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December 5, 2016
Chocolatier BOM 2017 - Selecting Fabric from Gen X Quilters

The Chocolatier Block of the Month Club starts January 1, 2017 right here.  Are you joining us?  Thinking about it?  One of the best parts about starting a new project is picking out your new fabric palette.  Today I'm sharing with you how I selected fabric for the 3 delicious color ways you have seen floating around the internet AND... I'll give you a peek at the new version I'll be making in 2017 along with you.

-->Sign up for the BOM here.  It's a one time ($25/$28 fee) for a year of colorful fun ...

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Our New Block of the Month Programs from The Intrepid Thread

Hi Everyone,

I bet you were wondering when we were going to announce the new Block of the Month programs for 2017. Just like last year I have been searching high and low for the perfect program and have decided to go with one pre-built BOM and two that I made up myself... Also I might have a 4th up my sleeve but I have to get the pattern in my hands first to make sure it is workable.... that one will remain TBA for now.

First We have the Urbanologie BOM created by Sew Kind Of Wonderful to use ...

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December 3, 2016
December Short List from Quilt Paint Create

Hard to believe it’s December already. Between the holidays and some health issues with mom, I don’t know how much time I’ll get in the sewing room. Regardless, I optimistically created a rather long list.
Last month I finished the journal cover and the Heartbeat quilt top. The journal cover and the Stitching to Dye piece were Creative Play.
The Short List is something old (UFO), something new, a scrap project, a handwork project and Creative Play. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I adjust the categories as needed to add ...

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December 1, 2016
Kaleidoscope BOM - Month 12 from A Quilting Jewel

Well, this is it! We've reached the final month in our Kaleidoscope BOM. It's bittersweet for me. I've really enjoyed designing and making all of these blocks, but I'm also excited to complete this quilt and think about another project.

I like to call this block the "pinwheel trifecta." I love how the lime, teal and orange color combos create three fun pinwheels. I'd love to see this block repeated in a quilt. Imagine the movement!

This block has such a fun circular feel to it. Can you imagine a quilt with, say, four or ...

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November 16, 2016
Give Me Liberty! from From the Strawberry Patch...

This is the Liberty Lemoyne block; a strip pieced star that is the ninth block in my LQS' block-of-the-month program this year; all of the blocks this time are Lemoyne variations using Deb Tucker's Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool. I am in love with this one (both the block and the tool)!  Last week I added a new toy to my ruler collection. I already have one of the Itty-Bitty Eights ruler (6"

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Give Me Liberty! from From the Strawberry Patch...

This is the Liberty Lemoyne block; a strip pieced star that is the ninth block in my LQS' block-of-the-month program this year; all of the blocks this time are Lemoyne variations using Deb Tucker's Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool. I am in love with this one (both the block and the tool)!  Last week I added a new toy to my ruler collection. I already have one of the Itty-Bitty Eights ruler (6"

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Goose on the Loose :: Block 10 from Alamosa Quilter

This is the block for this month.

Here is what you will need to make one: (2) 5" squares of scrap fabric and (2) 5" squares of background fabric for the corner units; (1) 4.5" square for the center and (8) 2.5" squares for corner triangles; (4) 2.5" by 4.5" rectangles of scrap fabric; (1) 5.5" square of scrap fabric and (4) 3" squares of background fabric for the flying geese units.

If you made extra flying geese previously, just pull out four of them and trim them to 2.5" by 4.5".

Make ...

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Chocolatier Block of the Month Program Available Wholesale from Gen X Quilters

Attention Shops....

Thank you to those of you who attended the Chocolatier Schoolhouse session at Quilt Market.  I am overwhelmed by the response to the program!

All of the patterns are in and now shipping.

If you are interested in purchasing the Chocolatier Block of the Month for your shop, please send me an email [[email protected]] with the title "Wholesale Order Request".  Please include your shop name, location, and web address.  I will email you information on making wholesale pattern purchases from Gen X Quilters Wholesale Shop.

Also note there is a CHOCOLATIER SHOP GUIDE to assist you ...

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November 15, 2016
Stitchery of the Month from Snuggles Quilts

Sorry I'm late posting this today! Funny how time just gets away from you. October and early November has been quite busy with wrapping up with Quilt Market and starting to design again! If you did not see it on Facebook or Instagram, here is what my booth looked like:

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I like to decorate my area like my house ..... with homey looking antiques or re-purposed "junk" All the patterns you see here are now on my web site for sale! Tell your local quilt shop to give me a call if you want them to sell my patterns!

So ...

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November 7, 2016
2017 Designer Mystery Block of the Month from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

We're back again with this year's 2017 Designer Mystery Block of the Month! Since 2008, this has been one of our favorite projects, and we are sure that the 10th year will be the best one yet to date! Check out our first stunning block! Can you imagine what the rest of the quilt will look like?

The Annual Designer Mystery Block of the Month Club features 12 blocks designed by 12 Moda fabric designers. All 12 blocks measure 12", and are perfect for quilters of all skill levels!

This year, the Club will use the fun prints ...

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Maggie’s First Dance, final borders & giveaway from The Crafty Quilter

It’s finally here!  The last piece of instructions for Maggie’s First Dance block of the month is now available.  This month we’re putting our blocks together and adding the borders.  Plus we have another amazing giveaway.

Maggie's First Dance BOM @ Jacquelynne Steves

Maggie’s First Dance BOM, final instructions

If you’re just now joining in, you still have time to sign up and get the instructions for the previous month’s blocks hereJacquelynne Steves has done another amazing job at keeping us motivated and providing excellent instructions for this BOM.  A big hug and thank you to Jacquelynne!

I’m really ...

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Announcing the Chocolatier Block of the Month Club for 2017 from Gen X Quilters

I am so excited to bring you Chocolatier, my newest BOM program! I must confess that I actually have TWO stashes in my sewing room.  One is a collection of FQs, half yards, and yards of neatly folded fabric sorted by color.  The second is hidden inside drawers, cups and bins.  It's my stash of dark chocolate I keep secret from my kids.  ;)  Don't mess with a woman's chocolate!

Chocolatier Block of the Month Club (starts Jan. 2017)  Celebrate your love of chocolate in the Chocolatier BOM. Enjoy piecing traditional skill-building blocks set in a LeMoyne Star ...

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November 1, 2016
Bonfire Block of the Month Finishes from Gen X Quilters

Oh my gosh, it's the final post for the Bonfire Block of the Month Club 2016. Every year we complete one of these journeys, it seems like a wonderful experience.  How can each year get better and better?  And what a year it's been.  The Bonfire Sampler is a part of my first book, Sister Sampler Quilts.  And to run a BOM from my own book, well.... that's seriously a dream come true.  Thank you all for your love and support of the book this year.
I have not one, but two quilt finishes to show ...

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October 31, 2016
Jack Pumpkinhead from Dueling Threads

Well folks, just in time for Halloween tricks or treats, my husband and I (let’s call him Jack Pumpkinhead) took our kids out to Powell Pumpkin Patch to hunt a couple of “perfect” Jack O Lantern pumpkins for carving.   Now why, do you say, are you calling your husband Jack Pumkinhead?

Jack Pumpkinhead was a fictional character from the second OZ book called “The Marvelous Land of Oz”, by L. Frank Baum.   He was incredible tall and skinny and was not known for his intelligence…  Sometimes even a genious can resemble a fictional character.

So, here’s the laugh ...

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October 28, 2016
Finish it Friday - some quilt flimsies using up bee blocks! from Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner

In the middle of our holiday we had a few days at home while Maggie, our puppy, was having her neutering operation.  It was a good time to do it, as we had to keep the other two away from her for a few days, in case they would go at her stitches and she was able to keep me company, while I caught up on a few things and not get too bored all on her ownio!

While sorting my stuff to tidy up before my cousin came to visit, I found some stash bee blocks made for me ...

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October 18, 2016
Contrary Wife from Dueling Threads

Contrary Wife… No, not me…  (Though, if the definition of contrary is “perversely inclined to disagree or do the opposite of what is expected or desired.”, then Yes, I might be that woman occasionally!)

Contrary Wife IS the next block in the Two Sisters sampler quilt.  There isn’t much to it.  Half square triangles paired with squares in a 9 block.   If you look closely, you will find that I alternated tones between the two.  Take a look at them in mono.   Which colors are your eyes more drawn to in each block?  I’m curious?

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Here is a ...

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October 15, 2016
Free BOM: You are Blessed quilt from Craft Gossip

bom_youareblessedminiquiltVal Laird combines embroidery and applique for this patchwork wall quilt she calls, You are Blessed. She stitched seven blessings from the Beatitudes in the Bible. At 32 inches square this is doable before Christmas.

In a September post on her blog, Journey of a Stitcher, she declares this journey done. If this is your first time to hear about this, as it was for me, don’t despair. The eight blocks plus finishing instructions are still available as nine individual free downloads, and will be, through the end of 2016.

Click here Val Laird Design’s Pattern Store to ...

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Stitchery of the Month - October! from Snuggles Quilts

Hi everyone!

Well, October is Halloween month, so I decided to make this block a little fun. The black cat hiding behind the pumpkins looks a bit scared of the spider!

We're getting close to the end of the year and soon I will share the wall hanging I made from the blocks. I plan to post that and the instructions in the beginning of January. I anticipate lots of snow days that will give me many opportunities to write!

So, here is October's block!

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Find the pattern for this block here.

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October 14, 2016
Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt Block - October 2016 Block of the Month from The Quilting Room with Mel

Sometimes you'll need a quilt in a hurry.  When that happens you need a block that can be your go to quilt block.  The disappearing nine patch or tossed nine patch can be that block.  It's so simple to do, can be done with any size square, and looks like you did a lot of piecing.  I'm only showing you one block that ends up being 17 and half inches but you can get really creative with the layout when you have multiple blocks.  Using my disappearing nine patch dimensions you only need twelve blocks to make ...

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October 9, 2016
Quilt Chateau Hexagon de Lynette Anderson from La Vida en Patchwork

Quilt Chateau Hexagon de Lynette Anderson

Chateau Hexagon Lynette AndersonUna vez soñé con una preciosa casa de campo , de aspecto señorial, que se pareciera a un bonito palacio.

Con una majestuosa entrada de carruajes, y con diferentes jardines en los que pasear por ellos o disfrutar observando las preciosas flores, y los diversos animalillos que parasen por allí.

Para sentarme a descansar a coser mis quilts, a refrescarme con las fuentes en verano, y a ver las hojas como se caen de los árboles en otoño.

Tendría un gran estanque redondo con nenúfares y por la noche oiría el croar de las ranas ...

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