Thursday, January 16, 2020

February 2020 - Shoo Fly (Elbow Room)

Make this classic block the easy way shown below, and your points will have plenty of elbow room.
Use high or low contrast fabrics, whatever colors you want. This scrap quilt will be awesome!

1. Cut 3" squares: 8 from the main fabric (shown yellow) and 3 from the other (shown black).
Cut two on the diagonal, as shown above.

2. Place the triangles as shown above. Sew. Press. 


3. Assemble the block. Done!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

JANUARY 2020 -The Elephant's Trunk



"The Elephant's Trunk" is named after the huge flea market in New Milford, CT 
because like the flea market, this quilt is full of surprises! Anything goes.

Cut strips 1.5" x any length. Butt them together to make seven 55" lengths.
Sew two strips together. Press the seam while closed, then press it open.
Continue adding each 55" strip the same way.

This quilt was made using the same pattern by quilters from all over the world so it was named the World Quilt. Click to read about it. I can't wait to see what our quilt looks like.
I know it will be a stunner!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

November 2019 - Winding Trails

Winding Trails is a great scrap quilt block. Use any prints, solids, stripes, dots; it's all good. 
Scroll down to see the sample.

Choose two fabrics. Cut one 4" square and one 3" square. 
Then cut the 3" square in half on the diagonal, as shown above.

Position the two triangles "by eye" as shown above, and then sew 1/4" from the long edge.
Press open. Trim. Make a bunch so they can be used in columns, as shown below. 

Here's my Winding Trails quilt, so you can see one way these blocks might be used.
 I can't wait to see all our blocks on the wall.

 I like that crazy gold and green fungus fabric on the left (below). Bold stripes look pretty cool too. 
I could be happy making Winding Trails quilts all day long!

By the way, Winding Trails is in Farmington, where we used to bring our sons to swim in the 1980's.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

October 2019 - Elizabeth Park

This floral string quilt is named in honor of Elizabeth Park Conservancy, 
over 100 acres in downtown Hartford, a very beautiful place known for its roses.

Choose two fabrics, including at least one floral. 
Cut two strips of each fabric, 2" wide x 40" long.

Use a 12.5" square quilter's ruler as a guide. Choose one fabric for the middle, call it Fabric A.
Cut one strip 19" long from Fabric A (shown above).

Cut two strips 17" long from Fabric B.
Cut two strips 14" long from Fabric A.
Cut two strips 11" long from Fabric B.
Cut two strips 7.5" long from Fabric A.
Cut two strips 5.5" long from Fabric B.

Sew one 17" strip to each side of the center strip. Press. Then, sew a 14" strip to each side.
Continue as shown in the photo above. Press. Trim to 12.5" square.

A variety of high and low contrast blocks will give a sun-dappled look to this beautiful garden quilt.

NOTE: If your 1/4" seam allowances are on the generous side, cut the final two strips 2.5" wide x 5.5" long. That way your block will be big enough for the 12.5" ruler.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

September 2019 - Hammonasset

Named after our longest beach in Connecticut (2 miles), Hammonasset 
(pronounced Ham-in-ass'-it) is a quilt featuring the colors of beach towels.

Choose any number of solid colors. Cut six rectangles 2" x 3.5."
Sew them in a row. Press. 

Choose a solid white, off-white, or low-volume print. Cut one 4.5" square. 
Then cut it in half on the diagonal. 

Sew the white triangles to the stripes, as shown above. Press. Trim to a 6" square.

Making this block can be addictive.  :)
Enter the drawing once for each block that you bring.

Here are just a few ideas for using these pretty blocks.

These blocks were brought to the September meeting. Nice job! 
Congratulations to Diane who won the blocks. 

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Want To Chat About Blocks-of-the-Month?

Here are some of my thoughts about Blocks-of-the-Month. And you can add your two cents too, in the Comments section at the bottom of this post. We've been saving a seat for you. :)

1. Participating in a BOM is a quick and easy way to enjoy commraderie with your guild. You will get to know people. You'll see how they think in a creative sense.

2. You might win the blocks and be well on your way to making a new quilt, one with lots of variety and a different vibe than you would normally make.

3. You will have a Show & Tell quilt that people are particularly interested in, since they made some of the blocks. They will be excited to see how you used the blocks.

4. Group quilts can be so quirky and eclectic. This will be a unique addition to your collection.

5. A good BOM will have clear directions including fabric recipe and measurements so that the finished quilt will be pleasing.

6. But directions that are not so rigid that the blocks are bland.

7. The block must be fun to make. Otherwise, what's the point, right?

8. And not difficult or time-consuming. No fuss.

9. There should be a good variety of techniques and styles represented over the course of the year, not the same thing over and over.

10. You'll sample some new ideas that you might not have tried otherwise, a good way to stretch your creative muscles.

11. Let me take a pic of your BOM quilt (or email a pic to me at and I will post it on this site. It would make a very interesting addition to a possible future book about BOMs.

So, any thoughts? How about this purple hair?