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Join us for our 2011 Block of the Month! We're making a Calendar Keeper wall hanging along with a detachable decorative block for each month.

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Here's how it works...

We'll be making a Calendar Keeper wall hanging and a decorative removable block for each month (12 blocks total). The first Tuesday of each month we'll put up a new 99 cent PDF download of the monthly block design. You'll be making blocks one month ahead, so you have all month to sew, and then the next month you get to enjoy it! Tuesday, February 1 the first download was made available--it was the March block pattern.
You'll want a 12 inch calendar to fit in the Calendar Keeper pocket. The top of the calendar will be folded in the pocket out of sight, so it's perfect for those free business calendars.
Two Connecting Threads staffers will be sewing along with you and posting photos. Teri is making a traditional/country version, and Sue will be sewing a bright/modern version. Now's the time to start thinking about what kind of calendar you want to make. The patterns will work with any style, and they will be designed to use small scraps from your stash. (Of course, we'll also let you know what we used.)
The block patterns will use many different techniques, from applique to basic piecing to paper piecing. Quilters of all skill levels are encouraged! We hope you join us for what should be a fun and stash-busting block of the month.
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Discussion Forum


Started by mary humme. Last reply by Connie/KS Sep 19, 2011. 153 Replies

Are we going to post pics of the blocks we do?  It might inspire others to join!Note from Administrator:If you would like to have your image included in the slideshow, please include the tag"a year…Continue

September Block

Started by Susan Terpin. Last reply by Sandy B /AUS Aug 2, 2011. 9 Replies

Yay! Here it is! There's a little reverse applique and a couple of easy friendship stars. Have a look at both mine and Teri's, then jump in and make your own...Enjoy. You can download it…Continue

June Block Pattern

Started by CT Admin. Last reply by Sharon May 4, 2011. 9 Replies

It's that time again! Deborah is back for June's pattern, and she's really outdone herself this time! Those birds are just so adorable, and we love the 3D flowers too. Everything looks so colorful…Continue

Tags: pattern, block, june

March Block Pattern!

Started by CT Admin. Last reply by Connie/KS May 1, 2011. 49 Replies

The March block is available for download now! It's a really cute…Continue

Tags: daffodil, block, march

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Comment by Reba Swinford on September 30, 2012 at 6:39pm

Thanks Denise. My stomach has stopped absorbing several vitamins and minerals. That what is causing my problem> I eat little meals thru the day to get a certain amount of protein, etc. 

but not sure what will happen with this blood in the urine thing going on now. Pray for me,

Comment by Denise on September 30, 2012 at 6:27pm

Reba,  Same thing happened with my Dad and he had to go for weekly blood checks.  Some weeks he would have to get a shot and others his count was within the proper numbers.  I moved in with him and started making American Heart Assoc. recipes and getting him to eat 3 square meals a day plus healthy snacks and voila he stopped having to get the shots.  Eat right do moderate exercise (walking) and you should be well on your way to recovery.  Good luck with your projects.

Comment by Reba Swinford on September 30, 2012 at 11:11am

Hello y'all. Are you enjoying this lovely fall weather. Leaves are starting to turn and fall. I'm not ready for winter. I like hot weather. Well, I am feeling stronger now that I have had to iron infusions and getting B-12's every month. I go in Nov. to get blood work and see how the infusion are working on the iron and red cell count. I have just not quilted all summer. I have felt so blaaaah that I had no motivation to do anything. But I have several project I am starting this next week. Wish me luck. I feel like a novice. Hope all are well. Happy quilting !!!!!  WAR EAGLE !!!!!

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on August 8, 2012 at 11:11am

Yes, Reba, take care of yourself.  We want you healthy and feeling good.

I have been enjoying my calendar blocks.  Thanks again for the neat project.  I like that I can change it every month for something new to look at.  Who knows, I may make some new ones now that I know how!!

Just returned from a quilting retreat in IA on Monday.  It was so much fun.  I got a lot of things started, but need to finish them up at home.  That should keep me out of trouble for a few days.

Comment by Reba Swinford on August 6, 2012 at 5:09pm
Thanks Denise. I will try to find someone who can help me with this issue.
Comment by Denise on August 6, 2012 at 4:51pm

Reba, Do not waste anytime in trying to find some medical facility to help you.  Your body needs iron for just about everything to function correctly.  Your energy will not come back until you get this corrected.  I had to take my Dad weekly into a renal clinic to have his blood tested for this and if not a good reading he would get a shot.  Believe it or not it wasn't until I moved in with him and started making him 3 meals a day that things picked up for him and the shots had to be given less and less.  Good luck with everything and may God bless you! 

Comment by Connie/KS on August 6, 2012 at 12:17pm

Reba...hope you are feeling better soon....I haven't done much sewing this summer either....too hot! I'm hoping to get back into my quilting and get some things accomplished.

Comment by Reba Swinford on August 6, 2012 at 12:13pm
Hello all. Hope your summer has gone well. I am now suffering from severe anemia and no iron will absorb through my stomach. hope to see someone at the cancer center for an iv to help with the iron problem. A guy who plays golf with my husband has this done about once a year and he is doing great. I am so far behind with my sewing, I have no energy to do anything. Hopefully, I will get this situation cleared up before fall.
Comment by Denise on August 6, 2012 at 10:44am

Connie, They turned out great!  I love the bright colors of your leaves and the button in the middle makes them look like they are twirling down to the ground together.  Thanks for the post as it's been quiet here for a while.

Comment by Connie/KS on August 6, 2012 at 8:34am

I finally finished my Nov & Dec blocks....now I'm officially done with my calendar and I love it.


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