Monday, April 14, 2014


Are you keeping up with your Blocks of the Month? I'm about halfway there for April; fortunately, April is just half over!

Ruth's Stitchery, my favorite LQS, hosts an assortment of Block Parties each month. And you know what a sucker I am for Blocks of the Month!

Here are blocks from two of the block parties in which I participate. First, not really "blocks," but a unique sampler quilt from Stephanie Prescott of A Quilter's Dream.

This is Step 2 from "Sample This" in two colorways.

The brown and black is the colorway in the cover illustration. After I bought the kit from Quilter's Stash in Windsor, Colorado, I found the green colorway at High Prairie Quilts in Parker, Colorado. I didn't find anyone to buy the brown kit from me, so I'm making two quilts.

As Anne Marie, who made the sample at Quilter's Stash, said "The hardest thing about this quilt is deciding which colors go where." Too true! Especially with the green colorway, as there is no guiding photo.

Here is a view of the finished quilt, from Stephanie's pattern:

Sample This by Stephanie Prescott

Next month's step requires an unusual ruler, the Thirty-something Square Up Tool by Gayle Bong. Stand by for a tutorial!

Another block party is making "Quilty Fun" by Lori Holt. Lori's books are so bright and colorful. Our class instructor, Beth, is great at showing alternative ways to make the blocks. This month, we made apples.

Here is a close-up of my favorites: the new Queen Anne apple from Washington, Granny Smith, Jonathan, Braeburn, and the ever-popular Red Delicious.

Our next assignment is Flying Geese. Luckily, the clever people at Bloc-Loc tools have made a tiny Flying Geese ruler. Go here for my tutorial on using this best-of-tools for Flying Geese.

The 2013 Scrap Squad for Quiltmaker magazine is having a "bee" to make blocks for each of the members. Here's the one I made for Nicole. It's from Vol. 7 of "100 Blocks" magazine, #663. If you look closely at this block in the magazine, you can see I altered it a bit. It bothered me that the blue points were cut off, so I made my points "sharp!"

Linking up to BOMs Away at What a Hoot!

I "shopped" another Shop Hop this weekend. Come back tomorrow for a tutorial on one of the new tools I bought!

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  1. I love both color ways. They look great. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished quilt. I really like the apples too. Can't wait to see the fruits of your labor on the hop. Blessings!

  2. Thanks for sharing 'Sample This'. It would be a great quilt for a man. So many quilts are girly. As a mom with 3 boys, I'm always looking for something masculine to sew.


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