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Jan 1, 2016

Bonfire Block of the Month Club - January

Jan 1, 2016
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The big day has finally arrived!  I am extremely excited to kick off the Bonfire Block of the Month Club with you today.   I am super excited to be making Sister Blocks for the Bonfire Sampler (from Sister Sampler Quilts) with my partner for the BOM, my mom.  The two of us have been working hard to take us on another fun adventure.  This year we add a little optional excitement with swapping blocks with a partner (sister) and monthly giveaways when you complete your blocks.  Are you ready?  Here we go!  Today, we kick it all off with the Moon & Star block for January.  This one below is my favorite.
Fabric is Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman for this version of the Bonfire BOM.
We will be making 2 blocks each month.  We begin with a lesson on curves.  Ohhh, I know what you're thinking.  You're grumbling about curves.  They are not so bad!  If you've never sewn curves before, I would suggest trying a couple practice pieces before beginning sewing on the fabric for the BOM.
 
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.

Note:  The "crust" template J has been oversized for you to allow you some extra room to square up.  Take your time, breathe, and enjoy learning something new.

So here are all the Moon & Star blocks made by my mom and I.  We each made 2 - and will trade 1 with each other.  It's SO hard to decide!  We are both making the 12" size.
Fabric is Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman for this version of the Bonfire BOM.
 
AnneMarie's Sister Pair of the Moon & Star Block
For my second block, I decided to try a little experiment with the tone of the colors.  The center circle has light tints of the star colors - and I just looooove how it came out.  The Blueberry Park line has quite a few fun options to play with in terms of tone.  Something to think about as you choose fabrics.
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 Moon & Star Block
Fabric is Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman for this version of the Bonfire BOM.
SWAPPING BLOCKS:  We decided to make all of the blocks for the Bonfire quilt before swapping any blocks.  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.  Adds some "social" to the BOM.  That is just how we are planning to swap.
 
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!
Everyone loves a giveaway!  Share your blocks with us for a chance to win a $25 Gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop each month.  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.  Enter your blocks any time from now until 2/01/2016.
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7 comments:

  1. Have you got any hints when it comes to the best way to copy the templates? I kinda stink at tracing and don't want to cut up my book. My "sister" and I are still waiting on our fabric A to arrive, but I'd like to go ahead and practice that curvy part.

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    1. Hi Michele - do you have access to a copier or scanner? The templates are actual size in the book, so I would recommend just copying them and cutting them out from there. I agree, I never want to cut up any books!

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  2. Are the templates on page 93 the actual size?
    Thanks.

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    1. Hi Frans - Yes, the templates are actual size. Have fun!

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  3. I like the concept of making the block units a bit larger so they can be squared up for more precise piecing. I learn something new each day. Tomorrow will be sewing in my curves; looking forward to it.

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  4. I have been afraid of curves so this is my first try. Thanks for the video tutorial. It made it very easy and I realize now that curves are OK.

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  5. I have never done curves before, thank you for explaining it so well! They aren't easy, but they aren't difficult either. I am so glad I don't have to fear curves any more! I am so proud of my block! I am so glad that I bought the book (after seeing it on Leah Day's website) and am following along

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