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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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And another one today!  Thank you, Deb.

Jan just got your envelope in the mail today along with everyone else's. I am thinking I'll start work soon and then things may be really, really busy! Deb I got your envelope yesterday, thank you.

Tressa, I received your card today.  Thank you!

Your envelope arrived today, Deb.  Thanks!

It did????  I have it here on my desk along with your blocks that I just finished this past Friday! WHAT DID I DO???

Okay someone out there was supposed to get a card and blocks from me this past week.... I know they were way early, but I evidently sent yours to Sandy.

Please let me know if you did not get a card from me, so I can get you a set made right away.

Jackie, Nancy and Joyce, I have yours for tomorrow.

Lynne, Janice and JoAnn M.  it is down to you three.  Have you received a birthday card from me in the last week or so?  I know it is way early, but Sandy got someone's and I need to know who's to replace.

Yes Ma'am I received a card from you! 

I will check with JoAnn as she is not on this site.

 Thanks Rhonda.  Tressa would you please check with your mother for me.

Tressa, I have accounted for everyone except your Mom.  Would you check with her to see if she received a set of blocks from me?  Thank you.

I left Janice a message on her FB page for you Deb.

Yes Deb, Mom got her card and blocks from you. 


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