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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!

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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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