November Block: Nine Patch Stars

November Block:  Nine Patch Stars

I’m always alert to interesting ways to use nine-patch blocks.  For many years I participated in a quarterly swap of 3.5″ nine-patches. The swap has ended but I am not bereft– I have a box with several hundred of the little gems. This month’s block features 3.5″ nine-patches (two fabrics, dark corners). If you have a few on hand you can use them; if not, they’re quick to make. Dig into your scrap bin and have...

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Frightful blocks finished

Frightful blocks finished

I dug into my stash and found three Halloween novelty prints in pieces large enough for this month’s blocks.  Add these to the donation list.  I’ll keep the design idea in mind for the next I Spy or Happy Blocks...

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Poppies from the antipodes make the garden complete

With the arrival of Margaret’s blocks in today’s mail I have all 40.  My design wall happens to be empty — I’ve got room to play! (*Antipodes = diametrically opposite part of the earth, which Australia is if you live in England. I don’t, but the word is fun. The root is “those with the opposite...

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Poppies from Duluth

Linda’s block arrived in today’s mail.  I’ve received all the U.S. poppies — just waiting for the transoceanic bunch to get here! Thanks for the Duluth postcard, Linda. We’ve been there twice on Road Scholar trips — 2005 at UW-Superior and 2011 at Naniboujou Lodge.  (And I highly recommend Northland, by Porter Fox. He traveled the length of the U.S. / Canada border from Passmaquoddy Bay to the Strait of...

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