Tuesday, July 16, 2013

How to Make Lori Holt's Quilt Block Board

I watched a video on "You Tube" several months ago, "How to Make Lori Holt's Quilt Block Board," from the Fat Quarter Shop's blog.  It looked interesting and a good way to keep my projects together when I put them aside to do something else as Lori Holt demonstrated on the video.

First, I had to find my glue gun and glue sticks. That was a daunting task because I haven't used my glue gun in years.  Well....I couldn't find it so I had to go to Joann's to find a cheap but good glue gun.  Of course, I looked on Amazon to find the ratings of each of the glue gun's that I found on the Joann's website.  I felt satisfied once I finished my research.  I wrote everything down on a piece of paper and especially the one that I wanted to purchase.  

I found one at Joann's that had glue sticks included in the package.  EUREKA, I thought, I could make a purchase with glue sticks included!  I realized, my research was a waste of time because I selected the glue gun based on the glue sticks included with the glue gun and not the ratings of satisfaction that were on Amazon.  I am practical and it seemed a good idea to buy a mid-priced glue gun (with a lower rating) with glue sticks so I wouldn't have to purchase more that I wanted to spend.  I had a 40% off one item coupon so I felt that I had gotten a deal.

Okay, on to the making of the Quilt Block Board.  I had many poster boards with the foam core, at least six.  The next dilemma I had, what size do I make them?  After much thought, I decided on making them 15"x15" because I make quite a few blocks at least 12"x12" and that size would be able to accommodate all of the larger blocks that I make.  I used two of the poster boards and cut the four, 15"x15" blocks.  Lori uses a whole piece of left over batting for each board.  Since my boards were larger than her boards, I had a difficult time finding pieces that would fit.  Needless to say, I had to sew together pieces of batting and they work just fine.

I made four Quilt Block Boards.  Two of them have a "binding" around them and the other two do not.  The only reason why I did not put a binding around the last two was that I used all of my glue sticks putting the "binding on the first two boards.  HaHaHa, the joke was on me.  I should've bought the better glue gun and additional glue sticks!  

Below are some photographs of my version of Lori Holt's (fabric designer for Riley Blake Fabrics) Quilt Block Boards.

The supplies needed to make a Quilt Block Board.

My two types of Quilt Block Boards that I made:  one without and the other with binding.

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