Thursday, March 21, 2019

March Block Lotto - Sawtooth Star

Who would like a stack of easter egg pastel blocks just in time for Easter!!!

Some of us have been busy making no waste, 4 at a time flying geese for the Meadowland QAL, and I thought it was a great technique to share with you all.
Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter has a great tutorial for these, and she makes them up into a sawtooth star. She includes a cutting chart for blocks from 4" all the way up to 20".
If you have the Wing Clipper ruler, here is a link to the instructions.

We are going to make 12" blocks.  
We are going to reverse our colours.  The background will be the colour, and the star will be white.


Sewing 4 at a time geese.
Follow directions in the tutorial to make 4 geese units with the coloured 7 1/4 square, and the white 4 in squares.

Are you using directional fabric for the white/sky? Here is some info from The Colourful Fabriholic on how to layer the squares so they all go the same way in the completed block. (case 2 and 3) Directional fabric for the background will automatically work with this technique giving 2 of each direction.

Trim geese to 3 1/2 x 6 1/2.
These are only slightly oversized. Because we have multiple sewers making blocks, it will help with accuracy. You will still need to be very careful, as some of mine were still a bit skimpy.

Stars - white, off white or sand, solid or near solid, low volume
Background - easter egg pastels Try not to go too much darker than the sample blocks. Let's keep these in prints this time, but keep that modern esthetic.

General Rules:

1. Make one quilt block (or more) following the pattern and colour 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!

6. Share with the tags @calgarymqg #calmqgblocklotto #calgarymqg on IG or on the Calgary Modern Quilt Guild Facebook Group. Have you tagged yourself #calmqgmember yet?

Have fun!