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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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Marcia, I FINALLY got your blocks in the mail!!!  And Marybeth I pulled the fabric for yours!  Good thing I have a while before the next one.

Thanks to everyone who gave me blocks at the retreat.  It was such a good time.


your block is made....just need to get it in the mail. i haven't been home much lately, too much traveling.

sorry for being SEW slow!

Marybeth, I understand.  Don't worry about it.  I look forward to seeing your blocks.  Thanks in advance.

Marybeth, I forgot to post that I did receive your envelope  on Saturday.  I am getting excited to open them and will do that Thursday. I am going to make them into a baby quilt to have at Grammy's house for little Emmett.  Found some really cute fleece for the backing with little wild critters on it and can't wait to get it finished.  

Thanks to you all!!


Jan I got your blocks today.

Thanks so much, I opened by cards today early, I just could not stand the suspense.  Love all the blocks and I am going to make my baby quilt asap.  Hope to have it done by next weekend.

Thanks so much quilt sisters.


This is my Ribbons quilt.  I don't have the label on it yet, but other than that it is done.  I am anxious to see other completed quilt.

Oh I like that setting for it.  I was just going to put them together without a sash, but this really brings out the woven look.

I really like the black and gray sashing and border.  It really frames your quilt well and makes the pink pop.  And I agree with Lynne:  Your setting does make your quilt look "woven"!  Well done, Jan!

Thanks for the good comments.  I really didn't know what it was supposed to look like, so just did the best I could.  I think DD#1 will like it.

I finished my quilt today, it will stay here at my home for Emmett when he comes to visit.  Thank you all for the birthday blocks.  It is always fun to open the cards and see what is inside. The backing is fleece I found at walmart over a year ago, just loved the little animals and I can't believe how perfectly it went with the blocks.  Trying to get some UFO's completed this year.  My New Year's resolution is to finish 2 ufo's before starting a new project. I am going to try really hard to keep this one.  Time will tell


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