Strut - May 2018 Block Lottery Info

This months block comes to us directly from The MQG, one of the benefits (patterns, discounts, webinars, etc.) of membership.  (Not a member?  Join here or here.)

Strut, from February 2017, is an exercise on how to use asymmetry to make bold quilt blocks or quilts.

Loree and Laraine liked the suggestion given by the block's designer, Silvia Sutters, about using color to help define asymmetry within an individual block so much, we are running with that exact idea - black and white with a single pop of color!
(Black and White Strut blocks and bright Kona FQs)
Silvia is an accomplished designer, pattern writer (quilts and garments), and teacher whose work has appeared in print and digital magazines you might own - Modern Patchwork, QuiltCon, Make it! Patchwork, Simply Moderne, and Love of Patchwork and Quilting.  Her online patterns can be found here.
(Black and White Strut block with Kona Pomegranate )
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(Black and White Strut block with Kona Dahlia)
Please use Kona White for your background.  There is no manufacturer preference for the black pieces or for the pop of color, other than using quilt shop quality fabrics. 
(A stack of Kona solids - Dahlia, Pomegranate, Tomato, Sunny, Pickle, Parrot, Malibu)
Choose a color you love... a color you've been hoarding... a scrap... a piece of a new FQ or F8 you've been waiting to cut into. 
(Cool and warm stacks of Free-Spirit solids)
You could even use a why-do-I-have-this-in-my-stash color! 
(Black and White Strut block with Kona Pickle)
The instructions require you to print a muliti-page template.  Check your printer settings beforehand and print to size.  You will need to tape and cut your template pieces together.  

Other important things to remember:  a scant .25" seam allowance is absolutely necessary because of the number of seams (unless you choose to cut your pieces slightly bigger and trim down once each is sewn); a light spritz or two of starch eliminates stretch and distortion; seams within the striped portion should be pressed towards the darker fabric. 

Lastly, as seen in the photos, the pop-of-color chosen to replace ONE of the black pieces can be any of the five sizes listed in the instructions.

As always, thanks for participating!  We'll see you May 12th when we'll choose a winner of these bold and minimalist blocks!  You can't win if you don't sew.   


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