April 2010

Yes, you read that right. That is the month we will have the Large display to show everyone what our Chat n Craft group have been working on for the past year. So ladies get busy completing some of those projects you’ve been bringing to CnC meetings. Go check out our November 2008 display to see what has been shown before.

I know that is a long title but just in case we do other 12 inch finished blocks I want to make sure you know this one is different. Our goal after 3 meetings is to have a table runner. So for our first meeting I need you to be prepared to get started. If you have a rotary mat, ruler and cutter, please bring them. If you don’t, don’t worry you can borrow mine or one of the other ladies. I’m trying to locate the quick quarter ruler for cheap so everyone can get one for themselves. I will email each member when I get the info so they can decide what they want to do. More information on that to come.

What one looks like, do you have one already?

If you do want to learn the hand piecing techniques and make at least the 3 12-inch finished blocks we are going to make you will need to get some fat quarters or bring material that you already have, mechanical pencil, needle and thread. Lorene will have at her shop, Yarn Basket in Pittsburg, KS the Quick Quarter ruler that is 12″. She was able to get it so it will only cost $3 to CnC members. She will be bringing some to our meeting for those that can’t make it to her shop before the meeting. Please check with her before the meeting to see when she got them in.

9 patch with plaid sashing

You will need at least 2 different color values. Light and dark will help you see the different blocks. Like in the 9 patch block to the left.  We will only be working on the 9 patch (in the center of the block to the left). I have a handout that gives more examples of all 3 of the blocks we are going to do. But I will post a couple of examples of each one so you can see how color choices can make a difference. Notice in this example that the sashing can be different material. That is why we are not worrying about the sashing at this first meeting.

You can choose to use the same colors for all 3 blocks or you can choose to make it scrappy by using complimentary colors in a wide range of colors. Something for you to think about. If you are just starting I would suggest 2 colors (remember different values such as light and dark).

Scrappy & White 9 patch

There will be homework because we will probably not be able to do all the sewing during our meetings but you will probably be able to get most of it done with just a little homework before the next meeting. Each month I will post more on this blog about what is going to happen next. Feel free to ask any questions that you have and I will either answer here and/or at the next meeting.

I thought you might want to see the other 2 blocks that we will be doing and some other color ideas so when you pick your fabric you will know a little about how it will end up. I’m still trying to locate the quick quarters for a reasonable price and will post when I have found a place to get them. For now here or a couple of pictures of each of the other 2 blocks we will be working on:

Shoo Fly/Hold in Barn Door layout

Shoo Fly with white

and the other block you might want to think to have the CnC members sign it for because they are called Friendship Star:

Friendship Star with black

Friendship Star with white

Notice each block is basically a 9 patch. Some have half square triangles in them. I will be working on making the table runner myself before our next meeting so you will be able to see one. The other thing you need to start thinking about, is how long and wide do you want the table runner to be. That will determine how wide the sashing needs to be. Example: When you add 4 inch sashing to the 3 12-inch finished blocks, you will have a 20-inch by 50-inch table runner. That will fit nicely on my table but it might not fit yours.

So again, what you need to bring to the first meeting, at least 1 fat quarter of light and 1 fat quarter of dark, needle and regular thread of your choosing (I’m going to be using a chenille needle and all-purpose sewing thread), mechanical pencil for light color fabric marking and a light pencil for marking on dark fabric (I will bring mine in case you do not have any) and your quick quarter ruler (or $3 to buy one from Lorene).