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Block of the Month: Block 6- Cross Cut block

July 1, 2018

(Throw Version, 12.5” x 24.5” block)

Supplies:

Cut 2 approximately 14”x14” squares of background fabric.

You need 4 strings of varying (or the same) width, at least 14” long.

 

Assembly:

Using a ruler and your rotary cutter, cut a somewhat diagonal line on one of the background squares from the upper left side to the lower right side  Take one of the strings and insert in it into the diagonal cut (sew the string lengthwise to each side of the diagonal cut). Press.

Cut a second somewhat diagonal line on the newly sewn piece, this time from the upper right side to the lower left side.  Sew in another string. (Note: I didn’t worry about preserving the X shape perfectly since I wanted to vary the width of the strings and not lose a ton of background fabric.  If you want to try to match the X arms, I’d advise starting with a bigger piece of background fabric. You can use a pin at ¼” from the edge to flip back and check to see if your X arms line up and then sew.)

Repeat with the remaining strings and the remaining background square.

Trim both blocks to 12.5” and sew together.

 

(Note:  Feel free to improv the crosses smaller or use more negative space.  This block was meant to be more improv-y. Just make sure you end up wiht a 12.5” x 24.5” block when you are done.)

 

(Mini Version, 6.5” x 12.5” block)

Supplies:

Cut 2 approximately 8”x8” squares of background fabric.

You need 4 strings of varying (or the same) width, at least 8” long.

 

Assembly:

Using a ruler and your rotary cutter, cut a somewhat diagonal line on one of the background squares from the upper left side to the lower right side  Take one of the strings and insert in it into the diagonal cut (sew the string lengthwise to each side of the diagonal cut). Press.

Cut a second somewhat diagonal line on the newly sewn piece, this time from the upper right side to the lower left side.  Sew in another string. (Note: I didn’t worry about preserving the X shape perfectly since I wanted to vary the width of the strings and not lose a ton of background fabric.  If you want to try to match the X arms, I’d advise starting with a bigger piece of background fabric. You can use a pin at ¼” from the edge to flip back and check to see if your X arms line up and then sew.)

Repeat with the remaining strings and the remaining background square.

Trim both blocks to 6.5” and sew together.

 

(Note:  Feel free to improv the crosses smaller or use more negative space.  This block was meant to be more improv-y. Just make sure you end up wiht a 6.5” x 12.5” block when you are done.)

 

 

Have fun!  We’re half way done with the quilt!

June 2018 Meeting

June 26, 2018

Call to order [Olivia and Nikki]

Olivia and Nikki called the meeting to order and welcomed the new members and guests.

Treasurer’s Report [Katey]

Katey provided the treasurer’s report.  We will not be posting the accounts balances online. However, any member is welcome to ask for the information and it will be provided at each meeting.  We have 37 paid members so far for the year.

Social Events [Olivia]

Swap partners have been assigned for the exchange with WAMQG.  The quilts are due back at the October meeting.  WAMQG will be joining our October meeting for the exchange!  Use the information from your partner’s questionnaire to make a Mini Quilt (18 inches-ish).  Contact Olivia if you have any questions.

Upcoming Quilt Shows/Events/Member Promotions

If you have a show or event that you would like the guild to know about please contact the board (ATLMQG@gmail.com) so we can get it added.  We would like to promote paid members in our newsletters.  If you have a pattern coming out or are teaching classes let us know so we can share the info!  Please send in requests for the newsletter by the 15th of each month.

2018 Quilt Along [Ella]

Ella shared the 5th block from her quilt along with us -A Star is Born. Find the directions under News>Quilt Along.

Use #AMQGQAL2018 and #ATLMQG  on social media to share your progress!

Program- Kari Fisher

Kari is a fabric designer based here in Atlanta as well a a garment sewing teacher at Top Stitch Design Studio.  She has a degree in interior design and works with hand block printing to create one of a kind fabric.  Her designs have been featured in several publications.  It was very inspirational to hear about her design process and get her insights on the world of fabric creation.

Check out her website

http://www.karifisherdesigns.com

 

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Block of the Month: Block 5-A Star is Born!

June 3, 2018

Block 5:  A Star is Born Block

 

(Throw Version, 24.5” block)

Supplies:

If using the HST ruler, cut 8 6.5” background triangles and 8 6.5” star point fabric triangles.  

If making your own HSTs, cut 4 7.5” squares out of background fabrics and 4 7.5” squares out of the star point fabric.

Cut 4 6.5” squares of background fabric.

Cut a 12.5” center.  (Note: If you had leftover bits from previous blocks, you can improv piece your own center and then trim if down to a 12.5” square.  Alternately, you can make is 4 square patch center by sewing together 4 6.5” squares or substitute in a 12.5” block of your choosing.)

 

Assembly:

You need to make 8 star points.  Using either the 2 at a time HST methods (marking the diagonal and sewing ¼” seam on either side of the line, then cutting, pressing, and trimming down to 6.5” squares or by sewing a background triangle to a star point triangle, assemble the 8 HST blocks.  

Sew two pairs of HST star points together and attach to each side of the center.

Sew the remaining blocks into 4 square rows (background square, star point, star point, background square.)

Attach top and bottom rows to the center section.  Press.

 

(Mini Version)

Supplies:

If using HST ruler, cut 8 background 3.5” triangles and 8 3.5” star point fabric triangles.

If making your own HSTs, cut 4 4.5” squares out of background fabrics and 4 4.5” squares out of star point fabric.

Cut 4 3.5” squares of background fabric.

Cut a 6.5” center.  (NOTE: you can use this as an opportunity to improv piece your own center out a favorite scraps and then trim down to a 6.5” square.  Alternately, you can make it a 4 square patch center by sewing together 4 3.5” squares.)

 

Assembly:

You need to make 8 star points.  Using either the 2 at a time HST methods (marking the diagonal and sewing ¼” seam on either side of line, then cutting, pressing, and trimming down to 3.5” squares) or by sewing a background triangle to a star triangle, assemble the 8 HST blocks.

Sew two pairs of HST star points together and attach to each side of the center.

Sew the remaining blocks into 4 square rows (background square, star point, star point, background square).

Attach top and bottom rows to the center section.  Press.

May 2018 Meeting

May 17, 2018

Call to order [Olivia and Nikki]

Olivia and Nikki called the meeting to order and welcomed the new members and guests.

Treasurer’s Report [Katey]

Katey provided the treasurer’s report.  We will not be posting the accounts balances online. However, any member is welcome to ask for the information and it will be provided at each meeting.  We have 37 paid members so far for the year.  Enough profit for about Our merch sales including Zazzle and magnets/stickers/ buttons have created a small profit so far, equivalent to having 2 extra paid members.

Social Events [Olivia]

We are planning a secret Santa style mini quilt swap with the West Atlanta MQG.  May 9th is the last day to sign up.   Swap partners will be coming out in the next couple of weeks from Olivia.  The quilts are due back at the October meeting.  WAMQG will be joining our October meeting for the exchange!  Use the information from your partner’s questionnaire to make a Mini Quilt (18 inches-ish).

Upcoming Quilt Shows/Events/Member Promotions

If you have a show or event that you would like the guild to know about please contact the board (ATLMQG@gmail.com) so we can get it added.  We would like to promote paid members in our newsletters.  If you have a pattern coming out or are teaching classes let us know so we can share the info!  Please send in requests for the newsletter by the 15th of each month.

2018 Quilt Along [Ella]

Ella shared the 4th block from her quilt along with us -Curvalicious. Find the directions under News>Quilt Along.

Next month will be a drawing month for a cool prize to one of those who bring in blocks from the last 2 months.

Use #AMQGQAL2018 and #ATLMQG  on social media to share your progress!

Program- Sandy Teepen

Sandy is a quilter from here in Atlanta who has an amazing use of color in her vibrant quilts. I am sure I spied a lot of Kaffe fabrics in her work.  She also had some very inspiring use of novelty prints.   Picture above shows how she used a vintage quilt block and created a new quilt.  She also showed us the quilt she created with a group including our own Jenny Hynes for Quiltcon this year.

Check out her website

https://www.sandieslabel.com

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Block of the Month: Block 4–Curvalicious!

May 6, 2018

Block 4:  Curvalicious! blocks

(Throw Version, 2 12.5” blocks)

Supplies:

Background fabric:  Cut 2 15-16” squares.  (The block will shrink.)  

Fabric 1:  Approximately an 11” square

Fabric 2:  Approximately an 11”” square

 

Assembly:

Match up all your pieces at the lower left corner.  Free hand two curved cuts.

Shuffle your fabrics until you have two combos you like.

Sew the pieces together.  (I tend to sew with the convex curve on the bottom, no pins and align one side. Per a chat with Linda, try it BOTH ways.  She sews with the concave curve..the smaller piece…on the bottom and the bigger on the top.  Her pieces lose less fabric that way.  When I sew it that way on my current machine, I get puckers.  That didn’t seem to happen on my other machine.  I think it has something to do with how even your machine’s feed is.  So, consider this an experiment and try it one way on one block and the other on the other…you’ve got more than enough fabric to play with and knowing your preference for which feels more comfortable also isn’t a bad thing!)

Press seams toward the smallest layer.

Once your blocks are assembled, you’ll trim your blocks down to 12.5”.

 

(Mini Version, 2 6.5” blocks)

Supplies:

Background fabric: Cut 2 8.5-9” squares  (THIS IS IMPORTANT. THE BLOCK WILL SHRINK!!!!)

Fabric 1:  Approximately a 5-6 in square

Fabric 2:  Approximately a 5-6” square

 

Assembly:

Match up all your pieces at the lower left corner.  Free hand two curved cuts.

Shuffle your fabrics until you have two combos you like.

Sew the pieces together.  (I tend to sew with the convex curve on the bottom, no pins.)

Press seams toward the smallest layer.

Once your blocks are assembled, you’ll trim your blocks down to 6.5”.

April 2018 Meeting

April 26, 2018

Call to order [Olivia]

Oliva called the meeting to order and welcomed the new members and guests.

Treasurer’s Report [Katey]

Katey provided the treasurer’s report.  We will not be posting the accounts balances online. However, any member is welcome to ask for the information and it will be provided at each meeting.  We have 30? paid members so far for the year.  Katey to find out how much our Zazzle merch has brought in for the guild.

Merch [Katey]

 We have magnets, vinyl stickers and buttons for sale.  See Katey to purchase them.

Magnets are $5 each

Stickers are $1 each

Buttons are $1 each

All paid members will receive a button and a sticker as part of their dues, please see Katey to get yours. The stickers and magnets are weatherproof, so feel free to advertise the guild on your car. We can accept credit card payments for both merchandise and dues via our new Square reader.  

Also, check out the new Zazzle site for custom shirts, bags, cups and more! The guild receives 10% on the purchase price of every item. 

https://www.zazzle.com/atlantamqg

Social Events [Olivia]

We are planning a secret Santa style mini quilt swap with the West Atlanta MQG.   Please fill out the questionnaire Oliva has emailed out to be included in the swap.  Partners will be assigned at the May meeting, and the quilts are due back at the October meeting.  WAMQG will be joining our October meeting for the exchange!  Use the information from your partner’s questionnaire to make a Mini Quilt (18 inches-ish).

Upcoming Quilt Shows and Events

If you have a show or event that you would like the guild to know about please contact Christie (gatorchristie@gmail.com) so I can get it added.

2018 Quilt Along [Ella]

Ella shared the 3nd block from her quilt along with us -Shoo Fly. Find the directions under News>Quilt Along.

And we had a drawing among those who brought in blocks from the last 2 months for a cool ruler to help make the block.

Use #AMQGQAL2018 and #ATLMQG  on social media to share your progress!

March Program- Lisa Wise re:Loom

Lisa shared her story about working with the Initiative for Affordable Housing here in Atlanta and creating the re:Loom program that works with adults that have struggled to secure and maintain jobs.  re:Loom provides them employment with on the job training and leadership skills. Fabrics are donated from individuals and corporate partners such as Delta Airlines. re:Loom employees then weave them into beautiful one-of-a-kind handmade rugs, mug rugs, bags and more!

Check out their website

homeless re:loom | Weaving a better life for the homeless

 

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Block of the Month: Block 3, Shoofly Upsized

April 7, 2018
Block 3:  Shoo Fly

(Throw Version, 24.5” block)
Supplies:  
Background Fabrics:  Cut (2) 12” squares.
Cut (4)  4.5”x10.5” rectangles.
Fabric 1:  Cut (2) 11.5” squares.
Fabric 2:  Cut (1) 4.5” square.
(Alternate cutting directions if using an HST ruler:  Cut 4 10.5” triangles out of background fabric and 4 10.5” triangles out of Fabric 1.  Cut remaining rectangles and center.)
Assembly:
Sew together HSTs.
If using the 11.5” squares, draw a diagonal line on the lighter of the fabrics.  Sew ¼” seam from the line on each side. Cut on the drawn line. Press and trim 4 sets of HST blocks to 10.5” blocks.
If using the triangles cut with the ruler, sew HST pairs.  Press.
Using a shoo-fly layout, sew two of the 10.5” blocks to either side of the rectangle.  Repeat with the other pair of HST blocks.
Sew the short sides of the two remaining rectangles to the center square.
Assemble the rows.  Press seams open, if desired.
(Mini Version, 12.5” block)
Supplies:
Background Fabrics:  Cut (2) 7” squares.
Cut (4)  2.5”x5.5” rectangles.
Fabric 1:  Cut (2) 6.5” squares.
Fabric 2:  Cut (1) 2.5” square.
(Alternate cutting directions if using an HST ruler:  Cut 4 5.5” triangles out of background fabric and 4 5.5” triangles out of Fabric 1.  Cut remaining rectangles and center.)
Assembly:
Sew together HSTs.
If using the 6.5” squares, draw a diagonal line on the lighter of the fabrics.  Sew ¼” seam from the line on each side. Cut on the drawn line. Press and trim 4 sets of HST blocks to 5.5” blocks.
If using the triangles cut with the ruler, sew HST pairs.  Press.
Using a shoo-fly layout, sew two of the 5.5” blocks to either side of the rectangle.  Repeat with the other pair of HST blocks.
Sew the short sides of the two remaining rectangles to the center square.
Assemble the rows.  Press seams open, if desired.

March 2018 Meeting

March 21, 2018

Call to order [Olivia]

Oliva called the meeting to order and welcomed the new members and guests.  Next month’s meeting will be on the 2nd Sunday, April 8th due to Easter.

Treasurer’s Report [Katey]

Katey provided the treasurer’s report.  We will not be posting the accounts balances online. However, any member is welcome to ask for the information and it will be provided at each meeting. 2018 dues of $35 are payable to Katey.  We now have the capability to take credit card payments in person via SQUARE. You may pay online from the website via Paypal.  (Paypal and Square dues are slightly higher to cover the cost of associated fees.)  Cash and personal checks are accepted as well.

Merch [Katey]

 We have magnets, vinyl stickers and buttons for sale.  See Katey to purchase them.

Magnets are $5 each

Stickers are $1 each

Buttons are $1 each

All paid members will receive a button and a sticker as part of their dues, please see Katey to get yours. The stickers and magnets are weatherproof, so feel free to advertise the guild on your car. We can accept credit card payments for both merchandise and dues via our new Square reader.  

Also, check out the new Zazzle site for custom shirts, bags, cups and more! The guild receives 10% on the purchase price of every item. 

https://www.zazzle.com/atlantamqg

Social Events [Olivia]

We are planning a swap with the West Atlanta MQG- More details to come.

Upcoming Quilt Shows and Events

If you have a show or event that you would like the guild to know about please contact Christie (gatorchristie@gmail.com) so I can get it added.

The Palmetto Quilt Guild Inc. presents Quilt Festival 2018  March 23, 24 & 25, 2018
Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort
40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island, SC
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Admission: $10 (Multi-Day Pass) (Free Admission for children under 18 years of age)

www.palmettoquiltguild.org

The Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop March 22 – 25, 2018

Various quilt shops participating including our very own Tiny Stitches. This year’s theme is Oceans of Notions

 

2018 Quilt Along [Ella]

Ella shared the 2nd block from her quilt along with us -stipey goodness. Find the directions under News>Quilt Along.

Don’t forget to bring your completed blocks to the April meeting to be entered into the drawing for a small prize! (I think Ella said it was going to be an Easy Angle Ruler.)

Use #AMQGQAL2018 and #ATLMQG  on social media to share your progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

March Program- 10 for 10

We are starting a new segment for our meeting called “10 for 10”.  Any member can speak on a topic for ten minutes in return for a $10 Tiny Stitches gift card!

Topic #1  Binding with a Flat Felled Foot by Nikki

  

Only a few days before her due date Nikki amazed us by showing us how she uses a Flat Felled Foot to machine sew down binding.  She did a great job of turning the corners and joining the ends too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topic #2 Faux Piped Binding (2 Color Binding) by Christie

Completely done by machine!  No hand finishing required.

  • Cut fabric 1 ½ inches wide for main binding fabric.  Cut fabric 1 ¾ wide for accent fabric.  (This always seems backwards to me.  The fatter fabric ends up showing less.)
  • Sew each color of fabric strips end to end as you normally would for binding.  Make it long enough to go around the quilt. Press seams open.
  • Sew the 2 long strips together.  Try to stagger the seams between different strips.
  • Press toward the piping color (the fatter strip).  This will end up “filling” the piping. Pressing the other way would give a flatter look, if you prefer.  Press carefully, take your time. If you are not careful, the fabric gets lost in the crease and the pipe looks uneven.
  • Sew binding onto the BACK of the quilt using the ¼ inch foot.  Main binding fabric should face down, all you can see is the accent color.
  • Stop ¼ from the end and miter corners as normal.  Continue and join ends like you typically would.
  • Flip to the Front.
  • Use Edge Joining Foot to “stitch in the ditch”  between piping color and binding. Notice how the stitching will show on the back as a parallel line to the binding, about ¼ inch away.  Consider your bobbin thread color. If it matches my quilting then I don’t find this line bothersome. Depending on how the mitered corner is folded, the Edge Joining Foot may be tricky going around the corners.
  • Ta Da!

Topic #3 Quilt Blocking by Brian

Brian shared his tips on squaring up a quilt that he used when creating his Mail Chimp quilt.  Make sure to check the length of your diagonals as well as the length of the sides to make sure that your quilt doesn’t end up like the shape of Tennessee!

Topic #4 Linda’s Jelly Roll quilt

Linda showed us her technique of sewing jelly roll strips into a square and slicing it up into triangles to make this complicated looking colorful quilt.

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Block of the Month 2: Stripey Goodness blocks

March 4, 2018

Block 2:  Stripey Goodness blocks

 

Note:  My directions piece on the diagonal.  If you don’t have strings long enough, feel free to piece straight up and down stripes.  It’s your quilt, do what works best for your supplies!

SAVE YOUR LEFTOVER BITS.  YOU MAY WANT THEM FOR BLOCK FIVE!

 

(Throw Version, 2 12.5” blocks)

Supplies:

You need a variety of strings.  Aim for a variety of lengths, with at least some measuring  19-20.”

 

Assembly:

If you choose to paper piece this one, you need 2 larger sheets of newsprint that measure 12.5” square.

You can choose to use a muslin to back this one, using a 13” square to  sew onto.

You can also choose to free piece this one and trim the block down to 12.5”.  You may wish to starch the strings to prevent stretch.  If you’ve cut the strings on grain, this should not be a problem.

If you paper piece or piece to muslin, you can glue stick your first strip to the paper or muslin.  Start by laying your first piece on the diagonal of the square.  Sew to each side of the center strip, using a ¼” seam.  Press each seam as you go for the flattest block possible.  Trim the block down at the end.

You should have 2 12.5” blocks.

(Mini Version, 2 6.5” blocks)

Supplies:

Collect strings of various sizes.  Strips should range in length of 10”-5”.  

You can either paper piece this one or improv it.  

 

Assembly:

If using standard piecing, sew strips together.   You’re aiming for a square with the strings set on a diagonal(ish) format.  You can press seams open or to one side.  Feel free to starch the strings if the bias makes you nervous.  Trim each block down to 6.5”.

If you are paper piecing, start with 2 6.5” squares of paper.  You can glue stick your first strip to the paper.  Sew the strips together using ¼” seams.  If you have an add a quarter ruler, you can use it to trim.  If paper piecing, leave the paper on and trim blocks down to 6.5”.  Do not remove papers until block is sewn in.

February 2018 Meeting

February 24, 2018

Call to order [Olivia]

Oliva called the meeting to order and welcomed the new members and guests.

Icebreaker [Jennifer]

After much moaning and groaning at the idea of an icebreaker,  Jennifer asked everyone to count off and break into groups.  We then discussed what we would like to accomplish and learn related to quilting in 2018.  It was a good chance to meet some people that we don’t normally sit next to, and we learned that once we start talking about quilts it it hard to get people to stop.

Treasurer’s Report [Katey]

Katey provided the treasurer’s report.  We will not be posting the accounts balances online. However, any member is welcome to ask for the information and it will be provided at each meeting. 2018 dues of $35 are payable to Katey.  We now have the capability to take credit card payments in person via SQUARE. You may pay online from the website via Paypal.  (Paypal and Square dues are slightly higher to cover the cost of associated fees.)  Cash and personal checks are accepted as well.

Merch [Katey]

 We have magnets, vinyl stickers and buttons for sale.  See Katey to purchase them.

Magnets are $5 each

Stickers are $1 each

Buttons are $1 each

All paid members will receive a button and a sticker as part of their dues, please see Katey to get yours. The stickers and magnets are weatherproof, so feel free to advertise the guild on your car. We can accept credit card payments for both merchandise and dues via our new Square reader.  

Also, check out the new Zazzle site for custom shirts, bags, cups and more! (Seriously, I hope someone gets the flask.) The guild receives 10% on the purchase price of every item.  There is a 15% off discount through Zazzle on everything in our store right now.

https://www.zazzle.com/atlantamqg

 

Upcoming Quilt Shows and Classes

If you have a show or event that you would like the guild to know about please contact Christie (gatorchristie@gmail.com) so I can get it added.

Original Sewing and Quilt Expo  Duluth, GA Infinite Energy Center  March 8, 9 & 10, 2018

The Palmetto Quilt Guild Inc. presents Quilt Festival 2018  March 23, 24 & 25, 2018
Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort
40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island, SC
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Admission: $10 (Multi-Day Pass) (Free Admission for children under 18 years of age)

www.palmettoquiltguild.org

February Program- 2017 Quilt Along Wrapup

It was so amazing to see all the participation in the 2017 quilt along based on the Material Girl Quilts Layer Cake Sampler.  It was fun to see how the different fabrics and design choices impacted the quilts.

2018 Quilt Along [Ella]

For 2018 Ella Herrera will be leading us in a skill builder block of the month that she designed herself.  Look under the heading News> Quilt Along for her monthly posts for each block.  She is starting us off easy with a checkerboard block.  There will be a drawing for a small prizes for those that participate!

Use #AMQGQAL2018 and #ATLMQG  on social media to share your progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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