Every month a different block. Bring yours in and you can win them all!

August 2019

Inspiration: a recently painted garage in downtown Miami.
Fabrics: Neon to vibrant solids plus black. Cut black rectangles 2.5-by-12.5 inches. Cut solid colors 4.5 inches wide by varied lengths. Sew together to total 12.5 inches. You now have two long rectangles: one black, one in solid colors. Sew black and solid rectangles together along the 12.5-inch edge. The photo shows four completed blocks placed side by side.

(For anyone who wants to make a duplicate pair of blocks like the two on the left of the photo, cut colors 9 inches wide, sew various colors together to 12.5 inches long, cut in half to create two long rectangles, sew black strips to each piece. The pair on the right in the photo also are identical, but flipped before sewing on the black strip.)

If the completed rectangles end up shorter than 12.5 inches, bring them in. They will help the designer complete the assembly.

July 2019

OK, I think everyone would agree some of this year's BOMs have been easy. The white, black and gray block was a three-seam wonder, and the curved rectangle was only one seam per challenging-to-sew block. Now we venture into paper piecing with extreme help from Li Sun, who breezes through it. The only request is all solids.

Here are four optional patterns, and one try is fine. It's called Playing with Blocks from The Long Thread. All instructions and printable patterns are on this link

Paper piecing and I are not friends. This is my third try at paper piecing, and I still get into trouble. One trick that helped was to hold the pattern up to a sliding glass door with a ruler and trace the pattern on the other side. It's harder to lose track when you do that.

For fellow amateurs, I found some Youtube tutorials helpful before launching into the sewing: Tutorial one, tutorial two, tutorial three

June 2019

Aim for a finished 8.5-inch square using black, white and gray patterns and/or solids for the stripes and any solid colors for the corners. The stripes can be any width based on your scraps to reach a final 8.5 inches across and tall. I tacked on the triangle corners by trial and error. There's no set width or height to add to the variety. Same goes for the triangle direction. It can stretch across the stripes or stick to one side. Try for bright colors on the triangles because those will be the eye catchers when assembled. Bring to July meeting and you could win them all!

May 2019

Shoot for the Square

Shoot for a 10.5-inch finished square. But directions aren’t fussy about directions. When building center, it can be scrappy too — white, off white, cream or reads white. Here’s a tutorial to this scrap busting block.

April 2019

Practice with Curves

I need more practice with curves, and I'm guessing others do, too. Here is a link to a tutorial, which is a surprisingly good guide. Be ready to cut down for the final bock. It's spring, so let's go with pastels and no black. Use three or four fabrics to make three or four blocks. My oddball finished sizes are 9.5 to 10.25 by 17 to 17.5 inches. The photos and links show interesting design possibilities.

March 2019

Aqua Heaven

First the inspiration "Exchanged" from Janet Steadman, Gallery Five

These tall triangles are the inspiration. The attached photo shows something can be lost or gained in translation. Use a pale green-blue aqua in there somewhere, and all the blocks will match up. This is great for fat quarters. Solids can be used. When using prints, be aware that the print fabric can't be flopped, so the dimensions will be off a little.

Cut a 5-inch rectangle from the short side of a fat quarter, and cut in half corner to corner for the inside fabric. Pin together to form a triangle. Sew the triangle.

Cut a 6-inch rectangle from the short side of another fat quarter, and cut in half corner to corner for the outside fabric. Pin to outer edge of triangle to form a long rectangle, leaving at least 1/2-inch of outer fabric to leave 1/4-inch border, which will disappear when piecing the completed blocks together. Sew to form a rectangle.

Don't be fussy about the finished width and height. It's perfectly OK to chop off the tip of the triangle, as you can see from the inspiration. These are made to be slashed or chopped. The samples ended up at 16 and 16.5 inches tall and 10 and 10.25 inches wide.

February 2019

Eye of the Beholder

This will be the easiest block ever. I call it "In the eye of the beholder" because the end product will be something seen only be the assembler. It uses 4.5-inch solid squares of white, gray and black. The inspiration was a building under construction in downtown Miami. One wall is painted in a white, gray and black grid. The raffle winner can go with the neutral simplicity or add colors to suit. Plan to deliver a four-patch square measuring 8.5-by-8.5 inches or a four-block vertical strip measuring 4.5-by-16.5 inches. Raffle tickets also will be given to anyone who brings in four unsewn 4.5-inch squares, which gives the winner even more flexibility. Give it a try.  Addendum: white-off white- cream square measures 6 inches, build log cabin to about 12 inches, cut in quarters, sew with white in outside corners.

January 2019

Stripe in Square

Inspired by Quilted Under the Influence these square blocks measure 8.5 or 4.5 inches. The idea is to sew a diagonal stripe inside a square. Photos below show the variations possible: straight or wonky, centered or off-center, using up to three fabrics in the stripe and using the same or different colors on the sides. Colors for this project are deep red, blue and purple solids. Some scraps were available for anyone in search of fabric.