Friday, August 21, 2009

Blocks swaps and surprises

Here's a couple of things I completed in between those wonderful repair jobs.
First up is the BOM (block of the month) buck-a-block with thangles. The red one had already been done but I hadn't taken a picture of it. I have no idea what I will do with them when I have all of them but I do have co-ordinating fabrics set aside. They are 7 inches square.
I decide a little while ago to enter a bull's eye swap being held by a yahoo group I belong to called Learning Fibre Arts (Learning FA.) I had been wanting to do the bull's eye quilt since I got the instructions from a friend of mine a couple of years ago. Now seemed as good a time as any. You had to cut 20 - 9 inch blocks. Sew an 8 inch circle on top, trim the back and then sew a 6 inch circle on top of that and then trim it too. My friend's instructions were to make 48 blocks and add a 4 inch circle on top. I may just cut my cut-offs to 4 inches and add them to the 20 blocks I will be receiving back. Oh, and you just have to sew these 1/4 inch from the edge so there is no turning under. How easy is that? The swap was to help you get rid of your stash. Huh! not even so much as a dent!
I worked backwards and sewed the 6 inch to the 8 inch circle, trimmed the back and then sewed all those onto the 9 inch background block, trimming again.
The background fabric had to be in beige using solids, tone-on-tone or small prints and could be any shade from light beige to tan in colour. Once you get your 20 blocks back, you then have to cut them up into quarters and arrange them any way you want. Here's a tutorial
And now, look what arrived in the mail. A while ago Barb had a Christmas in July giveaway on July 26th. I didn't win the big one but she was so nice, she had a second and third prize. I won third and here's what I received.
Barb was so generous and thoughtful. The wonderful Christmas cornucopia was wrapped in a beautiful green fat quarter with a lovely red ribbon and inside was red and green ric rac and embroidery floss. Just in time too because I had been thinking of making some Christmas items - early for once! Thanks again Barb.


  1. your quilt blocks are wonderful!! i really like those bulls-eye blocks with all of your fun fabrics! and, congrats on your Christmas giveaway goody....that cornucopia is really cute! :)

  2. Oh my goodness you have been a busy stitchin' :) I am itching to get to my machine again too even though I am enjoying painting lately. I love the little santa you won, too cute and sorry about your computer problems, that sucks. I am using Firefox now and there is no looking back I love it.

  3. Hi Dolores,

    I love your new quilt blocks and you have been one busy Lady.
    Congratulations on your Christmas giveaway.


  4. Those blocks are wonderful!!!! And I love the bulls-eye pattern. Congrats on your win! Wonderful goodies!

  5. Your loonie blocks look great! Here we would pay a toonie for those blocks! lol!
    The BullsEye blocks are going great! Thanks for the tute link!
    What a lovely little 3rd prize goodie you have there... wonderful!
    Your group scrap quilt top is coming together nicely! Looking good!
    Great that you have all your comp stuff sorted out now!!!
    I hope you are all ok down there in your patch of Canada! I saw the situation from the weather on the news last night!

  6. What a lovely post! And such a great idea with those bulls-eye swap. Look forward to see the finished quilt! Love your three BOM blocks too!

  7. PS: love your Christmas in July presents too (O: Still haven't received mine. Think it got lost in the post )O:

  8. Wow, you are so industrious Dolores. I am very impressed with all your work, particularly the bulls eye quilt blocks. I have never heard of that before but I bet it looks gorgeous when it is completed. The Christmas in July giveaway is a great idea and what a lovely gift.


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