Saturday, September 14, 2019

Orphan Block Adoption at September guild meeting

Yes, you know these blocks—the ones stuffed in the back of a drawer in the sewing room, or tucked in a box of fabric with the plan to make more, the sample block made as a test block, or blocks made in that class from 5... 10... 15 years ago?? Orphan quilt blocks. We all have them!
Bring your orphan quilt blocks and bits to the September guild meeting.
Come to the September 16 Choo Choo Quilters guild meeting and the program, "Orphan Block Adoption: A Call to Action," will provide ideas for embracing those orphans and making them a part of something bigger and more meaningful.

Pre-work
Your mission before the meeting:
  • Go through your stash. Find those orphan blocks and bring them to the meeting.
  • While you search for blocks, pick out any supplies, books, notions and other sewing/quilting items you no longer want. Bring those to the meeting for a Quilters Flea Market. (Proceeds will go to purchasing backing fabrics for our Chambliss community service quilts.)
  • If you've made something from orphan blocks, bring it for Show and Tell.
  • Don't forget your black-and-white August quilt blocks for a chance to win a prize!
No longer will you feel the weight of those lost, forgotten, or lonely orphan blocks. You can make them into something fab-u-lous to amaze your friends and silence the quilt police.


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

August Cuddle Quilt block uses black-and-white strips

Got black and white fabrics? Make strips!
The pattern for the August Cuddle Quilt block uses black and white strips and a small white squares. See the handout from the meeting or follow the photos below. The (unfinished) block size is 12.5".
Raid your scraps and cut 2.5" black and white strips.
Cutting and sewing the blocks
1.  Cut 2.5" strips from your fabrics.
2.  Make strip sets using 3 different strips.
3.  Cut the strip sets into 6.5" x 6.5" units. Four units are needed for each block.

Strips and block units.

4.  Cut white fabrics into 2.5" squares. Fold each square on the diagonal and press/crease.
5.  Place one white square on the corner of of each unit, right sides together. Use the flippy corner method (like making flying geese units) and sew on the creased line (as shown).

Use the "flippy corner" method to attach the small white square.

6.  Trim 1/4" from the sewn line and flip back the white triangle.
7.  Assemble the 4 units together (as shown) to form a white diamond in the center of the block. The block should measure 12.5"x 12.5" unfinished.

Sewn block measures 12/5" (unfinished).
Bring the completed blocks to the September guild meeting. You might be the next prize winner!


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Big Quilts workshop this Saturday

This Saturday, July 27 is our Choo Choo Quilters annual Cuddle Quilt Workshop. Our goal this year is to make "big quilts" for the Chambliss Center for Children and our Cuddle Quilt workshop is always very productive for this endeavor but it's also a fun day to sew and visit with fellow guild members, both past and present.
August block: Triangle Surprise Disappearing 9-patch with plaids.

What to bring
If you don't already have something to work on, kits for this year's Big Quilts project will be available at the workshop on Saturday. Two ironing boards with irons will be set up for shared use. Other items to bring are:
  • sewing machine and an extension cord 
  • the usual sewing supplies—pins, scissors, seam ripper, etc.
  • 18" x 24" (or similar size) cutting mat—if you want to work on a Big Quilt kit
  • rotary cutter and cutting ruler
  • a snack to share (orange juice and coffee will be provided).

Time and Location
The workshop will be held:
Saturday, July 27
9 am - 3 pm
Cross of Christ Lutheran Church
3204 Hixson Pike 
(next door to Stuart Heights Baptist Church)
Hixson, TN

Please park in the lower parking lot in the back. Enter through the door to the nursery. Contact Sherry Reed if you have any questions.