Bright Stacks for Bright Quilts in January
For each block, you’ll need 5 bright fabrics plus white.
Yes, this month marks our return to using rulers as more than just a straight edge. Everything you cut is 2-1/2 inches wide. You’ll need to sew those classic 1/4 inch seams in order to end up with a block that is 10-1/2 inches tall. But we are having some fun in the horizontal direction. By staggering your bright strips, you avoid matching ANY seams. Plus, each block can be a little different than the others. And because we are using bigger pieces of the white background than needed–to allow for the opportunity to play–we won’t have to worry as much about the horizontal direction coming out exactly right.
If you have having problems making a block that is 10-1/2 inches tall, check your seams and be sure to PRESS your blocks as you are putting them together. (It’s kind of amazing how much pressing can improve your quilting 😉
If you post ANYTHING here on the subject of this month’s block, please add the label “stacks” to your post.
If you are posting photos of your blocks, please ALSO add the label “jan 11 photos.”
Some Inspiration from the Sneak Peekers
I decided to let Flickr do the work for me this month … here’s a composite of 60 of the photos from Benta, Caroline, Cathy, Debbie, Julie, Kate, Laurina, Maree, Mary Jane, Michelle, Rho and Sara. (links on names go to their blogs.) Thanks everyone for the great photos.
If the sneak peek is any indication, we may break a record this month! What fun, I was just thinking about the Chinese Coin pattern.
I'm going to get back in for the year. Now, when do the blocks have to be posted?
Yay! The deadline for posting a photo of your blocks is noon (east coast) January 31. If you want to receive the sneak peek for February, then post by January 24 at noon.
I will have to add you back as an author, so give me a heads-up by email when you are ready to jump back in.