Quiltcon Charity Quilt block

Thank you to all our members who have volunteered to make a block for the Quiltcon Charity quilt. For our blocks we will be making Improv Stars, inspired by Gwen Marston and the history of improv quilting.

STEP ONE:

Each volunteer has been given a package of fabric in the official Quiltcon colours, a neutral and two accents. This is enough fabric to make one block, and if you add your own white, you’ll have enough to make two! Please use ONLY the fabrics given, with the sole exception of adding white. Please return your scraps in the bag provided, so that we can use them to fill in spaces in the quilt, and possibly piece parts of the backing.

If you take a packet, we ask that you make at least one block, and if you’re able to donate some of your own white fabric, please make two! Please make one block that is 12″ finished and one block that is 9″ finished.

Each block will be made using one accent colour for the star and the neutral included in your packet or your added white as the background.

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We are using the wonky star tutorial by Victoria of The Silly BooDilly for our blocks.

For the 12″ finished block, you can follow the instructions AND measurements in the Silly BooDilly tutorial.

For a 9″ finished block, cut all of your squares at 3.5″, and follow the instructions in the Silly BooDilly tutorial.

Your completed blocks should measure 12.5″ square and 9.5″ square. Blocks MUST be returned at the November meeting at the latest, to give us plenty of time to piece the quilt top. If you can bring them to the October meeting, that’s even better!

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To recap:

– block sizes are 9″ and 12″ finished, so 9.5″ and 12.5″ when you bring them back

– please make at least one block, two if you’re able

– please don’t add any other fabric except white for the background of your second block

– please use thread that coordinates with your background and press your seams to the side

– please return your blocks to the november meeting at the latest, the october meeting if you’re able

– please put all of your scraps in the bag provided and return them with your blocks

STEP TWO:

After the blocks are returned, we’re going to redistribute the 9″ finished blocks to volunteers to build them up to 12″ finished with log cabin style  strips as below.

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This block is inspired by the Converging Corners tutorial from Film In The Fridge.

Rather than using multiple prints, you’ll use all four of the solid star colours. You’ll receive a bundle with strips of each colour and a background fabric that coordinates with the star block you’re given.

The tutorial shows some blocks with three or even four strips per corner, but we’re starting with a much larger centre square than the tutorial, and are limited to only four colours, so please stick with two strips per corner. You can vary the width of the strips as much as you want!

TIP: See how the blue is on the outside of the block, because the star itself is blue? The colours are distributed a bit better if you use the star colour on the outer row, as in the photo above.

Your completed blocks should measure 12.5″ square. Blocks MUST be returned at the December meeting at the latest, to give us plenty of time to piece the quilt top. If you can bring them to the November meeting, that’s even better!

To recap:

– follow the tutorial from Film In The Fridge to add log cabin strips around the star block using all four of the star colours and the coordinating background fabric.

– block sizes are 12″ finished, so 12.5″ when you bring them back

– please use thread that coordinates with your background and press your seams to the side

– please return your blocks to the December meeting at the latest, the November meeting if you’re able

– please put all of your scraps in the bag provided and return them with your blocks. We’ll still need them for the rest of the quilt!

 

Have fun making your stars! We cannot wait to see everyone’s blocks in November and December!

 

 

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