The 2011 Block of the Month Quilts


I'm never short of design inspiration and with the end of the Sally Post Floral Sampler in sight I thought I'd share with you some of the Block of the Month quilts with planned starting dates in 2011.

We haven't done much 1930s applique so I decided the Sally Post Floral Sampler will be followed by Dream Garden, a 1930s applique quilt filled with all the flowers I wish I could grow in my garden. The blocks are not difficult to applique and each one has little touches of embroidery. The alternate blocks have a spray of Lily of the Valley. If the extra embroidery isn't your thing you can quilt in those blocks or make some extra flowers and have a lush garden.

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This is the Members Only Patchwork Block of the Month quilt for 2011. I drafted the pattern long, long ago. It's called A Mother's Gift and I think this will be a fun quilt for the Sentimental Stitchers to make. We'll be doing six of the blocks each month so the entire quilt will be finished at the end of the year. We'll be starting on January 22.

The Members Only Applique Block of the Month is called Poppy's Polka Dot Garden. It's based on an antique quilt I saw about six years ago and can't seem to shake it from my memory. The layout is very unique which is one of the reasons I was drawn to it. The small blocks are a very manageable 9". Some of them are very traditional 1800's applique blocks and some are a bit quirky which is another reason I was drawn to it. If you make the quilt following the layout illustration it will finish at 72" x 90" which is plenty big for a snuggle quilt and perfect for a small coverlet. I've designed an outer border that can be added if you'd like the quilt to be queen size and finish at 90" x 108".

Poppy's Polka Dot Garden Quilt Layout

It's an 1800s quilt so I'm using reproduction fabrics in red, green, cheddar and indigo for my colors. I should be finished with the applique on the first block in a couple of days to give you a better sneak peek. The quilt's a long term project I hope you'll enjoy.

If you haven't left a comment yet to be entered in the drawings for the Petticoats and Polka Dots fabric, you have until midnight tomorrow to be included.

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4 Responses to “The 2011 Block of the Month Quilts”

  1. Wendy Whellum January 19, 2011 at 2:19 am #

    I am working hard on the Cherry Tree – up to block 16, but I am most anxious to see what you have in store with this new applique quilt. Can we see a picture of the original? Wendy W

  2. Christine January 19, 2011 at 4:16 am #

    I love to leave a comment for your give-away. The fabrics are really beatifull.

  3. Wendy January 19, 2011 at 4:51 am #

    Thank you so much sharing your patterns. I really like to read your stories how you explore the antique ‘Beyond the Cherry Trees’ quilt. As I started quilting last year, I still have so much to learn. And I’d love to be entered in the drawing for the fabric.

    Sorry to read about your mom passing away. My grandma passed away of Alzheimers and especially her last year was really hard on me and my parents. My parents and I are still voluntering at the care facility she staid in. Last year we made a quilt with the people staying there. They painted the fabric and a few volunteers made quiltblocks with that fabric. Thats how I got introduced to quilting. The quilt is hanging in the hallway of the facility now.

  4. Wendy P January 19, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Hi, thanks for sharing your quilts and projects. I am always interested in the vintage items. I grew up in Grand Rapids and remember shopping at Wurzburgs. I think my mom got the pattern for my baby quilt there. Anyway, it would be interesting to find out as I still have the quilt. Looking forward to seeing your fabric in the quilt stores.

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