June 2010


I brought 3 of my quilts. The white wholecloth, my mother made for me this past year. Handquilted, it doesn’t show up well on camera.

Lee's Welsh Beauty, only the center section of the queen size quilt

As you can see I had it hung up so you could see the light through the center part. It’s reversible, I selected the back fabric online based on my monitor color. It doesn’t look the same as I thought it would be it still looks nice. My experience of buying fabric online has made me feel I should go to the stores or order out of a catalog. Which I have done a lot over the years. I would be interested to hear what others online shopping for fabric experiences have been.

If you take a close look you can see all the hand quilting that went into this. It tooks months of tons of quilting time. I don’t think you could make enough money to make this.

I also brought my very first quilt, I ever made. I belongs to a quilt club at the time and we were doing one block of the month, starting with the 9 patch because it is probably is one of the easiest

Dinosaurs Everywhere, hand pieced, hand appliqued and hand quilted

and most useful block to learn. If you look at a lot of other blocks you can see the 9 patch it. This quilt took me a few years to complete. I did one block a month for a year, getting progressively more difficult. I used fabric that my son who was into dinosaurs at the time picked out. By the time I completed the hand quilting, he was no longer into dinosaurs. The other part I like is you can’t really tell the blocks all have dinosaur material in them, until you see the outer border.

Bourbon Quilters Guild Members in 2000

The last quilt I brought with me to the June meeting, every block was made by a different person. We were not told what colors to make or what block to make. I found the choices really interesting. The upper left block was pieced and appliqued and was the original logo block. The block in the upper right is the one I made. My mother took all the blocks and sashed and bordered to finish the quilt top. Another lady machine quilted the quilt. You can see several of the blocks are 9 patches. This quilt always reminds me that part of the fun in making a quilt is sharing them. I think that applies to all the crafts that we do. If you come to our meetings you get to see lots of amazing projects. Some will be in the library’s large display case in September. These are just a few the ladies have finished so far.

Crocheted hats, we got to see them modeled, they are gorgeous

Lorene does it again. You have to ask her what it is. I hope she brings the completed one in July

Do you see the circle in the square?

Several ladies want to make these

2 different table runners to be. I see some 9 patches

I can see how you could use only squares and half square triangles to make this

Barbara did an excellent job on this, just needs the binding

I can’t cover everything that we have in class but I wanted to post the instructions in case you don’t have the handouts that I gave everyone whom attended.

Hand-piecing a 3 block table runner

Start with 2 colors of fabric, one light and one dark.

Press fabric

Put fabric right sides together

Cut 4 ½” strip (you might need more then one strip depending on the size of your fabric) and 5” strip (I used 2 strips)

From the 4 ½” strip cut 6 – 4 ½” blocks you will also need more light and dark pieces cut, if you choose to go the same as my blocks that you are seeing you will need an additional 3 sets (light & dark) cut and 1 additional dark)

9-patch block

Take 3 sets and sew one side of each set. (1/4″ seam allowance and double stitch a 1/4″ from each end) Finger press them open. Flip them so you have (if you are doing dark & light like mine, I used a total of 5 dark and 4 light for the block), dark and light, next row light and dark, last row dark and light. 1st row add a dark block to the right side of the light block and sew. Middle row (2nd row) add a light block to the right side of the dark block and sew, last row (3rd row) add a dark block to the right side of the light block and sew. Now you have 3 strips of blocks. Place the middle row of strips face down on the 1st row of block. Match the seams and sew straight across. Finger press open then place the 3rd row face down onto the middle row and sew.

For the last 2 blocks you will need to make the half square triangles, before piecing the blocks.

Mark on the light side with a mechanical pencil (.7mm) & your quilters quarter ruler

From the 5” strip cut 4 – 5” block. Use the quilters quarter and mark each side of the ruler and the center. Stitch both the solid lines with double stitches ¼” from the ends. Cut down the center. Finger press open with the seam going to the darker side. Square up (trim) to 4 ½”.

After cutting, press open each one and trim to 4 1/2"

Now you have all the pieces ready for your other 2 blocks. Half-squares and full-square pieces.

Completed Shoo Fly Block

Shoofly or Hole in a Barn Door or Snowball block

  • Make two strips by piecing two half-squares with one light square.
  • Make one strip by piecing two light squares with one dark square.
  • Piece the three strips together to form the finished Shoo Fly block.

Or you can switch the layout so the finished block will look like this .

Hole in Barn Door Block

It is called either a Hole in a Barn Door or a Snowball I. To make a Snowball II change the center block to a light instead of dark.

Friendship Star Block

Take the last 4 of half-squares, 4 dark squares (for the corners) and 1 light square (for the center)

Piece the 3 strips as pictures

Here are my blocks that I’ve been working on. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the others will look like. Hopefully some will have theirs done in July.

9 patch block

Shoofly block

Frienship Star block