And Yet Another Simple Block

Beginning quilters find that making a quilt of large proportions is a daunting task.  I like to tell them to take it one block at a time.  Once they get that experience, then they can learn to chain piece or alternate blocks in their quilts.  But, to keep their talents progressing, work on mastering a simple block that does not require any sort of triangles.

Here’s another simple block that a beginner, as well as advanced quilters, can use to continue to perfect their craft:

For this block, you will need the following fabrics cut:

  • TWO (2) 6 1/2″ squares
  • EIGHT (8) 3 1/2″ squares of various colors

Now, it’s time to construct your block!

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    Another Simple Block

    The quilt profile of a beginning quilter usually begins with piecing simple blocks, usually without triangles, and that look pretty enough to make a lovely quilt with.  One of the best tips I give a beginner quilter is to use sashing between their blocks.  Sashing can hide a world of quilt sins.  Borders can also be used to hide imperfections.  Expert block construction comes with experience – and by making a block over and over until you are satisfied you are getting the block the correct unfinished block size.  Seams match, colors compliment each other and putting the blocks together is a piece of art and not work.

    Here is another simple block that beginning quilters (and advanced quilters, as well) can use to construct their own pieces of quilted art:

    For this block, you will need the following fabrics cut:

    • SIX (6) 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ strips of various colors
    • FOUR (4) 3 1/2″ squares of various colors

    Now, it’s time to construct your block!

    And here is a photo of this finished block:

    If you are new to quilting, this is one of the simpler blocks you can make.  If you are more advanced, make a great block with your fabric color choices.  Quilt On!

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      Piecing Simple Blocks

      Recently, I used my AccuQuilt studio cutter and just cut out a bunch of blocks.  I packaged each block individually and made 12 blocks of 12″ finished squares (12 1/2″ unfinished squares).

      The piecing is very simple so let me share one of the blocks with you and the instructions for such:

      For this block, you will need the following fabrics cut:

      • Cut ONE (1) 6 1/2″ square
      • Cut SIX (6) 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ strips (at least two different colors)

      Now, it’s time to construct your block!

      Go ahead – try it!  It is a block for beginners, but more experienced quilters can test it out, too, to find perfection in your piecing!

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        Winners!

        Although I already posted this on Facebook, I wanted to dedicate a post specifically to my drama queens wonderful daughters!  And yes, I need to toot my own horn as I was a member of the International Thespian Society when I was in high school.  Unfortunately, their school does not have a Thespian group – but, to be truthful, all it did for me was I had to go through a hazing ritual of being awakened around 5 o’clock in the morning by two thespians screaming at me to get up and once I was in their auto with a pillowcase over my head, they drove us around on the back roads and then took me to the green room in our high school and put full makeup on me in the form of some soldier (still clueless who that soldier was supposed to be) and I had to wear that the entire school day.  And to this day, I *still* cannot believe that my aunt and uncle left the garage door unlocked so these two guys could come and kidnap me!!!

        Anyway, my two oldest are both cast members of their school’s one-act play this year, “The Color of Life”.  I have yet to see a performance but think I will get a chance to do so this coming weekend.

        Our oldest daughter has now been in three one-act p  lay (OAP) casts and seems to be chosen each time as a character actress….she is usually the mom or aunt or the matriarch of some family.  An integral part of the play but not really noticed for awards.

        Interestingly enough, our next oldest daughter was not chosen to be in the original cast, just in the company (lights, understudy, assistant stage manager, etc.).  Then the unthinkable happened and the gal she was an understudy for didn’t make the grade in one of her classes so she was temporarily removed from the cast and our daughter took over her role.  The young lady has since gotten her grades up, but is in the company and not in the cast.  DD#2 took over her role more than halfway through the practices and has obviously made up for lost time as this was the role she wanted in the first place!

        This past weekend, the OAP crew performed at the Wimberley High School Lone Star Theatre One-Ace Play Festival in Wimberley, Texas.  It’s a great event, put on by a much bigger school than we have in Medina – but, they did separate out the schools based on their state classifications (one-A, two-A, etc.).  Their own director gave them a 7 out of 10, so she was pleased but saw room for improvement.

        The plays at this festival aren’t “ranked” by winners and such, it’s put on more for the opportunity to have qualified judges critique your play to help get each OAP company ready for UIL competions.  They received only a few critiques, so just a few things to work on.

        But, the biggest surprise for everyone in the cast and company came when DD#2 was chosed as an All Star Cast award!  That is HUGE, especially since she has just a supporting role in the production.  She must have NAILED her performance and made a big impression on the judges.  And, she was the only one in our little school who received that prestigious award!  One other young man in their cast received an honorable mention for the All Star Cast and their lead character received the overall best actress award (rightly deserved).  All of us were amazed and excited about this award.  And for the sake of not wanting to hurt any feelings, I made sure DD#1 was okay with me saying these things about DD#2 in such a pubic way.  She is just fine with it, and even mentioned she had very happy tears for her sister when she was called up for the award.

        DD#2 with her All Star Cast Award

        My two “drama queen” daughters – sharing DD#2’s award

        We should all be proud of our children, but this mom is especially proud that I have both right- and left-brained children who can go from being winners in a one-act play and turn around and do chemistry or math equations in their heads!

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          Making Quilts for Money

          I have heard and experienced SO MANY people who try to sell their quilts and complain that people won’t pay what the quilt is worth.  Especially since you can go to a big box store and pick up a foreign-made quilt for $30! 

          Let’s think about that dilemma for a minute……

          My foster mother is currently working on a baby quilt.  She has pieced the quilt by machine and has created her quilt sandwich and will be hand-quilting it when she has time.  She put in about four hours putting the quilt together – at the national minimum wage rate of $7.25, she would have earned $29 thus far.  The cost of the fabric and batting for such quilt was be about $40.  Once she finishes hand-quilting it, she would have put in about 20 hours of work, so there’s $145.00 more.  The total “true” cost of a 40″ x 40″ baby quilt is $214.00. 

          Now, if she were to have the quilt completed with a long-arm, the cost would be about $16 if she were paying the basic rate of $.01 per square inch.  That lowers the price of the quilt to $85.00.  Again, not many people would pay that for a baby quilt. One of the basic patterns she is working with is the one shown below (border optional).  This one was pieced by machine and my long-arm quilter did a fabulous job of quilting it. 

          Can you imagine anyone paying that amount for a baby quilt???  I’ve never seen it, at least from a novice’s standpoint.  Perhaps the more well-known and competitive/winning quilters can get that price but a beginner certainly cannot!

          So, a quilter sells the quilt for what she can get out of it.  My guesstimate is that my foster mother will only be able to get $50 (on a good day) for that particular quilt.  If she doesn’t, her plan is to donate it or give it to someone who is expecting.

          What’s the secret for selling a quilt for the amount of time a quilter puts into a quilt?  Inquiring minds want to know!!!

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