Block of the Month

2023 Block of the Month:

For 2023, we will create blocks to strengthen or reinforce piecing skills using shapes and techniques of most quilt block patterns.  It will be as easy as BOM-2-3.

Each month has a theme and two block patterns.  The “Starting Point” block will showcase the technique in a simple block pattern.  The “Next Level” block will build on that same technique with slightly more difficulty. 

It’s easy to participate…whether you can make one block in the year or two blocks each month, you can join in on the fun!  You can make the Starting Point block, the Next Level block or both.  Bring your block each month to display at the meeting and enter your name for a chance to win a prize. 

This year, you can make the blocks to keep or make blocks to donate to charity. 

If making blocks for charity, we request you make the blocks in red, white and blue fabrics as we will use these for veteran quilts.  Pattern examples will be photographed in these colors.

Click on the month for a pdf with instructions for making both blocks

January 2023




2022 Block of the Month:

Start with 24 10” squares from a layer cake set or other coordinating prints, plus a couple yards of a neutral background that complements the prints. I have chosen a Kaffe Fassett layer cake in the Emperor colorway and Kona Snow as the neutral background.

Each 2022 block will be made from two 10” squares plus a neutral background, and they will all finish at 12 1⁄2”. By using coordinating prints for the blocks, you will end up with 12 blocks that will coordinate for a crib-size quilt. I will be getting the patterns from various sources but will write each one up to finish at the proper size using just two 10” squares plus background fabric. Some patterns will be very simple, and others will be a more demanding but there will be no applique, no curved piecing, and no paper piecing.

Instead of having a drawing for the squares each month, each quilter will keep their squares and make a quilt with the finished set or use them for some other quilty purpose. Click on the links below for instructions on how to make each block.

Here are a few comments and suggestions to help you get started:

  • Directional prints probably won’t work if you want to keep the direction consistent
  • All seams are scant 1⁄4” unless otherwise noted
  • Most squares will not use all of the 10” square fabric so save your scraps in case of a future mishap, or to make more squares

Ellen Fournier, Block of the Month Chair

January: Windmill Block

Previous Blocks of the Month