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2014 Guild Block of The Month

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I Love My AccuQuilt

I love pattern weights, they have so many uses. They’re sold to hold pattern pieces in place when making clothing, but they come in handy for quilting as well.

Dritz Fabric Pattern Weights come in sets of four and can be purchased at many quilt shops, Joann’s and Amazon. I’m sure there are many other places to buy them as well. They come in purple, pink and green to add some color to your sewing room or to see them better in that large pile of fabric. I started with one package of four then added four more and eight seems just right.

So how do I use them in quilting you might ask? Here are some of the ways but I keep finding more.pattern weights

I put the weights on my acrylic rulers or templates to help hold them in place as I position the rulers or templates on the fabric. The ruler and templates can be nudged into place and stay put. Four to six weights work great for this.

The weights also add enough extra weight to the ruler or template to help with cutting or squaring up. I may add as many as 8 weights depending upon the size of the template or ruler. The bigger the template the more weights. I place the weights on the ruler then position my hand over the top or around them, then cut. The ruler stays in place and doesn’t push away from the rotary cutter.

I also use the weights when cutting fabric, batting or fusible fleece. Say I want to cut a smaller piece from some yardage. The large amount of fabric likes to slip off the edge of the table making it difficult to cut. Place the weights on the larger piece of fabric and it will stay put while you cut the smaller piece of fabric.

When doing appliqué I draw the design on the paper side of the fusible web. I place a weight on the fusible web to hold it in place as I draw or trace the appliqué shape. After I cut, if I have a lot of small shapes, I stack them and add a weight so they stay put.

The weights help with the binding as well. Fold the binding in half wrong sides together, place it on the ironing board, place three or four weights along the binding to help hold the fold then iron, removing the weights as you go. Reposition the binding and weights and iron some more.

treasure boxCheck out Treasure Box, the newest Sew Many Blocks pattern. The Treasure Box downloadable pattern is available for purchase on Craftsy.

The pattern includes instructions for three different sized boxes with one of them using an Accuquilt die. This pattern is Fat Quarter friendly and also a great project for using up larger scraps.

It's a quick and easy project, just right for holding all those little treasures, sewing notions, candy, husband's keys, change and wallet. The fabric combinations are endless and the boxes are just so cute.

I brought several to the quilt retreat as projects to work on and ended up teaching the ladies how to make it. There were 13 beautiful boxes when all was done. One friend made boxes with easter fabric and is going to fill them with candy for the younger kids and gas cards for the teens. Brilliant idea. What would you use them for?

Happy Sewing!

 
2014 Valley Quilters' Guild Block of the MonthThe blocks and colors shown below make up the 2014 Block of the Month program for the Valley Quilter's Guild in Palmer, Alaska. Click on the block names to go to the block instructions. This grouping of blocks is made up of traditional block designs, Sew Many Blocks original designs, and designs from Marcia Hohn of Quilter's Cache and Janet Wickell. The links for Marcia Hohn and Janet Wickell's blocks go directly to the blocks on their respective websites.
 
These blocks were made by the members of the Education Committee.
 
Reminders
Each month you can make up to two of the designated block, to submit for the monthly block drawing.
 
All submitted blocks must be 12 1/2" unfinished size.
 
Also this year, there is an extra challenge to take all of these blocks and make them in your own color choices and create a block of the month quilt to show in January 2015.
 

Butterflies in the Sun blockIt's finally spring, but it's snowing here today. I thought a sunny block would help keep me in the springtime mood. While designing this block the sun design revealed itself first, but then when I put the block into the example quilt layout I notice there were also fun little butterflies. Perfect for spring!

Fabric

Fabric A - Yellow
Fabric B - Dark Blue
Fabric C - Medium Blue
Fabric D - Light Blue

 

AccuQuilt GO! Dies

6" Block

Cut 8 - 1 1/2" half square triangles from Fabric A - Go! Half Square 1" Finished Triangles (55320)

Cut 4 - 1 1/2" half square triangles from Fabric B - Go! Half Square 1" Finished Triangles (55320)

Cut 4 - 1 1/2" half square triangles from Fabric C - Go! Half Square 1" Finished Triangles (55320)

Cut 16 - 1 1/2" half square triangles from Fabric D - Go! Half Square 1" Finished Triangles (55320)

Cut 1 - 2 1/2" squares from Fabric A - GO! 2 1/2" Square Multiples (55059), GO! Value Die (55018), or use the GO! 2 1/2" Strip Cutter (55014 or 55017) to cut strips and then rotate 90° and sub cut into 2 1/2" squares.

Cut 16 - 1 1/2" squares from Fabric D - Cut 1 1/2" strips with GO! Strip Cutter-1 1/2" (55024 or 55075), then rotate 90° and sub cut into 1 1/2" squares