This year's block is an easy block to construct and can be made using four 2 1/2" strips of colored fabrics and one 2 1/2" strip of background fabric. (Hooray- NO HSTs or Flying Geese!! LOL) This block is 8 1/2" square and will finish at 8" when sewn into a quilt.
To make this block you will need: four 2 1/2" squares of background fabric; one 2 1/2" square and one 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle of each of the four different fabrics that make up the woven ribbons. Look at the block sample posted at the bottom of this discussion to help with the layout.
To help your fellow Birthday Swappers better select the appropriate fabrics I am going to ask you to pull out four fabric samples and a background sample from your stash. Then take a picture of these fabrics and post this photo for all of us to see! It really helps seeing actual samples! Otherwise, we may have a different color in mind than the actual color the Birthday Gal has in her mind! (What may be 'turquoise' to some might be 'teal' to others!)
February 9th- Marcia: white polka dots on bright colors for 'ribbons' and solid white for background (My birthday is actually January 9th but for the convenience of this swap I'm going to pretend it is February 9th!!)
March 19th- MaryBeth: Patriotic fabrics for 'ribbons' and solid white or white on white for background
August 8th- Jan W : Light pink, Dark Pink, Light Gray, Dark Gray for the 'ribbons' and white on white for background
September 19th- Janice H: Patriotic fabrics for 'ribbons' and white on white for background
October 23rd- Jackie O: Patriotic fabrics for 'ribbons' and solid white or white on white for background
November 7th- Nancy H: Gray, Yellow, Aqua/Teal, and Tangerine for 'ribbons' and solid white for background
December 1st- Tressa J: Bright fabrics (solids or small prints) for 'ribbons' and solid black for background
December 11th- Lynne: muted blues (think Kim Diehl or Thimbleberries) for 'ribbons' and cream for background
December 16th- Joyce: Dark tan, Burgundy, Green, and Brown for 'ribbons' and light cream for background