Thursday, October 19, 2017

October Block Lotto - Wonky Christmas Trees

I really wanted to do coffins for October, but this is going to be the last block lotto of the year (sad, I know!) so let's get right into Christmas!

This month we are making Wonky Christmas Trees.  There is a great tutorial by Amy Smart here: Diary of a Quilter - wonky Christmas Trees.

Modern Tree Quilt Block
Source: Amy Smart - Diary of a Quilter

These blocks should come out at least 7.5"x9.5" unfinished. Do not trim them down if they're bigger, let the winner trim them down to size. The trees themselves will come out to all different sizes and shapes, which is the fun part! I like the ones that lean a little.

This tutorial nicely assembles the entire top portion first and then attaches the bottom portion (do that!).  Leah Day's tutorial assembles it the other way around (don't do that!) but has tips on making the tree itself with wonky stripes!  Feel free to decorate your tree however you like (I'm looking at you, popcorn strings), and here is your palette.

Source: Inspire Sweetness

This is a great, playful palette with one foot in Vintage and one foot in Modern. Both solids and prints are cool, or even a mix of both. The method outlined in Amy's tutorial makes trees two at a time, so the background for one tree will be the focal fabric for another.  Add any browns you like for tree trunks.

General Rules:

1. Make one quilt block (or more) following the pattern and color scheme outlined in the monthly post.  For every block you make and bring to that month’s meeting, you will get one entry in the lotto.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, but really want to participate in the lotto, comment on this post or contact Philippa and we’ll try to work it out. Remember, you must be a member of CALMQG to participate.
2. The winner gets ALL THE BLOCKS to make a quilted project from them (guild reserves the right to vote on splitting up the blocks between more than one winner if there are enough entries).  If you win, the blocks become yours and you can use them in any way you choose. 
3. We would like to see your finished project, either in person or pictures, within a year of winning the blocks.  You may continue to participate in and win subsequent block lottos during that time (at least for now…we may elect that you can not win again until you've shown your finished project).  After the year is up, you cannot participate or win again until the original project is finished.
4. Use modern fabrics that you like, or love! If you are unsure about your fabric selection as it relates to 'Modern', just ask.
5. Have fun!  Keep in mind that (most likely) someone else will be taking home your block to incorporate into a larger piece and things must fit together (literally…so keeping your block true to size is probably the most important thing), but you should also make it yours and enjoy the process!

Share with the tags @calgarymqg #calmqgblocklotto #calgarymqg on IG or on the Calgary Modern Quilt Guild Facebook Group. If you would like help with either of those, contact your guild's Social Media Coordinator: Tamara Kerelchuk @ninjadesigns or @calgarymqg
Have fun! I can't wait to see all the happy little trees!