Tips & Hints
Well, it's time to begin the 2006 BOM. All the blocks this year will be 9" finished. The blocks are traditional ones, found in the Barbara Brackman Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. Since we have around 36 swappers signed up this year, we will be making three blocks per month and you will win a set of 36 blocks sometime during the year. This block has many names, but we're calling it Aurora Borealis. If you're swapping with us, the background will be Kona Snow and the star will be a pastel tone-on-tone print. If you're making this block for yourself, pick the colors you like. I made my test block from some of my hand-dyed fabrics (dark magenta for the star and pale magenta for the background).
Cutting directions for ONE block are below:
Make four flying geese units by placing a 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" pastel square even with one end of a Kona Snow rectangle, right sides together. Mark a light line on the wrong side of the pastel square from one corner to the opposite corner. Stitch on the line. Press the square back over itself, so it forms a triangle. Repeat for the other end of the rectangle. See my Easy Flying Geese Instructions for diagrams.
Sew one of the flying geese units between two Kona Snow squares. Press away from the squares. This is the first row of the block. Repeat once more the the last row. Sew the 5" x 5" pastel square between two flying geese units, matching the placement in the block graphic above. Press toward the square. This is the second row of your block. Sew the first row to the second row, matching seams and sewing through the "x" formed on the back of the flying geese unit by the seams. This will assure that your point is sharp and not cut off. Press toward row two. Sew the last row to the other side of row two, matching placement to the block graphic above. Press toward row two. Repeat twice more for a total of three blocks. The block should measure 9 1/2" square, unfinished.
Send your blocks to Patty. I believe she has posted her address at the MSN group. Please email her if you need it. The blocks should be mailed a week before the end of the month. If your blocks are late, you won't be in the drawing for that month. Be sure to include a Priority Mail Stamp ($4.05) and a return address label with your January blocks. Patty will pick up Priority envelopes at the post office.