Tuesday, December 29, 2009

January Block Package …

michele quilt fabrics framed

from Michele is coming your way! I set up an assembly line at my local Bruegger's yesterday morning and packaged up baggies of fabrics and copies of the pattern. I hope I included everything you need. These are the fabrics chosen for the quilt. They are the Bloom and Grow line from Riley Blake which I purchased from Material Gal. I actually picked up two more designs out of that set on a Sew Mama Sew sale last month (not pictured here), and some of you will see one of those in your baggie.
The photo right above is the quilt block I've chosen. For those of you not in our quilt bee but are hanging out here with us, the design is in the magazine pictured on top. I was up in the air about going with pinwheels or stars, but, lucky me, I came across this dual design that solved my dilemma!

Included in your packages, you'll find a combination of three of the prints above, a Kona "spring green" solid, and a Kona "snow" solid. The two solids creating the frame around the pinwheel will be the constant in all the blocks. Use the white for the rectangle pieces and the green for the corner blocks. I will sash in the green when the blocks come back to me. 

Black and white copies of the pattern are included in the packages. Some of you mentioned you've purchased the magazine already, so you may not need extra color copies. However, I did scan the pages to my computer, so if you want a color set, please let me know, and I will e-mail them to you.

So, the rest is up to you. Feel free to put your own stamp on the arrangement of the block. Just keep these things in mind:

1. Please keep the pinwheel within the inset frame and a star design outside of that frame, but if you want to offset the designs or skew the placement, go ahead!  (Jacquie -- I'm looking forward to some of your improv moves!)

2. The fabrics I sent are just a jumping off point. Please use a combination of the prints but feel free to add in other fabrics you might like. 

3. Please use the solids for the inset frame: the "snow" for the rectangle cuts and the "spring green" for the corner blocks.

4. You can keep the excess fabric for your own stash! 

I think that's everything! If I have left anything out, please let me know.  I'm so excited! 


  1. You may mention in your package, but what final size do you want your blocks to be? Also, should the dimensions of the green and white square stay the same as the pattern? I love stars and pinwheels, too - this will be a fun block!

  2. To answer Angela: The pattern has the finished block size as 10" square. I guess you can maneuver the pinwheel box as you like, size as well. Just keep the white rectangle and green corner block as the frame in the design, so that one constant idea will move through the blocks.