Author Archives: Niki Storr

Round Robin – November Assignment

Hi, Robins!

Hope you are staying warm & dry as the winter weather sets in. It’s a good time to hunker down at the sewing machine basking in the warmth of the nearby iron. I imagine this from my desk as I gaze outside at the dark grey rainy out-of-doors.

This month’s assignment captures a more seasonal aspect of the upcoming holidays: snowballs. Quick and easy, and not quite a circle. Please make one row, 5″ to 6″, on the long side of the top.

By DruryGirl (Flickr)

By DruryGirl (Flickr)

Round Robin – October Assignment

Hello, Robins!

We are in the home stretch and the tops are looking really good.

For the next round we are going to pay homage to those who have gone before us, In Flanders Fields by John McCrae always comes to mind. It might be vintage theme at the next VMQG meeting, but the round robin will be marking the occasion with cross/plus blocks. The photo is of wonky crosses, but feel free to interpret this block design however which way suits your given top.

Please do one side on an end that will make the top more rectangular,  between 5″-7″ in width. And, at the opposite end add a 3″-4″ strip of one fabric, or  simply pieced if you must.

And, a gentle reminder to stitch 1/8″ on the edge to stabilize those seams. Otherwise they tend to unravel — a stitch in time, saves nine!

From With Heart on Hands.

Red Cross by Jenny Krouse (Krousegirl)

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February Challenge Block – Paul’s Fancy Star

For the VMQG March block challenge we’re going to make these blocks with black to grey prints and a bright print for the accent colour. You can use either black or grey for the background and the other for the star points. You’ll end up with a 10 inch finished block.

It’s a traditional block, but modern fabrics give it a new look.

Traditional block gets a modern makeover.

Traditional block gets a modern makeover.

This is my (Paul’s) edit of a fancy star block. I’ve seen it at a workshop and in a magazine. Here’s my easy instructions for a 10 inch block.

Here’s the fabric you’ll need:

The four big squares will get cut into quarters diagonally, they are 5 1/4 inch squares. You need 2 for the points of the stars, one for the centre accents and one background.

The centre snowball is a 4 1/2 inch square and the corners are four 1 1/2 inch accent squares that will become the triangles of the snowball.
The four outside corner squares are 3 1/2 inch squares.

Cut your fabric.

Cut your fabric.

Here are all the steps in one picture. The orange lines are cut lines.

 

One step at a time instructions

First cut your fabric. I accidentally made the centre block the same colour as the points. OOPS. Make it the same colour as your background for a lighter, airier star.

Cut the four big squares corner to corner into 4 triangles.

Sew the triangles into hourglass blocks and snowball the centre square. Trim both blocks to 4 1/2 inches square.

fancy star2

Cut the bottoms off your hourglass blocks.  From the top, measure down 3 1/2 inches and cut off the extra accent colour edge.  The hourglass block will now be 3 1/2 by 4 1/2.

Lay them out like this.

Lay them out like this.

Lay them out and sew them together by rows, then sew the rows together.

The stars look airier if you use the background fabric for the centre, unlike the example in this tutorial.

Also note that the accent triangles aren’t all the same size. The more I fiddled with them, the less I was able to get them to touch each other at the points. You know, the “galloping horse” rule applies here.

The more the merrier, plus an increased chance of winning them all!

The more the merrier, plus an increased chance of winning them all!

Please visit Paul’s Block Party blog for the original post with more photos!

February Round Robin

Hi, Robins!

With this being Quiltcon month I will be easy on you: four 3″-4″ borders to frame the starting block, two in adjacent solids, and two in adjacent pieced stripes. The direction and width of the stripes is up to you.

A paper version of what I'm describing.

A paper version of what I’m describing.

Please stitch a scant 1/8th seam around the finished block to stabilize it for the next round.

Any questions, please contact me. Thanks!

Niki

Round Robin 2016

Welcome to the third VMQG Round Robin! I will be your coordinator for this round and hope to use everything I have learned from being a participant and from my most esteemed predecessors, Felicity and Stacey Day.

This year we have 11 robins. If you are reading this and have not signed up, there is still time before the February meeting. This is when we will commence with the swapping of the centre blocks.

The centre blocks should be 12″-14″, either square or rectangle. We ask that you use your good fabric and do your best work. And you do, which is why the RR has been such a great success. Let’s continue to impress each other.

If you cannot make it to a meeting or getting your monthly challenge done, please let me know ASAP. You’ve got my number and I’m also on FaceBook and Instagram under my full name.

See you on February 15th!

 

Holiday Party Needs Your Nosh

With the December meeting comes the festive refreshment offerings that we hope to have at our next meeting… in two weeks! Please bring your favorite appetizer, tapas, finger-food, and/or canapes. Kindly RSVP me with your choice of celebratory edible.

Punch will be provided.

 

Looking forward to seeing you on December 14th!