Friday, February 26, 2016

New block party begins

We promised to post information about the upcoming block party.  We will be doing a Payson Temple commemorative wall hanging.  The block party will begin March 5.  Cost will be $10.00 to sign up and $4.00 per session.  We have a total of 10 sessions planned.

I think Becky has done a wonderful job of designing the quilt and incorporating meaningful blocks around the pieced temple.  We still have a row of blocks to add to the bottom but it is almost there.  The colors on our screen look a little blue.  The fabrics are actually neutral grays and tans with little pops of yellow.

Give us a call at 801-465-9133 to reserve your space.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Summer picnic

Wow! It's already time for another mystery quilt tutorial.  The months are way too short but at least we get 29 days this February.

Sometimes I have to wonder why we make so many quilts.  There are a lot of right answers to this question but one of them has to be; because we love people, especially our families and we want them to feel wrapped up in our love, which makes a quilt a perfect offering don't you think?

We recently added a beautiful granddaughter to our family.  We are grateful to live close enough to be a regular part of her life.  We participated in her blessing several Sundays ago.

 Isn't she sweet?

But, our granddaughter is not what you are here for so let's get to the point.

One of our beautiful daughters made us a wonderful cheesecake for valentines day.  Doesn't it look good?
It was made with a tasty cookie crust, cream cheese center and chocolate ganoche on top.  It was a delightful valentines day dessert.

Oh, that's not why you're here either so let's begin the quilt.

Since we have been having a lot of cloudy, snowy days lately, Becky thought it might be great to get a jump on summer and make a sunshiny picnic quilt.  If you're like us, you don't want to spend a lot of time making detailed little blocks to go into a quilt that will most likely be spread on the ground and have ketchup spilled on it.  So she designed a big block quilt that you can have done in no time at all.

With the latest snowfall this morning, it was tempting to spread the quilt out in the family room and pretend we were basking in the warm, summer sun enjoying watermelon and hamburgers.

Follow the directions for cutting the fabric.

Draw a diagonal line on the back of all of the blue squares.  Match a blue square with a red square, making sure the right sides are together and the outside edges are aligned.

Sew 1/4 inch on each side of the line.  Cut on the line and square up the triangles.  (We love the triangle square up ruler from Quilt in a Day for this step.)  Press the triangle squares open.
Repeat the process using another blue and red square (the same prints).  Sew the resulting four triangle squares together to form a pinwheel block.

Match two identical blue prints with two identical contrast prints to create a total of12 pinwheels.  You will need 6 red and blue and 6 yellow and blue pinwheels.

Border the red and blue pinwheel blocks with the yellow print fabric.
border the yellow and blue pinwheels with the red strips.

Assemble the quilt alternating the red and yellow bordered squares.   The quilt is assembled into four rows with three blocks in each row.  Quilt as desired.  Bind and go picnic!

The march mystery quilt will be made using trendy solids.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Saturday Sampler (Block 1) at Morgansons

Welcome to the first block of our Saturday Sampler.  We would love to see all of the variations you are working on.  Please send us photos of your progress.

Remember, if you like our version - you can purchase the kits for only $1.00 per block.  They will be available the first Saturday of each month.  Please sign up so we can make sure to cut enough for everyone.

Those of you who did last month's mystery quilt will recognize the block we are doing this month.

Jan. mystery quilt block
Block 1 - Morganson's Saturday Sampler
It is a fun and simple block to complete.  You will need:
6) 4 inch squares of background,
6) 4 inch squares of red
4) 4 inch squares of blue.
Match, with right sides together and outer edges aligned:
2 red squares with 2 blue squares,
2 blue squares with 2 background squares
4 red squares with 4 background squares

Draw a diagonal line on the back of one of the squares in each set.
Sew 1/4 inch on each side of the drawn line.
We should have used a color thread but if you look real close, you can see the stitching.

Cut on the line.

Use the 6 1/2 inch triangle square up ruler (Quilt in a Day) to square the blocks to 3 1/2 inches.  (Make sure the 3 1/2 inch mark on the ruler is placed on the stitching line of the half square triangle patch.)

Trim the excess corners.

Press open.

Repeat using all of the matched 4 inch squares.

Arrange the patches as in the block below.

Sew the patches into four rows.  Press the seams in opposite directions from row to row.  This helps the seams nest together resulting in precise corner placement. 

Thanks so much for participating.  We hope you enjoy the journey with us throughout the year.  We would love to hear your comments and ideas. 

We will be starting our regular bi-weekly block party the first part of March.  Becky is designing a Payson temple memorial wall hanging.  Here is a sneak peek of the work in progress.

The temple is almost finished.  The plan is to use six inch sampler blocks around the temple.  Schedule and cost will be worked out soon.  Please call us at 801-465-9133 if you would like to participate.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Free Saturday Sampler

Our Saturday sampler begins this Saturday (Feb.6).  

We have planned 12 different sampler blocks in Americana colors.  Each block will finish 12" x 12".

The instructions will be posted here on the blog free for you to follow along. 

Pull fabrics from your stash or pick up the fabrics we are using for only $1.00 per block.  Instructions for a new block will be posted and the fabric available the first Saturday of each month.  Use your creativity to set the blocks and create a fabulous one of a kind quilt.  For those not so adventurous, we will have setting instructions available.  Finishing kits will be available while supplies last.  Feel free to sign up for multiple blocks to create a bed size quilt.  Call us at 801-465-9133 if you would like to reserve your block for only a buck! 

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Don't forget this Friday is Five Fifty Five First Friday!

We have added some solids to help you stock up on backs and backgrounds at a great price.  Come and get 'em!

Monday, February 1, 2016

January 2016 Mystery quilt

The blocks in this quilt are created with half square triangles.  Each block will use a background and two print fabrics.  Cut the fabrics according to the pattern instructions.  You should be able to cut 10 squares from the width of each of the prints.  (Trim the selvedge carefully.)  Six of the squares will be used as print 1 in a block,  the remaining 4 will be used as print 2 in a different block.

Match the squares right sides together in the following combinations to create each block:
2) print one squares with 2) print two squares,
2) print two squares with 2) background squares,
4) print one squares with 4) background squares.
Each set will make two half square triangle patches.  Match squares to create 12 different blocks.

To create the half square triangles, draw a diagonal line on the back of one of the matched squares.

Sew 1/4 inch on each side of the line.  Cut on the line.  Use the triangle square up ruler from Quilt in a Day to square the blocks to 3 1/2 inches and press the triangles open.

Arrange the patches as shown in the photo below to create the blocks.

 Create a total of twelve different blocks.  Print one and print two will be different fabrics in each block.

Arrange the blocks to create four rows with three blocks in each row.  Add the sashing between the blocks. 

Sew the borders all around the quilt. 

Quilt as desired.  Bind and enjoy!

Here are some of the fabrics we will be using for the February mystery quilt.

It may be cold and snowy outside but we can think of the warmth of Summer as we make a beautiful picnic quilt.  Call us at 801-465-9133 to reserve your kit.