Wednesday, July 13, 2016

July Hive TWO: Carol's Blocks

Hive TWO for July - Carol's Blocks 

Here are the instructions provided by Carol: 

Carol noted that she prefers WHITE on black fabrics - many are ivory on black, so be careful when choosing. 

Carol would like her hive members to choose between making two black on white blocks or two white on black blocks, or one of each. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

July Hive ONE: Shonna's blocks

Hive ONE for July - Shonna's Star Block
Shonna would like her Hive to make her a Four Pointed Star block. 

1)  Cut 4 squares of a modern print (9” x 9” each).

2)  Cut 8 rectangles of a solid fabric that contrasts with the print (4-5” x 10”).

3)  Lay a piece of solid (right side to right side) on the square between the top left and bottom right corners.  (You choose exactly where, everyone’s will be a little bit different.)  Sew a ¼” seam on the solid.   Cut ¼” from seam.   Flip solid and iron.   Trim block back to  9” x 9”.  

(Having trouble visualizing this?  Keep in mind paper piecing; when you flip the solid you need to make sure it will completely cover the top right corner of the square.)

4)  Lay a second piece of solid fabric on the square, right sides together.  One corner on the right side and one overlapping the solid color already sewed on.  Sew a ¼” seam on the solid.

Cut ¼” from seam.  Flip solid and iron.  Trim block back to 9” x 9”.

5)  Repeat for the other 3 squares.  Flip the squares so that solids make a star in the center.  The points will not all line up, no worries.  Sew the top-left and top-right squares together.  Sew the bottom-left and bottom-right squares together.  Line up the middle seam and sew the top and bottom together.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

July Bee Blocks

Bee Blocks for July!

We are doing a Quilt Bee this year! Here's how it works: there are two bee hives. Each person in each hive gets a month. When it's your month, you show your block at the Guild Meeting, then the next month, your hive members bring completed blocks to you. You will probably get enough blocks to make an entire quilt top! 

The particulars: 

  • Your chosen block size should be between 12 inches and 15 inches.
  • If you want smaller blocks, you could request several small blocks that roughly equal one larger block.
  • Remember that skill levels vary among hive members. Challenging our skills and creativity is great, but, the block should still be attainable for novice quilters. 
  • You may request a specific color scheme.
  • If you would like a specific fabric or designer, you must supply the fabric.
  • If you miss a meeting, or you are unable to make the block, contact Queen Bee Annie
  • Use the hashtag #CMQGBee

During your bee month:

  • Before the Guild meeting, you will:
    • Type up instructions for your block. This should include size requirements, color scheme, and instructions on how to make the block. You can either create a tutorial yourself or link to a site that has a tutorial. Include a photo and/or color inspiration.
    • Email this information to Wendy (either the instructions and photos, or the link to your blog post containing the information). Please email the information the WEEK OF THE GUILD MEETING. 
    • At the Guild meeting, you'll bring your sample block and share with the group, plus give a quick overview of what you want.

During someone else's month:

  • You will receive an overview at the Guild meeting of the block you are to make.
  • The instructions for the blocks will be posted here on this blog.
  • Make the block(s) and bring to the next meeting!

Hive members:
There are two hives within our Guild. 

Hive One Members and their assigned months:

  • January - Janine
  • February - Amy T.
  • March - Abby
  • April - Christine
  • May - Tara
  • June - Becky
  • July - Shonna
  • August - Jeanie
Hive Two Members and their assigned months:
  • January - Ellen B.
  • February - Amy G.
  • March - Dorothy
  • April - Annie
  • May - Shonna
  • June - Janine
  • July - Carol
  • August - Yolanda 
Bee Angels: Janice and Dana