Welcome to the ECMQG October 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 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. **Please no batiks, civil war or traditional fabrics). If you are not sure if your fabric fits in the category of 'Modern' please ask :)
- 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. The winner would love to know who made their lovely blocks.
- 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.
What is this month's color palette? Think of those yummy peppermint candies, with the bold red and pure white colors.
The block we are going to make is from the web site 'The Quilter's Cache' by Marcia Hohn. The site was created in 1997 and is a great resource for quilters with hundreds of quilt blocks all for free!
This 12 " finished (12.5" unfinished) block is paper pieced and created by making four 6" finished (6.5' unfinished) blocks and joining them.
- You will need to print 4 sets of templates, there are 2 pieces to each 6" block.
- Check the test square, it should be 1" or 1" 1/16 no larger and no smaller than this. (I tested from multiple computers and printers; it printed just under 1 1/16" which is a hair over 1")
- Mark # 5 and 2 red, as these are where you want to place your red and white prints.
- #'s 1,3,4, and 6 on the templates are where you will place the solid white fabric.
- After sewing the fabrics onto the template trim on the marked outside seam allowance line **this is the only time you need to trim the blocks**
- Remove the paper and sew the two haves together to create the small blocks.
- Sew the 4 small blocks together to make the larger block.
If you have never paper pieced before Marcia also has a step by step lesson on the web site 'Learning to Quilt Lesson 3 Paper Piecing'.
Another great resource is a video by Jennifer Mathis of 'Ellison Lane'.
If you have any question - please don't hesitate to ask.
Have fun sewing!
ECMQG Block Lottery Coordinator