Monthly Archives: May 2014

Straight Line Quilting

In preparation for Saturday’s program on straight line quilting, spend some time looking at all the amazing things that can be done with the simple walking foot and “straight” line quilting.   Curves, water, topography, grid….the possibilities are endless.

Bring some quilt sandwiches:  16″ squares that you have already basted or pinned so that you can get right down to business.   If you don’t have a walking foot, bring some quilt sandwiches anyway and we can explore what you and your machine can do without a walking foot.

See you Saturday!



Just a friendly reminder of our meeting this Saturday!  Our meeting agenda includes:

  • We are still collecting membership dues, so if you haven’t paid your dues, don’t forget to bring them to this month’s meeting.
  • Ruthee will be presenting the May Block of the Month.     If you haven’t checked out her  post, take a peek!  Fabrics needed are posted as well.
  • We’ll also have a quilt workshop with an emphasis on straight line quilting so don’t forget your machines, a walking foot (if you have one), thread,  a variety of needles, quilt sandwiches and a marking pen or pencil.

See you Saturday!


May Block of the Month: Wonky Log Cabin

My creation
(Credit links below)

Finished block size: 12″

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:  Red with grey solid accent fabric. Fabric choices must be either solid (any shade of red or gray) or tonals that “read” as red.  No high contrast fabrics.

Sew up some extra wonky log cabins.  This video tutorial shows strip piecing for wonky log cabins — quick technique for extra blocks! We can use these extra blocks to do some improvisational piecing.

Improv Log Cabin Block Tutorial by Mama Love Quilts
Modern Log Cabin Quilt Block Tutorial at Spoonflower
Wonky Squares-in-Squares Block by Quilt Dad
Wonky Log Cabin Block Tutorial by Tallgrass Prairie

Basics for Block of the Month program:

SOLID FABRICS:  We will be focusing on using solid fabrics because solid fabrics are one of the most common features found in modern quilting.   Tonal fabrics that “read” as a solid color can also be used in place of solid fabrics.

GIVE AND GET:  Members who bring in a block will be given a ticket.  A lottery will be drawn to determine the winner who takes home all of the blocks.  One ticket per block.

FAIR SHAKE:  Please use fabric that you LIKE (or LOVE) for blocks you will be putting in to the lottery.   Please do not use the BOM lottery as a way to get rid of “uglies” and “red-headed-stepchildren” fabric that you do not like.

MODERN DESIGN:  We will be using the BOM program and lottery to learn about the modern quilting design ideas embraced by The Modern Quilt Guild.  These design ideas include improvisational piecing; slash, slice, and dice; “wonky” lines; negative space; and a handful of other techniques.

See you all soon!

MOSAIC CREDITS: 1. wonky log cabin bee block, 2. January block – sew fun 2, 3. common threads for rebekah, 4. Stud Wonky log cabin mini quilt, 5. Subtle Wonk, 6. Wonky yule log cabin block #1, 7. QIP: solids only, 8. ALA quilt top, 9. 26-Wonky Log Cabin, 10. do.good Harmony July block #2, 11. #25- Wonky Square in Square Block, 12. Project Improv, 13. Wonky Log Cabin, 14. wonky log cabin quilt block, 15. ‘not lost in the woods’, 16. SewConnected2 block for Audrey #1