January 2005

January 2005 Block

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Here's our first friendship block. Your colors this month are wintery colors you might see when you look out your window. They can be the colors you see today (and those colors may vary depending on whether you live in Maine, Florida, or somewhere in between) or they can be the wintry colors you remember from a past winter, perhaps one from your childhood. There are no wrong colors for this block. Try to find something from your stash. The only required fabric is Kona Snow for the center patch.

Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:

28 1/2" x 8 1/2"Kona Snow
88 1/2" x 2 1/2"Wintery Scraps
82 1/2" x 2 1/2"Wintery Scraps
44 1/2" x 4 1/2"Wintery Scraps

Place a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square on two opposite corners of the 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" square of Kona Snow. Sew diagonally across each square and press the tip of the square up to the corner. This is called a snowball corner and you can click here to see a diagram. Trim the excess off if you like, being careful not to cut into the block.

Sew the long sides of two 8 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles to the sides of the previous unit. Press seams toward the rectangles. Sew a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square to each end of two 8 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles. Press toward the rectangles. Sew these units to the top and bottom of the previous unit, matching seams. Press seams toward the rectangles. Repeat for the second block

Please send your Priority mail stamp and address label for the month that you win blocks when you mail in your January blocks. If you would like the printed iron-on signatures that Cathy is making, please include $2.00 to help with the cost of creating these.

Remember to label your blocks with at least your name (city, state, and email address are optional) on the BACK of your block. This may be a piece of paper tacked on, a sticky label or pigma pen in the seam allowance. (I previously mentioned pinning on a piece of paper, but this is not the safest thing to do. No straight pins, please. Safety pins are okay. We don't want the person opening the envelope to get poked.) Just be sure to label them in some way. This ensures that you get credit for your blocks and lets the winner know who made each block. This is not optional.

If you have questions or comments, post a note on the MSN club or email Squirrel (Patty) or AzPatch (Margo). You will be making TWO blocks for January. Blocks will be due to Patty by the last week of January. Please mail your blocks by January 21st so that your blocks will arrive on time. You must be current with your blocks to be in the drawing.

January 2005 Quilt