Mile-A-Minute Quilt Blocks Tutorial Club 6 / Months 1-12

Mile-A-Minute Quilt Blocks Tutorial, as written for Kinship Quilters Club #6

Do you have any fabric scraps larger than 1” that you aren’t using? Thought so! If you are a quilter, that’s a rhetorical question indeed. So, on that note, let’s get started.

Using the bag of scraps provided to you from our Kinship Quilters Facebook Sew-Along Group, I’m going to show you how to create the fastest one-of-kind quilt block.

First things first….now, it’s up to you, but, most of the time, this method involves ZERO planning or forethought. It’s usually a therapeutic destash time requiring no brainpower….yes, I said NO BRAIN POWER. Typically, one just reaches into their scrap bin blindly (yes, I know you have 10 scrap bins minimum, but work with me here)….so blindly one reaches for a piece of fabric and then guess what gets sewn next? Yep, you guessed it….another blind reach. I know, it’s scandalous in a world of meticulous nestling, half-square triangles and quarter-inch seams. Breathe. Baby steps, people.

Now that I’ve got your full attention, let the fun begin. With those essentials covered and for purposes of this tutorial (and your overall aptitude/technique increasing upon following it), I AM going to show you all of the scraps in my scrap bag by laying them out as seen here :

IMG_8050See them? Isn’t each one a beauty and work of art all its own? Of course they are! And use them all, I sure will! But, now you know what I’m here working with. This is as “planned” as I’m going to get today….perhaps a tad more.

However, I DO recommend when you do this yourself, that you consider the “spontaneous” approach eventually as a goal….live a little, eh? YOU can opt not to do anything except just keep the bag to the right of your machine and sew the next piece that comes out to the next piece you grab out of the bag….I know, daring isn’t it? Live on the edge. And, plus, it’s cheaper than therapy…..I don’t have to ask if you need it, because, well…..we’re all quilters here…..enough said, lol.

Ideally, I must tell you, often it’s easiest to begin with a longer strip on the bottom, then laying out the pieces atop it and just sewing (like a banshee) or “chain-piecing” one little scrap after another to that strip until you run out of strip. But the same concept can be applied for any size “strip” (or not so-much like a strip pieces as seen above). Just see my photos above and you will get the idea. And, if you have a “gap” just grab a piece from your stash of scraps that sorta “fits” and fills it in , as in photos 4 & 5 seen above. NO need to stop and cut or so much as touch that scissor button either…just keep sewing, just keep sewing, all together now….

Look at the photos below and remember, this is your masterpiece. You get to decide how your pieces go and in which direction they are sewn to one another…try turning them, anything goes.

Just don’t stop for too long….because you will lose speed, and well, we just can’t have that now can we? Just keep sewing, just keep sewing…

The above is me “deciding” which of my fabric scraps are gonna be close pals for the remainder of their young lives. And, no, I don’t bother to pin, pinning is for slow folk. We ain’t slow and we ain’t pinnin’, I don’t care what your “b-bu-but”‘s are! Zip it and sew! You can see my lil purple scrap to the right is just simply “at the ready”….again: as planned as it gets.

And there it went.

These next peices are more like what you will see in the “traditional” tutorials , with insistence that you always sew to a strip. So, yeah…these are closer to that….sorta accidentally, but I’m pointing them out because it’s the same concept and process, as seen below.

Yep, in picture 4 here, I’ve just run out of “scrap” and have a lil gap to fill….and I’ll do so with the fruity fabric shown to the bottom left of that last photo.

Look familar? Yeah, it should. I’ve done it already…and since this is a big long strip on the bottom, I’m going to have to do it again (and again), so keep watching. (Hey, cue the Kaffe Fassett flamestitch print.)

And again? Yep.

And a floral lays in wait, conscientous scrap-hog that I am (I’ve always wanted that title)…..

Oooh? Another? You don’t say.

Yep….’tis. So? Just keep sewing, just keep sewing…

The latter of the two photos above introduces a dilemma we haven’t addressed yet. What if your top peice of fabric exceeds the bottom peice? Sound the alarms! Just kidding. Yes, I realize I told you to put the longer piece on your machine first, but life ain’t fair and quilters are half-crazed. We know this. So? Just keep sewing, just keep sewing….

And, ever so simply, yet with ingenius panache, introduce your next epic scrap to take to the sewing stage….mine was designed by Brandon Mably as seen below. Don’t hate.

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing….

Now, here I made an executive decision. I was looking for my next scrap. My sweet lil Southern heart just wanted a peice of equivalent size, but, as my Yankee gramma used to say? No such luck, chickadee.

What to do? Whatever I wanted to do, that’s what. And I wanted that piece so, I got up (RARE and only to be used in such emergent circumstances when the design must happen just so because, uh, ummmm…you want it to? lol) …so, I got up & went to a scrap, and cut it. Yep, I straight up made my fantasy-perfect-matching-length partner piece. And, I was at peace, and life could then go on. That’s all that’s going on in the photos below. I know, giant segway, very teeny tiny “point” to be had, but still, so you know….

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Ahhh…now for the marital fabric bliss in 3, 2, 1….

Now, if you have been obediently sewing….and don’t even think about takin’ your foot off that pedal, missy (or sir)!….you’ve hopefully begun to notice something, which is : you are essentially chain-piecing 2 pieces to each other , over and over and over again. Soon we will cut between each of those “pairs of pieces” with our rotary cutter, and you will have lil, yes, that’s right : “pairs”. See? You are going to sew and sew until all your scrap bag pieces are attached to one another in some fashion and thereby have nothing left to grab from your bag. Think of it like dancing ….and, after all, no one wants to dance alone! Find those bad boys a partner & make it snappy!

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing….

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Ooh….at the end of a “pair”, simply lift that needle up and give it a tug. We want a lil thread chain to play with.

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Take a look at this thing! It’s starting to look like a pennant flag or some really botchy mantle garland…but, point is, it’s growing. And, in mile-a-minute piecing, growth is a very good thing.

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Looking above, you can see this thing is longer than you realized, almost the length of my 12 foot table! And, while I haven’t run out of scraps to attach, I did run out of threaded bobbin soon after and hadta reload. So, this is just a “progress” shot. For you? No need to stop! This is what’s going on, promise (unless your bobbin is also empty when you deceptively assume it not to be, as was my case). And, just keep sewing, just keep sewing…

The above pictures are so close-ups I took for you of what the “things” or pairs on my “chain” are beginning to look like. I opened up a few so you could see the fabrics as you are used to seeing them, right-side up. Pretty cool, huh?  Oh and that whole not-matching thing going on? Yeah. It’s supposed to be that way. Cool your jets, perfecto, this is a scrappy quilt. And, well, it cain’t hardly look scrappy if it ain’t scrappy, kapeesh? In other words, we don’t have time to matchy-match-match, we’re goin a mile-a-minute afterall! smh….

Now, back to speed-sewing…..and strips in 3, 2, 1…(totally rewound a new bobbin, lol)

And more…

See? It doesn’t matter so much once you get going which piece is where, so long as you keep going.

Got 2 strips “at the ready”? Just so happens I sure did, see?

If there’s a bit of selvage in your way? Move it out, just will it so, insist it submit to your authority, and take nothing less than full surrender! Just. Keep. Sewing.

Gettin’ to be more chain than not, hey now!

So, here goes the Nascar-style sewing………Hoo-boy, now we’re cookin’ with gas. Look at this progress!!!

Yep, that’s right….

ALL. CHAIN. M-wah! Beautiful!

There’s a reason they call this type of sewing “chain piecing”….if you have an ounce of intelligence, you’ve probably caught on to why that is the case. Yes, as you can see, all is connected by the thread from your continual-not-leaving-that-chair-nor-taking-your-foot-off-that-gas-pedal sewing action (and like a boss, I might add). The end result is a connected “chain” of pairs of pairs of pairs of pairs…..oops, sorry, I got ahead of myself.

As you can see, right now my piecing “chain” is pretty long. But, the more “pairs” of pairs we sew together, the shorter that “chain” is going to get, while my quilt blocks get both wider and taller (and I promise their lil hearts grew 3 sizes today as well).

At this point, I’d instruct you to pat yourself on the back and do a few hoots ‘n’ hollers, even take a bow. Except, well, this is my project right now, and so, yeah….you? Just. Keep. Sewing.

As you do that, I’ll interject with this: most sites and tutorials out there will tell you to press and straighten or “square” your edges as you go, but NOT THIS CHICK. It ain’t called “mile-a-minute-quilting” for nothing! Sew on!!!! Pressing is for the birds….except for y’all rare folks who just LOVE to press…..and in your case, they make meds for that.

In all seriousness, though, press if you wanna press, (and do so towards the darker fabric or the most recently added fabric piece or cluster, your choice), square off if it gives you a thrill. But for my purposes, this is my therapy and frankly I save all of that thinking for when I absolutely gotta….this is about SPEED for me and the exhilarating rush of being one step closer to destashing a corner of my scrap drawer WITH a quilt top growing along the way to boot! Moving right along now….just think, perchance even dream : one less “UFO”, lol.

Now, get out your rotary cutters, rise from your chairs, and get ready to ever-so-quickly (of course) …CUT! Yessiree, see below:

So, everywhere that there’s bare thread connecting these lil projects like they are hanging from it like garland? Cut it.

You are separating your now larger blocks (yes, they are becoming more like blocks now, right?) and you will continue to open them, evaluate how they are “taking shape” and think about what you are going to connect “where” in the next go-round….whom are you going to pair with whom? Think about this as you keep cutting them (just keep cutting, just keep cutting, lol.) Hhmmmm….

The next thing you know, you have some fabulously attractive little “cut pairs”, see?

So, how to decide which pieces should get sewn together and paired next?

Often I gauge this simply by size. For example, if something needs to get wider, then that’s where I connect another piece, you can turn your scrap and connect it to it’s strip or “partner” left to right or top to bottom, it doesn’t matter. I try to match sizes on some level to waste less fabric, for every time you sew a ¼” seam, your project shrinks a little. So, use your gut here. Go with what you like.

As you go along, cut apart something if you need to in order to make it work, to keep moving and sewing in a rythym, like seen below:

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing…

Don’t worry about staying straight, these are supposed to look scrappy. Speed. It’s all about speed. The only time we even hint at thinking about precision is when we are cutting between our clusters or when it’s obvious you have a raw edge atop a larger piece, and need to cut it off, without cutting into another pair, but instead to form one straight(ish) edge, so that this new piece can be again paired with another, and lined up to sew….see below, as these are now “pairs of pairs” and have been pieced accordingly.

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My,  how they’ve grown! (sniffle, sniffle)….

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing…

And again, taking shape:

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Once you’ve done the littlest bit of straightening up or if you must press or square off, then pull another strip or a longer pieces from your stash and begin sewing scrap pairs to it. Or, as is often my case, if you’ve decided you have more “pairs” you’d like to put together and you know whom you’d like to go with whom…..get back to the grind, foot to the pedal, pedal to the floor…..you get the drift.

That’s right. Waste no time & take no prisoners. If you’re scraps wanted to stay UFO’s, they need be runnin’ bout now, just sayin’.

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing…

To join or not to join? To pair or not to pair? These are the questions, right?

Essentially, sometimes this type of “off-the-cuff” spontaneous block design & the decisions required,  boils down to what size block you are making. For, it can be any size you wish it to be. For purposes of this tutorial and our monthly club, mine are 6.5” completed.

Now, as I was sewing these, I could visually guestimate that some were getting quite close. Or perhaps that some were quite wide one direction and not quite 6.5” the other way. So, where they need the growth, that’s where you add to them. And, personally, I try to match mine to blocks (pairs of pairs of pairs now sewn together) of similar sizes. What doesn’t have something to “connect to it”, will get cut off eventually as you do your “squaring-off” of blocks, after you have disconnected them from your chain.

You are starting to see the point, now, I hope, and a very detailed look at the creative process involved, albeit an extremely casual one.

So, continue the above steps over and over again , speed-piecing your scraps onto a larger piece / strip or equivalent size scrap until you have a chain and no more pieces to add to it. Then, remove it from your machine and cut them apart. Open them up, take a look.

Evaluate your goods and the inventory of stash pieces you have. How big are they? Do they need more variety in color / fabric? Or, do they need length or width added? Should you turn them?

Questions like these will help continue to guide your decisions as you go along.

Before you know it, you will have less chain, much bigger peices, and your cutting mat may even begin to emerge. (If you are really lucky? Perhaps even a family pet, lol.)

Admire those beauties!

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Well, admire em quickly.

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, lol….

Whoa, Nelly! That quick?

Sure was…

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And, really , I reckon you could just mindlessly add pieces until you ended up with a quilt top , but then that’s not a block or a stack of 6.5” blocks, now is it?

So, don’t get too carried away now. Though, there are great quilt patterns and other speed techniques built around those very concepts (Google the jelly roll race quilt if you are still scratching your head on this one….and you may wanna consider “getting out” more, lol).

So, yes, as you can see from the photos above, it’s the same process that got us going in the beginning: once you have the chain, you separate using a straight edge, then open and add, turning your blocks as needed as you pair them and grow them larger, each time closer to their final size. Every so often, you step back and evaluate the goods, getting an aerial view, and then you hone back in on the details of construction (a.k.a.: get your foot back on that pedal, missy!-or mister).

Continue the process as your project requires…

To end this, I’ll touch on “trimming” your final blocks, to the 6.5” size. Once your blocks are 6.5” , ideally closer to 7” in all directions, you are going to trim them back and square those edges to make a completed 6.5” square block. And, now, I do insist on pressing so that you can ensure that your pieces are accurately cut to size once you begin their final “squaring-off” and sizing to 6.5″.

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Now, isn’t this starting to look nice? Funky, yes, but oh-so-nice all the same.

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Oh, just imagine the places they will go, lol…

In other news: your final cuts….

If you happen to have a 6.5” square ruler, you can get a little more creative if you want in your final cutting (with blocks that exceed 7”)…or you can just use it as a template of sorts to get your square cut. Now, when you lay it down, you can turn it some to the right or left or line it up at a perfect 90-degree angle. It’s totally up to you. I kept mine straight for purposes of this tutorial. But, play with it and you will see, as long as you keep that square to be 6.5” on each side, you can use that ruler to cut it at different angles creating some interest. Otherwise, just a standard ruler that you use with your rotary cutter and cutting mat will work just fine to square off at 90” angles. Here, I’ve used my “Add-A-Quarter” Ruler, because, well, it’s like my safety “blankie” and is never far from me…but any quilting ruler will do.

Do know also, that you very well may have pieces that get “lopped” off or chopped from your blocks. No fear, just throw em in your scrap bin for next time.

As I’ve always said, this whole mile-a-minute thing can get WAY ADDICTIVE. It gets so mindless & easy so quickly, there’s no telling where your thoughts are prone to wander. Given my ADHD, I’ve gone from many topics simultaneously in my mind to thinking about deep things in vivid detail then planning my grocery list or dream fantasy vacation to some remote island full of Kaffe Fassett fabric and a Bernina sewing machine….be warned, you may want to live there. (Oh, and did I happen to mention my super hot hunk of a boyfriend on my deserted island oasis? Oops….wrong blog, lol…..jk, well…sorta.)

Yeah, so….

Just, please stay safe as you gun it down UFO-killin’-Scrapbustersville, okay? Don’t sew through your fingers. And, please, whatever you do, HIDE YOUR SEAM RIPPER. In this venture, it really IS evil and out to get you. In Mile-a-Minute-Land, seam rippers only stress. Wonky is king. Whereas straight seams , perfect piecing and precise planning is what only the boring quilters do. Don’t lack such imagination.

May your bobbins always be full and needles threaded at the ready.

Godspeed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ETSY STORE FOR KINSHIP QUILTERS!

Hi everyone, our etsy store is hoppin’! Be sure if you are a Kinship Quilter’s Facebook Sew-Along Group member that you link to our etsy store by clicking HERE!

Many Kaffe Fassett & Related Designers products sold there , much is on the way, keep checking for great fabrics, kits, notions, and handmade items.

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WOW: A Completed Book Club 12 TOP

Many have asked to see what a completed Kinship Quilters Book Club 12 top can look like, when complemented with standard sashing and a border. Well,  Melissa Martin of our Kinship Quilters Facebook Group has completed her blocks accordingly to show us! She just used an understated Kaffe Fassett shot cotton woven to make this a 90″ square top. While Tula Pink gives many ideas and options and sizes for finishing at the end of this book, one can just go simple and the result is nothing less than jaw-dropping as can be seen here. Join Us on this one year journey, revolutionize your craft. Complete your registration here and hop on board today!

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Club 7 : Months 1-12 & Intro -Scrappy Kaleidoscope

Welcome to our Kinship Quilters special quilt along as we do a “scrappy” version of this block using the 12″ template size as provided in your .pdf pattern. We will create one block per month in this pattern style to attempt mastery of this concept & block. We will use print fabrics by the following designers: Kaffe FassettBrandon Mably, Philip Jacobs, and Martha Negley. The solid fabric will use a Kaffe Fassett shot cotton woven as pictured in the block samples below. If you still want to join this group and haven’t registered, it’s not too late, just click here to complete the registration process.

Kits are mailed out monthly and we will be attempting block mastery in this group, sewing the same block every month for (12) completed blocks by year end after 12 months.

The instructions in your provided Kaleidoscope pattern are very thorough with many full color photos. Blog posts here and tutorial photos etc are provided to ease the journey only and make it more interesting in seeing all the different varieties of blocks that are sewn by members using a unique variety of scrap fabrics.

We will still use the Kinship Quilters Facebook Sew-Along Group online to meet collective and share tips / tricks and general group announcements etc. If you are a registered member, expect to be “tagged” in those posts. Also, should you get stuck at any point, the group leaders and testers for this group are Deanna Nagle, and Melissa Martin. Deanna remains as the kit designer and founder of all things Kinship Quilters and really plays more of a supervisory role in this group. Melissa Martin is your main point of contact to tag in the group posts as we go along, should you need to ask a question on this pattern, etc. She brings a vast level of quilting experience and variety in the projects she has done, especially for our groups.

Here’s Melissa’s bio on herself as related to quilting and this group, in her own words: “I’m 36, and live in Rush City, Minnesota. I have 3 kids (6 with my fiancé and I together lol). I have been quilting for 3 years. Last year was my first time participating in a BOM group at all! It was fun and exciting to see what was coming each month, and I loved the end results!”melissa martin headshot

Club 9 Intro : Beginner Paper-Piecing

Welcome to our first Kinship Quilters VIDEO-TUTORIAL Paper-Piecing group! We are so excited to introduce this for the 2016-2017 season. If you haven’t yet registered, it’s not too late to sign up for this group. Simply cclick here!

You will be hosted via private YouTube videos from our very own Cathy Kropp, an original Kinship Quilters Facebook Quilt-Along Group member and veteran paper-peicing quilter who once trained under Carol Doak. Cathy’s my go-to for all paper-piecing questions as her passion to educate all quilters to the EASY ways to take stress out of quilting by introducing paper-peicing is infectious! Packages of materials to complete your projects arrive monthly, including the paper Cathy prefers in your first packet.

This video below is less than one minute, but it’s our Cathy & your teacher this year as we do the Road to Fortune classic Paper-Piecing quilt block using mostly Kaffe Fassett classic fabrics such as SpotsRoman GlassPaperweightMillefiore, and a few prints by Brandon Mably like Dapple & Rings. These prints will be complemented by a grey Kaffe Fassett hand-woven shot cotton.

Watch this 1 minute Video!

Road to Fortune  is the block we will be making every month. Here’s Cathy’s Welcome Letter to Students below and class overview of all the things you will learn in the coming year through this club.

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And here are some of Cathy’s sample blocks for this group using our fabrics as provided in your monthly kit. :

As our group teacher and host, Cathy Kropp will be the main point of contact for tagging your questions in our Kinship Quilters Facebook Group if you should get stuck as we move along. The goal here is block mastery and mastery of the paper-piecing overall concept, basic tools, and technique.

We are also privileged to have another original Kinship Quilters group member trying paper piecing for her first time, yet eventually doing one block ahead to aid in showing us this block done in non-spotty Kaffe Fassett fabrics mixed with designs from Brandon Mably and Philip Jacobs to show us a “scrappy” version of this block in mixes of florals to tonals and bright geometrics.

Linda Kiebler Faulker is a Top Tester with my groups and I’m honored to have her as a different type of group tester / lead in this venture as well. Her work is always impressive and she’s a wonderful fellow quilter. I asked her to introduce herself ; please find her words and picture below so you can place a face with the name.

“Hello, my name is Linda Faulkner. I first learned to quilt and sew from my mother. It wasn’t until I retired in May of 2014 I really jumped back into quilting. I have enjoyed learning this craft and am amazed how much it has changed since being taught by my mother. My love for this craft is running over to my husband for he is creating quilts now also.” 12804579_10154090980043682_1591856913_n.jpg Now, let the fun begin!

Club 11 / Gypsy BOM / Month 1 Helps

Welcome to our latest modern block of the month for Kinship Quilters, featuring the Gypsy Pattern and Kaffe Fassett shot cottons in Options A & B , and mixed with prints by Kaffe FassettBrandon Mably, and Philip Jacobs in Option C. If you still need to sign up and register, visit this etsy link now and do so, and your kit will soon be shipped.

The pattern booklet provided for you in this club is very good and very comprehensive , complete with color photos and labels as you cut. As the author indicates, it’s very important to label those pieces as you go along. Our group tester is Elaine Stevens, an original Kinship Quilters Facebook Quilt-Along group member and a Top Tester for group founder and moderator, Deanna Nagle. As members, you may tag Elaine if you at any point get stuck and need assistance within our collective Facebook group. She or Deanna will be happy to assist you as soon as they are able. Also, Trish Lopez will be joining us in the spring as a tester.

Block One for this group this month, is lengthly and the largest one we will sew for the quilt project. Using your printed pattern booklet, labels, and full color photos, these pictures as posted below should serve to bridge any “gap” should you have questions as you pursue your steps. Thank you to Elaine Stevens for her testing in all 3 colorways on this.

Club 5 / Months 1-12

Welcome to  the Kinship Quilters Scrappy PB&J Club 5 , 12-month Quilt Along Club as one of our many options in our Online Facebook Quilt-Along Group.

This pattern will teach you some great speed-piecing skills using 2.5″ strips and other strip widths, but strip-piecing is a must-know for any quilter. This project has a unique approach and the blocks are scattered somewhat on-point making it a quick project but one where it will expose you to a good variety of quilting basics and terms. This group is excellent for beginners and pros alike and fabulous for stash-busting.

2 Colorway Options are available : Berry or Modern Nature. Both groups were tested by our group leader, Melissa Martin, and group overseer, Deanna Nagle. As a member of our Facebook Group, feel free to tag either of them at any time should you get stuck or have a question along our 12 month journey.

This pattern is very well-written and contains many color photos in the .pdf file that you were sent. You will master this block by year end as we will make 2 each month. Below are some examples of both colorway options and single blocks that Melissa Martin sewed this winter, with the completed top (shown in the Free Spirit Fabrics Berry mix Option A)

For purposes of block-making, you will be referring to mostly JUST STEP 2 on pages 2-3 of your provided .pdf pattern for MUCH of this club. Each month you will complete 2 blocks using the materials provided. Goals are to provide mastery in one block using strips in a non-traditional method. Enjoy!

Melissa Martin, our main group leader in the Book Club is also an original and veteran member and master quilter with a passion for her craft.

Here’s Melissa’s bio on herself as related to quilting and this group, in her own words: “I’m 36, and live in Rush City, Minnesota. I have 3 kids (6 with my fiancé and I together lol). I have been quilting for 3 years. Last year was my first time participating in a BOM group at all! It was fun and exciting to see what was coming each month, and I loved the end results!”melissa martin headshot

Months 1-12 : Chinese Coins & Log Cabins

Hi, welcome to this great beginner’s club from Kinship Quilters hosted by our veteran quilter and original “kinshipper” Pat Deck. Pat is a blast and super knowledgeable. Prepare for a superb experience as you master 2 classic quilt blocks that are a must-know for any beginner or experienced quilter. These are legendary. You will create (4) blocks each month, two of each style, using the fabrics provided in your kit.

ONE RULE OF THUMB BEFORE YOU SEW YOUR KIT FABRICS : “square off” your pre-cut pieces to exact pattern sizes for the blocks you are using (Log Cabin, really a Courthouse Steps style block and / or the Chinese Coin). Measure twice , cut once.

Here’s Pat’s Tutorial for you this month as we explore this club in two colorways. Option A / Kaffe Fassett Collective Designers Prints (includes any prints by Kaffe Fassett, Philip Jacobs, or Brandon Mably — not KFC Collective Prints, just any prints by those designers) and Option B of Modern Nature featuring an array of Free Spirit fabric designers in a unisex / modern / nature-themed palette. The latter group is being tested by Mary Beth Kochie in the coming months along with Deanna Nagle, Kinship Quilters Facebook Group moderator and founder.

With no further delay, here’s your monthly “Post from Pat” as seen by clicking on the link below:

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And here’s a bio below on your super awesome group host, Pat Deck…enjoy and happy quilting! :

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If you haven’t joined us yet, please consider by clicking here for more information in our etsy shop page on this club offering.

And for your first tutorial, additional photos have been provided below by Deanna Nagle showing blocks in both Colorway Options and steps along the way, pressing fabrics towards the dark. :

 

 

Club 4 / Months 1,3,5,7,9,&11 Instructions

Hi, and welcome to the Kinship Quilters “Spotty” Club Facebook Quilt-Along. It’s not too late to join if you aren’t yet part of this super simple and easy beginner group that uses Kaffe Fassett 5″ charms accented by woven shot cottons to make a fun quilt top in no time. You will learn how to use charms both in focal blocks as well as to form unique complementary sashing in between rows. Simply click here to join now. Or if you are already a member, keep reading….

Group Testers and leaders are Melissa Martin, who has already sewn this project in full, and Mary Beth Kochie, who will complete her blocks and steps ahead of participants. Each is available to be tagged in our Kinship Quilters Facebook Group should you get stuck or come across questions during your journey. Also, group overseer, Deanna Nagle is always available to tag for any questions as we go along.

These months we will only do 5 focal blocks. It’s quite simple. 5 pre-cut charms , 5″ each, as you received in your monthly package and accented on all 4 sides with your woven pale grey Kaffe Fassett shot cotton, as provided. That’s it this month! See? I told you it was easy! See page 2 for instructions on how to create these (5) focal blocks.

THE PICTURE BELOW SHOWS THESE BLOCKS WITH SASHING as the finished quilt top project. WE ARE NOT CREATING THE ACCENT SASHING, JUST A ROW OF (5) BLOCKS framed in grey solid per month  (in months 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, & 11), but it will show you a “taste” of the future of your project. Stay Excited.

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Thanks for being a part of the fun of all things Kinship Quilters!

Here’s the Completed Quilt Top as seen below :

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Melissa Martin, our main group leader and tester, is also an original Kinship Quilters Facebook Group  member and master quilter with a passion for her craft.

Here’s Melissa’s bio on herself as related to quilting and this group, in her own words: “I’m 36, and live in Rush City, Minnesota. I have 3 kids (6 with my fiancé and I together lol). I have been quilting for 3 years. Last year was my first time participating in a BOM group at all! It was fun and exciting to see what was coming each month, and I loved the end results!”melissa martin headshot

Club 2 : Month 1 / Rainbow Checks

Hi, welcome to our Kinship Quilters Rainbow Checks Club 2 Quilt Along. You will be creating (2) blocks each month using Kaffe Fassett Collective classic prints accented by his handwoven shot cottons. Our group testers on hand to be tagged in our Kinship Quilters Facebook Forum are Selma Hawk and Melissa Martin. Group overseer is Deanna Nagle. All have sewn these blocks and are familiar with the pattern as well.

Here are some photos to use in conjuction with your .pdf pattern instructions & fabric kit to help guide you along. This group is about mastering nestling and a fabulous, yet sometimes tedious block. By the end of the year, we will have one amazing quilt top of high contrast designer prints and solids and  you will have gained much competence and speed on this block design. Each block will finish at 14.5″. Godspeed! Thanks to Selma Hawk for providing the photos of her completed Month 1 / Club 2 blocks.