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Block of the Month 10: Mountains Majesty

November 3, 2018

 

(Throw Version, 12.5”x 36.5” block)

 

Supplies:
Newsprint
Fabric
Ruler
Pencil
Rotary cutter
iron

 

Assembly:

  1. Using the newsprint, construct a 12.5”x 36.5” base piece of paper.Use a ruler to draw in your seam allowances.  (Or, conversely, draw a 12”x 36” rectangle and add quarter inch seam allowances around each edge as you go. Another alternate that is less unwieldy is to make 2 pieces 12.5x 18.5” pieces and make the joining spot a point of a mountain.  If you choose this options, draw the ¼” seam allowances on each piece.)
  1. Use the ruler to sketch your mountains.   (Note: this will ensure your mountain points don’t vanish into seam allowances.)
  1. Start assembly on one side of the paper.  Begin with the scrap that is appropriate (mountain or background).  Pin to paper, allotting at least a ¼” seam allowance. (You are pinning to the side without the lines, wrong side touching the paper.
  1.  Shorten your stitch length.  Take the next piece, lay it right side to right side, lining up the edge with the seam allowance of the first piece.  If you are worried that the piece won’t fit, pin the seam allowance, flip the fabric back and the unit up to the light.  MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH EXTRA FOR AT LEAST ¼” SEAM ALLOWANCE ON ALL SIDES. Sew along the marked line.  Flip the fabric over and press the seam with a dry iron.
  1. Fold the next seam back after you have pinned the fabric which was just sewn on.  Using a ruler, trim the seam allowance to a ¼”. Then take the next piece of fabric and line up with the seam allowance you just trimmed.  Repeat.
  1.  If necessary, at the end, trim pieces to appropriate size.

(Mini Version, 6.5”x18.5” block)

 

Supplies:
Newsprint
Fabric
Ruler
Pencil
Rotary cutter
iron

 

Assembly:

  1. Using the newsprint, construct a 6.5”x 18.5” base piece of paper. Use a ruler to draw in your seam allowances.  (Another alternate that is less unwieldy is to make 2 pieces 6.5x 9.5” pieces and make the joining spot a point of a mountain.  If you choose this options, draw the ¼” seam allowances on each piece.)

 

  1. Use the ruler to sketch your mountains.   (Note: this will ensure your mountain points don’t vanish into seam allowances.)

 

  1. Start assembly on one side of the paper.  Begin with the scrap that is appropriate (mountain or background).  Pin to paper, allotting at least a ¼” seam allowance. (You are pinning to the side without the lines, wrong side touching the paper.

 

  1.  Shorten your stitch length.  Take the next piece, lay it right side to right side, lining up the edge with the seam allowance of the first piece.  If you are worried that the piece won’t fit, pin the seam allowance, flip the fabric back and the unit up to the light.  MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH EXTRA FOR AT LEAST ¼” SEAM ALLOWANCE ON ALL SIDES.Sew along the marked line.  Flip the fabric over and press the seam with a dry iron.

 

  1. Fold the next seam back after you have pinned the fabric which was just sewn on.  Using a ruler, trim the seam allowance to a ¼”. Then take the next piece of fabric and line up with the seam allowance you just trimmed.  Repeat.

 

  1.  If necessary, at the end, trim pieces to appropriate size.

October 2018 Meeting

October 28, 2018

Call to Order

Meeting was called to order by Olivia and Nikki with a special greeting for all of our friend from the West Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild.  We were so happy that they made the trip out to visit us at Tiny Stitches for the swap!

Treasurer’s Report

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.

Katey will begin accepting 2019 dues in November.

Social Events

Sewing Retreat at Lincoln Tech in Marietta on October 20th.  Thank you so much to Jennifer for setting this up for us!

Announcement

December meeting will be a make and take embroidery project.  Please donate $10 to help cover the cost of the kit.

Block of the Month

Ella continues to amaze us with a new block every month.Find the directions under News>Quilt Along.  Use #AMQGQAL2018 and #ATLMQG  on social media to share your progress!

Program Content

Elizabeth Becker from Tandem Quilting Company who employs refugee women in making custom quilts in East Atlanta.

Find out more about them

https://www.tandemquiltingco.com/about-tandem-quilting-co

Swap with West Atlanta Quilt Guild

We have been working on these quilts all year and the results were a success! Both guilds have some amazing talent.

 

Show and Tell

Up Next Month

Jess Jones Fiber Arts Professor from Georgia State

September 2018 Meeting

October 28, 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]

Quilt Swap with WAMQG is going to be at the October 7th meeting.

Working on setting up a day quilt retreat for October

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 is taking a break for the September meeting- she showed an extra block last month.  Now is a good time to get caught up!

Program-O V Brantley

O V Brantley is one of the founding members of the Atlanta Quilt Festival which celebrates African American quilters and quilt history.

Check out her amazing work here:

https://ovbrantley.com/

Show and Tell

 

August 2018 Meeting

October 28, 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 7  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.

Day retreat July 21st at Roberts School was a success! Finished 2 quilts to donate to the Welcome Blanket project.  Group meetup on August 11th to see MODA exhibit Making Change the Art and Craft of Activism.

2018 Quilt Along [Ella]

Ella shared the 7th and 8th blocks from her quilt along with us. Find the directions under News>Quilt Along.

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

Program-Nichole Benner

Nicole is a textile artist and Lecturer in Textiles at Georgia State University in Atlanta.  Check out her amazing work here

http://nicolebenner.com/

Block 9-Ray-diate

October 6, 2018

Block 9-  Ray-diate block

(Throw Version)

Supplies:

24.5” square of background fabric

3 30” pieces of double fold bias tape of your desired width

 

Assembly:

Use the bias tape to form three rays across the block.  Pin. You can either hand sew them on or top stitch the edges down using a ⅛” seam from the edge.

 

(Mini Version)

Supplies:

12.5” square of background fabric

3 16” pieces of double fold bias tape of your own desired width

 

Assembly:

Use the bias tape to form three rays across the block.  Pin. You can either hand sew them on or top stitch the edges down using a ⅛” seam from the edge.

 

NOTE:  If you need to make your own bias tape, you lay a ruler at a 45 degree angle to the selvage edge.  Make an initial cut. Line the ruler up with the edge at your desired width (double what you want the finished width to be).  Cut. Repeat until you have enough pieces (or piece the strips to desired length). Press any seams open. Press the tape in half, then fold and press edges to center line.  

Block of the Month-Block 7 and 8! Squircles and Pointy

August 5, 2018

Block 7:  Squircles

(Throw Version, 12.5” x 36,5” block)

Supplies:

Brightly colored thread for basting

Thread that matches the circles being appliqued.

Pins

Sewing Gauge (Big fan of the Dritz 14 in 1 measuring gauge)

Assorted fabrics: Cut 6  circle-ish shapes with about 4.5 in diameters.  (This is a fabulous time to use some leftover charms.)

Background Fabric:  Cut a piece 37.5” by 13.5”  (You are going to trim down to 36.5”X12.5”.  Since you are handling the fabric a fair amount, you may want to have a bit extra so you can trim any fringes off at the end.)

NOTE:  You can also use a two sided fusible to fuse the circles on OR you can use a one sided fusible.  See Assembly notes below.

 

Assembly:

After you’ve cut your circles,pin them in a spacing that makes you happy (taking into account the trimming if you are doing that).  Use a bright colored thread and baste them on with a 1/4″  seam. Unpin.

Use a thread similarly colored to the circles, needle turn applique them on.  (You will use the basting thread to help you turn in a perfect ⅛” seam.) Remove the basting thread.  Trim block down to 12.5” by 36.5”.

 

Alternate assembly:  Fuse squares of two sided fusibles to the charms BEFORE you cut your squircles.  Fuse on to background according to the directions for your fusible. Then stitch around the circle using a zig zag or “sketch stitch” around the inside of the circle.

 

If you want to use a one sided fusible, cut the squircle with the right side of the charm facing the adhesive side of the fusible.  Sew around the edges with a ¼” seam. Cut a slit in the back of the fusible. Turn inside out. Fuse to the background fabric and then hand or machine sew the edges down.

 

Trim the block down.

 

(Mini Version, 6.5” x 18.5” block)

Supplies:

Assorted fabrics:  Cut 6 circle-ish shapes about 2.5” diameters.

Background Fabric:  7.5” x 19.5”

 

Assembly:

After you’ve cut your circles.  Pin them in a spacing that makes you happy (taking into account the trimming if you are doing that).  Use a bright colored thread and baste them on with a ¼ in seam. Unpin.

Use a thread similarly colored to the circles, needle turn applique them on.  (You will use the basting thread to help you turn in a perfect ⅛” seam.) Remove the basting thread.

Trim the block down to 6.5” to 18.5”.

 

See notes above for alternate assembly options.

 

 

 

Block 8: Pointy block

(Throw Version, 12.5x 24.5” block)

 

Supplies:

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

If making your own HSTs, cut 4 7.5” squares out of background fabrics and 4 7.5” squares out of the chevron fabric.  Note: You can use two different feature fabrics, in which case, you should cut 2 sets of 7.5” squares (2 each).

 

Assembly:

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 chevron triangle, assemble the 8 HST blocks.  

Arrange and sew HSTs into a chevron formation.  Sew top row. Sew bottom row.

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

 

(Mini Version)

Supplies:

If using the HST ruler, cut 8 3.5” background triangles and 8 3.5” chevron fabric triangles.  

If making your own HSTs, cut 4 4.5” squares out of background fabrics and 4 4.5” squares out of the chevron fabric.  Note: You can use two different feature fabrics, in which case, you should cut 2 sets of 4.5” squares (2 each).

 

Assembly:

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 3.5” squares or by sewing a background triangle to a chevron triangle, assemble the 8 HST blocks.  

Arrange and sew HSTs into a chevron formation.  Sew top row. Sew bottom row.

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

 

July 2018 Meeting

July 29, 2018

Call to order [Olivia and Nikki]

Olivia and Nikki called the meeting to order and welcomed the new members and guests.  We had a very special guest from the podcast Just Wanna Quilt, Elizabeth Townsend Gard.  Our member Tara Miller was recently featured on a podcast episode. You should check it out.

https://www.justwannaquilt.com

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]

Quilt Retreat!  We finalized the date for the day quilt retreat.  July 21st at the Roberts School in Acworth.

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 6th block from her quilt along with us -Cross Cut Block. Find the directions under News>Quilt Along.

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

Program-10 for 10

Linda Petersen-smith  shared and a modern arrow block that uses the ‘magic inch” method and explained how clever fabric arrangement gives the blocks more movement.

Jenny Hynes shared her modern Square-Lines Design and brought in this pillow with amazing texture.

Katey Jackson -English-Paper-Piecing make and take.  Thanks to www.paperpieces.com for sponsoring and to Katey for patiently showing all how to make a fun fabric pentagon bowl!

Show and Tell

 

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

 

Show and Tell

 

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.