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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!

NINE PATCH "2018 BIRTHDAY SWAP" PARTICIPANTS:

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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Thanks Ladies!  Glad I don't have to worry that I skipped someone now.

Sandy your real 9 patches should arrive today or tomorrow.  I mailed the ones on my desk to you on Saturday.

Don't know how you got two envelopes from me, but this is what you were supposed to get from me.

I got yours today, too, Tressa!  Thanks!!

Got two more cards from Jackie and Nancy; thanks ladies!

Another card came today -- thank you Tressa!

And one today from Diane.  Thanks!

And more pretty 9-patches today from Darce - thank you!

Did mine ever arrive?

Oops Sandy, I missed you.  They came RIGHT ON MY BIRTHDAY.  Thank you!

Thanks, Carol....glad to know it got there.

Thank you Rhonda!  Your card came today.  Love the bright 9 patch blocks!

Remember, fellow-swappers:  we have three birthday ladies during the month of September!  I was on the ball and got my three envelopes in the mail early!  :)

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