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  • 20 Mar 2021 1:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks a million to all who attended our March Zoom meeting and to Lynn from Seams So Simple for showing us what's new in the shop and sharing a fun, quick make with us : fabric baskets to brighten up your home and for use as quick gifts.

    Members show and tell can be seen in the following presentation and our Block of the Month and meeting notes can be found here: BOM-7.pdf

  • 24 Feb 2021 5:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you to all who attend our meeting this month with guest speaker Pat Archibald.  It was brilliant to see so many online from all the branches and we hope you enjoyed our meeting.  For those that missed it here is some of the branch show and tell.

    See you online at our next meeting on the 12th March!

    Ruth on behalf of Midwest Branch Committee 2021

  • 14 Jan 2021 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you everyone who joined us for our January meeting where we explored all things unfinished objects and projects half done.  Show and tell from the branch is below in the presentation.  Our next meeting is online on the 12th February.  Until then Happy New Year and happy sewing.

  • 8 Dec 2020 12:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We had a great meeting online on Zoom again last week.  Thanks to all who took part and congratulations to our Quilty Bingo winners.  Wishing all members a safe and merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • 16 Nov 2020 2:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to all who joined us last Friday for our November meeting held on Zoom. Thanks again to Nikki for her Christmas makes and tour of the new premises for the Sewing Shed.  In case you missed it, our members show and tell can be seen in the presentation below.

    Next month our challenge is : Christmas makes.  Any size, any object, as long as it is Christmas themed!

    Our next meeting is on Friday 4th December.  See you then.


  • 12 Oct 2020 10:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks everyone for a fantastic October Meeting via Zoom.  Without your show and tell we couldn't do this!  

    Next month's challenge is : Bags!  Old or new, large or small, any shape, any size, please share photos along with your show and tell to midwestpatchwork@gmail.com.

    For those that missed our meeting please see below some of the slides presented showing our members show and tell and our Block of the Month Handout here at this link.

    Stay safe and happy sewing!

  • 17 Sep 2020 5:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We had a great turnout for our Zoom meeing.  It was lovely to see everyone again.  Thanks for the wonderful show and tell.  In case you missed it please see some of our presentation below. 

    For the block of the month instructions please see this link for the PDF you can download and print. 

    Looking forward to our next get together in October!
  • 17 Sep 2020 5:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you to all our members who completed a quilt top during our Summer Quilt-A-Long.  Congratulations to Suzanne for winning the jelly roll.  We look forward to seeing what you make with it!

    For convenience I have gathered up the PDF files of the pattern at the bottom of this post and the how to's covering:

    • colouring a block design
    • breaking down the block into basic quilt units
    • basic chain piecing & simple leaders & enders
    • a scant ¼” seam and why it can be handy
    • Half Square Triangles and Flying Geese 4 ways
    • Chain piecing a block and a whole quilt
    • Sew & Flip Method to simplify shapes
    • Leader and Ender projects to make scrap quilts
    • Giant Quilt blocks
    • Borders, backing, binding and hanging sleeve

    I hope that you enjoyed the series and will find the above useful for future projects.

    Stay safe and happpy sewing!

    Ruth Bourke on behalf of the Mid Western branch Comittee 2020

    Previous steps:

    2020 QAL part 1.pdf

    Summer Quilt part 2.pdf

    Summer QAL part 3.pdf

    Summer QAL part 4.pdf

    Summer QAL part 5.pdf

    Summer QAL part 6.pdf

    Summer QAL part 7.pdf

    Summer QAL part 8.pdf


    HST templates 1-6 inch.pdf

    FG templates.pdf

  • 3 Sep 2020 5:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to government Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to have an in person meeting in September so we are a Zoom meeting instead.  We will have a Block of the Month, small & fun quick make, Show and tell and monthly challenges.  Please contact midwespatchwork@gmail.com for further details.  

  • 25 Aug 2020 7:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome back to our Summer Quilt-A-Long

    We are onto part 7 and only 1 more part to go!  It feels like the past 12 weeks, since we started our QAL, have just flown by.  This week, we are looking at Star blocks and some free patterns available on the internet that you might want to look up.  We will also be making the centre 8-pointed star in our QAL and assembling our quilt top! 


    Giant Blocks

    Star blocks are some of my favourite quilts to make.  Most especially I like going big with them.  Have you ever made a one block quilt?  Taken a block you love and made as a 60” or 72” size?  It’s a lot of fun.  Here are a few options for you if you have some fat quarters or layer cakes that you would like to use up.

    Moda Love – this is a free pattern from Moda that makes a 72” Star surround block from a layer cake and some yardage.  Paula Rafferty made the giant block, a wall hanging and 2 cushions for a gorgeous set that just glows!  

    So Frosty – I designed this giant block for a Christmas challenge.  It’s one of three blocks in a Christmas Star Quilt and this one I made large as a free pattern for the Christmas blog hop run by Celtic Thistle Stitches.

    Happy Quilting has quite a few QAL’s with Star blocks including this Star Surround block I made as a baby quilt for a gift a few years ago.  She is very generous with her designs and her QAL’s.

    Jeni Baker from In Color Order made a free tutorial: Giant Vintage Star Quilt and Amy Friend from Diary of a Quilter added a scrappy border to it from the leftovers which I love and am going to make one day.  The pattern uses a minimum of 8 fat quarters and ideally 16 to get a multi-coloured star.

    Polka dot chair has a lovely baby quilt.


    Rainbow Rose is available here on the Modern Quilters Ireland Blog using layer cakes or 10” squares to big a big block quilt.

    Making a Block a Giant Quilt Block

    When you look at these designs you can see that they are largely made up of Half Square Triangles (HST), Squares, and Flying Geese on a grid of 4, 8 or 12 rows and columns. 

    To size up a block, first decide how big you want to go.  36”-40” makes a nice baby quilt.  60” a nice lap quilt and 72” with some borders a nice bed quilt.

    To make our QAL block a Giant block for example, we look at the number of rows and columns and can see that it is 12 rows x 12 columns so a number divisible by 12 will work perfectly for us. 

    To make a 60” block our grid squares will need to be 60/12=5” finished.  To make a 72” block 72/12=6” finished. 

    We learned in parts 3&4 what to cut to end up with our desired finished size depending on the method we want to use, so, if you want to size up a block or design your own block, the reference sheets are there for you to go back to. 



    So, onto our QAL!  In the last part we completed the middles of the blocks.  This week we are onto the centre star and assembling the block. 

    The construction for the centre star is the same for both versions of our block: Block 1 and Block 2.

    Our C section is 4 rows by 4 columns or a 16 patch.  We have squares for the corners and the centre and Flying Geese for the star points. 

    Arrange as follows and sew into rows.  Then sew the rows together to make the centre C block.  Make 1 if you are making 1 quilt block or 4 C units if you are making the 4 blocks for the Quilt top. 

    Now we have our A, B and C blocks, it’s time to assemble our quilt. 

    Block 1   

    If you are making 1 block lay out the pieces as per the image and sew the units into rows A-B-A, B-C-B and A-B-A.  Then sew the rows together to complete the block.  

    If you are making the 4 block quilt top you can make 4 quilt blocks and sew the blocks together, or you can lay out the units 6 x 6 to chain piece the quilt top together by sewing into rows as shown.

     Then sew the rows together and a secondary pattern will appear.  

    Block 2:

    For block 2 we have a modification to the block to make a repeating pattern.  The block goes together in rows A1-B1-A1, B1-C-B1, A1-B1-A2.


    You can sew these 9 units together to make a block and then sew the 4 blocks together, or you can lay the units out in a 6 x 6 grid and chain piece them together as below.


     Option for 1 block quilt

    If you are making an item using only 1 block of the Block 2 design, then instead of A2 in the bottom corner make an A1 unit to have a symmetrical block.

    Lay out the pieces as per the image and sew the units into rows A1-B1-A1, B1-C-B1 and A1-B-A1.  Then sew the rows together to complete the block.

    If you missed any of the earlier parts of our QAL, you will find the instructions on our branch page at www.irishpatchwork.com.

    Please join us in two weeks time, when we look at borders, backing, binding and quilting options. 

    Thanks for joining us,

    Stay safe and happy sewing!

    ©Ruth Bourke

    Mid-Western Branch

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