Thursday, March 3, 2011

A new guild block exchange

It has been awhile since I've done much more in my local quilt guild than attend meetings. So I've stepped it up a notch and signed up for another block exchange. I'm really hoping it will help me meet and get to know some more of my guildmates and have some quilty fun too.

The way this block exchange works:
Each person in the group (there are 12 of us) creates a box. Included in the box are fabrics, instructions, and a sample block. Over the course of the year, the boxes are passed around the group month-to-month. By the end of the year, each box will have at least 12 blocks in it-- enough to make a quilt!
This is actually the second block exchange I've participated in with the guild. Having been through one before, I feel like I'm much better prepared this time around and have a stronger plan.

I've decided to go with some mosaic blocks using Elizabeth Hartman's fabulous Mod Mosaic Floor Pillow tutorial. I saw that she recently completed an exchange using that block, and I was inspired by the results. So inspired that I'm totally copying her idea because I love it so much *ahem* totally inspired.

Here is my sample block:

block exchange 8, sample block, mod mosaic-style
And these are the fabrics I'm including in my box:

block exchange 8, fabrics
They include a bunch of prints, mostly from the Michael Miller Bot Camp collection, and a number of coordinating solids.

I think by including all of my own fabrics, and having more room for creativity in the blocks themselves, it is going to be more fun for my block exchange buddies and result in a collection of fun and happy blocks. At least, that is the goal. I'll let you know how it works out in a year or so, because that's how long it will be before I get my box back and see the finished blocks. But now that I have two little boys occupying most waking moments, I've noticed that time flies by really, really fast-- so I have a feeling the blocks will be back before I know it!


  1. Oh my, that is going to be a cute, fun quilt! I agree time flies by super fast :)

  2. I love your fabric choices! A while ago, I made a baby quilt for my cousin with some of that line.

  3. What a great block to start out with.I went to the link and the blue blocks are just fabulous.
    Have fun with the exchange.