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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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Funny Jackie, my sister sent me a text yesterday and her blocks were all coming out 3 1/4 inches and I told her you have to do a really scant 1/4 inch seam. Then I didnt hear from her again. I had to mess with a couple of mine too. Harder then you think and I dont think most machines have a true quarter inch guide on them.

Sure hope mine does not end up like that. I just figured up how big a quilt will be at 40 X 3.

i have the salsa and chips effect going on in my world.........so many squares! and have more strips to somehow match up!

I guess that just makes it easy to "throw out" the ones that don't measure correctly, if that manages to happen. not necessarily throw out, maybe repurpose 

Marcia, Marybeth, Darce, and Rhonda your birthday blocks will be mailed off tomorrow. 

Tressa, I got your blocks yesterday. Thanks sew much.

I got them - beautiful!

Marcia, envelope on its way from OPC!  Nice, simple boring blocks from a non-scrappy quilter!!

Thank you Deb, Jan, and Joyce!  Your colorful Nine Patch blocks have arrived!  It's fun to see the VARIETY of everyone's take on these blocks.  Some are totally scrappy and some are two fabrics only!  I will take a photo after a few more sets arrive.  It will be fun figuring out which pattern I will use to incorporate all these blocks!  :)

Marcia, your blocks went out in today's mail so they will be late even for your adjusted birthday.  I'll just explain that life was a little crazy since to give you the details would be too long a post.  But I do wish you the best and I made your blocks nice and scrappy for you!  Happy Un-Birthday!  

Tressa & Sandy- your blocks arrived!  It's fun getting these Nine Patches in the mail!  Better than bills any day!  LOL

Marcia, I'm running behind (as usual).  I promise I'll get your blocks to you as soon as I possibly can. 

Marcia, I finally sent off your envelope, after it rode around in my purse for a few days! funny how i can never find stamps when i need them.

tressa, i received your envelope


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