Gayle is the head cheerleader for the monthly block challenge! She had been hunting around the web and looking at other MQG sites and found an outline on the Minneapolis MQG and has adapted for our guild. Here are the guidelines:
--Everyone interested in participating makes that month's block and brings it to
the meeting (or makes arrangements to get it to Sew-Bee-It in advance). At the
meeting, we will hold a drawing and one person will win all of the blocks.
--Block designs throughout the year will be an assortment of improv and
traditional designs. The blocks will begin with more basic designs and progress
in difficulty throughout the year (generally). For some of the more difficult
blocks, one of our members will give a demonstration.
--Blocks are generally 12.5" unfinished, but they could also be smaller blocks that
add up to that equivalent. The block size will always be listed in the instructions
for the block.
- Blocks must be made of quilt shop quality fabric.
- Blocks must be the correct size. When blocks are not it can be very difficult to get them all together into a quilt.
- You can make up to three blocks per month; each block gets you one entry in the drawing.
- If there are more than about 24 blocks in the pile, we will draw two names and split the pile in half.
- Please label your block with your name (you can use an address label stuck to the back) so that the winner knows who made which block.
- If you have previously won, you have to bring in a finished quilt made from your winning blocks to be eligible to win again, though you can still contribute to the block pool each month if you'd like.
- Have fun!
With all that said, here is the challenge for the March meeting--a Mod Mosaic block!
Here are the sample blocks Gayle made for the February meeting (modeled by Joan!). For more information on how to make Mod Mosiac blocks, head over to Elizabeth Hartman's website for a tutorial--http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/2012/01/mod-mosaic-tutorials.html. And if you have never checked out Elizabeth's website, this is a great opportunity to see her great website.
Some additional notes for the Mod Mosaic Block Challenge are:
- Use a white or white on white fabric (no off white this time) for the sashing pieces to piece scraps togethery
- Cut your sashing on the lengthwise grain parallel to the selvage (this will reduce stretching).
- Use your scraps!
- Blocks can be any size that works for you (yep, this is in contradiction to the above notes for this month)
- Trim edges at the top and the bottom of the block so they are parallel and trim edges on the right and left of the block so they are parallel as well (so you end up with a rectangle or square block).
What to do if you are one of the lucky winners--here are some ideas from the Minneapolis MQG website--http://www.minneapolismqg.com/2013/01/what-to-do-with-those-bee-or-lotto.html.
And as Gayle says--Have fun!! If you have any questions, drop her an email or give her a call!