Sunday, August 19, 2012

August and New Beginnings - HST's

Information / layout on this quilt can be found at this link.

Welcome old friends and new! This month we introduced a new session of Utah County Modern Quilt Group, and talked about half square triangles. Several methods were shown, listed below:
Here is the traditional method of drawing the diagonal line, sewing 1/4" on either side, then cutting down the line to end up with two half-square triangles. If you use your 6" squares from the kit, this method will yeild 2 - 5 1/2" HST's to work with.
Here is the second method Kristin showed, sewing 1/4" away from the edge of both fabrics, then cutting twice on the diagonal. If you use your 6" squares from the kit, this method will yeild 4 - 4" HST's to work with.

Ok now for a few ideas from JoyLyn....
Pre-Printed papers from Spinning Star Designs.  They are sold according to the finished size you need your HST'S.
If you want the flexibility to print your own papers, this computer C.D. has numerous sizes of  HST grids.  Very simple, just put two pieces of fabric right sides together.  Place the paper grid on top & sew on the marked lines, then cut on the marked lines.

Triangulations 2.0 CD

Another way is using the Square-in-a-Square ruler & system.  It is good for many other things but HST'S are great since there is not pressing and trimming of individual units.  Check out their videos on using the ruler.  Email JoyLyn if you want further information on this system, she teaches classes specifically using this system.  These youtube videos are a great intorduction:

And as always, lots of HST examples online: here, here, here, here, here , here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. As you can see, the possibilities are endless. And here's the link to the Z's quilt Kristin made for her daughter.

Here are a few links to JoyLyn's ideas she found in blogland.

I just think this is such a beautiful use of color.  She does some wonderful things.

Remember this month and next, we will have our sign-ups for the 8" polka dot fabric exchange, beginning in October. This was such a fun exchange of fabric last session, we'd love to have any group members join us!

Lastly, this was too happy to pass up, and since Susan is a friend I thought she'd OK this for me. Here's her show and tell, without the editing of faces, because look at the joy on that beautiful face! This was our first session's quilt and she did a great job with her twist on it. I figured all of us can relate to the pure elation when your quilt is finished!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

New Session in 2 Weeks!

Just a reminder, and we're sooooo excited, our next session is beginning in two weeks and we look forward to seeing you there! It's been a year now and we're thrilled with the reception our little group has received and we're going to press forward with a few fun changes.

Anna Morrison, of Around the Quilt Block will be joining our team to run our online exchanges and add her beautiful creativity. Our group continues to gain momentum and distance, so in order to streamline with the other Utah modern quilt guilds attached to the National Modern Quilt Guild, we are renaming our group the Utah County Modern Quilt Group. Broadbent's Quilt Store will still sponsor us, and we will continue to hold our meetings there.

We enjoyed our RWB stripe fabric exchange so much last session, we are holding a polka dot fabric exchange, beginning in October, with sign-ups in September. We will also be selling kits of 50 different dot fabrics in the store to get your mind as dotty as ours!

And finally, and we will be releasing more information in September, the Utah County Modern Quilt Group will be heading an online block exchange this fall/winter that we hope all of you will join us in, whether you can get to our class, or not. If you haven't heard about it already, check out QuiltCon, the first quilting expo led by the National Modern Quilt Guild, in February. Our online exchange will mirror the colors and theme of QuiltCon's, in an effort to bring modern quilters across our county together and spread the fun of modern quilting.

Until next meeting!