Back with a block…

After a flurry of online activity, life once again got in the way of blogging but I am back again, this time with a block pattern for my Do Good Stitches circle.  You see in June I am the designated quilter which means I pick the colour scheme and block for my fellow DGS peeps to work with…

I never make this decision easily… I always ‘um and ah’ between a couple of block options… sometimes making test blocks to see what my idea looks like.   This month I settled on the colour scheme quickly…

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and pulled these fabrics to match from my stash….

fabric pull

but struggled to pin down what sort of block I wanted to make.  I finally settled on a simple 12 inch block which Is called a Double T and dates back to 1882 I believe e…

finished T block

To make one block you will need to cut:

cutting instructions

This 12 inch block uses two different types of block components – flying geese and half square triangles (HST).  So lets start with the HST…

For these components you will need the two white 5 inch squares and the two green 5 inch squares.

mark down center

Using a fabric marker (I use my trusty Frixon marker) mark a diagonal line down the center of both the white squares..

Place one white square and one green square pattern side together and then sew down both sides of the center line using a scant quarter inch…

sew down each side

Then cut down that center line using your rotary cutter…

cut down drawn line

You now have two half square triangle pieces….  iron the HSTs with the seams open.

trim block

Then trim your ironed HST to 4 1/2 inches square.  For each block you will need 4 half square triangle components.

Next component is the flying geese…and you can make these one of two ways – either using traditional piecing or paper piecing…  the cutting instructions above are for the traditional pieced version.  If you are paper piecing you can cut a little more generously – say about 1/4 inch more on all the geese pieces.

Lets start with the traditional version…. first mark up all of the 2 1/2 inch squares with the same diagonal line you used in the HSTs.

geese corners

Place the small green squares pattern side down on the corner of your white triangle pieces.  Sew down your diagonal line…

Trim the excess corner fabric off your rectangle and press the green corner up on your block, pressing your seams open…

geese corner 2

Place the second 2 1/2 inch square on the opposite side of your rectangle piece and again sew down the marked line, trim and press seams open.  You will need to make two of these geese blocks for each flying geese component…

flying geese unit

If you would like to use paper piecing to make these components you can download the pattern for these 4 1/2 inch flying geese here… Flying Geese components

paper piecing option

Once you have made your block components lay your block out like this….

block components

I then sew the components together in rows…. and press the seams to the side, making sure that the bulky side of the geese is laying flat.

block rows

I then sew the rows together and viola you have a block…. and in a month or so I should have a collection of blocks from my fellow Do Good Stitches peeps which will become a pretty quilt top.

A special quilt show…

I have been a little AWOL from the blog for the last couple of weeks because I have been feverishly finishing up quilts….

The first lot of finishes involved putting the finishing touches on some of the Guild’s charity quilts in time for this month’s display at Modern Domestic.

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Usually when we finish up a charity quilt it is bundled up and sent off to the appropriate charity but for the last couple of months I have been collecting them so that they could be put on display at our local quilt store…

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I can not explain how excited I was to see all our recent quilts hanging together.  It was just so wonderful…and bright…and affirming.  There are so many people who have had a hand in these quilts and there is so much love stitched into every one.

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I also wanted to spotlight the newest PMQG quilt finish, so that you can see it in more detail…just in case you can not make it into the store to see it in person…..

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For most of the charities we give quilts to there is a pressing need for boy quilts, and this quilt was made to as a gender neutral option…

quilting detail

Our colour scheme for the day was grey with a splash of aqua/turquoise.   For a couple of months I had been putting all my grey scraps into a large bin, knowing that  they would be perfect for an improv sew day.

improv quilt detail2I love the improv days because everyone gets to do their own thing… and anything goes.

improv quilt detailThere was a flurry of wonky stars made, spear headed by one of our charity sew day regulars Betty.

quilt block detail

Other people took the scraps and trimmings from other peoples blocks and made something fun.

wonky star

We of course embraced novelty prints, because this is a kids quilt after all.

quilt detail

The fabulous quilting was done by another charity sew day regular, Kazumi.   Kazumi is a professional long armer and you will see more of her work in the coming weeks as she has done some quilting for me recently!

The PMQG Orphan sampler

At this week’s PMQG meeting we delivered a large stack of quilts to a local Charity, Camp Erin.  It was so wonderful to see the beautiful quilts that people had created for this charity.  Among those delivered were three quilts made at our Charity Sew Days and the Orphan block sampler I put together….

Orphan Block quiltThe blocks in this quilt are fabulously diverse and really kind of fun…

quilting detail

Some of the blocks I trimmed, some I added borders too and others I cut in half…

PMQG Orphan quilt detail

There are hexagons, scrappy trips, churn dashes, nine patches and modern improv blocks.  We have it all…

quilt detail 2

For the backing I found a wonderfully bright and slightly obnoxious Kaffe Fassett orange floral print that was just perfect…

backing detailThe beautiful quilting was done by PMQG member Kazumi Peterson.  Kazumi added an overall floral motif which went perfectly with the back of the quilt and added such a pretty cohesiveness to the front of the quilt.

quilting detail 2I then finished things off with bright orange binding.  I knew that I had to highlight the orange of the quilt – the blocks and the backing.   I had originally tried putting an orange border around the quilt, instead of the grey, but I found it fought with the blocks for attention.  Orange binding was the perfect compromise.

binding detailMy darling husband had originally called this an ugly quilt but I think he is very wrong.  The finished product is fun and bright and pretty…but I am a little biased.