Friday, April 24, 2015

Wonky Square blocks

How are you doing on your wonky squares blocks?

Don't be surprised of they look like this when you are done. These are all OK! I'll trim them once I have them all back. These 3 are all going to be perfect in the quilt.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April's Block - Wonky Square in a Square

Our April block is a wonky square in a square block. The fabrics you have from the meeting are patriotic. These photos are from blocks that I'm making for another quilt. The blocks that you make will be made into a Quilt of Valor.
It's a pretty straight forward block to make but we want to make these blocks so that each "square" is complete without cut off corners like the block on the left. We want to avoid having blocks look like the one on the right.
You have 3 fabrics. Stack them together and cut them all at once.
The first 2 cuts are diagonal on opposite corners. They are wonky so they can be at any angle but at least one end of the cut should extend beyond the middle of the block (white lines).

The next cuts are on the other corners. Cut these far enough into the block so that end edges are blunt, not pointy like is shown in the white circle. This is how you make sure that none of the corners are cut off.
That's the outside square done.


Next we cut the middle square. Cut it with the same rules. The ends of the cuts should extend beyond the middle of the shape.

Cut the other 2 corners again with wide blunt edges. That leaves the center shape. Don't worry about how small this might be. It's OK!

Now sort the fabrics so that you have some of each fabric in each of the 3 blocks. I take the top fabric from the 4 outside corners and put it on the bottom and then take the bottom fabric from the center and put it on top.

Now, sew your 3 blocks together. Sew the pieces together in the reverse order of how you cut them. The blunt cut corners get sewn first. It's easy to get things out of order with these wonky shapes so give yourself a system to keep everything in order and turned in the right direction.

As you sew these wonky shapes together you will need to trim off edges so that you have an even edge to sew to.
When your 3 blocks are done you are done. Don't trim them. Once I get all the blocks back I will measure them and cut them to the largest possible size.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Veteran's Quilts 13 - 20

It's only April and I've reached half of my goal for the year. I set 40 as my target (and limit) for quilting veteran's quilts so that I make sure I set aside time to quilt my own quilts. Last week I decided to roll through as many of the ones I have here as I can.

I'll be taking a break from veteran's quilts for a few months and will start taking them again in July. I have several of my own quilts that I need to focus on for a while. Besides we are basically out of backing fabric so I could only quilt a couple more right now anyway.

Here are the quilts that I'll be bringing to the Friday sewing and the meeting on Tuesday.

This one was donated by a blog reader and needs someone to bind it.

This is another donation that needs binding.

These 2 were also donated and Elsa has volunteered to bind them.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spraying starch

Carrie Nelson writes a nice blog for Moda Fabrics and I want to share this blog with you - a tool to make starching fabric much easier. You can buy these anywhere they sell spray paint, and it can be used on any spray can!

It works like a charm with no pressure on your index finger.
Happy spraying!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Veteran's Quilts 11 & 12

I finished quilting a Double Wedding Ring last week and I've decided to pump out a few veteran's quilts before I start my next big project. After I finish this current batch I'll be taking a break from veteran's quilts for a couple of months. Both of these were a lot of fun to quilt. I'll bring all of the finished quilts to the next meeting.

This one was from a collection of monthly crumb blocks but I don't know who put it together.

I don't' know who made this one. I went out on a limb a bit with the quilting on this one by making it so prominent. I hope whoever made the quilt likes it! I also hope Susan can find a nice female veteran to give it to.

American Hero Quilts

Annie, our West Coast member, who sends us quilts for our Veteran quilt project sent me this information from her Quilt Guild. Thought you all would like to see it, too!

American Hero Quilts, a precursor local version of Quilts of Valor, recently marked the 18,000th quilt they had given to injured soldiers in current conflicts during the last 11 years of their existence.  Sue Nebeker, the Vashon Island resident who started and still runs it, invited someone from the Hospital distributing the quilts in Kandahar to speak to the daytime Quilt Guild meeting, which was held at the soon to be closed Island Quilter Quilt Shop.  Thought you might like to see it; the sort of message that makes you not quite so tired of making yet another red, white and blue quilt…  Wish I could have attended the meeting, but they are held during work hours.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Time to get backing fabric

Yesterday I did an inventory of out backing fabric for veteran's quilts. I have enough for the quilts I have here and 3 more. I'm pretty sure you have more than 3 ready to go!

What we had before was a combination of one bolt of dark blue print, one of a gold tonal and 2 bolts of fabric to be dyed. Actually it was 4 bolts of fabric to be dyed because I donated 2. I didn't like the quality of fabric to sell to my customers and it was a super bargain so I've been using it for veteran's quilts. So, since whenever we last bought backing fabric we've gone through 6 bolts. I think that's been about 2 years.

Bolts average 15 yards and I get 14 quilts out of that. If I can quilt 40 quilts this year I think we will need at least 2 more bolts of fabric. Here are some of the options I've found:

Thousands of Bolts have a LOT of options in the $10 - $11 range. I haven't bought from them so I don't know if they ever offer sales. But we could probably get a blue and a beige and that would work with most of the quilts that come through.

JoAnn has lots of options and we know that they always have sales. They also have this dyeable muslin that works out to about $8/yard. I have no problem dyeing the backing. It gives me a way to use up older/expired dyes (that are still good) and to better match the tops.

I don't know what our money situation is but let's discuss this at the Apirl meeting.