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Quilt Along


Quilt Along 2016

This is a two color quilt.  You will only need a background neutral and two other fabrics.  You might want a third fabric for the outer border or just use one of the fabrics already in the quilt.  All the blocks are traditional blocks and a new block will be introduced every two weeks.

The quilt finishes at 74″ x 92″.  I will post yardage requirements next week.  In the meantime be thinking about which two colors and which neutral you would like to use.

Please comment below if you are interested in participating.  Also once you decide on your colors I’d love to know what those are as well.

Here are some other colorways:

Christmas colors

Christmas 2016

Red and Gold

Red and Gold


QOV 2016

and my personal favorite (but not the colors I’m using)

purple and yellow

October/November BOM — Balkan Puzzle


Please make this block in October to bring to the November meeting.

When the block is complete it should be 12.5″ x 12.5″

We will be using white fabric for the background and two other colors within the primary/secondary color range.  These colors include red, blue, yellow, green, purple and orange.  Please try to stay within the purest of these colors that you can to make the final quilt cohesive.

Cutting directions

White fabric         One 7 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ square

Two 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ square

Color A (square in the middle, blue in the sample)

Four 9 3/4″ x 2 5/8″ strips

Color B (outside color, red in the sample

One 7 1/4′ x 7 1/4″ square

Piecing Instructions

Cut the large white square diagonally both ways without moving the pieces between cuts.


Cut the two smaller white squares in half diagonally.

Using your ruler with a 45 degree angle cut both ends of your Color A (blue) in opposite directions


Now you will assemble one of the four sub-blocks as follows


Sew one large white triangle to one Color B triangle (Red) as shown above.  (Sorry, I didn’t get that picture centered very well.)

Sew the small white triangle to the short side of the Color A strip (blue)


Sew the two units you just made together at their long edges


Make four of these units and assemble as follows


I hope you have enjoyed this trip to the Balkans–no passport needed!

September/October BOM


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


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.

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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February/March 2014 BOM


This block will be made in February to bring to the March meeting.

I know this post is way early, but with the big, snowy day we are having I thought you might want to get a head start and make lots of these fun blocks.  This block looks a lot harder than it really is.  It seriously took me maybe 15 minutes to make–and I was going slowly and taking pictures.  It is called Delectable Mountain and there are several ways you can lay this block out to achieve different looks.  This process will actually make two of the blocks that will end up being a little taller than they are wide.

We will be using two fabrics:

1.  a white or cream that is either solid or reads as a solid.

2.  a medium to dark print or solid.

You will need to cut an 8 1/2″ square from each of your fabrics


It is hard to see in the photo below, but you will carefully draw a diagonal line on the back of the neutral fabric.  (I was so excited to do this picture.  I actually photoshopped my first picture for the blog.)


Then stitch 1/4″ on each side of the line.  (We’ve used this method before.)


Cut the piece in half along the drawn line between the seams


Press seams toward the dark fabric


Trim up the squares to exactly 8″ both ways


Place the squares right sides together with the dark fabric opposite the neutral fabric.  Try to nest the seams together, but it is most important that they are lined up exactly on the sides.


Now for the fun part!  Using your ruler and rotary cutter, cut the layered square into 2 inch segments.


When you turn the top pieces over this is what you will have


Now just rearrange the pieces.  Basically if you number each of the segments 1-4 from the left, 1 will switch places with 4 and 2 will switch places with 3.  Do this for both of the squares.


Sew the pieces together the way they are now laid out.  They will look like this.


And voila!  You have 2 Delectable Mountain blocks–one going up and one going down.

Enjoy and stay safe and warm!