) to me by August 27th, 2013, or bring it to the general meeting on that night to be eligible to win.  The prize package will contain all of the complete blocks, unfinished kits, and a coupon for free edge to edge quilting.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Road to .....

You know how that saying goes....personally, I wouldn't go that far.  

 This is a "NO GUILT" project.  You participate or you don't.    Your choice.  All I ask is that you bring the kit(s) you took back.

However, if you want to play, and the game is much better when you do, you have two weeks from today to get those blocks done!

I can't wait to see them all.