The challenge for August is IMPROV! You can create any shape or design you like. Let the fabric inspire you. However, if you are stuck some inspiration and online tutorials follow.
IMPROV CROSSES – Inset an “X” or criss-cross slices into your block.
Choose your background fabric square. Next, choose two cross fabric strips. Cutting with a ruler or cutting freehand, slice a straight line through your background square. The line can be going in any direction and at any angle. Next, sew a fabric strip in the opening you’ve cut. You’ll simply sew the strip to one side of the opening and then to the other. Press seams. Again, cut a straight line through your background square. The new cut should intersect your first strip at some point.
Quilt as You Go is your challenge for July. Each kit has a square of batting and three colors. There are two ways to go about making your block.
OPTION 1. Sew your scraps into a block that finishes about ~7×7. Lay your finished block over the batting. Quilt as desired. No need for backing at this time.. For an example, see: https://www.instructables.com/id/Quilt-As-You-Go-Quilt/ OPTION 2. Alternatively, cut your fabric into smaller scraps. Sew the scrap right side up onto the batting. Quilt over the scrap to secure in place. Straight-line quilting looks very good in this method. Grab your next scrap. Lay fabric right side down, overlapping the previous piece. Sew the seam in place. Fold the second scrap over (right side now up) and fold down onto the batting. Quilt this second piece as you go. https://heyletsmakestuff.com/bloomin-quilt-as-you-go-panel-tutorial/
Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to make a cactus or succulent inspired block. Design your own or take a peek at the resources below. You can put your cactus in a pot, add a flower or prickly pear, and I think these cactus block could lend themselves well to some embroidery embellishments. Any size and any shape welcome. Any technique too!
Fabric kit is free this month. 1 kit per member available for pick up at the Swap & Meet. Color palette is white fabric for the background, greens for the cacti, and bright colors for pots and flowers.
Resources and Inspiration:
This month’s block lotto is a block based on the Fibonacci Sequence brought to us by katandcatquilts blog. Find the how-to at
This month, we’ll be working on curves. But these are gentle curves.
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.
Picture, piecing, and quilting by Verena at einfach bunt…