24 FEBRUARY 2021 – SOSAH DAY INSPIRATION
February is Heart Month and the colour is red. It is Valentine’s Day on February 14 and this year the Lunar New Year arrived on February 12. It is also Black History Month so you could add black to your creation.
- Have you made yourself a COVID Outdoor Visit quilt? Approximately 40″ x 50″ works well also as a Beat the Morning Chill quilt.
- Smaller projects, such as, masks, coasters, placemats, door hangers for yourself or Community Quilts is an easy way to use up your red scraps.
- A heart quilt can be a good gift quilt any time of year.
- Begin a quilt for the Quilts of Valour and include red.
- Check Staying Connected #44 for Linda R’s coasters and Connie’s window hanger.
- Cindy Carter – Scrappy Heart Quilt
- Cluck, cluck, sew — a free tutorial on Making Heart Blocks in Multiple Sizes
- Leah Day – Piece a Simple Heart Block
- Scrapish.com – Heart Quilt Block Pattern Tutorial
- Spoonflower Blog – Free Valentine’s Day Quilt Pattern 2019 – only the pdf
- Quilts of Valour – Hug Blocks
- The Heart and Stroke Foundation has information on heart health.
10 November 2021 – the email lines open so you can register for the Christmas Block Exchange. The lines close Sunday 15 November. Watch your email and/or the newsletter for directions on how to participate. Have fun.
INSPIRATION for Christmas Blocks
- What is your favourite block? Make a 10.5″ or 12.5″ unfinished block using your Christmas fabrics.
- Search the Internet for “Christmas quilt block images” on your browser or on Pinterest
- SQG BoM – November Tree Block – 2017 – you could shorten the tree trunk on the bottom so that the block is 12.5″ and add borders on the sides to make it square.
- SQG BoM – December Star Block – 2017 – you could make the 6.5″ star and add a border of 2.5″ strips all around for a 10.5″ block or a border of 3.5″ strips all around for a 12.5″ block. Or, make the star larger.
- Spruce Crafts – there are Christmas Quilt Patterns or one can search free quilt blocks
- Moda Bake Shop – explore Inspiration and Resources for block ideas
- We All Sew from Bernina – Christmas Projects – scroll through to find blocks
- Diary of a Quilter – Amy Smart – My Favorite Christmas Quilts
- Pellon – Mistletoe Mug Rug – could use for mistletoe design
16 SEPTEMBER 2020 –– SOSAH DAY INSPIRATION.
On SEPTEMBER 9 AT 2:30-3:00 there is an envelope exchange in the parking lot of our meeting venue. The challenge is to make a mug mat in a Harvest Theme to fit into the envelope and send as a letter.
INSPIRATIONAL LINKS for harvest theme mug mat
- Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter has Fall Themed Quilts and Sewing Projects and Inspiration
- Search We All Sew from Bernina for a Mug Rug page
- Quilting Cubby has a tutorial on Autumn Leaves Mugrugs
- For more ideas try searching Images in your browser or Pinterest for “mug rugs with leaves” or “mug rugs for autumn”
19 AUGUST 2020 SOSAH DAY INSPIRATION
The challenge is to use the Log Cabin Block.
- Find the classic Log Cabin block in your reference book for blocks or pull out the Quilt of Valour block handed out by Suzanne and Anne. Try the block scrappy!
- In Kaffe Fasset’s Free Pattern Day scroll down to Green Mosaic or All Stacked Up
- Donna’s quilt in the Saying Connected #20 is a variation of the Log Cabin quilt and the pattern may be available at Pie in the Sky Quilts. Donna notes that blocks are 11.5″ unfinished, the central HST is 3.5″ unfinished, and the “logs” vary from 1″ to 2″ cut or unfinished widths.
- Anne W’s baby quilts in Staying Connected #18 are improv. She started from a print in the centre and added pieces as she moved around the centre until she had the size she wanted.
- Another improv block is the Wonky Log Cabin Block Tutorial from scrapish.com
- Laura Cole of Sew Very Easy has a variation on the Log Cabin at Flowers on the Half-Log Cabin.
There are many ways to work with the Log Cabin block. When you have a few of them then the question becomes how to arrange them. Please send Judy a picture of what you come up with. Have fun and happy quilting!
15 JULY SOSAH DAY LINKS –
The challenge this month is to use some crumbs – those small scraps we all hang onto. A few links to provide inspiration:
- Learn the Crumb Quilting Technique – Wanda of Alanda Craft demonstrates crumb quilting
- Crumb Quilt Video Tutorial – Teresa DownUnder of Sewn Up has a crumb quilt tutorial without words and set to music.
- How to Make a True Scrappy Quilt – Laura Coia of Sew Very Easy makes a scrap quilt with 2″ x 3.5″ scraps
- From Scraps to Blocks – Ten Fast and Easy Sampler Blocks – Karen Brown of Just Get It Done Quilts
- Make a “Two Step” Quilt with Jenny – Jenny Doan of Missouri Star demonstrates a simple block to use as your stashbuster. It uses 5″ squares in one fabric and 2.5″ x 5″ and 2.5″ x 9″ strips of stash pieces
- If you have Sherri Lynn Wood’s The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters have a look at Chapter One for more crumb ideas.
How do you organize your crumbs, and, how big of a piece goes into that bin?
17 JUNE SOSAH DAY LINKS
The challenge was to make a quilt top in a day.
- Quilt-in-a-Day Stash Buster – Karen Brown of Just Get It Done Quilts – printable pattern
- Quilt-in-a-Day Stash Buster #2 – Karen Brown of Just Get It Done Quilts – printable pattern
- Double Slice Layer Cake Quilt Tutorial – Jenny Doan of Missouri Star
- A Scrappy Stash-Buster Quilt Pattern – S7E7 Midnight Quilt Show with Angela Walters
See a few of the quilts members made in our Staying Connected posts.