BAM BOM Chevron Block

Chevron BlocksSo, I volunteered to put together a tutorial for the August block of the BAM BOM.  It was a simple chevron block.  Easy, right?  Maybe not.  Putting it together wasn’t so bad, but putting it on paper so others understand it was much harder than I expected it to be.

This tutorial is about the third draft, so forgive me it it’s still not clear.  I actually made my original version work by using a modified paper piecing version.  I used the paper template to piece the bottom chevron strips and help me place the middle and top chevron points.  That version gave some a lot of trouble though, so I’ve added some more room on all edges and reworded the template for straight piecing.  If you give it a try, let me know how it goes and what I could do (or say) better to make it clear.

There are two points I want to reinforce.

  • The first is when cutting chevron strips from print fabrics, be sure that you cut them either right sides together or wrong sides together.  This ensures you will have two pieces that are mirror images of each other.
  • Second, the bottom chevron point does not show on this block and the bottom triangle should be pieced to the bottom chevron from the outside points, NOT the center.  You will see in the tutorial, I have you square that center chevron to avoid that problem.

I want to thank Cheryl and Kimetha for trying my tutorial and for the great feedback.  Thanks so much!

If you’ve have good tips or have seen a great post on creating good effective tutorials, please let me know!  Hope you enjoy this block and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.





Charity Quilt for August

NELA MQG met this past Saturday and had a good time getting back together after our brief hiatus.  We took loads of photos that we will be sharing in the near future.  Kristi and Sherry were back with us.  Kristi looked awesome following her treatment.  Keep her in your prayers for continued good news.  My niece, Johnna, also attended as a guest.  We had a lot of show and tell and did a lot of talking.  I think everyone had a great time.

During our meeting we talked about a couple things.  One was the idea of doing swaps or a traveling quilt bee that would allow members and other Louisiana quilters a chance to connect online and by mail.  A few of us were interested in the traveling quilt bee and I will be making inquiries regarding interest from other guilds and quilters.  We will focus on Louisiana quilters, but of course all quilters are welcome.

DrunkardCurveOne project everyone was in agreement on was our next charity quilt.  It was decided we would be using what I’m calling the Giant Drunken Curve.  I think it needs a new name, so if anyone has a suggestion, I’m open.  It almost appears like a compass to me, so that’s a thought.

Instructions for cutting and sewing the individual blocks can be found in this Giant Drunkard Curve file.  Because these are cut and sewn without a seam allowance, they are rarely square after sewing together.  For that reason we decided to sew the individual blocks together and to bring to our next meeting as is.  We will cut all blocks at the meeting and assemble into quilt tops.

Fabrics should be white (as shown in photo above), bright solids, and one print.

Using the .pdf instructions, you will create five (5) drunken curve blocks instead of the four (4) needed to complete the panel shown above.

If for some reason you will not be attending the August meeting and would like to participate, you may mail blocks to me and I will take to the meeting for you.

So, two questions:

  1. Would you like to participate in the Drunken Curve charity quilt?
  2. Are you interested in participating in the Traveling Quilt Bee?

That’s it for now.  More on the meeting will be posted this week.

Have a great week,


Nela MQG July Meeting

Hello there,

I just wanted to remind you that our next meeting is
Saturday, July 13th, 10 am – 12 pm,
Quilt n Stitch, 6049 Cypress St, West Monroe, LA.

Since we’ve been out a couple months now, feel free to bring some of your latest projects to show off.  You’ve got an excellent chance to brag a little as well as to be inspired.  Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.

DSC_0103_195At our last meeting, Marty and I put together this quilt for a CASA teen.  I still haven’t bound it, so that may be my project for this meeting!






As our part of the BAM BOM, we put together a tutorial for the Geese Gone Wild pictured here.  We will also post a tutorial for the chevron block soon.  I’m still working through the tutorial.  If anyone would like to test it for me, I will be glad to send you a copy.  I would love to get your feedback.

I have a couple block ideas for the next CASA (or other charity) quilt.  If you have another idea, feel free to share at the meeting (or online).  Most popular wins!

Block Block2There’s this one that was introduced in our Simply Solids BeeTutorial is by Robin Waggoner and can be found on her blog, Woodland Cottage Designs.  This block can be created in a variety of sizes.

Another is a Drunkard’s Path block I was playing with and blogged about here.  With this version, these 4 blocks create approximately a 33″ block.  DrunkardCurve

I hope to see you at the meeting.  If you can’t make it and would like to submit ideas for fall activities for the group, please feel free to leave a comment here.  Ideas can be for our face to face meetings, or they could be for online/mail swaps.  I have seen some interesting traveling quilts out on the ‘blogosphere,’ and swaps are always fun.  Anything you might find fun and feel could bring our group closer together.

Talk to you soon,