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
I think i forgot to send some cards, would the last few ladies let me know if you got one from me?? my brain is telling me that i didn't send the last 2, but i can't remember
the blocks are done, just need to mail,
I am missing MaryBeth and JoAnn, but one of you is the Chicken Card!
And Diane, my husband about lost it when he saw your card!
JoAnn is behind on her blocks, sorry ladies.