Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bible Studies Update!

We have so many more signing up for the Bible Studies Block of the Week, "Blessing" that I will be repeating the information for a few weeks in the weekly emails!  

You will be making 73 blocks!  No two are alike!   A great way to increase your skills!  All the layouts use the 73 blocks and the settings, sashing, borders are different!

So get organized, find a notebook, get some page protectors where you can put your pattern in and your finished block so everything is in one place when you get ready to finish your quilt.  Remember we are doing this for 73 weeks!  You don't want to lose any of your blocks in that time, do you!

For your blocks, you need a total of 2 yards each of  light, medium and dark fabrics!   For those of you who are new to quilting, I will put more information on the blog to help you pick your fabrics.  You can also bring in your "stash" fabrics and we can help you decide which are "light", "medium" and "dark" fabrics.

If you would like to make it scrappy, working out of your stash, then select a combination of fabrics that equal two yards each of light, medium and dark fabrics.  Be sure to "audition" your fabrics for the values you need.  They can be distinctive or subtle.

There are three settings!  You might want to decide on which setting you would like to make so you can do a little planning.  Check out the quilts on the blog.

Not sure if you have enough to do your quilt or not sure about your selection, stop in with your stash fabrics and we can help you plan.  

Note:  The Exodus block is flying geese, going in the same direction.  The quilt has the Exodus Block with the center flying geese reversed.  You can do it either way!

Update:  Some have mentioned that they have had a "fun" time with the Exodus Block and it is not coming out to be 6 1/2 inches!  Each block should be 6 1/2 inches before they are sewn together for the quilt.  To make the flying geese with rectangles and squares -

Rectangles - Cut 2 1/2" by 1 1/2" (need 18)
Squares - Cut 1 1/2" by 1 1/2" (need 36)

Draw a line across the diagonal on each square.
Sew along the diagonal a few threads towards the outside of the square.(away from the middle of the rectangle).   I find it best to sew from the middle of the rectangle to the outside edge, so the point does not get stuck in the feed dogs, since the pieces are small.  It is helpful to have a straight stitch plate on your machine, for "small" piecing!  Be sure to set the straight stitch plate safety if your machine has one!

Fold back to see that the outside "triangle" meets the edge of the block.  Trim the extra fabric underneath, before sewing the other side, to complete the flying geese block.  Repeat 18 times!

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