The tutorial instructions are thorough, with clear pictures of each step, and the measurements are generous to allow for trimming down and squaring up.
For each block, the guild will provide two 5” squares of WHITE, and participants will use two BLUE (prints or solids) 5” squares from their stash (a total of four 5” squares are needed to complete the block.). Prints with outer space or sky motifs are especially cute and reinforce the Moon theme, but there is no need to purchase new fabric. Any solid shade of blue will also work. Your two blue squares do not have to match. Mix it up!
You will need an 8″ circle to use as a template. Paper templates were distributed at the meeting, but if you did not get one, you can use any means to create a circle with an 8” diameter.
When making my samples, I encountered two points that were not discussed in the tutorial, which might be helpful for first-time curve piecers.
1. One of the steps is to “find the center of each piece and pin them together.” The easiest way to find the center of a curve is to simply fold it in half and make a little finger-pressed crease. Match up the center creases of the convex and concave pieces, keeping right sides of the fabric together. Pin the center first, then pin the corners, and then fill in with as many pins as you find helpful.
2. I found that I was able to get the bias of the curve to stretch more easily when I fed the fabric through my machine with the convex piece on top. The tutorial pictures show the concave piece on top. Try one each way to see which works best for you.
Individual Drunkard’s Path units will be squared up to measure 4.25” each.
Four units will piece together to make a moon block measuring 8” square.
In order to create the Half Moon look, join the units so that they form a white semi-circle.
No one expects perfection! This is a way to build our skills with curves and try something new. Let’s make it fun!
Here are detailed instructions on how to complete this month’s Block Lotto! Thank you Lucinda for coordinating this for the guild.
As a compliment to last month’s “Blue Moon” block, this month’s “Comet” block is on the opposite end of the spectrum. Last month’s solid was white, and it used a pattern, and curves. with an online tutorial. This block uses black, no pattern, and only straight lines, with no tutorial. These instructions are a guide, but there will be some improvisational decisions to make, and some monkeying around to fit the block together. Some may find this bit of freedom fun and easy, while some may find it more challenging.
The Guild provided one 11.5″ square of Kona Black. Participants provide scraps from their stash in three or more shades of a single color. It’s okay to use prints that read as solid. Stitch your gradation of scraps to form a rough strip approximately 3” x 12”. Seams do not need to be straight or parallel to each other.
Cut a long triangle wedge out of the strip. You choose the angles and direction. No need to measure. This is your “Comet”.
Cut the black square in two. You choose the placement and the angle of the cut.
Insert the Comet between the two black portions.
Take care to ensure that the result will yield at least a 10.5” square.
In order to accommodate the Comet piece, you may need to remove a wedge of black, adjust your angles, or flip one of your black portions over.
Sew the two black portions onto either side of your Comet. Don’t panic if the result is not square.
Square up the block, and trim to 10.5″
It’s okay if the point does not meet the edge of the block.
Black backgrounds always seem to make colors glow.
We should end up with a fun collection of 10.5” Comet blocks which can be assembled in any the winner desires.
Have fun with the colors, and don’t sweat the details.
Thanks for attending our February meeting and thank you Lisa for leading the February meeting! At the beginning of the meeting, Karen A. and Lucinda checked in from QuiltCon via Skype and shared their initial impressions of the conference, thank you both for taking the time to share your experience at the conference!
Thank you Sandy for organizing this month’s Block Lotto and doing a demo of the pattern—it’s a paper-pieced coffee mug! Those who signed up received a piece of fabric in Kona Silver and RightPatterns (R)’s Coffee Cup pattern (available on Craftsy.com). Pull any fabrics from your stash to complete the coffee mug. Paper piecing the “steam” is optional, you can top the mug with a solid block if you wish. Sandy enlarged the block to a 10” block. The pattern when enlarged doesn’t include the 1/4” seam around the outside so be sure to include the 1/4” seam around the block.
If you would like to volunteer to demo a sewing or quilting technique at an upcoming meeting, let us know!
The 2017 budget was unanimously approved at the meetinng
Volunteer Positions Update
Sandra has volunteered to coordinate field trips and workshops for OCMQG, thank you Sandra! Lisa has also volunteered to help co-coordinate field trips, thank you Lisa!
Mary has volunteered to coordinate the handmade item raffle, thank you Mary! We also had many people sign-up to make a handmade item to donate to the guild for raffles, thank you to our amazing members for signing up! We have enough sign-ups to be able to have a raffle at every meeting through 2017! Raffle tickets will be $1 each or 6 tickets for $5, and proceeds will go to the guild. Each month, Mary will be touching base with the person who has volunteered to check-in on your progress. Bring some cash to the March meeting for raffle tickets.
At the meeting, some members brought scraps to donate to the “Scrap Swap.” Elise is coordinating this with the Long Beach MQG, thank you Elise! At the March meeting, Elise will bring back three “scrap bags” and three members will be chosen at random to take a bag home. Those people will select the scraps from the bag they would like to keep, add scraps back to the bag, and bring the bag back to the April meeting. If you donated scraps at the February meeting and are selected, you do not need to add additional scraps. There will be a separate bag of solid-color scraps. Elise will get a scrap bag from at the Long Beach MQG meeting on 3/7 to bring to our March meeting.
Our mini Social Breaks are a big hit! Halfway through the meeting, we are taking a break so that members can socialize and get to know each other better.
Quilts for our first challenge of the year are due at the March meeting! Your quilt must be completed including binding. We’re so excited to see what our members have created and hope you are feeling a sense of completion as you tackle those UFO’s!
Staying with the theme of UFO’s, an idea for the next challenge (due in July) is to make a quilt from a pattern that you already own, so start going through all those patterns you’ve bought and never made!
Elise had a great suggestion to do a powerpoint presentation of people’s workspaces. If you would like to participate, send Elise some pictures of your workspace and a brief explanation of your setup, organization, or process. This presentation will give members some ideas and inspiration on how they might organize their workspaces better. Elise’s email is email@example.com.
During show and tell, Julie presented a quilt that had a QR code on the label. Using this technology, Julie recorded herself reciting the poem that is sewn on the quilt. When the code is scanned, it plays back Julie’s voice reciting the poem. What a great idea! For more info on how to add this to a quilt, check out Www.stkrit.com.
Finish up those UFO’s at our next Sew-In, it’s on Sunday March 12 at Cosmic Quilting from 12-4. Our next meeting is on March 30. Happy sewing!
<<Hello from the blogger…..! I’m playing a bit of catch-up; 2017 is racing along….>>
Here are the notes from our January 2017 Meeting (Thank you, Dawn H., for writing this up):
OCMQG January 2017 Meeting Recap
Thanks to everyone who came to our first meeting of 2017! It’s always nice to see so many faces—and quilts! We’d like to thank Elizabeth, who donated a gorgeous fat quarter bundle for a future prize. Also thanks to Lucinda for coordinating this month’s Block Lotto! Lucinda has also volunteered to be our new Block Lotto Chairperson, thank you Lucinda!
Speaking of Block Lotto, February’s Block is inspired by Linda Miller’s “Scrappy Lines.” We are changing Miller’s proportions, and using solids instead of prints. Each block is a different shade of off-white, with a single pieced stripe. We are supplying Kona Snow and Moda Eggshell, one piece is 5” x 8.5” and one piece is 2.5” x 8.5”. You will add your own solid-color pieced stripe to the middle of the pieces that were supplied. The strip you will add is 2.5” x 8.5” so the finished square is 8.5” x 8.5”. FYI the pieces we are giving are generously cut. Tip: the pieced strip is the width of a jelly roll strip. Feel free to use pre-cut solids if you have them. Use solids for your middle strip, you can use neutrals or do a pop of color, but adhere to the modern quilting aesthetic.
Sandy has volunteered to plan the March block of the month, thank you Sandy!
Dues Renewal for 2017
Those who renewed their dues at tonight’s meeting paid $45 instead of $50! The dues amount will be $50 if you did not renew at tonight’s meeting. The money from dues goes to the MQG and to the OCMQG, and pays for our membership to the MQG, workshops, the holiday party, block lotto fabrics, Cosmic Quilting space for sew-ins and meetings, and so much more! Our budget was emailed to members, or you can see a hard copy at a meeting—just ask an officer. We currently have approximately $2300 surplus in our budget.
Susie has volunteered to be our new treasurer!! Thank you Susie!!
Sewing Party Block of the Month
Cecile is offering the Delilah Block of the Month from Jen Kingwell Designs! The registration fee is $20 per month including shipping. You will get a pattern and an acrylic template, block sizes are 6”, 9” or 12”. She is going to create fabric selections including three colorways, and she’ll be bringing in some samples. She will make up some kits as well. For more info, contact Cecile at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can sign up online as well at sewingparty.com.
Quiltcon Charity Quilt
Our quilt is finished and it looks amazing! Thank you Susan for heading up this project and those who helped create and design it. Karen used her longarm to quilt it at Cosmic Quilting, and members who attended the January sew-in had a chance to quilt a few rows. Thank you Karen for doing the quilting of our philanthropy quilt!
Quiltcon is in February, Lucinda has a quilt entered in the show, congratulations Lucinda!
Field Trips and Classes
Sandra Johnson is leading a field trip to Hoffman Fabrics on Thursday, February 9th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The tour is FREE! Come and see how they make their fabrics. Bring money to possibly purchase fabric at the end of the tour. Every visitor will get a gift, feel free to bring a friend who would like to get inspired to start sewing! Hoffman Fabrics address: 25792 Obrero Drive, Mission Viejo. Sandra is also offering free sewing/quilting classes in Anaheim Hills on Thursdays from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the East Anaheim Community Center. The address is 8165 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd, Anaheim Hills 92808. For more info contact Sandra at email@example.com.
Holiday Philanthropy Quilt
Karen Miller / Cosmic Quilting will be doing the quilting for our holiday party philanthropy quilt and Susan has volunteered to do the binding, thank you Susan and Karen!
Elise is the liason between our guild and the Long Beach Modern Quilt Guild. The Long Beach Modern Quilt Guild would like to participate in a “Scrap Swap” with us. Each person donates some scraps, takes the bag home, and picks out some scraps. We will switch bags with the Long Beach guild. Donate “usable” sized scraps. Bring your scraps to the next meeting! More details to come. Elise has offered to teach how to make a skirt at our February sew-in, a supply list and more info will be included in the February sew-in reminder. The LBMQG meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month at Sew Vac and their next meeting is 2/7. The address is 1762 Clark ave, Long Beach.
At this meting we switched things up a bit and had a 15 min. “social break” during the meeting. Members had a chance to mingle and chat during the meeting. At this meeting, we also gathered feedback from members on what you’d like to see from the guild this year, and things we can improve on. Thank you for supplying feedback, guild officers will take your comments into account when planning our events and meetings for 2017!
Our “icebreaker” at the meeting was: what are your quilting goals for 2017? We had so many great answers, here are some of them. If you didn’t make it to the meeting hopefully they will be an inspiration for the upcoming year of sewing and quilting.
Finish UFO’s — Learn How to Use a New Machine — Sew Your Stash — Make your Own Clothing — Sew More to Post More on Instagram — Downsize the Fabric Stash — Work Less and Sew More — Make Some of the Patterns You’ve Already Bought — Finish Pieced Tops — Take a Class — Quilt at Least a Little Bit Every Day — Watch All the Craftsy Classes You’ve Bought — Use FQ Bundles — Turn Quilting into a Career / Business
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.
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.
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.
7. Repeat step 4, then step 5 (shows aligning the cross)
Flip up to see if alignment is how you want it
Et Viola! Finished Block Lotto block.
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:
Sew the blocks together in a traditional manner and quilt. Pretty….
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!
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.