Saturday, September 16, 2017

Block Lottery for October 2016 - Selvage Spiderweb Blocks

Hi all! It's Wendi with the October 2016 block lottery block.

When I volunteered to do this block last winter, I knew that I wanted to do something to motivate me to use the selvages I have been hoarding saving for the last 5 years or more.  Sometime in the spring I hit upon a genius idea - use the selvages in spiderweb blocks for Halloween!

There are a couple of special considerations to be aware of when we use selvages, though, and I'll get to those in a minute.

Prepare Your Template

We are starting with a tutorial by Em at Sewing by Moonlight.  In her tutorial she shows how to make your own template for the kite portion of the block, as well as the trimming template for each quarter of the block, but even better, she has provided a template you can just print out!  So convenient!  Thanks, Em.  So head to her blog and print out the template.  Maybe even leave her a comment to say "thank you" from ECMQG.

Print out your template, cut it out, and tape the two pieces of the pattern together.

Before you start sewing, I suggest that you read the portion of her tutorial that begins "Constructing the Block" because most of that information will not be repeated here.

Now that you have your template, cut 4 kites from your background fabric.  For this project, we are using low volume prints in a dark neutral background, so basically any shade of gray or black will work.  NO solids please!

EDIT/UPDATE:  At the September meeting, the members voted to have all 4 kites in a block be the same fabric.  Kite fabric can be any dark neutral in shades of gray or black.  And, just to be clear, members agreed that FOUR kite/string units make ONE block.  Each block entered requires a $1.00 donation.

Now, grab the selvages you have been saving and we'll get started.  Your selvages should be between 1-inch and 1-1/2-inches wide.  They do not all have to be the same width - variation is good.

What You Need to Know About Selvages

Let's talk about selvages...  Note that the selvage string has two sides.  The selvage in woven fabric runs down the lengthwise edge of a bolt of fabric.  It is created by the weft (crosswise) threads looping back around the last of the warp (or longitudinal) threads to enclose the threads and create an edge that will not ravel. Because the method of selvage sewing we are using does not have an enclosed seam, it is important to identify the selvage edge before you start sewing so your block will not fray or ravel.

We will call the outside or enclosed edge the selvage edge, shown on the BOTTOM in the above photo.  It may be entirely woven in or have some "fluff" on the outside.   One selvage may have printing on it, while the selvage from the other edge likely will not.  It is OK to use both sides.  The printing gives your block interest while the selvage from the other side adds color.

The other side (inside) of your selvage strip is the cut side, shown on the TOP of the above photo.  It is the side you cut with your rotary cutter when you removed the selvage from the rest of the piece of cloth.  This side is woven and definitely will fray unless it is contained within a seam.  We will call this side the cut edge.

Making the Kite/String Unit

In her tutorial, Em says to begin by sewing your strip to one of the long edges of the kite piece.  We will do this also, but we will overlap the cut edge of the kite with the selvage edge of the selvage strip about a quarter inch.  Or, to say it a different way, lay the selvage edge of the strip on top of one of the long edges of the kite and overlap about 1/4-inch.  Sew right along the edge of the selvage edge being careful to sew through both layers of fabric. This will enclose the raw edge of the kite in a seam to prevent it from fraying.

Trim your selvage piece just a little longer than the length of the kite edge.

Now grab another selvage piece and overlap the selvage edge of the new strip over the cut edge of the previous selvage strip about 1/4-inch.  Stitch it down close to the selvage edge .

Trim this piece slightly shorter than the first selvage piece.

Continue adding selvage strips on top of the previous selvage strip until you have at least 6-1/2" of strips added to the kite.  NOTE:  I found that it was easiest to use the template to determine if I had sufficient strips, rather than my ruler.  Just match up the 90-degree angle of the template with the corner of the kite and check to see if your strip set is long enough.

Repeat the process for the other long edge of the kite.

Press your block.

Using your trimming template, match the 90-degree angle of the kite with the 90-degree angle of the template.

To prevent trimming off the edges of your paper template, lay your ruler along the edge of the paper template, matching up the 1/4" mark on the template with the 1/4" line on your ruler and trim.  This way, each of your 4 kite/string units will be the perfect size.

Trim the other edges in the same manner.

You have now created a quarter of your spiderweb block.  FOUR kite/string units make one block.

Repeat the above 3 more times to make a whole spiderweb block - 4 kite/string units make one spiderweb block.  Your completed block should measure 12-1/2" square.

Now, sit back and admire your beautiful block!  As always, if you have any questions, give me a shout!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

August 12, 2017 ECMQG Meeting Minutes

Our door prizes reflected that the beginning of the school year has begun!  Jill and Marsha won the first door prizes drawn. 

 Wendi shared her progress on putting our Everything's Coming Up Roses quilt for Fisher House.  She has done a superb job putting the squared up modern roses together and even incorporated roses on the back.

The back.  This fundraiser raised $34,000 dollars last year for Fisher House.  The fundraiser this year will be held at Henderson Resort on October 19th.  Our quilt this year turned out larger than we had planned.  It is 60X80...a little smaller than a twin size quilt.  Marsha will quilt it with a leaves pattern.  Elaine will bind it.

Lisa, our newest member, won the July block lottery blocks!  Congratulations, Lisa!  We can't wait to see the quilt you make from your blocks!

We discussed the upcoming online auction of Christmas gift items.  Jill has volunteered to help with this.  She expressed that we need to publicize this event by October, so people will be aware of it.  Our donated, well made items are due by the Oct. meeting.  Some suggested items are:  bags, travel iron covers, pillow covers, zippy pouches, pin cushions, hand warmers, etc.  Look on Pinterest for more ideas or Instagram.  They need to be well made.

Another look at the blocks Lisa won, put together to form larger blocks.

Loree was in charge of our program for the meeting.  She gave us many examples and ideas for wonderful, homemade name tags.  She showed us how scrappy, quilted, hand stitched, machine embroidered, and even like little mini quilts they could be.  She discussed tools to use and what kind of batting is a good choice for name tags.  Cindy also shared about making lanyards.

We were all inspired by Loree and Cindy's presentation and now want a homemade name tag!

The Adore-La pattern we used last year will be used again for the September block lottery, but with a different arrangement.  This time, a pinwheel form will be made from 3 values (light, medium and dark) of Blue Green and a Red Orange of any value.  This new pattern is like the Drunkard's Path.  Sources for tutorials are:  Missouri Star Quilt--Curved Drunkard's Path, Man Sewing, and Sew Kind of Wonderful.  Cindy did an excellent job explaining tips to create the curves, including spray starch and freezer paper.  

Our scrap swap took place.  Participants traded bags of scraps for our Annual Anniversary meeting next month.  We can't wait to see what they will create out of their partner's scraps.  Remember, there will be cake, scrap swap reveals, games, and our usual door prizes and sharing.  Don't miss it on Sept. 16th, at First Baptist Church in Crestview, Florida.  Be there before 10 and get all set up.

Show and Tell then took place, followed by our luncheon and Sit and Sew.
Marsha shared her t-shirt quilt.

Ava shared a bag, Chenille pillow, and a grometted cell phone charger.  Ava is one of our Junior ECMQG members.

Laraine shared her beautiful, modern quilt and her Stand-Up Pouch she made.  She also shared her source for zippers....Zippers By the Yard, where you can order zippers for $2 a yard and extra pulls are available also.  She uses Zipper Lady for her source, also.

Wendi shared her completed scrap bag swap from Linda from last year's anniversary scrap swap.

Amy shared her Ocean Themed quilt.  She taught a 9 weeks class using rulers on a domestic machine to quilt.

Anne Marie's youngest granddaughter shared many items she had made.

Lynda shared her first modern improv. quilt!  Wonderful work!

We dismissed for lunch and sit and sew.

Respectfully submitted,
ECMQG Secretary

Saturday, August 12, 2017

May, June and July Update

May, June and July Minutes Update

Well, summer has been extra busy for me, as I'm sure it has been for you guys.  I apologize for getting so far behind and am posting a three month catch up on our meetings.  I've had two eye surgeries, as well as travel, company, and the usual summer goings on.  It certainly isn't because our ECMQG hasn't been busy these last three months!  We have.  Here are just a few of the many activities.


 In May, Our Grunge Swap took place.

Our Riley Blake Challenge.  Wendi, Roxie, Cindy, and Natalie participated.  Natalie was a finalist in the Riley Blake Challenge!!

Our Fisher House Charity Quilt Everything Coming Up Roses was explained as a strip pieced improv rose block.  The Rose blocks are due by July.

Wendi reminded us to save our selvages for the October block which will be presented in September.

Natalie discussed our Block Lottery block for June, Fractured Curves.  She explained how they will be made and that the blog will have directions, too. 

Natalie discussed our Block Lottery block for June, Fractured Curves.  She explained how they will be made and that the blog will have directions, too. 

 Natalie continued her Color Theory lessons by explaining Analogous Colors.  They are colors next to each other on the color wheel.  Springleaf is a good source.

    We were reminded of our October Auction and the need to make items for our Christmas gift auction to raise money.


First, Natalie did a thorough review of our Color Theory lessons.  Our main objective is to apply our Color Theory to our quilt making.

Our One Hour basket swap was a huge success!  We had more participation in this swap than any swap for a while.  We had a nice discussion of how the baskets were made and what interfacings we used.

 Beautiful One Hour Baskets!  We all enjoyed this swap!

One last look at all the baskets!  Lovely!

 Wendi explained and demonstrated our Everything Coming Up Roses blocks for The Fisher House Charity Quilt.  Some green spatters of leaves around the roses would be good, with low volume prints to square up the blocks.

 Our swap for July will be up to three modern Christmas fabrics, half a yard each, wrapped in Christmas paper. 

Several participated in the Fractured Curve block lottery this month.  Natalie won the blocks and was kind enough to split the blocks with Jill, who had also entered a lot of blocks!

 Faye did a super job explaining our next block lottery for July.  It is called Summer Spinout block.  Directions will be posted on the blog.  She also provided many examples for us to look at.  It uses Flamingo Pink, the Pantone color of the year and a lighter or darker value of grey than the Flamingo Pink.  Use your phone to make sure the value is contrasting with the Flamingo Pink.


For our August swap, please bring a quart size bag of scraps you like to trade with a partner.  You may make some suggestions to your partner, as to what you may like made.  Your partner will return a completed item to you using your scraps in September.  This is our annual Anniversary swap.  We will be 7 years old this September!

We had a wonderful participation in our July Summer Spinout block lottery.  A total of 39 blocks were donated to the lottery.  Bailey was the winner of the blocks (or her mother, who gave them to her).  We will be using Flamingo Pink in a swap for October, which Cindy will introduce at the August meeting.  It will be a mini quilt swap.

Sheri introduced a paper pieced block for our August block lottery.  Please see the blog for pictures and instructions.  It also uses Flamingo Pink and grey.

  Our modern Christmas fabric swap was a hit, with many bringing wrapped fabric to trade.

Loree and Cindy did a super job getting us started on early Christmas gift making, by presenting our Christmas in July program.  Loree discussed many utilitarian objects for gifts, such as:  bags, gift card wallets, zipper bags, pin cushions, hand warmers, dumpling bags, triangular bags, open wide bags, slippers, clear bags, tissue holders, pillow cases, folded star ornaments, quillows, etc.  Cindy discussed the use of Jeni Baker's Lined Drawstring Pattern to "wrap" Christmas gifts and then reuse year after year.  Information on Christmas gift projects will be posted on the ECMQG blog.

 Reminder:  Continue to save your selvages for a block coming up soon.

 More of the beautiful Christmas projects Loree and Cindy presented.  There are also good sources of zippers and patterns that they will share on the blog.

 Door prizes were lots of fun this month.  We selected saturated colors like in a sunset and including a piece for the "green flash" seen just for a second at sunrise.

 Cindy presented our next charity quilt block.  The project is a quilt for Arc Gateway.  It will be a Christmas quilt made from the Stack, Slice, and Swap method.  Cindy demonstrated the technique and showed us several samples of blocks.  The idea is from Patchwork Forest from Diary of a Quilter.  You can see it on Instagram under #patchworkforest.  Leah Day also has a You Tube tutorial on it.  We will work on the blocks for the charity quilt for Arc Gateway at our August meeting.  The quild has purchased fabric for us to use.

Cindy demonstrating the Stack, Slice, and Swap Christmas blocks we will work on in August for the Arc Gateway Charity Quilt.