Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Birthday Block Swap

At the beginning of the year I joined up to participate in a birthday block swap in one of the online quilt groups that I belong to.  The idea is that the ladies participating each make a block to send to you during your birthday month.  There are 15 ladies taking part and the blocks are 12" finished size.  That means for your birthday you will receive 15 lovely blocks (which have come from all over the world) to make into a wonderful quilt.  It is very exciting!!

February: Monkey Wrench (Blue/Green): Julie

You can make any style of block that you want but, you have to use the colours that the birthday girl has chosen for her quilt.  Here are the blocks that I have made to date.

March: Dutchman's Puzzle (Red/Cream): Nancy

There were no birthdays in January, so no need to make a block but in February I made a 'Monkey Wrench' block for Julie (green/blue). I think the block may have some other names too.

March: Dutchman's Puzzle (Purple/Teal): Tanya

In March there were three birthdays, so I made three 'Dutchman's Puzzle' blocks for Nancy (cream/red), Tanya (purple/teal) and Claire (light/dark green).

March: Dutchman's Puzzle (Light/Dark Green): Claire

For April I made a 'Dresden Plate' block for Christina (lilac/light green)

April: Dresden Plate (Lilac/Light Green): Christina

and for May I sent a 'Disappearing 4 Patch' block to Gerd (white/brown/sand).

May: Disappearing 4 Patch (White/Brown/Sand): Gerd

In June there are three birthdays, so three blocks to make.  As it is always a juggling act to manage to make time for everything that needs to be done, I was thinking that I could be clever and make the blocks from the 'Farm Girl Vintage' SAL (which come in a 12" size) as my June birthday swap blocks.... I would just have to use the colours that have been chosen by the swap participants, which won't necessarily be very 'farm girl' or 'vintage' but will still be the blocks from the sew-a-long.  It would save me some time.  What do you think? 

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  1. I have never taken part in a swap, but I doubt if anyone would complain if they all received the same block, but in the specified colours. I wonder if you can make the "farm girl" blocks in just two or three colours; you probably can if your stash is big enough! What would happen if other participants have the same idea?

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    1. Good questions Marly! I wouldn't make them all the same block... there are lots of blocks to make for the Farm Girl Vintage SAL and, even if others do have the same idea and the block was the same, the fabrics wouldn't be, so within the 15 they receive, I am sure it wouldn't matter. Hope you are enjoying some sunshine! :) x

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  2. Christine what beautiful blocks. And the points are gorgeous. Are you making a quilt for yourself in the Farm Girl SAL and thinking about making additional blocks as the June birthday blocks? I would imagine your swap partners would love them. Are the recipients getting some of your Tilda stash? I'm jealous ;)

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    1. Hello Linda! Thank you! No, I don't think I would be able to make both... I would just make the blocks for the swap for now.... maybe later I will make a quilt for me as well. I have been using some Tilda fabrics... occasionally I can bare to put with some of them!! Have a lovely day! :) x

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  3. I think you will have some happy Birthday girls. Beautiful blocks Christine. I can't imagine anything better than getting quilt blocks in the mail box on my birthday. Love the Monkey wrench/churn dash and the red and cream dutchman's puzzle. Thanks for sharing. Janita

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    1. Thank you Janita! I think it is a nice idea too. I love the idea of having a quilt made by people from all over the world! A very special, unique quilt! :)

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  4. What a nice idea and so beautiful blocks.

    Marion

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    1. Thank you Marion! It is fun to make them and send them off! :)

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  5. Your birthday blocks are lovely Christine. Sounds like a fun swap. xx

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    1. Thank you Christine.... it is fun being part of the swap and I am excited at the thought of getting 15 blocks from all over the world to make into a one of a kind quilt! :) x

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  6. Sounds like a really fun swap - and getting 15 blocks back would mean you'd have enough for a nice sized quilt.

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    1. Thank you Mary Anne! It should make a nice quilt and it is very exciting to think how unique the quilt will be! Love your work on the hussif! :) x

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  7. Your blocks are lovely, I am, as always impressed by your points. The colours are so subtle and calming. I haven't even cut into most of my Tilda fabric, I just take it out look at it and fold it back up, sad I know.

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    1. Hello Brenda! No, not sad, we all have fabric like that and I do hold onto my Tilda fabric for a long time before I will cut it! It does look beautiful made into something too! Hope you are feeling better and settling into your new home! :) x

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  8. What a fun swap--it will be fun to see how you put your blocks together when the time comes!

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    1. It will be really exciting Karen.... I am looking forward to it!! Have a lovely weekend! :) x

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