Spiraled Squares by Trisch Price

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The November 14th issue of American Quilter has arrived in my mailbox!!  I am especially excite because my sister Trisch Price is featured inside.  I was also privileged to quilt one of her newest quilts.  She has also provided a pattern for this quilt.  In her book she identifies 6 elements of negative space that modern quilters use in their quilts.  She created all new quilts for this article so if you have purchased “Accentuate the Negative” you know they won’t be the same ones as in the book.

Here is a picture of Spiraled Squares

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When it arrived I knew immediately how I was going to quilt it!

My inspiration came from my childhood.  I remember one of my favorite coloring activities was to take a black crayon, close my eyes and sort of scribble on the paper.  Then I would color in the segments that were created with all of my favorite colors.  I knew I wanted to create segments to use different filler designs but also knew that I didn’t want to “scribble” all over the quilt.  (Pretty sure that wasn’t what Trisch had in mind either).  I pulled out all of my circle templates and started making what looks like Venn diagrams to create my segments.  I placed those somewhat randomly in the negative space.  As I got closer to the squares I stopped to secure each of them by stitching in the ditch.  They were so perfectly lined up and I didn’t want my quilting to distort them.

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The diagonal lines were a lot more challenging than I anticipated and I doubt I will ever do them on another large quilt unless it is block based.  The squares however were a fun respite from the lines.  Using mostly swirls and pebbles I filled in the center blocks.2014-02-11 18.39.08 2014-02-11 18.39.18

I simply used wavy lines in the first border and a ribbon-like motif with loops around the outer border of each square.

I truly enjoyed quilting this beautiful quilt.  I am always inspired by my sister’s creativity.  You can check out her blog at Hadley Street Quilts .  On her blog you will find some handy quilting tips as well as some of her beautiful quilts.

If your local quilt shop doesn’t have her book “Accentuate the Negative” ask if they might order it for you.  We love to support our local quilt shops!

September/October BOM

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I apologize for this being so late.  My laptop was out of service for a few weeks and I’m up and running again now.

This block is to bring to the October 2nd meeting.

The block for this month is the Greek Key.  Please use Blue and White to make this block.

All pieces will be 2″ wide.

Cut 2″ strips into the following lengths:

11″ — 1 white, 1 blue

9.5″ — 1 white, 1 blue

12.5″ — 1 blue

8″ — 1 white, 1 blue

6.5″ — 1 white, 1 blue

5″ — 1 white, 1 blue

3.5″ — 1 blue

2″ — 3 white, 1 blue

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Begin with the center 4 squares.  There will be 3 whites and 1 blue.  Piece them as a 4-patch.

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I laid out the next few pieces to be sure I was getting them placed correctly.

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Keep adding the strips in the order shown in the following pictures.

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BOM June/July 2014

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Welcome to China!  If you missed the meeting last night you missed learning that our ever-important toilet paper was invented in China.  However, only Emperors were able to own and use it.  Sure glad that has changed!

So our Block of the Month is the Chinese Lantern.  You will make this block in June and bring it to the July meeting.  I really enjoyed making this block and think several of these blocks together in a quilt would be adorable.

Our palette for this block will consist of a medium batik for the bulk of the lantern, a darker, coordinating batik for the two stripes in the middle.  A pale or neutral (batik or solid) for the four corners and black (batik or solid) for the top and bottom of the lantern.

Cutting instructions

Neutral:    4 pieces cut 2 x 3 1/2″

4 pieces cut 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Black:         2 pieces cut 6 1/2″ x 2″

Medium Batik:    1 piece cut 12 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

2 pieces cut 12 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Dark Batik:            2 pieces cut 12 1/2″ x 1″

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Next sew the white rectangles to each side of the black rectangles

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On each neutral square, draw a pencil line diagonally.

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Place the squares on each side of both medium batik (3 1/2″) rectangles.  Be sure the drawn lines are going in opposite directions.

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Sew ON the line and trim off the excess fabric.

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Assemble the center pieces together as shown below.

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Add the top and bottom and you will be finished!

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I hope you enjoy this block as much as I did!

 

 

April-May/June BOM (Make in May, Bring to June meeting)

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So this month’s BOM is Dutchman’s Puzzle.  It consists of 8 flying geese units.  There are so many different methods for making flying geese units and everyone has their favorite.  Also the internet is full of tutorials for different techniques and rather than try to replicate each of them I am going to provide two different links that I found with a variety of ideas.

http://blog.shopmartingale.com/quilting-sewing/how-to-sew-flying-geese/

https://www.connectingthreads.com/tutorials/Flying_Geese-Make_em_fast-two_more_methods__D16.html

Your fabrics should be white for the outside of the units.  Use a color of a spring flower for the inside of the geese units.

Choose your favorite method and make 8 geese units that are 3″ x 6″ (finished).  Piece them together as shown below.

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Product Recommendation

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I buy a fair amount of specialty rulers and other gizmos that come out on the market.  Most of the time they get used once, put into its place never to be seen again.  Not so with this product from Quilt in a Day.  I bought this ruler at least 2 years ago and finally used it last night!  Our bee was putting next month’s BOM together (hint, hint) and this gave us the best result.  It is the Small Flying Geese ruler.  This ruler comes in several sizes.  You can see them here:  http://www.quiltinaday.com/search/default.asp?search=geese&x=11&y=3.

I also have the mini set which I used a couple of weeks ago at my Dear Jane club that meets at The Fussy Cut in Beech Grove.  The directions are very clear and you end up with perfect flying geese blocks.  I love this product!

By the way, next month’s BOM will contain at least two 3″ x 6″ (finished size) flying geese units.

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