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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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pics

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 Donna H/MI on July 5, 2012 at 9:58am

I hope that you are feeling better soon Reba and Dennis.  I hope that you don't scare anyone,, lol I guess you are staying busy with all that food you are putting up.  We are not going to be able to put up much fruit this year, it is going to be so expensive since we had such a bad year for fruit.

Comment by Reba Swinford on July 5, 2012 at 9:50am

.Thanks Jan. My back is the least of my problems. I have some nerve pain, occasionally, in my left calf. But doc said this could last a long time. It just annoying. My face could still pass for a Halloween mask with the multiple colors. I just tire easily, but I have cut and fix 6 qts. of cream corn for the freezer this am. Did  6   qt. boxes of peaches yesterday before we went to eat with the kids. so I am staying busy.

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on July 4, 2012 at 8:42pm

Reba, sorry to hear you have been out of commission.  Sounds like you are determined to get better, so I'm sure you will.  Just hang in there and be careful. 

Denise, you be careful also.  As we get older we all have to be more careful.  I don't like to have to think about my body and how it is functioning, but at my age, I have learned to listen to it.  If it hurts, I figure out why!!!

Have been away from my sewing machine since last Fri.  We are in IN right now at a motorcycle rally, but will be heading home tomorrow.  It has been so hot that we chose to come in the car instead of on the trike.  Just too much heat - wears us out quickly.  Lots of other people came in cars also.

Comment by Reba Swinford on July 2, 2012 at 4:39pm

Thanks Denise. Today I slept nearly all day. Something I haven't done in 40 years. I'm not much of a sleeper, especially in daylight. Huuum, maybe I a vampire....tehtehe Do feel better this evening.

Comment by Denise on July 2, 2012 at 9:04am

Reba, So sorry that you haven't been feeling well.  You have to watch every step you take from now on.  I know I plan out my pathway to and from places as I have a prosthetic left leg and need to be aware of things on the floor (grandkids' toys, dogs, shoes...).  I even have the problem of dragging my foot that catches me.  Hopefully you can use your quilting as therapy.  Continue with your recovery and put yourself with your quilting friends.  They will help you get back on your feet.

Comment by Reba Swinford on July 1, 2012 at 6:00pm

Hello all. Been out of commission for a while. Had back surgery on June 14th. Was doing great until I got out of my recliner to go pee about 5 am and did a header into a bookcase that divides my living room and dining room. The right side of my face looks like I tangled with Mohammed Ali. Right hip socket is now starting to get sore. I have blood red mascara around my right eye. Tomorrow It  will probably a pretty shade of purple. Went to Murfreesboro, Tn. for awhile today. Judy's 65th b'day. I would went on a stretcher by ambulance before I missed her b'day. We have been friends for 47 years. My   quilting has suffered for the last 3 months. Hopefully going back to guild meeting this month will jump start me. Stay cool and hydrated.

Comment by Reba Swinford on April 22, 2012 at 2:25pm

I'm with you Jan. I do the best I can. One of my guild members fusses at me about putting down my work. She says I the only one to please. I have about got the hang of it. haha

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on April 22, 2012 at 1:19pm

I don't consider myself a "great quilter" because I really don't care enough about being perfect in my techniques.  I like for the quilts to look nice, and I enjoy making them, but I don't obsess about perfection.  I seriously doubt I'll ever win ribbons, but that was not to point of this quilt show.  I just wanted to support the effort, I had the quilts already done, and I was curious to have them judged.  I'll do it again next time, and I do keep trying to get better - which I am - just not perfect!!!

Comment by Denise on April 20, 2012 at 7:43am

Jan,  I'd say you did great!  Comments like that only are ment to help improve.  Just to have a quilt entered and accepted would have me on cloud nine!  Keep it up and someday you'll find a ribbon attached to one of them.

Comment by Lou Ann Brach/MD on April 20, 2012 at 5:18am

I so wish that there had been a show one of the times I was in AR. They seemed to follow us - even one at Crown Center on our honeymoon!!!  At least I was able to find the terrific quilt store in Branson and took home ideas and fabric. (These were trips with my late DH.)

I will have to come back to that area one day, as we loved it so. A few years ago, I even thought I'd move to Springfield, MO, thinking closeness to hospitals and medical care and the places I loved to visit. Now I have a grandson in MD and one in MA and I don't think I could move that far away. Now a visit - that I could handle!

I'm glad that you had such a great time Jan and that you got comments that were not too bad.

 

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