Sunday, October 12, 2014


I have had a few questions, and I am excited that so many of you are going to participate!

Q. How many blocks will there be?

A.  12.  The biographies and quilt block demos will be presented at each monthly Tuesday night Relief Society meeting. So be sure and attend so you get your patterns, and so that you may get tips on construction your blocks.

Q.  How much fabric should I buy for my blocks?

A.  A good start will be to buy 12 fat quarters, a mix of light, medium and dark fabrics.  A fat quarter is a precut section of fabric that measures 18" by 22".

Q.  How much fabric should I buy for the rest of the quilt;  sashing, back, and binding?

A.  This will depend on how you set (lay out) your blocks.  In a future post I will make specific suggestions for this, but let's focus on the fat quarters for the blocks for now.

Q.  What if I don't have a sewing machine?

A.  These blocks are easily hand pieced, or you may borrow a machine from me. ;)

Q.  Where is a good place to buy quilt fabric?

A.  Any quilt store will have a fine selection of fabric suitable for quilting. K &H Quilt Shoppe in Kaysville, Quilter's Attic in Bountiful, Sweet Lavender in Roy, My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe in Logan, and Quilter's Haven in Bountiful are all great shops.  Bennion Crafts in Kaysville has quilting fabric, and sales and coupons.

A Beginning!

The first block of our Pioneer Women quilt is a nine patch, in honor of Eliza R. Snow.  It is a simple block meant to get you started! Please refer to your instructions on how to construct the block.  In future posts there will be tutorials for you to use as a reference.

If you are just starting out in quilting, there are a few points to remember:  Always use a 1/4" seam allowance when sewing your pieces together.  A rotary cutter and mat will yield the most precise pieces, and take care when pressing not to distort your units and blocks and press to the dark whenever possible.

Try to make each month's blocks as it is presented so you won't fall behind!  I am excited to take this journey with you as we make our quilts and learn more about or pioneer women heritage.