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This year's Birthday Swap is going to be a little less structured and a lot more creative!

After seeing the amazing NINE PATCH Challenge by the DM quilt guild members at last fall's AQS show- Diane, Lynne, and I were inspired to use this challenge as our Birthday Swap!  Each participant will be expected to make FIVE small Nine Patch blocks for each birthday person.  You will use nine 1 1/2" squares (five dark/ four light) to construct the block.  The completed block will measure 3 1/2" square.  The light fabrics may be white or cream.  The dark fabrics are of YOUR choosing!  Basically, any dark fabric goes!  Think scrappy!

To keep this swap simple we are not allowing any participants to request a particular color way.  Our philosophy is:  "You get what you get!"   :)

***HINT*** To make the construction of your blocks go more quickly, sew three 1 1/2" strips (WOF) together.  Two strip sets are DARK/LIGHT/DARK and one strip set is LIGHT/DARK/LIGHT. Next cut these sewn strip sets in 1 1/2" rows.  Then sew three rows together to complete your Nine Patch block.  Sewing strips together in this manner will make the construction of your Nine Patch blocks go quickly!  In fact, this technique will enable you to make numerous blocks in just one sitting!  Easy-Peasy!  :)

(NOTE:  Do NOT sew your five NINE PATCH blocks into one block as displayed in this tutorial!  Instead you are to send five individual Nine Patch blocks.)

So who's in??!!  If you are interested in participating, please post below...and include your birthday!  It will be fun seeing the variety of settings the participants choose when laying out their Nine Patch blocks!


February 9 - Marcia (Real birthday is January 9th- but pretending it's February 9th!)

March 19- Marybeth 

April 17- Darce

April 25- Rhonda

June 21- Deb S

August 8- Jan

August 24- Carol V

September 19- Janice

September 21- JoAnn M

September 29- Sandy O

October 10- Diane

October 23- Jackie O

November 7- Nancy H

December 1- Tessa

December 11- Lynne

December 16- Joyce

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I opened all of my cards this morning and wow, I am loving these blocks.  Between the book “101 9 Patch Quilt’s” that I bought years ago and Pinterest, it's going to be hard to choose a pattern, but I will and it’s going to be so much fun putting this together!   Thank you all!

Rhonda and Darce....did my blocks arrive OK?  I wondered about the postage with only one stamp.

Yes, I got mine and no postage due.

Yes, Sandy - I got them and no postage due for me either

Thanks!  I'd hate for friends to have to pay to get their birthday gifts!

Lynne, I received your card on Tuesday.  Thank you, I will open it on my birthday.

Hey, I'm early for a change this year!

Your card is in the mail, Deb.  I had to send it early as we're off on another adventure over your birthday week.

Rhonda and Sandy, I went to the Post Office today and received your cards.  Thank you much.

Your welcome!

Glad they got there safely.  Just a hint: you won't need your Foster Grants to look at these 9-patches!

Thank you Marcia, Marybeth and Jan, your cards arrived today.


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