Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wonky Stars Charity Quilt

We will be making a wonky star charity quilt for Fisher House, which provides "comfort homes" at Eglin AFB for the families of our wounded service men and women while they are undergoing medical treatment.  Some of you may have received fabric at our A&E field trip last Saturday.  If you didn't receive fabric then, there may be a limited number of block kits available at the May meeting.

All blocks should be returned to Susan McDuffie not later than the June 7 meeting.

Marcy Gallagher made our sample block and took pictures so we would have a tutorial.  Thanks, Marcy!

Take your gray background square which should be at least a 14" square and cut it twice vertically and twice horizontally into a wonky 9-patch.

Take the piece you intend to use for your block center and using the center of the background fabric as the pattern, cut an identical piece.

Using the small pieces of fabric, make your wonky star points.  Be sure that the fabric will entirely cover the corner of the background fabric before you sew.  Also, make sure the star points are at least 1/4-inch from the outside edge of the background so they are not cut off when the pieces are stitched together.

Marcy used her iron to mark a sewing line before she stitched to make sure the background was completely covered by the star points.

Check again.  Then stitch.

Trim off the excess star point fabric 1/4 inch from the seam.

Trim the excess from the star points to match the background fabric.  Then trim away the excess background fabric 1/4 inch from the seam.

Press your seams.  This is what it will look like from the back.

Repeat for each of the points of the star.  Then sew your 9-patch block together.  Press.

Now, square up your block to 12-1/2 inches.

Pat yourself on the back.  You've just completed one of the blocks we need to make our charity quilt.

Be sure to get your block to Susan by the June 7th Meeting!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Field Trip!

The Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild held it's 3rd annual Field Trip to A&E Fabrics in Pensacola on Saturday, April 12, 2014.  More than 25 members attended the meeting.

In a lucky coincidence, the meeting coincided with the Pensacola Quilter's Guild Quilt Show, so A&E had a wonderful sale for the event. 

A&E provided a delicious lunch for us catered by Sonny's Barbeque.

Gina Curtis made this delicious cake for us to celebrate our field trip adventure.  Thanks, Gina.

And yes, it tasted as wonderful as it looked.  Gina promised to share the recipe!

We had a short meeting and Marcy Gallagher and Kelly Spear passed out the fabrics for the MQG Michael Miller Challenge.  If you signed up and weren't at the field trip or just didn't receive your Michael Miller challenge fabrics, they will be available at the next meeting or contact Marcy or Kelly.  Projects will be due for the ECMQG at the June meeting and must be uploaded to the MQG website by June 23.  You may add any solid or Michael Miller printed fabric , and you may make anything you wish as long as it is quilted.  For additional rules, here is a link to the official guidelines to the challenge from the MQG website.

We also had a short show and tell.  Marcy showed her improv curves quilt from Diane's lesson at the March meeting.

She chose a fun print for the back.

Wendi Mihalik showed her recently finished (and long neglected) Breath of Avignon quilt - the first quilt she made after a long quilting hiatus (also her first quilt using modern fabrics, first quilt using precuts, and first introduction to Moda Bake Shop).  The pattern is called Avignon Picnic.  The fabric is Breath of Avignon by American Jane.

She also showed her Faux String quilt.  The blocks are made from a stripe FQ bundle from Westwood Acres.  The pattern is a variation of Heximetry by Alexandra Winston.

The back is random pieces left from other quilts.

Wendi also showed her finished Modern Maples Quilt from last fall's ECMQG Modern Maples quilt along.

The back is scraps in a Tumbling Maple leaf design.

Melissa Jennings showed her project based on the Gold Fish Crackers block from our March Block Lottery.  This will be a Fish-in-Bags wall hanging, and the bags will show more once it is quilted.

Olivia showed the Airplane quilt she made for her son when he was a baby.

She even added airplanes in the quilting.

She also showed the I-Spy quilt she made for her other son, This one is special because she collaborated on it with her mom.

She chose a fun hot air balloon print for the back.

Cindy Marvel showed a cute little scrappy baby quilt made from scraps she found while cleaning her sewing room using Elizabeth Hartmann's tutorial.  She intends to finish this quilt for  Project Linus.

She has also been making Scrappy Trip Along blocks for a Flickr Swap.  She showed some that she made to send to others and some that she had received in her "beachy" colors.

She also showed a cute little drawstring bag she made from a Scrappy Trip block that she plans to use to wrap a birthday gift.

We all had a wonderful time.  Many thanks to those who attended and especially to A&E for hosting us and providing lunch.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

May 2014 Block Lottery - Polaroid 4x4 Block

Welcome to the ECMQG May 2014 Block Lottery!

If you are new to the group, or our blog, you can read the general Block Lottery information here, as well as see previous blocks (with instructions or tutorials) and past winners.  As always, please read through the entire instructions before cutting and sewing.

The rules are simple:
  • The Lottery is open to all ECMQG members in good standing.
  • Please use only quilt shop quality fabric (no Hobby Lobby or JoAnn's fabric with the exception of designer lines and please no batiks).
  • The aesthetic is ALWAYS MODERN
  • Take your time and effort to construct your block well, and use 1/4" seam allowances (unless the tutorial states otherwise). 
  • Blocks should be the correct size, within about a quarter of an inch.
  • Each block + $1 is one entry in the drawing.You may submit as many entries as you would like.
  • Please label your block with you name, either within the seam allowance on the back or an address label stuck to the back.
  • Past winners can still contribute, but please understand until we see a finished quilt from your win, allow someone else the thrill of winning.
  • If you have any questions please contact me - Kira - or comment below.

For the May meeting lottery block we are making a version of the Polaroid Block, not just one but 4 Polaroids in a 12.5 x 12.5 unfinished block (12 x 12 finished). This fun block is great for fussy cutting fabrics. There are many tutorials on the web, but we are going to make a slightly different size Polaroid.

Here are some of the blocks and quilts you can find by using a google search''Polaroid Quilt Block'.
See how fun this mini Polaroid block quilt looks by Fabric Mutt.

And these cute mini tops by Maureen Cracknell

The fabric we will be using for the Polaroid edges is Kona White and the background is Kona Coal a medium to dark gray (not Charcoal, which is an almost black gray). 

You will be pulling from your stash to find fabrics to fussy cut into 3.5 inch squares. Look for fabrics with picture like qualities. 

Polaroid 4x4 Block

Fabric Requirements for One Lottery Block:
  • 4 - 3.5" x 3.5" fussy cut squares
  • Kona White 1/8 yard
  • Kona Coal 1/4 yard
Cutting your fabric:
Note: WOF is 'Width of Fabric' or a cut from selvage to selvage.
  • 4 - 3.5 x 3.5 fussy cut squares
  • 2 - WOF x 1" of Kona White for Polaroid sides and top
  • 1 - WOF x 1.5" of Kona White for Polaroid bottom*
  • 3 - WOF x 2" of Kona Coal for background
    • Sub cut 1 strip into 2" x 4.5", you need 8 total
    • Sub cut 2 strips into 2" x 8.5", you need 8 total


    Line up the side edge of the fussy cut square on top of the 1" strip of white and stitch together using a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a 1/4" to 1/2" space place another fussy cut square on this strip and sew - continue until all four of your fussy cut squares have been sewn to the 1 strip.

    Press the seam allowance towards the strip. Trim the side pieces even with the fussy cut squares.

    Repeat this for the other side and the top of each square.

    Now it's time to add the bottom of the Polaroid. Using the 1.5" strip of white you will sew the same way as above but to the bottom of your fussy cut square. Press towards the white and trim.

    Adding background - Using the 4.5" gray strips sew one to the top and bottom of your Polaroids, and press towards the gray. 

Using the 8.5" strips sew one on each side and press towards the gray.

    Trim each of these to 6.5" square, you can make them wonky if you wish.

Now sew your four small blocks together to make a 12.5" Polaroid 4x4 block (12" finished).

I hope you enjoy this block and I can't wait to see your 4x4 Polaroid blocks at our meeting in May

Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild Block Lottery Coordinator

Monday, March 10, 2014

Introducing Modern Designers - Anna Maria Horner - A Fabric Swap

Field Study by Anna Maria Horner
Known for her bold designs and vivid colors, Anna Maria Horner is an inspiration to many in the quilting and crafting community.  Author, pattern designer, and fabric designer with a line of embroidery patterns and threads, giftware, and home items, AMH is a woman of many talents (and mom of 7!)   You may want to check out her blog - it's always a lovely read.  And you may be interested to know that her daughter, Juliana Horner, has a line of fabric designed for and available at Joann's stores.

From AMH Garden Party line of fabric for Free Spirit
Some of you were asking at the March 8th meeting to get a "head start" on our next fabric swap, and possibly be able to purchase fabric on our field trip to A&E in April.  Our next ECMQG Fabric Swap for July, 2014 will be Fat Eighths (F8s or FEs) of any quilting cotton by Anna Maria Horner.

Pillows made with Field Study by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit

What is a Fat Eighth?

A fat eighth (FE or F8) is one eighth of a yard of fabric, or a yard of fabric cut into eight equal pieces. Traditionally, this long narrow cut from the fold line to the selvage, resulted in 8 strips measuring 4-1/2" x 44".  

Like the Fat Quarter, quilters changed the cutting dimensions of of that same yard of fabric to be both longer and wider by doubling the width and halving the length and ended up with a piece 9" x 22", and called it a Fat Eighth.  A fat eighth has so many more possibilities for quilting than a long, skinny 1/8 yard piece.

Modern quilters still found this cut too confining, and realized by changing the cutting dimensions yet again, shorter fatter pieces were even more user friendly.   

This newer cut, still a FE or F8, and hugely popular with modern quilters is sized at 11" x 18" or 10.5" x 18" (after selvages are removed).   

Anna Maria Horner's May, 2011 Quilt Market Booth (photo courtesy of ACraftyFox/Westwood Acres Fabrics)
The Rules

 If you wish to participate, here is what you need to do:

1.  Purchase one yard of any Anna Maria Horner printed quilting cotton fabric. (If ordering online, be sure to order early enough to allow time for delivery and cutting before the July meeting.)  Some possible sources for your fabric might be:

A&E Pharmacy in Pensacola, or online from Hawthorne ThreadsPink Chalk Fabrics,  Fat Quarter Shop,  Fabric dot com, eQuilterIntrepid Thread and Fabricworm.

Be sure to buy 100% cotton quilting fabric.  This is not a swap for velveteen, flannel, corduroy, voile, home decorator, or other fabric types (although you may want to investigate those for your personal use - AMH has some lovely voiles, velveteens, and home dec fabrics).

2 - You may swap up to three yards of fabric.

3.  Cut your fabric using the tutorial below.

4.  Place your cut fabric in a zip top bag labeled with your name.  If you're swapping more than 1 yard, place each SEPARATE yard in a labeled zip top bag. 

5.  Leave your labeled bag(s) on the designated Anna Maria Horner swap table inside the Fellowship Hall at the July 12 ECMQG meeting.

6.  Your fabric(s) will be sorted and separated by groups.  At the conclusion of our meeting, drop by the Anna Maria Horner swap table and pick up your bag(s) - (a) beautiful bundle(s) of modern designer fabric.

7.  We won't have a variety of prints if everyone purchases and brings the same fabric.  Please utilize the comments section to let us know what fabric(s) you've selected.  With the number of participants we are anticipating, it should be okay to have no more than two or three people bring the same print.  

True Colors by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit (photo courtesy of Westwood Acres Fabric)

Cutting Modern Fat Eighths

1.  Press your fabric to remove the center crease.  Do not remove the selvages.

2.  Using your rotary cutter, cut your fabric lengthwise through the center.  You now have two pieces, measuring approximately 22" x 36".

3.  Cut each 22" x 36" piece in half again lengthwise.  This gives you four pieces, each measuring 11" x 36"

4.  Cut each 11" x 36" piece in half crosswise.  This gives you eight pieces, each measuring 11" x 18".  A modern fat eighth.  

(Note that the width of the fabric may vary, which may make your F8 somewhat less than 11"; if you cut your fabric width into equal quarters, it will be close enough.)

As always, if you have questions regarding the swap or this tutorial, you can email me at wendimihalik at yahoo dot com.

This is going to be a super fun swap!

Wendi Mihalik
ECMQG Swap Captain