Monday, 1 April 2019

April Rivervalley Block of the Month

This month's block is brought to us by Carol.  Carol wants everyone to let their creativity take over so that they can make a unique block.

To start, pick a background fabric and cut a 13 inch square.  After your appliqué is done, you can trim it to 12 1/2.

Decide how many and what size you want your circles to be.  Audition circles by using a paper pattern.

I decided to use some acrylic templates I had instead of paper.

Appliqué your circles by any method you prefer.

I fused my circles in place.  As you can see, I changed my mind on the smaller circle size and varied the placement a bit.

Paulette is still trying to decide which placement she prefers.  The strip on the background fabric is made up with circles.  She has taken circles to the extreme.

I can hardly wait to see what Carol has come up with!  Have fun everyone.

Monday, 4 March 2019

Rivervalley's March Block

This month's block is brought to you by Paulette.  The block is "Adori" and it comes from Kirsty's Bonjour Quilts blog.  Click HERE to go to the complete tutorial.

Kirsty uses a great approach to a log cabinish block.  Strata are created, and then cut to make the necessary log cabin pieces.  Since the blocks are 12" square, they are perfect for our quilt-along.  Just nine blocks and you have a great Preemie quilt if that is your preference.

Paulette and I have made a selection of blocks.  Any colour combination works.  You need three feature fabrics and a bit of background fabric.  We hope you give it a try.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Rivervalley's February Block

This months block is brought to us by Kathy.

Paulette made two versions of the block.

These blocks show how different the block can look, depending on your fabric choice.

Have a great day!

Monday, 7 January 2019

Rivervalley's January Block

This month's block is a Modern Dresden.  A traditional Dresden is made up of 18 degree wedges.  I decided to use a 15 degree wedge.  You may use whatever size you wish.

I started with a variety of scrap strips, from 2 1/2" to 3 1 /2" wide.

I added a 3 1/2" strip of background to each side of the scraps.

Next up was cutting wedges with my 15 degree ruler.

I varied where I placed the ruler so that I would get different amounts of background top and bottom. For the corners of the blocks make sure the wedge is at least 9 inches long.  You will need twenty four wedges if using the 15 degree ruler.

Lay out the wedges on a 12 1/2" ruler or on your cutting mat, making sure to cover the corners to the 12 1/2" mark.

When you are happy with your placement, start sewing together.  Sew the wedges into pairs, then six together for a quarter of the block, and the all twenty four together.  Trim the block to 12 1/2" and then add a circle of background fabric over the centre hole.

Happy stitching.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Rivervalley's December Block

This months block is brought to us by Judy!

The block is a modern leaf!  To make it follow along with Judy's instructions.

Make a stroppy block 1 1/2" bigger than desired finished size.  Judy made hers 4 1/2" so that the block would finish 3".  Make a second block and cut the blocks, angling in opposite directions for each block.

Sew two mirror image pieces together with a 3/4" strip of stem fabric in the middle.  Trim the block to the desired size and add connector corners of background that are finished size plus 1/2". Judy used 2" background squares for her 3" finished block.

Judy made four leaf blocks in total so that when they are pieced together they will make a 6" finished block.

Paulette's block is very elegant.

My block is a little on the bright side.  Paulette and I both used instructions available here.  It is a blog post from a few years ago, with a link within it to the original directions for the block.

Thank you to Judy for organizing and presenting this fun block for us.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, 5 November 2018

Rivervalley's November Block

This months block is brought to us by Jane.  Thank You!!  As promised Jane has kept her block fairly easy.

It's a rail fence block!  To make a quarter of the block you will need three 2 1/2" x 6 1/2' pieces of different fabric.  Sew together and press as shown.  Make three more blocks and sew together to make a 12 1/2" block.

My block is a slight variation of Jane's Rail Fence.

I stripped pieced six 1 1/2" strips, and then cut four pieces 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" and substituted them into the centre strip spot.

Paulette came up with several variations on the theme.

Offsetting the centre fabric makes for a great alternative.

I have been shown a few blocks made from last months presentation.  Wonderful.  Paulette had hers ready to go in time for the meeting.  Here are her pictures.

 The machine button hole stitch with variegated thread makes for a nice finish on her block.

I'm looking forward to seeing lots of variations on this months block.  Next months block will be brought to us by Judy. 

Monday, 1 October 2018

Rivervalley Quilters' Modernish Block of the Month

Rivervalley Quilters have asked for a block of the month to run for nine months, starting today. Paulette and I have agreed to head up a crew of "volunteers."

The first block is presented by Dinah.  It is her take on Hawaiian Appliqué Quilt Blocks.

My version of a Hawaiian quilt block is a little different, I'm not sure it will make the final cut for my quilt, but it certainly was fun to make.

Since all the blocks are going to be 12" finished (12 1/2"unfinished) I started designing my block with an eleven inch square piece of paper.

I folded it in half on the diagonal, and then folded twice more on the diagonal.

I drew a funky design that no way resembles the beautiful leaves Dinah came up with.

When I cut it and opened it up, it looked like an ink blot, but I decided to go ahead with it.

Since I was fusing mine, I traced it onto fusible web and then cut some of the inner fusible out. This is to make the block not quite so stiff.

I fused the web onto the back of my fabric and cut out on the lines.

I cut a thirteen inch square of background fabric and folded it on the diagonal and pressed to make some reference marks for placement of my ink blot.  After fusing the blot, I stitched 1/8" in on all edges and then trimmed the block down to 12 1/2".

Maybe my next try will be a true Hawaiian design that is reverse appliquéd like Dinah's.  Stay tuned.