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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.  Please make TWO blocks for each birthday girl.

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


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Such a darling quilt for your little man!  You nailed it, Grandma!  He will love the fleece backing with all its animals.  Isn't it amazing how well your blocks blended together?!  When I read your color way request I thought, "Hmmm...those are some interesting colors to put together."  BUT- the colors look amazing and finished quilt is a fun one!  Well done, Nancy.

JOYCE!! i moved something in my sewing room over the weekend and "found" your blocks hiding on the floor. i knew i forgot to send them before i left to visit the grands, but they were no where to be found when i returned ~~~ that's what i get for 1. having a messy sewing room and 2. not sending them right when i finished them. i will get them into the mail asap and you can extend your birthday into the new year!  sorry!!

Nancy, your quilt turned out really cute.  Your grandson will have so much fun on those bright colors.

Finally have my first birthday block exchange pieced

What a bright fun quilt! Love the border.

Your border is a fun one- kind of like a piano border amped up!  :)  The little spacer piece of fabric between each colored strip really adds to the border!  Well done!


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