Wednesday, December 7, 2016

October BOM in review

October BOM was a Sampler block which is why I never posted instructions but here are the blocks that were turned in at the November meeting.  Sorry for the poor photo I took it on my iphone and did not look at it very carefully and now the blocks have all gone home with the lucky winner.  It is still interesting to see what people made with the fabric provided!
Here's a pic of the blocks I made.  The packets provided the Fall theme fabric and the background and the only instructions were to make an 8" block with those fabrics plus one more if desired.
I chose the Fall theme fabric because it was #1 pretty and #2 even tho' we think of Fall colors as mostly yellow,red, rust and brown there are still a lot of shades of green around until there is a hard freeze.  The fabric is quite pretty because of the green (I think),
The days are so short now it's just passed 5:00 and it's totally dark outside!  Which reminds me I have not locked up the Chickens, yikes!  
Happy Wednesday!
Cheers, CW

Saturday, December 3, 2016


I'm Coordinator of the "Bargain Garden" aka Flea Market for my local guild's Quilt Fair this year.  As such a lot of interesting things (and fabric, teehee!) pass through my hands on the way to the storage locker.  I never really considered making or purchasing a vintage example of a Yo-Yo style bed cover but this one got my attention
 It is a wonderful example of a Yo-Yo bed topper!  It's still a scrappy 40's style but the checkerboard design provides some over all continuity and focus to the scraps. Setting the blocks on point and sashed by the diagonal blue lines adds a dynamic element making the over all appearance more interesting.

These bed toppers are often pretty worn out because of the structural challenges that yo-yo's have but this example is in great shape!

I was tempted  to put in an offer on this lovely but I already have more vintage stuff than I can adequately store.  I think I will offer it to the Live Auction committee as they have a better venue for getting the best price on good quality vintage items.  I've also toyed with the idea of putting it on ebay.  (we'll see if I can get that organized, lol)

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I hope the rest of your Holiday Season is filled with lots of fun and love!
Cheers, CW

Sunday, November 13, 2016

PVQA November BOM 2016

This month's BOM has a Winter Theme.  Two-fabric quilt tops are not usually my thing but this indigo snowman fab with the Kona white seemed like a nice seasonal choice!
 My first sample blocks used background fab that was tooooo busy (see last post). The secondary pattern in the corners really got lost, but with these two fabs in the block the pattern really  stands out!
This block is kind of a variation of a "disappearing nine patch".  You sew some squares together and then cut and re-sew.  But in this case first you sew two large HST's,  instead of a nine patch.

                                                                  Cut 2- 10" squares.
Place the squares right sides together, press, draw a line diagonally, put a pin on either side of the line and sew like you would for any HST. 
Cut on the diagonal line. Press toward the dark fab.  Orient the HST as in the picture below and cut a 2" strip from the right side and then a 2" strip from the left side.
Cut a 2" HST from each of these resulting strips.
From the remaining rectangle cut a 2" strip from each side.  
All the pieces should look like this: 
Switch the strips around so that they match the picture below!  And ta da!  You have all the pieces you need to make the block!
Sew the HST's to the long strips and press toward the long strips. Sew the short strips to each side of the center and press away from the center.
Sew the long seams on either side of the center, leaving any excess to stick out as shown below.
Press to the outside edge. Trim off the dog ears and excess tabs.  The block should measure just a hair over 8.5"
So easy and fun!!
And there are so many different ways you can arrange the blocks!

Playing with layouts is so much fun!!
Have a great week!!
Cheers, Claire W.