Monday, January 25, 2016

Block 2 - Lemoyne Star

Block 2, the Lemoyne Star is always a popular quilt block and it's got to be a favorite here in Louisiana - being named after two of our local historic figures - Iberville and Bienville!

Here's what I found when I searched for a little more history of the block:

“Lemoyne Star” is the name of a traditional quilt design whose earliest known published date is 1911 (according to Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns). The con guration falls into the category of “eight-point/45° diamond stars.” The pattern itself has earlier origins than its published date. Ruth Finley in her book Old Patchwork Quilts and the Women Who Made Them, 1929, states that this particular quilt block was called “Star of Lemoyne”, “Lemoyne Star”, or “Lemon Star” (in New England), and she reveals that the design takes its name from the two LeMoyne brothers who settled Louisiana in 1699.
-Patricia L. Cummings, Quilter’s Muse Virtual Museum,

- Reposted from
But making this Lemoyne Star block the traditional way usually involves a technique that many quilters refer to as "the dreaded Y-seam".  Wait!  Don't run away!  This version using Half-Square Triangles is known as the Lemoyne Star made easy - absolutely no Y-seams!

So if you've avoided making the Lemoyne Star, it's time to try this version.

Just like Block 1, following the pattern for cutting instructions, make your HSTs, then put together 4 units that look like this, pressing seams in direction of arrows.  Then sew the 4 units into two units, then into one.

by Amy Aderman

Coming Soon:  Block 3 - Windblown Square

Friday, January 22, 2016

Block 1 - Quilt Inspiration

Recognize this Block?  It's our Block 1 - Flying X.  This Quilt Pattern is Bonnie Hunter's Twirl Around found in Quiltmaker Magazine.

Bonnie Hunter's Twirl Around

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Our Mod Squad is a modern quilting interest group, comprised of individual members of The Modern Quilt Guild. We are all members of Quilters’ Guild Acadienne, a 25-year-old traditional quilt guild.   We saw this challenge as an opportunity to expose our traditional quilters to the world of modern quilting. We invited all guild members to participate.   Quilters of all levels, most of whom were new to modern quilting, accepted.  With little or no knowledge of how to begin, we began. 

As a group we watched the webinar “Improv with Intent.” We browsed galleries of modern quilts, and discussed how traditional concepts, techniques, and designs can be adapted for modern quilting.  Since most of us were modern quilting newbies, we decided to collaborate by sharing ideas, teaching and learning from others. Our number one priority was for our collaboration to be a fun, social learning process. Working alongside intermediate and advanced quilters, novices soaked up tips, techniques, and confidence; they shared their own knowledge, as well. Everyone grew from this exciting collaboration.

Mod Squad members, Diane & Beth hard at work.
The webinar, inspirational photos, and state maps led to a brainstorming session for determining our intent.  We decided that we would represent various aspects of our beautiful state then connect them all with the winding river.  We started with a very rough sketch of the concept.  Then at each sewing session, team members used his or her imagination to create landmarks, memories, and representational pieces in both abstract and realistic designs.  The prescribed color palette, at first a challenge, soon became a source of fun and whimsy, spurring our imaginations. 

Making lots of chunks
When visiting our quilt, visualize scenes along the Mississippi and its tributaries. Can you find rice fields, crawfish ponds, a shrimp boat and an oil rig? Can you feel the joie de vivre in the vibrant rhythm of jazz and zydeco?  Our state flower, bird, tree, and insect each have a place.  The tranquility of the rural areas and the energy of the urban scenes flow around each other as one discovers Louisiana.

Whether you’ve lived in Louisiana your whole life or are a transplant from somewhere else, or even a visitor, you can’t help but be inspired.  Just as threads bind the various pieces of a quilt together, the mighty Mississippi is a source of energy stitching together all aspects of our lives:  connecting, enriching, sustaining, feeding, and binding us all. 
The Charity Quilt Challenge has stirred the pot within our guild and challenged traditional members, both novices and experts, to taste a genre perhaps unfamiliar to them.  We’ve added spice to our pot and a new flavor to our already rich gumbo.

Nadine, Torch and Diane try to "Make it work"
Nadine Cain
Beth Glass
Beth Andrepont
Amy Aderman
Jonelle Archibald
Kenneth Broussard
Polly Stacks
Stella Guidry
Marty Mason
Diane Redfearn
Linda Ducotey
Judy Garber

Linda Poole (Long-arm Quilter)
And the back.

by the Mod Squad

Monday, January 18, 2016

Mod Squad and The QuiltCon Charity Challenge

If you haven’t heard, Quilters’ Guild Acadienne includes a group of Modern Quilters known as The Mod Squad.  We meet regularly to explore our shared interest in Modern Quilting.  A few months ago, we decided to participate in The Quilt Con Charity Challenge.  After the complete quilts are displayed at QuiltCon West in Pasadena, guilds are asked to donate the completed quilt to a local charity supported by their guild.

The guidelines for the challenge were to work collaboratively to create completed quilts using a predetermined color palette and improv with intent.  The color palette can be described as white, off-white, sunflower, tomato red, light teal, grey and black.  Improv with intent has been defined in various ways.  Modern Quilter Cheryl Arkison, states, “Improv is more than sewing together random bits of fabric. You can take an idea, an image, or an object and translate it into a block or quilt via improvisational piecing.” Alexandra Ledgerwood , another modern quilter defines her approach to improv quilting as “a creative approach to piecing fabrics, working largely without a pattern but with an overall design goal in mind.” 

We decided to take on the challenge and have been working on our quilt for months.  It's almost complete.  Just some binding, a sleeve and label, then we’ll be shipping it off to Pasadena where it will be displayed in QuiltCon West, Feb 18 – 21, 2016.

If you are interested in joining The Mod Squad, contact Torch Archibald or Amy Aderrman.

Coming soon – more about Mod Squad’s entry in The QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge

by Amy Aderman

Monday, September 28, 2015

Block 1 - Flying X

Flying X Block

Now we're ready for Block 1.  We've learned how to make Half-Square Triangles.  We know we should think about how to press seams and we'll start to see how that works as we make this block.  Refer to the pattern for cutting requirements and make the necessary number of half-square triangles using your favorite method. On this block, all of the diagonal seams in the HST units can be pressed in the same direction - If I have the option, I always prefer to press towards the darker fabric.

Now, you can start to assemble the 16 units into a block.  There are a two options on how to do that.  Both work well, so choose which ever method makes the most sense to you.  The first approach is to sew units into 4 rows, then sew the rows together.  This is the method Diane, the pattern designer, uses and there's already a tutorial for this block using the row method.

I've chosen to use a second approach.  I prefer to assemble into 4 identical 4-patch units - each being one quarter of the entire block.  This will work for 7 of the 12 blocks in this pattern.  When we get to Block 4, you'll find out why some blocks are a little different.

Now you will make four 4-patch sub-units that look like the top left quarter of the complete block.  First, sew 2 patches together as shown in Step 1 and repeat 4 times.  Next, sew 2 patches as shown in Step 2.  Press seams in direction indicated by red arrows.

On to Step 3.  This is where your strategic seam pressing will help.  Flip the unit created in Step 1 down, placing right sides together on top of the unit created in Step 2, aligning all the outer cut edges.  You should now see that the seams created in Step 1 & 2 are pressed in opposite directions.  The diagonal HST seams are also pressed in opposing directions.  If you pinch the layers together where the seams intersect and wiggle a bit, you should be able to feel that they are "locked" in place.  Pin close to the seams, then stitch the next seam to join these together into a 4-patch.  Press seam as shown.  Repeat 3 more times.

Make one quarter of the block - 4 times

Step 4 - Now you've got 4 identical units and you can finish the block just like you are making another 4-patch.  You'll assemble these 4 units into two more identical sub-units that will both look like the top half of the final block.  Place two of the quarter units side by side, then rotate the one on the right - just one turn clockwise, then flip one on the right and place it right side down on top of left one.  Again, make sure your opposing seams lock together on this step.  Stitch the center seam and press to one side.  Repeat to create a second unit just like the first one and press seam in the same direction as previous unit.

Now for the last seam, rotate one of the units from Step 4 by 180 degrees. Just one seam left!  Make sure the intersecting seams lock together and stitch the final seam.  Now you can simply press the final seam open, or you can spin the seams.

Want to make a quilt using Block 1?

Ready for Block 2?

by Amy Aderman