Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November meeting

Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30 pm at Ruby Street is this month's meeting of SSMQG.

Agenda items include:

Additional workshop details for the Katie Pedersen workshop in February

Nominations for next year's officers

Show and Tell

Scrap Bag Swap: bring your project for your partner!

Block of the month (November's is based on Kathy's Balance quilt)
October's Monochromatic Cool

November's crazy pieced Balance block

Balance block for November


For the block of the month in November, we will be making the block based on Kathy's Balance Quilt Pattern.


We will be using our guild colors for this month's block.  You can choose to make the block using the colors in different parts.  For the tutorial, I will be referring to them by the color I used.  All seams should be 1/4 inch.  




Start by sewing your crazy pieced section together.  You will cut this into smaller pieces later.







Pair up similar sized scraps and sew them in pairs using a ¼ inch seam allowance.


Press the seams open.


Pair up similar size sets from the previous step.  Sew together with a ¼ inch seam and press the seams open. 



Continue this process until you have a 6.5” by 14 inch (or larger) crazy pieced section.   I found it easier to make one large piece and then make the smaller sections rather than making 6 small sections.



Cut your crazy pieced section so you have pieces of the following sizes:

Quantity
Dimensions
2
2 x 5.75 inches
2
2 x 5.25 inches
1
2.5 x 4 inches
1
2 x 4 inches
You can sew your pieces together at wonky angles.   I sewed pieces together and then trimmed the seam allowance down to ¼ of an inch before pressing the seams open. 


Fabric
Quantity
Dimensions (inches)
White
1
1.5 x 8.25

1
2 x 8.25

1
6 x 6

1
9 x 5

1
1.5 x 3
Gray
1
9 x 1
Blue (inside)
1
1 x 5.75

1
1 x 5.25
Blue (outside)*
2
1 x 8.25

2
1 x 4

2
1 x 7.25
*Sometimes when I have thin strips of fabric, I make my strips longer and trim to size after sewing them on.  If you like to do this too, make your outer 1” strips a tad bit longer (1/2”-1” should be fine).


Sew the inside blue strips to the 2 x 5.75 and 2 x 5.25” crazy pieced section.  The 5.75” strip should be sewn to the 5.75” crazy piece section leaving the 5.25” pieces to be sewn together. 



Sew the other 2 x 5.75 and 2 x 5.25” pieces to the other side of the blue inside pieces.  Press the seams toward the blue.

Sew the 2.5 x 4” piece to the 5.75” crazy pieced section and the 2 x 4” crazy piece section to the 5.25” section. 

Add the 1 x 4” strips to the end of the green.  Press toward the blue.

Add the blue strips to both sides of the green sections.  Press toward the blue.

Attach 1.5 x 8.25” white strip to the top of the larger section.  Attach the 2 x 8.25” white strip to the bottom.  Press toward the blue. 

Cut the 9 x 5” white piece into 2 rectangles 9 x 2.5”. 

Insert the gray 1x9” strip down the middle and press to the gray.

Cut a 1.5” strip off.

Attach the larger gray/white stripe piece to the right side of the larger (8.25”) section.

Sew the 1.5 x 3” white strip to the 1.5” white and gray piece.  Sew this piece to the smaller (7.25”) CP section.  Line up the piece with the right side so your gray stripe should line up.  Trim the excess white from the left side of this after pressing.







Attach the 6” white square to the left side of this piece.  Trim if needed. 

Sew the top and bottom pieces together.  I pressed toward the blue strip of the smaller CP section.




If this block makes you nervous about your precision, consider increasing the size of the larger CP section (upper left) by 1.25” so you can trim to size at the end.  The measurements from the tutorial are in parentheses so you know which ones I substituted.  I did not make this version and have not tested it out.  In theory, it should work and give you room to trim on one side.
Cut your crazy pieced section so you have pieces of the following sizes:

Quantity
Dimensions

2
2 x 7 inches (2 x 5.75)


Fabric
Quantity
Dimensions (inches) (older measurements in parenthesis)
White
1
1.5 x 9.5  (1.5x8.25)

1
2 x 9.5    (2 x 8.25)

1
6 x 7   (6x6)
Blue (inside)
1
1 x 7 (1 x 5.75)



Blue (outside)*
2
1 x 9.5  (1 x 8.25)

Assemble the block in the same fashion as outlined above.  When attaching the large white piece to the bottom, the extra inch(the 7” side) should be along the bottom (the x axis for lack of a better term).  When combining the top and the bottom, line up the gray stripe, or the right side and trim off on the left side.