Friday, January 31, 2014

January Meeting: Show and Share

Member Projects:

This was our first meeting at the Owings Mills Library.  Members shared some great projects, including tips and techniques.  



To thank Heather for her tenure as President of our Baltimore guild, she was presented with a modern star quilt, and a basket of fabric fortune cookies. We are ever so thankful that Heather launched our guild in 2010 and brought us all together. 





















Wednesday, January 15, 2014

HST's 25 Ways

Hey All,

I stumbled across this during my morning Bloglovin' session and I thought you might like it.

A downloadable PDF from Camille Roskelley of 25 ways to make hst blocks with 16 half square triangles.
You can find the link here  It's part of her Craftsy Class, Pre-Cut Piecing made simple.

Happy Squaring Up!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Modern Spin BOM for January

Hi All!

I'm super excited to bring you our BOM for 2014! I'm calling it Modern Spin ~ a modern spin on classic blocks.

Here's the plan: I'll bring you a BOM (block of the month) at every guild meeting, January-September. My goal is to do 12-18 blocks, so, some months we may have two blocks, or two versions of one block. I'll do the step outs at the meeting, and post directions here on the blog as well. At the meeting, you'll get a more "intense" version, with some piecing and/or design options.

The blocks we're doing are considered classic patchwork blocks. Some you may have heard of before. Others, not so much. I found this book at a thrift store last month and that's where the blocks will come from. (By the way, you can buy it here, if you want your own copy.)

As far as fabric choices, that's up to you. I'm using this bundle, Color Me Retro, by Jeni Baker. I have nine 1/2 yard cuts, plus white as my background. I'll probably add a few more prints as we go through the process. You can go with one fabric line, combine a few, or go scrappy!

How much fabric will you need? Well, each block will finish at 12". In general, I'd say figure on a 1/4 yard, or fat quarter per block.

Here's an idea I'm toying with. Making one version with "everyday" prints, but making a second version with Christmas prints. I usually wait until around October to think, "oh, I'd really like to make a Christmas Quilt." Yeah, right. If I start now, I'll have the blocks already done by this October!

So, without further ado, here's our first block:


From print A cut one 6.5" square
From print B cut eight 3.5" squares
From background C cut eight 3.5" squares

Take four of the B squares and draw a diagonal line on the back of each square. Place a B square on top of the A squared, right sides together. Sew on the diagonal line. (I like to sew just a bit to the outside of the diagonal line, to allow for fold over.) Sew another B square to the opposite side of the A square. Trim the excess fabric, a 1/4" from your sewn seam. Press the B squares (which are now triangles!) out to the corners. Repeat for the remaining two corners. Your block should look like this square in a square and measure 6.5" square.

Lay out your remaining B squares and C squares. Sew two B/C units together and sew these units to the sides of your square in square unit.

Piece the top and bottom rows together. Sew to your middle section.

You're done!

Please let me know if you have any questions! If you'd like, post your block in our flickr group.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Free Quilting Magazines!

Did I get your attention?!

You probably know that I'm a big fan of the public library system. And you may already know that you can check out magazines (quilting magazines!) from the library. But, I recently learned you can check out e-magazines from the library too! You can browse these on your computer, phone and tablet. It's super easy to get started. All you need to do is log on to (or create) your library account in your county, go to the e-magazine tab, create a Zinio account and you can start downloading magazines! The whole process took me about 10 minutes.

Not all libraries are created equal in the e-mag world. Here's what I found.

I'm in Baltimore County. There are a few crafty magazines for download, and one quilting magazine: Quilting Arts.

Baltimore City: you have a few knitting and other crafts, but sadly, no quilting.

Harford County: you hit the jackpot with American Patchwork and Quilting, Quilts and More and Quilting Arts.

Howard County: you need to talk to your library. No e-mags for you yet.

Anne Arundal: Quilting Arts and Quilts and More.

If your library has e-mags, you can even download back issues!

And speaking of libraries ~

Our next meeting will be on Sunday, January 12th, from 2-4 PM (board members meet 1-2 PM) at the Owings Mills Library.

And, also speaking of libraries, did you know that the BMQG has an awesome lending library? Dozens of modern quilting books, ready for you to borrow. Check one out at the next meeting!