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This year's Birthday Swap is going to be a little less structured and a lot more creative!

After seeing the amazing NINE PATCH Challenge by the DM quilt guild members at last fall's AQS show- Diane, Lynne, and I were inspired to use this challenge as our Birthday Swap!  Each participant will be expected to make FIVE small Nine Patch blocks for each birthday person.  You will use nine 1 1/2" squares (five dark/ four light) to construct the block.  The completed block will measure 3 1/2" square.  The light fabrics may be white or cream.  The dark fabrics are of YOUR choosing!  Basically, any dark fabric goes!  Think scrappy!

To keep this swap simple we are not allowing any participants to request a particular color way.  Our philosophy is:  "You get what you get!"   :)

***HINT*** To make the construction of your blocks go more quickly, sew three 1 1/2" strips (WOF) together.  Two strip sets are DARK/LIGHT/DARK and one strip set is LIGHT/DARK/LIGHT. Next cut these sewn strip sets in 1 1/2" rows.  Then sew three rows together to complete your Nine Patch block.  Sewing strips together in this manner will make the construction of your Nine Patch blocks go quickly!  In fact, this technique will enable you to make numerous blocks in just one sitting!  Easy-Peasy!  :)

(NOTE:  Do NOT sew your five NINE PATCH blocks into one block as displayed in this tutorial!  Instead you are to send five individual Nine Patch blocks.)

So who's in??!!  If you are interested in participating, please post below...and include your birthday!  It will be fun seeing the variety of settings the participants choose when laying out their Nine Patch blocks!


February 9 - Marcia (Real birthday is January 9th- but pretending it's February 9th!)

March 19- Marybeth 

April 17- Darce

April 25- Rhonda

June 21- Deb S

August 8- Jan

August 24- Carol V

September 19- Janice

September 21- JoAnn M

September 29- Sandy O

October 10- Diane

October 23- Jackie O

November 7- Nancy H

December 1- Tessa

December 11- Lynne

December 16- Joyce

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Had such fun opening the birthday cards and I appreciate all those who took the time to write a note; THANKS! I tend to always be in a hurry and don't write much so wanted you to know they are great to read.

Got all the remaining birthday envelopes into the mail last week.  Some will arrive pretty early but at least they will arrive since packing for the Texas winter is always confusing.  I was afraid I would leave them sitting in the sewing room while I was 1400 miles away!  

Thank you Marybeth - got your card and blocks; so pretty!

Yes, Marybeth...mine arrived too.  Thanks; it was worth waiting for.

I received a card from MB, thinking from Marcia Burt or maybe Marybeth, which one of you sent it?  Thank you, I will wait until my birthday to open!

This time the MB is Marybeth!  :)

Sandy I received your blocks yesterday, thank you.

really blurry but thank you thank you!

Here is my birthday 9-patch stash!!  Thank YOU!!

Help Nancy!  Did I mail you your birthday blocks?  I can't find them in my drawer, but your name isn't marked off my list!

I have envelopes from Janice, Marybeth, Tressa,Carol, Joyce, Jackie,Darcy, Diane, Sandy, Deb, and You too Lynne.

I get to open them tomorrow!!!


Thank you  for the cards and blocks, it was fun to open them yesterday. Rhonda, I got yours yesterday also.


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