Thursday, March 30, 2017



Here is a simple variation on the 9 patch block.  I did it in two colors – blue and white - mostly because of the rhyme April Showers bring May Flowers.

The color suggestion for this block is white and one other contrasting color.

Step 1:  Make 4 half square triangles measuring 4”

Step 2:  Cut 4 white triangles and one blue triangle measuring 4”

Step 3:  For first row of blocks assemble as follows:  1  half square triangle; 1 plain white square and 1 half square triangle (see below)

Step 4:  For second row of blocks, assemble as follows:  1 plain white square; 1 blue square and 1 plain white square

Step 5:  For third row of blocks, assemble as follows:  1 half square triangle; 1 plain white square and 1 half square triangle

The final block will look like the one below – press block and trim to 10-1/2” by 10-1/2”

Saturday, February 11, 2017

MARCH 2017 


Due to the judging for the quilt show and also our Charity Day activities, we will  not be having a Block of the Month in March.

Stay tuned for the April Block of the Month

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February 2017 Block of the Month

In honor of Valentine's Day - a scrappy heart.  This block was created by Cathy Peterson for Evening Star Quilters.

This scrappy heart is 9-1/2" unfinished

Finished Block

1       Cut 30 2” squares of assorted fabrics.  (Try using 30s repro fabrics, small scale prints,etc.)
2     Cut four 2” white or white on white squares and draw a diagonal line on the back of each.
3     Cut two 5” white or white on white squares and draw a diagonal line on the back of each.

Step 1: Take any four 2” printed squares and place them right sides together with a 2” white square.
Sew on the diagonal line.  Cut ¼” from the sewing line and press to the dark side.
This makes four half square triangles.

Step 1

 Step 2:  Take any 2” square and sew it in between two of the half square triangles you made in
 Step 1.

Step 2

Step 3: Repeat Step 2

Step 4: Using these two rows, make two 9 patches like the one shown below.  These are the top two section of the heart.

Step 4

Step 5: To make the left bottom portion of the heart, sew 6 blocks as shown in photo A.

Photo A

Step 6: Place a  5" white square, right sides together on top of the 6 blocks you sewed above.  Sew on the diagonal line.  Trim ¼” from the sewing line. Press.   See photo B

Photo B

Step 7:  To make the right side of the bottom portion of the heart you have to make the mirror image of what you just made in steps 5 and 6.  Sew six blocks together as shown.

Step 7

Step 8:  Place the other 5” white square right sides together on the six blocks you just sewed.   Sew on the diagonal line.  Trim 1/4" from the line.  Press.

Step 9: Sew both bottom sections together as shown below

Step 9

Step 10:  Sew top sections to bottom sections to complete the heart shown at the top

Sunday, January 1, 2017

January 2017 Block of the Month - Sawtooth Star

Sawtooth Star Block

The color recipe for this one is Jade and Coral in honor of Empire’s 35th Anniversary year.

The main component of this block is the flying geese blocks around the center square.  I received a recommendation to try a new way of making flying geese blocks.  I have included the link for the technique I used which – conveniently – yields the four flying geese units needed for this block.

The center square for this block should be 4-1/2" x 4-1/2"

The corner squares for this block should be 2-1/2" x 2-1/2"

I assembled the finished block by attaching two flying geese units to the left and right of the center square.  Then the corner blocks were attached to the top and bottom of the remaining two flying geese units.

Once assembled and pressed, trim block to 8"x 8".

If you prefer, this also works as a jade star on a coral background - like the block shown below

Friday, October 21, 2016

Lisa's Bow Tie - November

Empire member Lisa Kehrle presents this Bow Tie block for our November BOM. 


The Bow Tie block is in honor of Charles Osgood – one of my favorite TV hosts.  He recently retired as host of the CBS Sunday Morning show and was known – among other things – for wearing a bow-tie.

The background fabric should be neutral and the bow tie fabric should be a high contrast fabric or a fun print.


Cut two 3-1/2” squares of the neutral background fabric.

Cut two 3-1/2" squares of the bow tie fabric.

Cut two 1-1/2” squares of the bow tie fabric. 
Draw a diagonal line on the back side of these two little squares.


Align a small square in a corner of a background square, right sides together, as shown below.

Sew a seam directly on the marked line, then press, as shown below. Trim away the two layers of fabric behind the blue triangle. Make two of these.

Arrange the four squares into a bow tie (as shown at top) and sew. Press.
The final block measures 6” completed.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

October 2016 - Hashtag Encore!

This block was so much fun last year, let's do Hashtag again! 

Start with a 6" square cut from solid white, off-white, or a very light print.
Cut 4 strips: 1.25" x 7.5" from a colorful print.

Cut the square in thirds vertically (2" x 6").
Insert two colored strips. Press seams toward the print.

Cut the square in thirds horizontally. Insert two strips. Press.

Trim to 6" x 6."

Enter your name in the drawing once for each block that you bring to the September meeting. You might be well on your way to making a new quilt! Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Big News! Lisa Kehrle Designing BOM's!

Lisa Kehrle will join Karen Griska in designing blocks for our BOMs! We will take turns. This will be fun! Welcome, Lisa!!