Category Archives: Boston Modern Quilt Guild

Piecing with Improvisation

Here are three quilt block tutorials that I put together for the Boston Modern Quilt Guild BOM.

These tutorials all have improvisational techniques, but they also let you be a little precise if you want to be.

This tutorial lets you practice curved piecing: Curves Ahead

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With this one you can try paper piecing without worrying about things being too perfect: Playing with Paper

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And this tutorial lets you improvise with strips of fabric: Fenced In

October

Improvising with Scraps

It certainly has been quite a while, but I finally have time to post again!  Back in March I brought my improvised scrappy blocks to the Boston Modern Quilt Guild Retreat and put a quilt top together.

I finished this quilt a couple of months ago on my long arm.

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The back of the quilt has a few of the blocks, too.

 

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I am still saving my scraps and sorting them by color, but maybe I should throw them all in together and try a different approach next time! No matter what, it is a great way to be thrifty and also environmentally green.  Reuse, recycle, and don’t waste any of your precious fabric!

 

 

 

 

Scrappy Monochromatic Blocks

The Boston Modern Quilt Guild is making charity quilts this year and members have been asked to donate blocks made with fabrics that are from the same color family.  The quilts will then be made with a rainbow of the different color grouped blocks.

I came up with a strategy for my blocks which involved sorting all of my fabric scraps by color and then selecting strips from each pile and sewing them together.

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After sorting the strips I trimmed them so they were all about the same length and so that each strip was a uniform width, but the strips are various widths!

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Then I sewed them together.

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For the blocks that I decided to make I made sure that the pieced strips panel was 38″ long and about 15″ wide. This is enough to make several blocks. You do need a 38″ long strip for the log cabin block featured in this article.

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Trim the uneven edge and don’t forget to save your scraps that are too small to sew with.  These will be the stuffing for a pillow!

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I cut my pieced strips 3 1/2″ wide and some are 2″ wide.

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One of the block designs is a log cabin block.  This block uses one of the 3 1/2″ wide strips with other fabric scraps.  The center is a 3 1/2″ square bordered with 2″ strips.

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Sew the strips and then trim them to the correct size.  Use a square ruler to make sure your cuts are correct.  The center block will be 6 1/2″ square.

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Then continue adding the 3 1/2″ wide pieced strips.  Sew then trim to the correct size as you go.  Once the block was larger than 6 1/2″ I got out my 12 1/2″ ruler to trim the block.

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The block will be 12 1/2″ square when completed.  These are two of the blocks:

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Here are some made with purple and green strips.

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Of course I got carried away and will be making a lot of these blocks, so I will make my own quilt with these blocks.   Usually I would use all different colors, but I really love the idea of using strips that are in the same color group. The finished blocks are sublimely wonderful.

Boston Modern Quilt Guild Show

The Boston Modern Quilt Guild is displaying their quilts at the Fabric Place Basement in Natick, MA. The quilts will be on display each weekend starting January 31st through February 15th. Here is what they are saying about their quilt show:

“The Boston Modern Quilt Guild is a group of people who are passionate about modern quilting, patchwork, and sewing. The guild is holding its annual quilt show this year at Fabric Place Basement in Natick MA. The show will run for several weekends and is open to all quilters and to everyone interested in modern quilts and quilting.

Over 50 quilts will be on display at Fabric Place Basement each weekend from January 31 through February 15. Guild members will be there to answer questions, serve as ‘white glove’ ladies (although we do allow touching; we’re modern, after all!), and conduct demos.”

LOCATION: Fabric Place Basement, 321 Speen Street (Cloverleaf Mall), Natick MA
DATES: Each weekend from January 31through February 15.

TIMES: 10:00 am – 7 pm on Saturdays; noon – 6:00 pm on Sundays.

For more information, contact BMQG at http://bostonmqg.blogspot.com/

I will have 4 quilts on display at the show:
Garden Continuum
A Very Bight Quilt
Flowers! and Cocoa Kaleidoscope

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Boston Modern Quilt Guild Gift Swap

Just a quick post to Thank Yvonne for the gift she sent me for the Boston Modern Quilt Guild Gift Swap.  Yvonne didn’t make it to the meeting, so she sent me a box full of goodies … a perfectly crafted fabric basket for organizing things, a pin cushion that has programmed stitching which says “Patrice loves to Sew” (yes!!) and a jazzy, roomy wristlet wallet.  But then there was more … the rest of the buttons used for the basket and also a bar of scented soap!  Thank you, Yvonne!

And also thanks to Jenn for organizing the whole swap!

Here is another picture of the basket, which I have already put to work, along with the rest of my Goodies:

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The Garden Continuum Quilt

I decided to participate in the Modern Quilt Guild’s Michael Miller Fabric Challenge.  My plan was to fussy cut some blocks and then improvise from there, although I must admit my improvisation ended up taking place on my drawing pad so that I would have an idea of how much fabric I would need to surround my blocks.  Does that mean it is not really improvised?  Can there be no planning with improvisation?  Perhaps not!

I am calling this quilt the Garden Continuum.  It is 48″ x 64″.  I used all 6 of the fat eighths provided and I think I made good use of them.  I used 2 yards of fabric for the background and the binding, and also added about an eighth of a yard of a solid green fabric.

In keeping with the theme of the quit, I went with edge to edge swirly quilting so that the garden blocks blend in and appear to be floating in the continuum!

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Good Fortune in Chicopee

My Good Fortune Quilt with Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee Fabric is finished!  I finished it a couple of weeks ago but have not found time to share this with everyone. This is the quilt top that I put together at the BMQG retreat in March.

I used Patricia Ritter’s Bauhaus pantograph for this quilt.  I know, I know, I should have just free motion quilted, but I am a big wimp and do not trust my skills for keeping things even and consistent.

I want more time to practice and play!  But, I am happy with what I have accomplished with this quilt.

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