Block of the Month 2016

October 2016 block

bring to the November meeting

Hi!  I’m Nan from Pots and Pins, with my favorite block for you!  Thanks to Samm for letting me join in the tutorial fun!  The clock is ticking, can you hear it?!?  There are only 42 days until Christmas!!( editor note…we have a few more days than this)   And in the nerve-center that translates to about 5 days of sewing time!  Where does the time go?!?  I like to make my Christmas gifts, and this year, thanks to my friend Helen, I found the perfect gift for almost everyone on my list!  Let me show you…I think you’re going to like it and you’ll see just how versatile this gift can be!

Christmas Gift Blocks – in all sizes and colors – what could be more fun?!?

Helen is in my quilt group – she is a whiz-bang of a quilter!  Last August she suggested we have a Gift Block exchange and she showed us all how to make this block.  Pictured above are some of the gift blocks I received from my group – adorable, no?  So today, I’m going to show you how to make the gift block…and some things you can do with it!

This is a great way to use up your scraps – and if you don’t want to make a Christmasy gift block, think how cute this would be made into other colors, say for a birthday in the birthday gal’s favorite colors or maybe in reds and pinks for Valentine’s Day…your imagination is the limit!  Put on some Christmas music and let’s get started!

You will need three colors:  The background fabric, which in this case is white. The “package” color, which is red and the “bow/ribbon” color, which is green. To make the basic block, cut:

4 squares from white background:  2 1/2-inches
2 strips from white background:  1 1/2-inches x 6 1/2-inches
2 squares from green bow/ribbon fabric:  2 1/2-inches
1 strip from green bow/ribbon fabric:  1 1/2-inches by 6 1/2-inches
2 strips from red package fabric:  3-inches x 6 1/2-inches

Wow, my fingers look huge! But then, they kind of go with the rest of me!  Sew the strips together to form the base of the block; white to red to green, then the other red and white, see the picture below:

SEW easy!  You can’t mess this block up – believe me, I’ve tried!  And now that you’ve got the base done, let’s make the top:

Put one white square, right sides together, with one green square and sew diagonally, I just eyeball it but if you HAVE to then you can draw a line corner to corner, and sew on the line.  Clip away the excess.

Repeat with remaining green square and another white square, making sure your “bows” are going in the right direction.  Sew your bow squares together.  Sew on the remaining white squares to each side.

Line up your bow strip with the center of the “ribbon.”  Pin in place, (yes, I actually said to pin something!  I do pin, about 3 times a year, unless I can help it!) right sides together, and sew the bow strip to the package strip.  Voila!  Your gift block is now done!   In the picture above you’ll see that I opted to add another white strip on the bottom of my block, that’s because I decided to use this block to make a hot-pad and I thought a white strip across the bottom would look better – but it is totally optional





Bring to the October Meeting

Make in – Solid White, Navy, Brown & Orange family

This block certainly isn’t the most economical with your fabric, but its graphic appeal is worth it. If you make a lot of these blocks, keep all of your matching scraps for another quilt!

Fabric Requirements:
Fabric A: (Kona Cotton Bone) ¼” yard
Fabric B: (Kona Cotton Butterscotch) 2” x 13” scrap
Fabric C: (Crossweave Blue Blue) 2” x 17” scrap
Fabric D: (Shot Cotton – Galvanized) 2” x 20” scrap

Cut List:

A1 = 9.5” x 5.5”
A2 = 5” x 5”
A3 = 9” x 13” (if you have a wider piece of fabric than an exact ¼” yard, cutting this to 10” x 13” gives you more wiggle room for the final step of cutting out your block)

B1 = 6.5” x 2”
B2 = 2” x 6.5”

C1 = 6.5” x 2”
C2 = 2” x 10”

D1 = 6.5” x 2”
D2 = 2” x 13”

Assembling the Block:

Building on A2, assemble your block.

1. First sew B2 onto A2, press the seam and sew B1 onto the top of this piecing. Press.

2. Next sew C2 onto the piecing, press and sew C1 onto the top of the piecing. Press.

3. Sew D2 onto the piecing, press and sew D1 onto the top of the piecing. Press.

4. Sew A3 onto the right side of your piecing. Press.

5. Sew A1 onto the top of the piecing, taking care that you line it up 1.5” from the left edge of D1.

6. Cutting out the finished block is the final step. Take care that you know where all four sides of your block fall, so that you can get the right sized block out of the piecing.

This is just the sort of block that having a 12.5” square ruler is ideal for. If you don’t have a ruler like this consider drawing the block onto the piecing before making your first cut. You wouldn’t want to cut one edge incorrectly and not be able to get a full 12.5” square block out of the piecing.

Make sure that your corners fall on the outer edge of Fabric B in the upper left corner of your block, and on the inner edge of Fabric D in the lower left corner.

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August block lottery: bring to September meeting

Garden Fence by    hyacinthquiltdesigns

Garden Fence 03 Garden Fence 01Garden Fence 02





Light Blue center and Dark blue outer rectangles

White ton on ton


Here are the cutting dimensions for one block that finishes at 10″ (10 1/2″ unfinished):

Center square: 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″

Outer rectangles: 4 – 2 1/2″ x 3″ and 4 – 2 1/2″ x 5″

White: 2 – 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″; 2 – 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″; and 4 – 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

Garden Fence 04

To piece the block:

  • Sew the white 4 1/2″ and 6 1/2″ rectangles to opposite sides of the center square.
  • Sew the white 2 1/2″ rectangles between 2 outer rectangles; add these to the center pieced square.

I simply added 1″ finished (1 1/2″ unfinished) white strips for sashing. Easy! Easy!





July’s block lottery:  bring to August meeting

Twisted Pinwheel Block

Twisted pinwheel A

 3 Fabrics

  • Fabric (A) White Tone on Tone
  • Fabric (B) Solid True Black
  • Fabric (C ) Green of some sort


4 Fabric A     2 ½ X 6 7/8

4 Fabric B     2 ½ X 2 ½ square

2 Fabric B     4 7/8 square

4 Fabric C     2 ½ X 2 ½ square

2 Fabric C     4 7/8 square



Fabric B to 2 opposite corners of Fabric C Diagonally.  Trim excess from the corner and press gently toward the corner

Do the same thing to the Fabric C and Fabric B

Now cut down center of each block diagonally, then you will have 4 blocks 2 of each design color

Now sew Fabric A to top of each. The fabric A will extend about 2” beyond the diagonal corner.  Without pressing direct the seam toward the background. Using the bias cut the edge as a guide, diagonally cut the corners of the pieces

Position as shown and sew one of each color units together to form a square.

Then sew all 4 together to form your twisted pin wheel

August Block Lottery


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June 2016 Block swapJune block swap

July Charity Block

10 x 12


Decide which one you want to make. The Red with blue insides or Blue with red insides.


Cut (4) 2 ½ x 6 ½

White– Please make sure it is a true white.

Cut (1) 2 ½ x 6 ½

Cut (1) 2 ½ x 10 ½


Cut (1) 2 ½ x 8 ½

Cut (1) 2 ½ x 12 ½


Sew insides and 6 ½ white piece together at long ends

Sew 10 ½ white piece to right side of sew insides

Sew 8 ½ outside piece to bottom of block

Sew 12 ½ outside piece to right side of block


Link for Block of the Month, May 2016

Chock-A-Block Quilt Blocks
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Disappearing 4-Patch

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is going on in my life. All the best! ~ Ellen

Since the Disappearing 9-patch tutorial
has been so popular, here is another option
using a 4-patch block.
Fabric Requirements:
Fabric A: White
2 – 7 1/2″ squares
Fabric B: Pink
1 – 7 1/2″ square
Fabric C: Green
1 – 7 1/2″ square
Layout squares as shown and sew together
in 2 rows, press seams to the dark fabrics.
Sew rows together and press seam open
to reduce bulk.
Make a cut 5 1/2″ in from each side of the block.

Now this is where the magic happens.
Our 4-patch has now become a 9-patch.
Take the left center unit and swap it with
the right center unit, then take the top
center unit and swap it with the bottom
center unit. Then sew together in 3 rows.
Press seams in rows 1 and 3 to the inside
and seams in row 2 to the outside.

Sew rows together and press seams
to the outside.

I made the original squares large enough
so you have plenty of room to square up
at the end. With sewing, cutting and sewing
back together, you want your finished block
to be as accurate as possible. Using a 12 1/2″
square ruler, place the 6 1/4″ lines on the
center seams, both vertical & horizontal and
trim top and right sides. Now turn the block
and square 2 remaining sides to 12 1/2″.



April’s Block Swap –

Attached is a picture of my block.  The instructions say to turn the blocks 4 ½ side to the top but try and turn the 5 inch side to the top it works out better.

Polka dots and white fabric.





Nell’s Star Quilt Blocknells-star-quilt-block-pattern-12-in-finished of the Month for March (For April’s meeting)


Nell’s Star Quilt Block PatternBlock Lottery for April.Here is the link for the instruction to our block lottery this month. Please make the 12″ block not the 8″ one. The back ground must be white and please use bright colors for you star.You will need a total of 4 colors including the white. It is a paper piecing block and there is a link if you need a refresher on paper piecing. Remember when you are printing the template to make sure you print it at actual size.It was a fun block to make so I hope you enjoy it. Call or email me with any questions.…



Log Cabin

Quarter Log Cabin

Top part of the block will be BLACK

The center piece will be a RED Bottom part will be KONA WHITE

Cut 1- 2 ½ Red square

Cut 1- 2 ½- Black square

Cut 1- 2 ½ x 4 ½ Black strip

Cut 1- 2 ½ x 6 ½ Black strip

Cut 1- 2 ½ x 8 ½ Black strip

Cut 1 -2 ½ x 10 ½ Black strip


Cut 1 -2 ½ x 4 1/2 White strip

Cut 1- 2 ½ x 6 ½ White strip

Cut 1- 2 ½ x 8 ½ White Strip

Cut 1 -2 ½ x 10 ½ White Strip

Cut 1 -2 ½ x 12 ½ White Strip


Sew Red Square to Black Square, Press to black.  Sew black 2.5″ strip to r/b rectangle.  Sew 2.5 by 4.5 white strip and continue on until completed block.  


Should be 12 1/2″  square block when complete.

Stitcher’s Quest behind Chick-Fil-A on Beal Parkway has the Kona Cottons.