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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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  1. It's 10:06pm PST on February 29, and I can't link it. If your link is going to close by midnight EASTERN time, please include that information in your posting. Today I worked ten hours and was sewing on my lunch, the last little bits and seams, came home and March 1st is still tomorrow here, but your link was closed.

    1. Hi Sally- You are correct. I had the link closing a few hours late in January to allow for last minute entries. I thought I had done the same for this month, but I neglected to double check. I apologize. In the future, I will make sure it closes later rather than earlier.

    2. Thank you - or you need only specify the time, e.g. at eleven pm EST on March 31st. By the way, your video link was very helpful, I began using many less pins, and my curves are much more symmetrical, although not sure if the fewer pins was causal. Thanks for all your efforts.


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