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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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Me too - yes me early!!!!!!!

September ladies, your envelopes are waiting for someone to take them to the mailbox!  Happy Birthday!

OK birthday ladies, I am a total slacker and have not mailed mine  BOO HISS!

will try to get them out ASAP!

my apologies!

It's OK, it'll make the fun last longer (as long as I don't have to add another year when your blocks arrive) LOL

Jackie, I received an envelope from you! 

Yes, Lynne....I sent out all the envelopes for the rest of the year!  Except Nancy and Joyce....I'll see them!

oh!! I should do that also  :-0

so far i have managed to address the envelopes and stick the blocks inside a card, and place them next to my sewing machine. should i just send blank cards so they can be re-purposed.  Did i mention i am HOPELESS! after being gone the end of August i have customer quilts to do, just trying to catch up and i forget to look at my sewing machine where all the cards are stacked.  Good thing all of you are not as forgetful as me!!  I even made all my blocks a long time ago, so that isn't the issue

Thanks for the birthday wishes and the nice fat envelopes.  We were away for three days but today is the day to open them and, of course, all of them were great. No Foster Grants needed.  It was fun...but frustrating...to get all those envelopes and not be able to open them until now but the wait was worth it.

Happy, happy birthday, Sandy!!  

Thanks, Jackie! 

Thank you Joyce - Beautiful blocks!

Happy Late Birthday Sandy!!


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