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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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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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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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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This Page Intentionally blank

This Page Intentionally blank

If you have downloaded this month’s block pattern, you may have noticed that the second page is blank. You have also noticed that the first two pages have a landscape orientation (wide) and the rest have a portrait orientation (tall). Here’s what I was thinking. The blank page is intentional, meant to allow for those who like to print on both sides of the paper.   If you don’t print on both sides, you might choose to specify...

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Some First of the Year Housekeeping

Some First of the Year Housekeeping

If you made and posted string blocks in December, you should have received email from me with the mailing info for your blocks. I have updated the at-a-glance page with all the January information and the 38 blocks posted so far. And created my spreadsheet for tracking this year’s blocks to which quilters will be added when they post their first blocks of the year. I have also uploaded this month’s block pattern to Payhip–the...

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What Do You Love? January’s Heart Block

What Do You Love? January’s Heart Block

  I was thinking about New Year’s Resolutions and thought how it seemed we mostly focus on negative things that we want to change to make better, rather than the positive things that, if we found a way to have more of in our lives, would make us even happier.  I was led me to the idea of making heart blocks this month after asking myself the question, What do you love? followed by, How can you have more of that in your life? Those...

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December 2016 Recap

December 2016 Recap

In December, 29 quilters made 195 Cross-cut String blocks, which were won by: Lori Barb P Margaret Mary (AKA Needled Mom) Congratulations, again, to our winners. Complete guidelines and the block directions are in this post:   Cross-Cut Strings in December Tag for ALL blog posts about December’s block: strings   Here is the list of the 195 blocks made and posted who made them: Blocks entered into Drawing:   Barb P – 4...

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The Last Winners of 2016 are …

The Last Winners of 2016 are …

Thanks to almost 30 blocks posted yesterday, we ended the month with a total of 195 blocks.  And the winners are:   Here are your winners: Lori – 49 blocks Barb P – 49 blocks Margaret – 49 blocks Mary – 48 blocks Congratulations to your all! Curiously both Lori and Mary also won blocks from the FIRST month of 2016. The winners should expect email from me later today, confirming their address and asking how many of...

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What I would like for 2017

Hi Sophie, Thanks for a great year of block making. I like the 6 1/2 inch size for postage ease. I have joined the mystery quilt making but I think it gets a bit big and I probably would not do another. Maybe your idea of a sampler would be better. I was considering taking that path next year anyway even if was not a stated block lotto plan. I joined in 2011, but lurked for a couple of years before then. It was the log cabin rose block that I...

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Here a Chick (block), There a Chick (block) …

Here a Chick (block), There a Chick (block) …

For those looking for the block directions for the chicks in the Old MacDonald’s Mystery Sampler layout … here they are. These are traditionally pieced and although you start with quite a few pieces–some which are quite small, they go together quite quickly. All the triangle shapes are added using the technique I usually call “Snowball corners” (somehow appropriate because snow is starting to fall in Santa Fe).  You...

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