2017 Block of the Month

 by thequiltingpatch on 25 Jan 2017 |
15 Comment(s)
As an added extra for my regular attendees of 2017 at The Quilting Patch I have offered them a Block of The Month Quilt Project. It's a sampler quilt with an Irish chain feature to separate the blocks. Usually sampler quilts will have sashings in between the blocks to help frame each block, but I think you'll agree the Irish chain block, that is the alternate block in this quilt, does the same thing. It also makes the blocks appear as though they are set on point.
This sampler would look great in any colour scheme you choose and I cant wait to see what you have come up with! Ill be posting some of the students blocks here too so you can see how they are going. 
I have designed this quilt using EQ7. 
So lets get into it!
(The Quilt is 80" x 80", finished block size is 12", all seams are 1/4 inch)

Fabric requirements...
I designed this quilt to use scraps, fat quarters, etc. If you choose just 5 or 6 prints and a background, that will work too!
The background will require around 4.5 m according to EQ7. 
If you want to cut off the long borders first then cut off 2.1m of fabric 
First border - cut 4"
Second border - cut 6"
Set these aside for later, you can now use the remaining background fabric in your blocks

This month's block is called Key Lime Pie.

Here is the key and rotary cutting instructions for this block.. 

A  -  2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
B -   5 1/4" square cut twice on the diagonal to yield 4 triangles
C - 2 1/2" square
D - 4 1/2" square
E - 4 7/8" square, cut once on the diagonal to yield 2 triangles

How is it sewn together? If you look back at the Key picture youll notice the block is made up of 3 distinct units. I have numbered them in the layout below. 

1. The centre square ( D from above)
2. Star points
3. Corner units

Now here is where I'm going to make a big assumption that you can sew these units without too much instruction. BUT do let me know if you'd like a bit more advice or step by step photos.
Please feel free to contact me and email me pics of your blocks!



Jan Brunton - Comment
Jan Brunton23 Jan 2017Reply
This is a lovely sampler quilt. I realise that the blocks would be stash busters, but what is the estimated fabric requirement for the background. Thanks Danni. I love it.

Claire - Comment
Claire23 Jan 2017Reply
Thank you, being a sampler lover I really like this. I really love the Irish chain setting.
Anne Cooper - Comment
Anne Cooper25 Jan 2017Reply
This is beautiful. I am in week three of my very first quilting class and QUILT.
I am going to do this. I think one block at a time will be the perfect speed!
thequiltingpatch - Comment
thequiltingpatch25 Jan 2017Reply
Thanks Anne. Ive kept the blocks nice and easy, but don't hesitate to yell out if you need any help
Amelia hourigan - Comment
Amelia hourigan25 Jan 2017Reply
This is lovely box I will do my best ,to join in this year .I'm new to quilting ,my hubby bought me new sewing machine ,and cleared space for me to sew ,I lean by watching utube.I came in shop an got some fat quarters end of last year to finish my 1st quilt,it wasn't very good but hubby liked it bless him ,but I'm doing another one ,an love pricing together .I haven't mastered sewing around things yet.love sewing.Ame h
thequiltingpatch - Comment
thequiltingpatch25 Jan 2017Reply
You go girl! Enjoying it is the main thing!! What a sweet hubby too
Dawne - Comment
Dawne26 Jan 2017Reply
How can I follow this BOM? I really love it. Dawne
thequiltingpatch - Comment
thequiltingpatch26 Jan 2017Reply
I'm going to be posting a new block each month so just keep an eye out on the blog for new uploads. Also you can sign up for our newsletter which means youll get email reminders. Thanks Dawne, where are you from?
Linda  - Comment
Linda 27 Jan 2017Reply
Love this keen to do more sewing this year so going to give it a go.
thequiltingpatch - Comment
thequiltingpatch27 Jan 2017Reply
Great Linda! Looking forward to seeing everyone's blocks :))
Robyn Bursill - Comment
Robyn Bursill27 Jan 2017Reply
I love this design Danni and I am going to make this quilt. I cannot wait to start my EQ7 class and so I can make something exciting like you did.
cheers Robyn B
Eli Kristin Harby - Comment
Eli Kristin Harby28 Jan 2017Reply
Thanks.I really love it.Hug from NORWAY👍😌
thequiltingpatch - Comment
thequiltingpatch28 Jan 2017Reply
So glad you like it Eli! I do hope you join in and would love to see your progress xx
Denise - Comment
Denise28 Jan 2017Reply
Love this ....wasn't going to start anything new this year but might have to forgo that.
I like the grey for the background...now to find something similar
Just a question, are the finished blocks 12" and will come down to 11 1/2" when sewn together or 12 1/2" down to 12"? If you know what I mean
thequiltingpatch - Comment
thequiltingpatch28 Jan 2017Reply
Hi Denise. Excellent question. The blocks are 12 inches finished in the quilt. So they will be 12 1/2 when you have sewn them together ( or close to : )) )
I'm so pleased to have tempted you to sew it. I will post some pics of my sewn blocks soon. I'm using black homespun and some batiks from my stash, the contrast is great. Look forward to seeing what you make xx
Kim L - Comment
Kim L28 Jan 2017Reply
This is great with helping me interpret instructions as I tend to cut first then ask questions later! With appreciation
thequiltingpatch - Comment
thequiltingpatch28 Jan 2017Reply
Oh good Kim, please feel free to ask questions if you get stuck. The hardest thing about writing instructions is making sure they don't JUST make sense to you, but to 90% of people who read them!
Anne Harwood - Comment
Anne Harwood28 Jan 2017Reply
Very nice
Anne - Comment
Anne28 Jan 2017Reply
What a lovely sampler quilt and a lovely way to use our leftovers ,I thin it is beautifully designed.
thequiltingpatch - Comment
thequiltingpatch28 Jan 2017Reply
Thankyou Anne - full credit goes to the EQ7 software, a breeze to use and such a wonderful resource.
Beryl Harris - Comment
Beryl Harris29 Jan 2017Reply
I love it Danni will give it a go
thequiltingpatch - Comment
thequiltingpatch29 Jan 2017Reply
Oh that's great news Beryl, you'll find this one a breeze after last years BOM xx
Lana Warner - Comment
Lana Warner30 Jan 2017Reply
I will try to make this BOM. The irish chain makes a lovely fill-in block. I used the irish chain in the same way on a Xmas scrap quilt 5 yrs ago.
Sue Gallagher - Comment
Sue Gallagher01 Feb 2017Reply
Maybe blocks could be shown when completed. Would be interested to see colours patterns etc
thequiltingpatch - Comment
thequiltingpatch01 Feb 2017Reply
Good idea, Sue, I'm on to that! xx

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