Friday, November 7, 2014

November Block of the Month - Amish Snowflake

This month our block comes to us from Kristi.  She found a much more complex version on Flickr and simplified the block significantly!

She has graciously provided a pdf file that you can download for the tutorial.  This block finishes at 19.5" x 19.5".  For our charity block we would like you to please use all solids, a black background and jewel tone colors for the rest of the pieces.

These blocks are due at our December 3, 2014 meeting.  Thank you for sewing with us!!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Crossed Diamond Block Tutorial

This month's block tutorial is brought to us by Melissa from Sew BitterSweet Designs.

Hi Everyone! This block probably has lots of names, I am calling it Crossed Diamonds. It is super easy to put together, which is always a bonus in my opinion.  All seams are 1/4".

If using the color layout in the block above, you will need to cut:

For the half square triangles:
2 gray squares - 5.5" x 5.5"
2 white squares - 5.5" x 5.5"

4 Yellow Rectangles - 3.5" x 5"
1 Aqua Square - 3.5" x 3.5"

There are lots of different ways to make Half Square Triangles, I use a 1/2" ruler with a line down the center. On the two white squares, line the center of the ruler on the diagonal of the square and mark on either side of the ruler. You will then place the white square, right sides together with the gray squares and sew along both lines that you marked (this method seems to work best with my machine).

You can also mark the line from corner to corner along the diagonal and sew 1/4" from either side of the line.

Cut along the diagonal of the block regardless of the method you use. Press your seams to the dark side.

Trim your half square triangles to 5"x5".

Layout your block as pictured below and sew!

For this month's blocks we are asking everyone to stick to the colors of White, gray, yellow and aqua. The color layout is entirely up to you. Feel free to change where the colors are located. For example, feel free to use the aqua as the cross and yellow as the HST and the gray as the center.  

Thanks everyone! We look forward to seeing your blocks in November!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Color Palettes and Fabric Pulls: July

     At the end of the July meeting, members had the option to pick one of Kristi's pictures and pick 5 fabrics that matched the colors in the picture.  The task was as follows:

Palette Picker:
Online sites like Design Seeds ( provide a small selection of colors taken from an image.  There are also many websites that allow you to upload a photo and will help select colors from your photo.  The Play-Crafts palette builder will also tell you which Kona solids coordinate with your image.  ( ). 

Build Color Confidence Using Photo Inspiration

One effective way to choose a color palette for your next quilt is to use a color photo that you particularly love. A photo from an interior design, cooking, or gardening magazine or a beautiful sunset in a vacation photo can serve as the inspiration for the color palette in your next project.
Use a Photo to Help Choose Fabrics
Take the favorite photo with you to the fabric shop and use it to help identify possible fabric choices. Hold up fabrics next to the photo to determine whether the fabric is the right shade or tint. Be sure to include colors used as accents in the photo, as these colors will bring the color palette to life. Take care to notice the proportions of color in the photo and duplicate those proportions in your use of the colors in the quilt. The most successful quilts do not use equal proportions of each color. Likewise, the most attractive photos contain large portions of some colors, and small amounts of accent color. Use these proportional amounts when using the colors in your quilt.

The task

1.       Select one picture from the collection.
2.       Tour the store and choose 5 fabrics (bolts, FQ) that best represent the colors in the picture.  Please take note of where you pulled the fabric from so it can be returned to the proper location.
3.       Select a number from the pile.
4.       Use the camera to take a picture of your fabric stack with your number in the image.
5.       Write your name, number and image title on the piece of paper on the table.

6.       Return fabric to the original location in the store.

 The inspiration pictures:


The fabric pulls for the pictures:

Thank you for everyone who participated.  

Hope to see you all Wednesday!  

Thursday, May 15, 2014

May 2014 Block of the Month - Slice & Insert

The March block for the SSMQG BOM was designed by Melissa of Sew BitterSweet Designs – using a modern quilting technique called slice and instert.

If you would like to read more about the slice and insert method please read Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen’s book – Modern Quilting.

As a reminder to our incredible members, the challenge for our charity blocks is meant to stretch your sewing skills and encourage you to try new fabrics and techniques that you may not have previously tried.  This month our challenge is Low Volume Background and a pop of red.  To read more about low volume fabrics please read this excellent post here on Craftsy.

Here is a small example of the fabrics in my stash that would be considered low volume. When photographed as black and white they read solid.

Our block this month will measure 11.5” x 11.5”. If you would like to make a larger block, simply adjust the starting size of your squares.

For our block you will need 4 different low volume background prints measuring 6” x 6”.  You will also need two red scraps measuring 1.5” wide by 20”. There will be waste on the red fabric but it is better to have 2 longer pieces to start.

Step 1: sew your background squares into a 4-patch using ¼” seams.

Step 2: slice your 4 patch at an angle. I like to slice through the center of the block at some point. Makes things easier for me to line back up later.

Step 3: Sew a red strip to one of the pieces.

 Step 4: Re-attach the piece you cut off. Try to line your side up to be somewhat even and pay attention to the center lines as best as possible. This does not have to be perfect (mine isn’t if you look closely, but remember, if you can’t see the mistake when riding by on a horse, you’re fine!). DO NOT TRIM EXCESS!

Step 5: Slice your block again. You can do any angle you like, I again tried to go through the middle seam.

View of my slice:

Step 6: Sew your strip to one side

Step 7: Re-attach final piece. Try to line up seams from the first red strip. This again doesn’t need to be perfect, close counts and will still look quite nice.

Step 8: Trim your block. This block will measure 11.5” x 11.5”

If you want a 12.5” x 12.5” block simply start with 6.5” x 6.5” background squares.


If you are a member please bring your charity block to the next meeting!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Crazy Piecing Class with Sew Katie Did

The South Sound Modern Quilt Guild is excited to announce a Modern Crazy Piecing class with Katie Pedersen of Sew Katie Did.

On March 29, 2014 Katie will be joining our guild at Island Quilter on Vashon Island to teach us her modern crazy piecing technique from the book she co-wrote with Jacquie Gering, Modern Quilting.

Below are some samples of Katie's crazy piecing projects. These techniques will be taught at the 5 hours workshop.


Date: March 29, 2014
Time: 10:00 am
Teacher: Katie Pedersen, Sew Katie Did
Cost: $35.00 for SSMQG members, $40.00 for non-members

This class will be a potluck, we are asking that each attendee bring a dish to share for lunch.

You can register for this class on our class registration page.

If you have any questions please email southsoundmqg (at) gmail dot com

We will try and coordinate a carpool for those traveling from south of Tacoma to Vashon Island, please look on our Facebook Group Page during the week prior for more information.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bubbles Block

The March block for the SSMQG Block of the Month is Bubbles, designed by Melissa of Sew BitterSweet Designs.

One 12.5" x 12.5" Square of Kona Slate
Scraps in the following colors - Yellow-Orange, Blue and Purple
(These are split-complementary colors, you can read more about split-complementary colors at In Color Order.)
Double-Sided Fusible Web (I used Heat N' Bond Lite)
Circular Objects and a Pencil
Olfa Circle Cutter
Basic Sewing Supplies
2 Sheets of printer paper

Note Before We Sew: Don't let the applique scare you - when doing it by machine it is really quite simple.

Start with your scraps and vary your sizes.  You will want to cut multiple size circles from your scraps. My largest scrap was 5" x 5".

Next you will want iron the fusible web to your scraps. Make sure that you follow the manufacturers instructions, each brand is slightly different!  Note, make sure that the paper side of the fusible is UP when you go to fuse or you will fuse it to your iron and be rather upset.

Next you will take you circular objects and trace them onto the paper side of the fusible web, then cut the out. Remember you want to use different size circles.  Alternatively, you can use an Olfa Circle Cutter and cut different sizes.

After your circles are cut try out a couple different arrangements on your background square.

When you are ready to fuse your circles down, trim the ones that hang off the block so there is no overhang (you do not want to fuse them to your ironing board). Then you will tear the paper off the back of the circles. If for some reason the web starts to come off too, simply stop tearing the paper and re-iron the circle for a few more seconds. Then fuse the circles to your block.

Underneath your block place a sheet of printer paper (you can also use tear away stabilizer, but if you don't have any on hand, printer paper works in a pinch). The printer paper works as a stabilizer and it also helps the block move more smoothly over the feed dogs.

Sew around each of your circles about 1/8" from the edge.  After all circles are sewn down, tear away the printer paper.

Here is a close up of one of the circles after it has been sewn down. I tried to color match my thread to the color of the circle.

You are all done!

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Modern Metallics Challenge - Quilt! Knit! Stitch!

Image courtesy of Michelle Freedman

As members of a Pacific Northwest Modern Quilt Guild, we have been invited to participate in the Modern Metallic Challenge at the Quilt! Knit! Stitch! Show in Portland Oregon this summer.

The Challenge: Create a quilted project no larger than 48" x 48" using Metallic design details - including but not limited to fabric, thread and themes

Sponsor: Robert Kaufman Fabrics is sponsoring this challenge and providing each guild member with a fat quarter set of their metallic linens in the colors of Grey, Ash, Silver and Sand (pictured above). 

Social Media: When blogging, on Facebook, or Instagram - please utilize the following hashtags - #robertkaufman‬ or @robertkaufman ‪#‎quilterslinen‬ ‪#‎quilterstussah‬ ‪#‎quiltersburlap‬

Who is eligible to participate: Members of any PNW MQG and Individual members of the Modern Quilt Guild who live in the PNW.

Timeline: Submissions open on April 4, 2014 and close on May 2, 2014.

How to Enter and Rules: visit the official challenge website

The Exhibit: The exhibit will be on display at the Quilt! Knit! Stitch! Show in Portland Oregon, August 14-16, 2014

Fabric for our guild will be distributed as soon as it is received!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge

As members of The Modern Quilt Guild we will be participating in the upcoming Michael Miller Fabric Challenge.

One of the many benefits of joining The Modern Quilt Guild and South Sound Modern Quilt Guild is that each member is eligible to receive 6 fat eights of the fabric pictured above and participate in the Modern Quilt Guild Challenge (#mqgfabricchallenge).

The challenge is to make anything you want so long as it is quilted.

The prizes?!? They are huge! There will be 3 winners and each one will receive a year's worth of fabric!

Challenge fabric will ship in March and will hopefully be handed out at our guild meeting on April 2nd.

The challenge runs through June 23, 2014 and winners will be announced on July 8, 2014.

Start planning your entry now!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

What's happening on the web: February

At the February meeting, Natalie provided a handout and resources of events happening in the blog world.   Here is a list of what's happening!

Quilt A Longs:

1. – Tone It Down

2. Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along @

3. Economy Block – for a 5 inch (makes them bigger/trims down)
  • for a 6 inch
  • for an 8 inch
  • for a 12 inch

4. Star Light, Star Bright @ (just started cutting the first section this week)

5. Oblongagonalong @

6. Barn Door Along @

FREE Block of the Month Patterns

1. Globetrotting – Pat Sloan is sponsoring but it’s located @

2. Open Gate Quilts (various contributors) –

3. Aurifil (various contributors) @

4. Craftsy – Janine Burke and Amy Walsh – @ (must have Craftsy account)

5. Around the Block Round Robin @ Patchwork Posse (various contributors)

6. New Years Day Mystery Quilt @

7. 2014 Quilt Along @

8. 2014 Quilt Along @ (free the month of the block and a nominal fee after)

BOM’s with a Fee

 1. Sugar Block Club @ Stitchery Dickory Dock - $7.95 a year

 2. Vice Versa @ Gen X Quilters – $15 a year or $1.50 a month

 3. Skill Builder @ Pile O – $25 a year

 4. 2 Blocks in each Love of Patchwork and Quilting Magazines – cost of magazine

Paper Pieced BOM’s

1. Sew Kitschy @ Quiet Play for (the pattern is FREE through Craftsy during the

coordinating month, then it goes to a nominal fee when the month is over)

2. Lucky Stars @ Don’t Call Me - $15.00 a year

3. Paper Piecing Vintage @ Craftsy by Jennifer Ofenstein of sewhooked $12.00

Other happenings

Katy of “I’m a Ginger Monkey” has a new Television Program on QNNTV (requires membership)

Pillow Collective @ -different bloggers giving tutorials on pillows has a free cross stitch pattern of little quilt blocks. The first one is a swoon block.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Our Values Class

 On a snowy Pacific Northwest Sunday, we met at Annie's for our first guild class taught by Katie Pedersen.

Here are just a few pictures of members during the class.

One potential variation.

Next time I will be better about taking pictures of people's projects.