Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Block of the Month #7

Block of the Month #7
Rolling Diamonds Quilt Block Tutorial
Inspiration for this quilt block was a tutorial provided by 
Presented by Lorrie M.

Gather your fabrics & lets get started!

Begin by cutting your fabrics.
(12) 2.5" white squares
(8) 2.5" orange squares
(4) 4.5" dark blue squares
(1) 4.5" white square
(4) 4.5" x 2.5" green rectangles
(4) 4.5" x 2.5" light blue rectangles

On the wrong side of your fabric, use a pencil to mark a diagonal line through your (12) 2.5" white & (8) 2.5" orange squares.

Making your corner squares:
Place one of the white squares and one of the orange squares in opposite corners of the dark blue square. Sew directly on the diagonal line.

Use your ruler to trim 1/4 inch away from your seam.

Press your block and repeat with the other two corners, this time using (2) 2.5" white squares. Press. Make 4 of these units.

Making your center square:
Using the same method as you did to make the corner squares, place a 2.5" orange square in opposite corners of the 4.5" white square. Sew on the diagonal line. Trim 1/4" away from your seam and press.

Repeat with the other two corners using (2) 2.5" orange squares. Press.

Making the middle rectangles:
Sew the green rectangle to the light blue rectangle along the long side. Press these seams open. Make 4.

Finishing the block:
Lay out the block according to the photo. Begin by sewing the blocks into 3 rows.

**A helpful hint while you're sewing your blocks into rows.
To keep your corner square (Diamond) points aligned with the seam of the middle rectangles...

Place your corner unit and middle rectangle right sides together. Insert a straight pin into the intersecting point of the corner unit.

Making sure that the end of the straight pin goes directly into the seam from the other side.

Pin. This will prevent your blocks from shifting while sewing and keep the seam aligned with the Diamond point.

Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew over the intersecting point. Remember to go slowly if you're like me and love to sew over your pins:)

After all of that careful pinning, you will be rewarded with beautiful points!

Sew the rows together.

You've completed your Rolling Diamonds Quilt Block!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

April 14, 2014 Meeting Minutes

** Photos from this meeting have been posted here on Facebook. You do not need to be a Facebook user to view these photos. **

1.  We had 29 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, April 14, 2014, including 4 guests. No new members joined, so our total membership remains at 60.

2.  Treasurer’s Report: Last month we had no financial activity.

3.  Upcoming Meetings:

  • May 4, 2014: 11am - 4pm, 2014 Membership fees are due; Board member elections; BOM sew-in; SewMod will be vending 
  • June 8, 2014: Leslie Gebbie will be teaching a workshop on machine wool applique. She will have a kit of fabrics for this “modern and simple” applique. The kit will cost approximately $8.00. Check our guild’s page on the MQG website for signups. will be vending. The owner, Donna, will bring a truck full of goodies and park in the parking lot for us to go out and shop.
  • July meeting is tentatively set for July 13, 2014. We are considering having a few members do “trunk shows” to show their evolution as quilters. Please email us if you are interested in speaking at this meeting: crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com
4.  Committee Update: 

  • Laura Watts, Charity Chief, announced that 23 quilts were donated for Project Night Night last month! Quilts should be 40X50 or 50X60. If you are working on a quilt for this charity, please email Laura to let her know ljbenz2003 (at) yahoo (dot) com.
  • Debby Greening, Swap Swami, announced our next swap: a 5x5-inch charm square swap. The fabric theme is bright & modern! Cut 56, 5-inch squares from one yard of quilt shop quality fabric (no Jo-Ann's, Hobby Lobby, etc.) and bring them to the May meeting. Debby will redistribute the new charm packs (should be about 2 of each fabric) at the June meeting. Oh, Fransson! has a great tutorial for cutting 56, 5-inch charm squares from 1 yard of fabric here. If you signed up at the April meeting, she already has your info. Anyone else who would like to join in, please e-mail her at deb (at) greening1 (dot) com. If you are unable to make it to the May meeting, please contact her to make other arrangements to drop off your fabric. 
  • Anuschka Matthews, our Bee Keeper, announced that there are three bees: one meets in Lake Zurich the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm; a second meets in Crystal Lake on Monday afternoons; the third bee meets in Cary on Wednesday evenings. Email her if you are interested in joining one of the bees: anuschkamatthews (at) hotmail (dot) com. This is a great way to promote modern quilting with others.
  • Ann and Bobbie, our Workshop Wranglers, have started planning our future workshops. They are looking into a possible art quilt workshop.
  • We are looking for someone to help with documenting our Show and Tell pictures. Please email us if you are interested in helping in this way: crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com
5.  Upcoming Quilt Shows: 

  • International Quilt Festival Chicago in Rosemont, June 19 – 21, 2014
  • “Threads from Past to Present” in Batavia, July 18 – 20
  • Upper Midwest Machine Quilt Show in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, August 7 - 9
  • AQS in Grand Rapids, MI, August 20-23
  • QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, TX, February 19 – 22, 2015. Check soon for submission details if you would like to enter a quilt in this show.
6.  New Business:

  • Michael Miller Challenge Rules: Any solid or Michael Miller printed fabric can be added to the fabrics that were given out. The deadline has been extended to July 25th. To enter, upload a photo of your project (anything quilted) to the fabric challenge forum on the MQG website. Three winners will be chosen; each will receive a year’s worth of free fabric. If you signed up and do not use your fabric, please return it to the guild so it can be used for our charity.
  • Sale Table will be occurring at our July and October meetings. Members can donate magazines, books, patterns, notions, and quilting knick knacks. There will be a set price list. Other members can purchase items with cash only. Whatever is left will be donated to one of three local charity/thrift shops. The proceeds from the Sale Table will go to the guild to help pay for our holiday party and other fun things.
  • Board Nominations: So far, the four current board members are the only people who have been nominated for the next year’s positions.

7. Reminders:
  • Modern Quilt Guild Affiliation: 20 of our members have successfully subscribed to the MQG website.
  • We are still looking for volunteers for member profiles on our blog and for the July trunk show. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please email us at: crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com
  • If you have a blog, please add the CLMQG and MQG logos and links to your blog.

8. 2014 Block of the Month (BOM): Paige and Ann presented the two April blocks. Directions and photographs have been posted on our blog; click the “BOM” label at the top of the blog to be taken to the page. All members are encouraged to play along with the BOM program.

9. Show and Tell: Several members brought lovely quilts to share.

10. The meeting portion ended, and we had a brief social time and sew-in set-up.

11. During the sew-in, members worked on various projects.

Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Let's Get Together

Let's meet up at Material Girl Fabric Shop in Crystal Lake at
6:30pm on Thursday, April 24

It's Ladies' Night Out in downtown Crystal Lake from 5:00-9:00pm
with special sales and promotions at most shops and restaurants.

So let's do a little shopping, maybe mix that with some food and drink, 
and HAVE FUN together!

We're hoping to see YOU there!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Block of the Month #6

Block of the Month #6

This is the "Anita's Arrowhead" block inspired by a tutorial published by
Presented by Ann K


Cut (2) 11" contrasting squares. (Recommend starching & ironing first)
Need (1) 3" post-it note

With right sides together, pair 2 contrasting 11" x 11" squares. 
Using a short stitch length, start with a back stitch and begin sewing 3" from the top right edge as shown. (Rather than measuring and marking the 3" starting point, stick a 3" sticky note in the upper right corner.) Pivot 1/4" from the corner and sew to the bottom left edge as shown, ending with a back stitch.

Rotate 180 degrees and sew the last 2 sides in the same manner.

Cut the unit diagonally through the sewn corners as shown.

Stack the triangles as shown, carefully aligning all edges.

Measure 3" from the left edge and cut through all layers as shown.
Without disturbing the stack, measure 3" from the bottom edge and cut through all layers as shown.

OPEN ALL SEAMS and press the seams open.
Arrange the units as shown below.  

Sew the units together to make the block.

Center and trim the block to 12 1/2" x 12 1/2"

** The original quilt block from the pattern starts with (2) 8" squares and a 2" post-it, when measuring from the side to cut, measure 2" from the edge.   The block gets squared up to 9" x 9".

Block of the Month #5

Block of the Month #5

This is the "x and +" block inspired by a tutorial published by Amy at
Presented by Paige P


Gather your fabrics.

Begin by cutting your fabric:
For the center cross, cut (4) green 2.5" squares and (1) 2.5" orange square
For the edges of the cross, cut (4) white 2.5" x 3.5" rectangles
For the background triangles, cut (8) light blue 3.5" squares
For the X cut (4) navy blue 5.5" squares

Making the X block:
On the back of the light blue squares, mark with a pencil from corner to corner.

Sew directly on the line and using a rotary cutter, trim the seam allowance to 1/4". Repeat for each block.

 Press and repeat for the opposite corner.

To make the + in the center of the X, sew the blocks in the order according to the picture. Press the seams to the left

Sew the remaining green squares to the white rectangles.

Lay out your block according to picture and begin by sewing the X blocks to either side of the green/white units. Press to the right. Finish by sewing the rows to the top and bottom of the middle white/green/orange unit.

And here is your finished X and + quilt block! 

** Original tutorial for the X and + block can be found here.