Inspiration for this Month’s Block

Inspiration for this Month’s Block

A few years ago, I started making a scrappy version of blocks like ours in 6 colors for the Rainbow Scraps Challenge. It took a couple of years for me to make the 121 blocks in this quilt top, using only fabrics from my scrap bins–these blocks have 24-32 different fabrics in each block: The individual star blocks get a little bit lost, but I like the blendy effect. I am hoping to begin quilting it this month 😉 Last night, I saw this Broken...

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Ready, Set, Mail

Ready, Set, Mail

I have sent the mailing info to everyone who made and posted Dutchman’s Puzzle blocks. If you should have received mail but didn’t–or vice-versa–be sure to let me know ASAP. Ditto if you check the mailing info sheet and find a mistake in your information. Mr Zip and I thank...

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Blue Broken Dishes (Star) in March

Blue Broken Dishes (Star) in March

2-color quilts are considered by many to be enduring classics. We’ll be making 8 inch Broken Dishes (star) blocks combining a lighter and darker blue fabric with white. Barbara P made this block. I cannot believe that one month later, I have to explain once again that I can’t seem to get well again after having the flue last month so, once again, this post will be brief–providing you with the essentials and updated as I can...

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February 2017 Recap

February 2017 Recap

In February 2017, 27 quilters made 104 traditional Dutchman’s Puzzle blocks, using green fabrics in shades inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year: Greenery. The blocks were won by Laura (56 blocks) and Robin (48 blocks) Susan made this one. Complete guidelines and the link to the block directions are in this post: Love It or Hate It–Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year   The tag for ALL blog posts about this month’s...

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The Winners Are …

The Winners Are …

Work has been such a blur today, that I didn’t remember that it was the end of the month and TIME FOR THE DRAWING until sometime this afternoon … with my apologies, here’s the random pick: Which translates into wins for: Laura (56 blocks) Robin (48 blocks) Congratulations … look for email from me later tonight (promise I won’t get so busy at home and forget...

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More Color ideas from Pantone …

More Color ideas from Pantone …

I admit to a little fascination over the years with Pantone’s pick for color of the year, mostly from the aspect of an observer.  If you pay attention, you may notice the color popping up in your life–whether you are looking for it or not–in fashion, in home decor and even in website design. Recently I noticed some home decor items at Target, including these bookends. About a week ago I dreamed of buying a new wallet in this color …...

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Sophie’s Blocks

Sophie’s Blocks

I didn’t realize it until I tried it this year, but if I put blocks on the floor, one of my cats will appear and mess them up. So I put them up on the temporary design wall to get a photo of all of them. If you look closely, you may notice that I chose my third fabrics–in addition to the Greenery-inspired green and the tan and pink backgrounds that are inspired by the palette of colors that Pantone predicts we’ll be seeing in...

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Love it or Hate it–Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

Love it or Hate it–Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

Each year, Pantone chooses their Color of the Year.  This year it is a yellowish green called Greenery. We’ll be making 8 inch Dutchman’s Puzzle blocks combing the color-of-the-year with another fabric of your choice and adding a tan or pink background. Susan made this block. I apologize, but I think I picked up a nasty flu that is working it’s way through the city and so this post will be brief–providing you with the...

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January Recap

January Recap

In January 2017, 29 quilters made 153 heart blocks, using made-by-you fabric, that were won by Laurie, Nancy and Susan. Karen N. made this one. Complete guidelines and the link to the block directions are in this post: What Do you Love? January’s Heart Block    The tag for ALL blog posts about this month’s block: heart This month, I also released a quilt pattern which you might use for any or a sampler of all of the blocks we...

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Laurie’s Hearts

Laurie’s Hearts

Laurie was having problems uploading her photo so she mailed it to me.   Here are her 5 heart blocks. FYI, Laurie, I also had problems with your file. It was huge (4 1/2 MB) so, I resized it to make it smaller … twice, and still got errors. I found a work-around, but I my guess is that there was a defect in the original file. If you have an option for email or web in your camera/photo transfer program, that’s usually the best choice...

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The Extra Sneaky Sneak Peek has been Mailed

If you have made and posted heart blocks this month, you should have received email from me with the slightly early sneak peek at next month’s block. Also in the email is the coupon code to download The Three Bears quilt pattern for free. I am going to be super busy tomorrow (and even have a meeting schedule at lunchtime) so I sent it out early … but if you haven’t yet posted your blocks and still do so before noon (on the...

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