Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June Meeting

Our June meeting included a demo by one of our members, Carol, demonstrating two techniques to make quilting prep easier.  Carol demonstrated how she uses tulle to make it easy to mark and transfer designs to your quilt tops when preparing for quilting.  In addition, Carol shared with the guild how she uses Elmer's School Glue to glue baste a quilt sandwich as an alternative to pin or spray basting your quilts.  Thanks to Carol for sharing her techniques with everyone! 

There were a lot of gorgeous projects to share.  It's fun seeing more and more members giving free motion quilting a try with great results.

Please continue to check our Meetings page for updates on upcoming meetings and guest speakers.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Modern Spin June

Hi All!

This month I bring you Card Trick! I've wanted to make this block for years. Possibly my favorite one yet.

Let's get started....

You'll need

Background fabric:
(2) 5" squares, cut in half on the diagonal to yield 4 half square triangle
(1) 5.5" square, cut in quarters on the diagonal to yield 4 quarter square triangles

Prints: 4 fabrics
From each cut
(1) 5" square, cut in half on the diagonal to yield 2 half square triangles
(1) 5.5" square, cut in quarters on the diagonal to yield 4 quarter square triangles (you'll only need 2 qsts of each color for this block)                    

Match one background half square triangle with one print half square triangle, right sides together and sew on long diagonal seam. Press and trim unit to 4.5" square. Repeat for 3 remaining prints.

Match one quarter square triangle with one print quarter square triangle. Sew together on one short side. Press seam towards dark. Repeat for remaining prints.

Important: Do as I say here. In the picture above, the units are not sewn together. You want to orient your triangles so that the print is to the right of the solid (like in the blue/purple combo and the yellow/green combo) Sorry for any confusion!

Now, lay out all of your units, using the finished block as a reference. This is not hard, just tricky. That's why it's called Card Trick, not Card Hard. har har har!

Sew your quarter square units to the half square triangles. They won't be the same size. Match the long diagonals and sew, then trim to 4.5". Sew the center quarter square triangles in pairs, then together to make a square. Trim to 4.5", being careful to preserve the diagonal seams.

Now it's just easy 9 patch sewing. Enjoy!