Sunday, July 13, 2014

July BOM

Hey All!

Hope you're having a great summer!

Two blocks this month. (Well, one block and a bonus block more like it.)

Remember last month when I said that the Card Trick block was my new favorite. Yeah, well, this month I have a new new favorite: Snail Trail. So fun!

Like most blocks, there are several ways you can put this together. I'll show you one.

What makes this work is the high contrast in fabrics. From each fabric cut:

(2) 2.75" squares
(1) 4" square
(1) 5.25" square
(1) 7" square

The original directions I found for this block have us cutting to the eighth mark, which, you should know by now, I'm not such a fan of. I go a little bit larger, and trim back. However, if you're a purist the measurements are: 2 5/8, 3 7/8, 5 1/4, 6 7/8.

Take your four small squares and sew them into a little four patch. Take the remaining squares and cut them all in half on the diagonal.

The rest is all standard square in square construction. Start with the smallest white triangles. I like to press them in half (lightly) to get a crease line so I can line it up with the seams. Add the white triangles to the top and bottom. Repeat with the smallest red triangles.

Press seams and trim to 6.5" square. Try to center your block when trimming, so that you have a nice 1/4" seam allowance at all the corners.

Add the next 2 sets of triangles as above. Make sure that you keep the same color spiraling out (to create the trail!) Press and trim to 9" square.

Add the remaining sets of triangles. Press and trim to 12.5". That's it. Easy Peasy!

Bonus Block!

By now, you probably have a bunch of little trimmings. Time to make a scrappy block. This one actually has a name: X-quisite!

Start with (9) 4.5" squares of background fabric. Go through your scraps and find some small triangles. Or, cut a few out. Mine were mainly scraps, but they came from squares approximately 3.5" - 4".  Using the flip and sew method, place you triangle, right sides together with your background square (the pointy part of the triangle will point toward the center of the square.) Do a test flip to see if the triangle will cover the background (all very Jacquie Gering style!) Sew and press. Do this to opposite corners of each background square. Flip your blocks over to the back, and use the back to square up your block back to 4.5". Trim out background corners if desired. Make all 9 patches this way, then sew together in your favorite 9 patch fashion.

This is a great scrap buster. To mix it up a bit, you could cut your background squares into (12) 3.5" squares for an even scrappier look. Or, flip the whole idea: Make you background squares out of prints, and your triangles out of white. So many possibilities! 

See you next month!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sherri Lynn Wood Workshop: "Get Your Curve On"

We are thrilled that Sherri Lynn Wood from Daintytime, (check out her blog here), came to Baltimore to spend a day with us and teach her workshop, "Get Your Curve On." 

We had a fantastic day!!!   Sherri inspired all of us to let our creativity shine and step outside of our comfort zones.  We all took on the challenge and came away with more confidence to explore the use of color, value, patterns and shapes.  

A big thank you to Sherri for sharing her ideas about design, improvisation, and sewing techniques when tackling curves.

Take a look at how much fun we had!