Thursday, July 11, 2019

Tea Cup Blocks in coral and blue

With six months into the year, the Choo Choo Quilters Cuddle Quilt project has made strong and steady progress. The June block pattern is another easy-to-piece block called the Tea Cup Block. This block uses only two 10" squares of contrasting fabrics and will yield two blocks when assembled.

Tea Cup Block. Unfinished size: 9" (8.5" finished)

Color, Value and Pattern
  • The color scheme for these blocks is ivory/soft white, coral and blue. 
  • Value: when choosing your fabric pairing, the fabrics should be a light and a dark or a light and a medium
  • The CQ coordinators have specified patterned fabrics (not solids). 
The blocks can be made with all blue, all coral or a mix. Here is an examples of a possible fabric pull.
Fabric examples for Tea Cup cuddle quilt blocks.
Assembly
Instructions for cutting and piecing can be found in this video. Bring completed blocks to the July guild meeting or the annual Cuddle Quilt workshop on Saturday, July 27.


Saturday, February 23, 2019

FIRIDIPI One Yard Challenge announced

Sherry instructs guild members on the 2019 Challenge.
What can a group of quilters do with a yard of fabric?

They can fold it, rip it, drop it and pass it.

When it comes back around, it will be in 7 pieces of varying size, color and pattern and will be used to make an entry for the 2019 Choo Choo Guild Challenge.

Under the direction of Sherry Baldwin and Team 4, the requirements for this year's Guild Challenge were divulged at the February guild meeting.

Guild members had a ripping good time preparing a "fabric collection" for their Challenge project.


Guild members rip and exchange batik fabric pieces with their groups.

Here are three fabric collections that resulted from the FIRIDIPI [fold it, rip it, drop it and pass it] exercise:
Seven batiks for the guild Challenge.
Groups of seven exchanged fabrics.
Seven batiks for the guild Challenge.
Each person in the the group received the same fabrics but in different sized pieces.
Seven batiks for the guild Challenge.
Challenge entries are due at the beginning of the November guild meeting.


March Cuddle Quilt Block
Examples of 4 scrappy Summer Camp blocks.
Instructions for the March Cuddle Quilt block were distributed. This block is called Summer Camp and our quilt will be scrappy. This video provides instructions for assembling the block.

Color scheme
For these quilt blocks, use red and white for the HST [half square triangles]; and shades of gray or black for the 2.5" strips.

These red/white HST units should be 4-1/2" [unfinished]. Take note of the orientation of the red triangle before sewing on the strips in a log cabin style. Make sure the gray/black strips are all darker than the HST units.

Bring completed blocks to the March guild meeting. We'll need a bunch of them to make a bed size quilt!

Friday, February 15, 2019

2019 Guild Challenge unveiling at February meeting

Examples of batik fabrics
At the February 18 guild meeting, the Choo Choo Quilters 2019 Challenge will be unveiled. If you want to participate in the Challenge, a little pre-meeting planning is in order.

Here's what to bring to the meeting:

  • One yard of good quality BATIK fabric in a blue/green/purple color,
  • A pair of fabric scissors.

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Important:
If you are unable to attend the meeting and want to participate in the Challenge, please send your fabric with a friend! A Challenge kit will be made for you.
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Also at the meeting, we'll get the next Cuddle Quilt block pattern and hear about the Cuddle Quilt delivery to Chambliss Center.

Be sure to bring your completed Town Square block(s) and your latest finish or WIP [work in progress] for Show and Tell. See you next Monday at 6:30 pm at Valleybrook Presbyterian in Hixson.