September 2016 Block Lotto

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For the month of September, we’re doing the Twizzle block by Buttons and Butterflys. (at time of post, this pattern is free from the Craftsy site)

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@eyecandyquilts posted her version on Instagram and we decided this would be a fun skill builder block. How many of us have done half-rectangle triangle blocks? Hm?

Update:

Here are the blocks everyone made- and congratulations to Karen M on winning these blocks.

October 2016 Block Lotto

This month, we’ll be working on curves. But these are gentle curves.

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Pieced by Karen M. Example block with solid

Fabric provided by the guild is a light grey Kona solid (thank you, Karen for cutting and making templates). From your stash, use a brightly colored solid to coordinate.

Karen M. picked out this month’s block and was inspired by Verena’s simply colorful blog about her experience with a Quick Curve Ruler.

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Picture, piecing, and quilting by Verena at einfach bunt…

Video Instructions:

June 2016 Block Lotto

This month’s Block Lotto is a tiny dip in the world of improv piecing. The basic block is Crosscut Blocks by @aquilterstable (link to incredible tutorial). Our colors are Kona Denim for the background and fabrics that coordinate with Kona Pomegranate and Kona Sprout.

In addition to the background fabric you received, you’ll need 1″ strips of coordinating fabrics to make the “X.” The strips should be about an inch longer than the diagonal of the background square.

If you’re participating and sharing on FB or IG, please use #crosscutblocks #blocklotto #ocmqg so we can find your progress!

Below is the process in photos (see @aquilterstable’s tutorial if you need better instructions).

Cut the 10″ square block from corner to corner.

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2. Cut background fabric from corner to corner

Cut 2 – 1″ strips for each block, approximately 15.5″ long. These should be longer then the diagonal of the 10″ square blog

Sew one strip to the long side of the first triangle. Press.

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4. Sew strip to long side of triangle

Sew the long side of the second triangle to the other side of the strip.

Cut the square in half diagonally, across the center strip.

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6. Cut square from corner to corner

Sew the second strip to the long side of the first triangle. Press.

Sew the second triangle to the strip. The photo below shows how to center the pieces so the cross pieces are closely aligned. These DO NOT need to be perfectly aligned. Press.

 

Et Viola! Finished Block Lotto block.

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Trim finished block to 9.5″

 

You might be wondering … where’s the improv in this one block? Well, for me it’s about not having (and not trying to have) that cross *perfectly* aligned. Which can be difficult if you’re used to perfectly matching points.

The other part is actually cutting into a block, across something you’ve already pieced together. That’s another huge step for someone who’s never done improv.

If you are the winner, you have some options:

  1. Sew the blocks together in a traditional manner and quilt. Pretty….IMG_7268

2. Or continue with more improv. Sew together as in the above picture, then using a 6.5″ square ruler, cut the fabric into smaller squares, and re-assemble!

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May 2016 Block Lotto

May’s Block Lotto is a pattern from Molli Sparkles, called Jagged Little Pill.

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Jagged Little Pill Block by Shelli (photo by @kroqnk9)

The guidelines:

Use Kona Steel provided as the background and choose fabrics from your stash that coordinate with Kona Red and Kona Aqua.

Cutting instructions and block construction can be found on Molli Sparkles Tutorial Page.

Bring your finished block to the next guild meeting on June 30th!

Show your progress / finished block on Instagram or Facebook: #ocmqg #jaggedlittlepillblock #blocklotto

If you would like to participate in the next lotto, please bring $1 for fabric to the next meeting. Send ideas for the next block to ocmodernquiltguild@gmail.com.

Happy Sewing!

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Instagram image and quilt by @molli_sparkles: You Learn quilt using Jagged Little Pill Block

 

April 2016 Block Lotto

At April’s meeting, we introduced Block Lotto.

Here’s how it works: We provide some/all of the fabric (quilt cotton quality) and you pay $1 for each block’s worth of fabric. You make the block and bring it to the next meeting, then names will be drawn to see who gets all the blocks!

Big Thank YOU! to our President, Janet, for pulling the directions together and making the sample blocks.

Here are the  fabric choice guide lines  and directions for making the blocks.

April Block Lotto – Flip Flop Block

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