BOM What's New

Pumpkin Pie Block Tip

Learn more about the scant 1/4″ seam allowance and why it is so important.

If you Google “scant 1/4″ seam allowance”, your search will return hundreds of blog posts, tutorials and videos.  Sometimes it is overwhelming to find what you are looking for online but I found 2 very well written blog posts that helped me to understand the need for the scant seam. They also explained how I could find my scant seam allowance.

Did you know that you can lose up to 1/32-1/16 of an inch with every seam.  So with the Pumpkin Pie block or any 5×5 grid block, that’s almost a 1/4″ that you’d lose on either direction! Thats reason enough to find and use a scant seam!

Have you ever considered how different fabrics would affect your seam allowance? Did you realize that Kona cotton is thicker than Art Gallery fabric, and both are thinner than Essex linen. This difference in thread count could also affect your seam allowance, so be sure to keep that in mind.

As a “newer” quilter, I find I am always online looking for information to help with my quilting journey. If you have a favourite resource.  Please share it below in the comments for our Block of the Month and quilting friends. 

Happy reading and happy quilting.

Learn more from the experts.

BOM What's New

Just in case you were wondering…or Shopping!

Hello, everyone

I thought it might be a great idea to share the fabric requirements for this year’s Block of the Month quilt.

Sashes and Borders

I always seem to take a picture of my feet! Finished with sashing.

The finished quilt size, using 3″ unfinished (2 1/2″ finished) sashing and border, is 47″ x 62″. I used 5 different solid colours. I purchased 1/2 yard of each colour and 1 + 1/2 yards of the white background fabric. I used almost all but a few random strips to make this quilt top. There is no room for errors in these measurements.

You could easily use fat quarters (approximately 9-10) rather than fabric off the bolt, and of course, a layer cake would work as well but be careful with those larger blocks, especially Hot Cross Buns!

These measurements are meant as a suggestion ONLY. You may want to purchase 10% more just in case.

Alternate Blocks

However, should you choose to finish your block with an alternate block, such as the hour glass, you will require at least twice as much background and focus fabric. I would strongly suggest using two-colours for this option. I am quite sure I used 8-9 different black and white prints in this one! I would love to see this in blues and yellows or red and whites! The finished quilt size is 72″ x 72″.

Hope this helps. Happy shopping and happy quilting.

See you on Thursday! I will have all of my quilts with me 🙂


Block of the Month Quilt finished with alternate hourglass block.
BOM What's New

The Quilt Block Cookbook & BOM Sign-up!

A Book Review

Thank you to all the KQG members who attended our July Meeting this evening. It was great to see everyone.

For those of you who missed my book review, I have posted it here for you to read. I’m so excited to be using the Quilt Block Cookbook as the Mystery BOM quilt for 2021/2022. And yes, we have written permission from the author! Thank you Amy Gibson, we will be sure to share our quilts with you.

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Your BOM “Hosts” Kathleen & Annie and of course our consultant Darlene.

BOM What's New

More prizes to win👏

A Special Note from Darlene

Hello ladies
I am writing to you today, to update you on what is happening with the draws for  your completed “Log Cabin Fever” quilt tops.  I have changed things up a little, as I was able to acquire a few more prizes.  There will be two draws.  One will take place in Sept. and the other will take place in Nov.  You could be a winner in either draw or both.  Let me explain.
The first draw will take place at the executive meeting on Sept. 8th.  In order to have your name entered into this draw, I need to have a photo of your completed log cabin top sent to me.  There will be two winners on the 8th.  
First Prize:  Donated by Nicole Pelton, Nicole’s Longarm Quilting
    Nicole will quilt your “Log Cabin Quilt” free of charge.          (You must supply the batting and the backing.)

Second Prize:  Donated by Marlies Kinnell, Quilt Finish Longarm Studio    Marlies will donate a $50.00 gift certificate towards having your “Log Cabin Quilt”   quilted by her.(You must supply the batting and the backing.)

For those of you who miss out on winning either of these two prizes, Nicole Pelton is offering to quilt your Log Cabin Quilt at a discount of 15% off plus no tax!  (You must supply the batting and the backing.)

Now for the Nov. 10th draw.  This draw will be for a totally finished quilt, which means that the quilt is to be quilted, bound and with a label.  Again, I will need photos sent to me and your name will go into the draw.  I have three prizes, donated by quilt stores in our area, for this draw.   

“Thimbles and Things” – $25.00 Gift Certificate
 “HummingBird Sewing”  – $25.00 Gift Certificate
 “Country Concessions” –  prize unknown at the moment

So, if you are a little behind in getting your blocks done and put together, you still have a couple of months to get your tops finished.  To those of you who have finished your tops, and sent in your photos –  they look great!   Keep those photos coming. If you have any questions, please get back to me and I will be glad to clarify. Enjoy your week.


BOM Show and Share What's New

More Finished Log Cabins!

Congratulations KQG Quilters!!! More names for the Block of Month 2020-2021 September Draw.

Be sure to send your finished quilt top photos to Darlene to be entered in the Block of the Month Draws and to be featured online too!

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Log Cabin Fever Sew-Along Draws❤

A Special Note From Darlene

Hello Ladies
This month we will be putting our Log Cabin Fever quilt-top together. Those of you participating in the BOM, will receive a copy of the “Block Layout sheet”, which will show you how to layout your squares to finish your quilt top (It will be much like working on a jigsaw puzzle).

I also wanted to mention that we will be having a draw in Sept. and Nov. The first draw in Sept. will be for those of you who finish putting your top together. A photo of your quilt top has to be forwarded to me, in order to have your name put into the Sept. draw. Each prize is for a $25. gift certificate. The second draw, in Nov., as per our Guild custom, will be for a totally completed quilt – quilted, bound and labelled. More information will be sent out closer to the time of the Nov. draw.

Thank you to HummingBird Sewing and Thimbles and Things Quilt Shop for the prizes. If you would like to take part in the Sept. draw, please send
me a photo of your finished top and I will enter your name. The draw will take place on Sept. 8th at our Exec. Meeting.

Thank you to those of you who continue to send in photos of your monthly BOM projects. I can’t wait to see your finished tops.


Congratulations to Diane. The first assembled quilt top photo received by Darlene. Her name will be entered into the September draw.

Congratulations to Darlene too! She shared her photo with me. Great job ladies. I can’t wait the see more.

For those of you interested in the 2021-2022 QAL, I will be your “host” and I can’t wait to get started. Please let me know what you would like to make. Click here to Vote.

Enjoy the rest of your long weekend. Be sure to read the May Newsletter!

Kathleen – Your 2021-2022 KQG QAL Host