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Bonfire Block Of the Month Giveaway

Bonfire Block Of the Month Giveaway
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Feb 12, 2016

Free Sister Sampler Project: Ataraxy Envelope Pillows

Feb 12, 2016
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Looking for some EXTRA Sister Sampler blocks in your life?  Well, you're in luck!  If you can't get enough of Sister Blocks (making blocks in pairs) -or- are curious to try some out before you embark on an entire sampler, there is a FREE project download available at the Sister Sampler Quilts website.

The envelope pillow set, Ataraxy and Ataraxy Inverse, are based on the block concept for the second sampler in the book, the Vice Versa Sampler.  In those blocks, we make the traditional block and then invert the colors in the second block.  The color goes to the background and background shades come to the foreground.  Fun!
You can try out a vice versa inverse block set and turn them into these fun pillows.  Actually, you can make ANY set of Sister Blocks from the book in the 12" size and turn them into these pillows.  You add a small border to make the 14" pillow envelopes.  See the pillow pattern for details.
I had fun making this set in such bright and picnic-y colors.  Then I used small 1/2" crosshatch quilting to make the design really pop.  Please share with us if you end up making these!  #sistersamplerquilts
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Feb 9, 2016

Time Out

Feb 9, 2016
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Things have been awfully busy around here lately.  Unfortunately, there is not much to show you.  After the flurry of activity during the Sister Sampler Quilts blog hop, sewing deadlines, a book signing/trunk show at a quilt shop and a guild speaking event this week, I am ready to slow down the pace a bit.  It has been fast and furious since the book came out at the end of December. 
 
So sometimes, when I get stressed, I self-impose a time out. 
Forgetting about deadlines and everything I need to take care of, I go in time out and make something just for me.  I've been wanting to make some companion wide-open pouches to the tiny one I made last year.  It's the best therapy.
I am particularly smitten with the purple pouch.  It uses Denyse Schmidt prints inside and out, along with a little Studio Stash yarn dye from Jennifer Sampou on the bottom.
 
The green/blue pouch uses more Denyse print with Robert Kaufman navy corduroy on the bottom.
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Feb 1, 2016

Bonfire Block of the Month Club - February

Feb 1, 2016
Pin It Today we kick off month #2 of the Bonfire Block of the Month Club!  I am so happy to see you all sewing along. 

JANUARY WINNER.  First things first, we have a January winner to announce.  Each month, there is a $25 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop up for grabs.  All you have to do is enter a photo of your BOM blocks in the linky at the end of the month's post.  I was excited to see all of the entries for the January Moon & Star block - they look fantastic guys!  The January winner is: Kathy / KMTrott of Both Sides of the Pond (entry #4).  Congrats!

FEBRUARY BLOCK - BUTTON.  This month's block is cute as a button.   Awwwww.  Remember we are making Sister Blocks for the Bonfire Sampler (from the book Sister Sampler Quilts).  I am partnered up for the BOM with my mom.  We will be swapping blocks at the end to make Sister Quilts. The Button Block is the second block in the project - here's my fav.... 

Fabric is Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman for this version of the Bonfire BOM.
This block is the second of three with lessons on curves.  This Button block uses a different "crust" piece than last month's block to give a little bit of space all around the edge of the block.  This sets the focus on the design in the middle.  Make sure you are referencing the square up dimensions (p. 89 step 3)after you sew the curved units.
 
If you've never sewn curves before, I would suggest trying a couple practice pieces before beginning sewing on the fabric for the BOM.  And if you hate curves, you can always substitute ANY block within the book.  Make 2 blocks each month.
 
Need some extra help?  See it before you sew it.
There is a tutorial on page 116-117 of the book AND if you'd like to see it in motion, I have a video tutorial for you here.

AnneMarie's Sister Pair of the Button Block
Fabric is Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman for this version of the Bonfire BOM.

My Partner (My Mom)'s Sister Pair of the Button Block
Notice the tan strip in the block on the right?  Mom is using some of her background fabric inside her sampler blocks.  This fabric is called out as the linen used with the large HSTs in the book.  It's a nice way to add some cohesion between the sampler blocks and the outside framing of the quilt.
Fabric is Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman for this version of the Bonfire BOM.

SWAPPING BLOCKS:  Again, we are making all of the blocks for the Bonfire quilt before swapping any.  We are planning to make 2 of all 8 blocks, then get together for a Block Swap Party.  At the party, we can both layout all of our blocks in the quilt top layout, then play with the arrangements and swap as we like. 
 
Another swapping option would be to swap each month with your partner to have a fun surprise every month.  How you swap is up to you!


SHARE with us and WIN!
Thank you so much for sharing with us in January! Let's do it again this month.  Share your blocks with us for a chance to win a $25 Gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop.  Go here for the details on the giveaway each month and details on how to enter. 

**Remember you can also show us your progress on Instagram and/or in the Facebook group for my patterns.
#bonfiresampler on Instagram
Join the Gen X Quilters' Pattern Shop Facebook Group.

Feel free to join in the fun with us anytime throughout the year.  It's never too late! For all the details on Bonfire, go here.

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE.  2 entries per person; MUST be blocks made from Sister Sampler Quilts book (but does not have to be February's block).  Enter your blocks any time from now until 3/01/2016.
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