Tuesday, February 28, 2017

BMQG at Quiltcon!

Boston Modern had a great showing at QuiltCon 2017 - six quilts displayed and one award! Congratulations to Rebecca, Jen, Susan and Alexis! 

Rebecca (right) with her quilt, Light and Shadow, and former BMQG member 
Linda Wolyniec (left) who did the quilting on this beauty! 
Jen with her Luxe Rebellion (how anyone could turn that awful
fabric into something this lovely is an amazement!)
More paper piecing (no surprise there!) from Jen with her Quilter's DNA
Susan with Dark Geometry, awarded Third Place, Small Quilts. 
Thanks go to last year's BMQG challenge to make something 
small with solids, two things she never does!

Alexis' Kintsugi IV: Crown of Thorns

Alexis' Carpenter Square Variation. We witnessed the making of this 
at last year's retreat and can't wait to see what she creates this year!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Square Within A Square - Block Lottery

As we approach retreat, we're jumping right into our second block lottery block, a square within a square block. Note that these blocks will be swapped at retreat, which serves as our March meeting.

The colors for these blocks are grays, white and jewel tones. For this block, alternate between a jewel tone and a white or gray fabric.

For this block, start with a square and add a strip of your next fabric all the way around. The strip should be the same width all the way around. We're not looking for wonky. The improv portion comes from varying the size of the square rounds each time and random color placement. You can either start with a jewel tone or a white/gray square. I recommend that each round be between 1" and 2.5" or so in order to get a somewhat cohesive look, yet still a little random.

Keep on adding as you go until you get a block that's 10.5" square.

Quick Overview:
March - Square within a Square (NOTE: Swap will take place at retreat, so please only make if attending retreat)
Colors: Gray/White background with Jewel Tones
Size Requirements: 10.5" block
Notes: Alternate between your gray/white background and jewel tone colors. Make your squares various sizes for a fun effect.