Sunday, 30 September 2012

October Block Instructions

I'm super excited about October's blocks because we'll be using one of my favorite new fabric collections, LillyBelle by Bari J for Art Gallery fabrics! So here's the deal:Each of you will be receiving a little bundle containing a fat eighth of two different LillyBelle prints, plus a fat quarter of a DS Quilts by Denyse Schmidt print. I'm reaching outside of my comfort zone here - this is the first time I've not chosen a solid as my background fabric!
I loved how Anna allowed us each to choose a fabric from our stash to add a little bit of ourselves to her quilt.  I also LOVE the look of sampler quilts, so I'm asking you each to make a 12" traditional block of your choosing.  It would be extra fabulous if you picked a block that represented you in some way (you'll see what I mean in a bit).  Quilters Cache has an amazing array of 12" patterns if you need some inspiration. 
The first block I chose was a Churn Dash, which I selected because it's also called a Monkey Wrench.  I fancy myself to be a bit of a mechanic, and my friends have been known to call me a Grease Monkey (a somewhat derogatory term for a mechanic around here, but I wear the badge with pride):
Since my first block only used one color, and I had two LillyBelle prints to work with, I decided to make a second block (I figured some of you would choose three-color blocks so I included two prints.  You don't have to make two blocks, but you're totally welcome to if you want to).
I chose a Maple Leaf block because my very first quilt was a Maple Leaf quilt:
I have to admit I was really nervous about using a patterned background fabric, but I really love the way it works with the LillyBelle!


  1. Just realised you had posted!

    So excited to see the fabrics! They are lush!

    Off to pick a block...


  2. Oh wow, exciting! Will have to start making plans...!

  3. Brilliant! Can't wait to get the fabric and get started! Do you want us to make the blocks 12" including seam allowance, or should we add a half inch for seam allowance? X