2017 Giving Committee Updates

June Giving Quilt- Cool Wedge Slabs

Ready to join in making another giving project? For this quilt, we’re taking our inspiration from Crayola Sunset by Anne of Play Crafts – a little bit of controlled improv using contrasting wedges of color!

As much as we love Anne’s brilliant sunset-inspired palette, we’re going cool, as in the cool side of the color wheel.

We’re asking for you to work from your solid stash and choose blues, greens, purples. Adding in a bit of white is good but not necessary. Please, no black. Create a wedge slab 6 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ OR 6 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ using this tutorial:
Start with two pieces of fabric approximately 8″ tall. I started with a length of navy, but it doesn’t really need to be that long. Layer one fabric on the other as shown, and cut at an angle.

Flip the top fabric over onto the left and line up the raw edges, sewing 1/4″ seam along that cut edge.

Press seam and position fabric with right-side up. I find it helpful to line up loosely with the corner of my cutting board. That way I can make sure my slab is relatively straight as I continue to add to it.

Repeat first step of layering, cutting, flipping, stitching, and pressing until you exceed your desired length by just a bit.

If you have a 6 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ ruler, it’s perfect for determining your upper and lower trimming cuts.

Next trim your block ends to bring your block to length. Here are a couple of samples:

 

April Giving Quilt- Robbing Pete

This month we’re doing a Modern Quilt Guild BOM block! Have you done any of these? I’ve been saying I want to, but never have. So I’m going to and I’m going to take you all with me on this journey!

The Modern Quilt Guild’s intro to this block:

Minimalism is the concept of extreme simplicity in design. It is the idea of distilling the design down to some of the most simple forms and shapes. In this Block of the Month lesson, we’ll learn how to use minimalism (along with other modern quilting design fundamentals) with impact to create a modern quilt. This month’s block is Robbing Pete, designed by Rebecca Burnett of the Toronto MQG, which is a variation on the traditional quilt block, Robbing Peter to Pay Paul.

You can download the pattern here.

This month we’re pulling blues and greens from our own stash. For the curved pieces please use blue. And this can be any shade, print or solid. Each curved piece can be the same fabric or it can be scrappy by using two different fabrics. For the background please use a green, again, any shade, print or solid.

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We’re going to use the 6 1/2″ block pattern on the last page of the directions. Make as many as you’d like! We can’t wait to put them together and see which pattern we end up with! Note, please don’t sew together your blocks.

A couple of tips for these blocks:

  1. If you’d like some help with curves, this tutorial is very helpful!
  2. Trimming the block: If your blocks need a slight trim, Line up the diagonal on your ruler with the corner of the block.

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Please return your blocks to the May meeting! Have fun!

February Giving Quilt- Improv in Pink Flamingo

Let’s get going on another giving quilt, shall we? Circa15 fabric studio has kindly gifted the guild with a generous supply of Pink Flamingo, the Kona Color of the Year.

**Pre-Order Kona Solid - Color of the Year COTY Pink Flamingo:
We’d like you to make a 12 1/2″ improv block using the Pink Flamingo plus gray and/or white solids or prints that read as solids. All shades of gray are fine, and ‘white’ is white-white or very off-white such as Kona Snow. Pink Flamingo swatches measuring 9″ x 11″ will be available for pick-up at the February 8 meeting. Some white and gray solid scraps will also be available, if you need them; otherwise please feel free to pull from your stash.
Please return your blocks along with any fabric you don’t use to the March meeting. As you create, we’d love to see your progress on Instagram using the hashtags #seamqggiving and #seamqg. And it would be great if you thanked @circa15fabricstudio for their donation!