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Welcome to another quilt jigsaw puzzle from Quilt Alliance! The beautiful quilts in the puzzles have all been contestants or quilt donations in current or past Quilt Alliance contests and auctions. Be sure to sign up for our blog notifications, so that you don’t miss any of the upcoming puzzles.

 

Diamonds Are Girl’s Best Friend by Teresa Stoller

This week’s puzzle spotlights a quilt entitled Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend made by Teresa Stoller of Flagler Beach, Florida for the 2011 Quilt Alliance “Alliances: People, Patterns, Passion” contest and auction.

Artist’s Statement

This quilt is my playful interpretation of the theme People, Pattern, Passions. I was inspired by wonderful memoires of attending Baltimore Orioles’ baseball games at Camden Yards with my husband and two children. As I looked around the stadium, I saw those 47,000 heads as a sea of colorful circular shapes ….. big, small, dark, light, rough, smooth ….. all different, yet the same: a repetition of happy circles! In my quilt, the circles were cut from many different sizes of cotton fabric and further embellished with some fun items, including Angelina fibers and film, snowflake sequins, distorted ‘gold’ color chocolate candy container parts, and melted nylon mesh potato bagging. The most significant circle, the baseball, was created with cheesecloth over a base of cotton fabric, and was further embellished with Shiva Paintstiks to ‘roughen’ it up a bit like a well played baseball! And, of course, if it didn’t have its bright red stitching, it just wouldn’t be as American as ‘baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and ‘ …. Well, you know the rest! I was ALWAYS fascinated by that perfectly cut grass that spanned the baseball field ….. a huge field of gorgeous diamond shapes! I created my diamonds in the field with jacquard paints, acrylic craft paint, Angelina fibers and straight stitching. I invite you to gaze into my quilt, hear the cheering fans, smell the popcorn and stadium hot dogs, enjoy the game and revel in the beauty of that perfectly cut field. I’m sure every woman in the stadium dreamed of a lawn at home that looked like that; after all, Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend!

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How To Trim Flying Geese Without A Specialty Ruler

If you don’t have a Bloc-Loc ruler, you may find trimming these flying geese challenging. But by following these steps, you should be able to get four accurate geese in each color!

First, line up your ruler so the point of the flying geese unit will be trimmed exactly ¼” above the point. Try to line the unit up as straight as possible on the other three sides.

Next, flip the unit over. Line up the edge you just cut on the 2” line of the ruler as shown below, and trim the excess from the top.

Flip the unit right side up again. Line the lower left corner up with the 3 ½” mark on your ruler as shown above. Trim the excess on the right.

Finally, flip the unit over again so the point is pointing towards the 2” line. Align the left edge of the unit with the 3 ½” ruler mark as shown above and trim the excess on the right. Your flying goose unit is now ready to be pieced into your block!

Quilt Documentation Tip

 Andrea’s block story is all about the importance of quilt guilds. Quilting can feel solitary, but guilds bring us together. It’s a topic of conversation that was discussed with two Birthday Block of the Month Designers in a recent Textile Talk where the participants all shared emotional stories about their love for their guilds. 

Did you know that your guild can document your quilts as a group? Consider hosting a quilt documentation day in your guild! Follow these instructions and have members share three minute stories about one meaningful quilt in the Quilt Alliance’s signature Go Tell It documentation program. You could even host a screening so all of your members can see the videos! Get in touch at: qsos@quiltalliance.org

See You in October for Month Seven!

Thank you so much to everyone who has participated in the Quilt Alliance’s Birthday Block of the Month so far! Our designer for next month, the seventh block we’re making together, is Bonnie Hunter herself! 

Be sure to tag @quiltalliance and @3rdstoryworkshop on Instagram with your block photos this month, and use the hashtag #QuiltAllianceBOM. And leave any questions about this month’s block in the comments below!

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