Monday, September 14, 2015

Sampler Quilts and Show and Tell

do these look familiar? They are Jo Morton colorway blocks from last years Saturday surprise sampler.
it's that time of year when I'm looking forward to the show and tell to see what people have done with their blocks from last time!   It is on Saturday at the store at 10 AM, if you are in town and want to pop in and get some inspiration.
I had quite a few blocks from sewing up the prototypes. I have one large quilt sewn together, but I also had a lot of six-inch segments leftover after it was sewn.
Each of the blocks were designed so that you could use it as one 12 inch block or as four 6-inch blocks.
today I'm working on a smaller sampler that uses the 6 inch blocks.
(sorry if the photos are a little blurry, I'm taking them on my iPad and noticed that I'm a little wobbly today.)
I used 35 blocks and sewed 1 inch frame around each of them. Then I sewed them into a horizontal grid of five columns and seven rows.
I have a lot of scraps left over from when I was making up the patterns so I decided to add a pieced border around the edges.
I recently designed a row pattern that had a braid segment, so a braid border was on the top of my mind.
I started with 4 1/2 in. square that will finish at 4 inches when sewn into the quilt.  
then, The side rectangles are cut  at 1.5" x 5"... each braid needs two of these...
then you add two more rectangles, cut at 1.5" x 6" long.
i'll just keep adding sections to the braid sections until they are long enough for the top and side borders. I think I'll have to also add a plain border in between the center and the borders.
(of course, the edges of the borders are trimmed straight before sewing them onto the quilt)

i'm not sure if I'll have this top together before Saturday, since something exciting should be happening in my life tomorrow, but I'll take what I have to the show and tell on Saturday.

I hope to see you at the show and tell at Periwinkle in Saskatoon at 912 Broadway Avenue at 10 AM whether you have blocks to show, or a quilt top,  to show from last year or not. We will also have refreshments!

The show And tell  will be on the main level of the store, so you don't need to navigate the staircase. Also remember there is a parking lot at the back of the store. See you then!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

the PROM

Finally, finally, I came up with the final format of our new Block of the month program!
it can be quite time-consuming trying to figure out all the little details of how to start something new.
however, autumn Kept getting closer and closer and so I had to make some decisions. 
For the past several years we've had a program called the Saturday Surprise Sampler,  and while it was a really good program, I was getting weary of designing 12 inch blocks.  Plus, I think we all have at least one or two (or three or four....) sets of blocks that we have yet to so into a big quilt.  so anyway here are the details of the new program.
it is called the project of the month. That is the PROM for short.
This is how it works....
  • Each kit includes the fabric and pattern for a pieced row.   The size is right to use as is for a table runner, or you can incorporate it into another project. The fabric in the kit will be the equivalent of at least 1.5m,  (so even if you don't end up sewing the project, you will have a cute little bundle of co-ordinated fabric! )  The pattern is quite detailed, with lots of diagrams.  It will also include an idea or two on how else you could modify or use the design.
  • A new kit will be released at the beginning of each month.
  • You can pick up a kit at the shop, or we can mail them out to you.
  • There are two color options:
  • 1.  "Serenity":  the colorway will be consistent through the months.  It is a combination of light blues, light turquoise, lavender,  grey and soft white.  You can later combine the rows into a larger quilt

2.. a different fabric grouping each month.  For this option, we will make the kit up with a new arrival of fabrics.  The colors for each month will change.    For the first month, I chose Country Orchard by Blackbird Designs for Moda, 

 Number of Kits: 6 (buy as many or as few as you like)
Size of Quilt: variable  (the first project worked out to be about 18" x 51" (or 56", depending on how you add borders)
Cost per Kit:
  • $28.00 when you buy in store, $29.00 by mail order.
  • Buy as few or as many kits as you like. If you pre-pay for 5 kits, you will get number 6 for free! (I think this is a good deal!)
  • Sign-up is required only for mail order, otherwise just come in and pick up a kit. If you want to receive blocks by mail order, you can call the shop anytime! (306) 933-3072
Pickup / Mailing Dates:
September  5  (I know this is over the long weekend, but the next weekend is the Broadway Street Fair, and the next weekend is too far away!)
October 3
November 7
December 5
January 9
February 6

Well, I have both the colorway tops sewn, and I hope to get at least one of them quilted by Saturday, but who can say what might happen.   
I hope that this will be a fun project for you to do, especially if you are out of town.  We've had a group of people who have done several of the Saturday Surprise blocks, and I hope that this will be a good package to get in the mail each month!
If you have any comments or suggestions, please let me know!!! you can send me a message by email at, or in the comment box below,   Michelle

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