Blocks & Swaps

It has been a busy week around here as we crash into Christmas. I still have too many things to finish, but I have some fun blocks to show today.

December brings us another month of the Philly MQG Bee. We did Spiderweb blocks for Pat, one of my dear friends. Pat provided us with the center kites and foundation paper and instructed us to go scrappy and colorful from our stash. Boy, were these blocks a challenge for me! No color palette and random, neither one of those make me comfortable, but I trudged on and really enjoyed the process of making these blocks.


These blocks are my sewing and quilting history. Pat now has pieces of almost every project that I have made to date and I love knowing that. She has pieces of my favorite scarf, my mom’s quilt, my grandmother’s quilt, pieces of fabric from both of my nephew’s quilts, everything!


How many scraps do you recognize?

I was lucky enough to be able to sneak to Philadelphia on Tuesday to hang out with my MQG friends. We had a wonderful evening with our annual white elephant swap and I really wish I could make every meeting! Pat and Bobbi have made my transition to Maryland much easier and have been my cheerleaders and proofreaders with my tutorials. To thank them, I made each of them a block.

I fueled Bobbi’s paper piecing fire with an Outhouse block by Carolyn Friedlander. I got Bobbi hooked on the shirts and I am secretly hoping that she gets hooked on the outhouses as well! I’d love to do another swap with her.

andpins_outhousePat had mentioned how much she loved the Hazel the Hedgehog blocks when we were planning the Philly MQG bee so I made her one!


And finally, Southern Comforter’s had their annual Christmas potluck this month complete with a holiday themed 12.5″ block swap. Well, I am not one that is big on tradition so I made a Xmas inspired Hazel!


It has been a block filled December! It is my month for the Modern Instabee and I cannot wait to show you what I have been receiving. I am going to post once I have all of them together, so you will have to wait and see!

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! Are any blocks in your plans?



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5 thoughts on “Blocks & Swaps

  1. MMXV + a Thank YOU giveaway | andpins December 31, 2014 at 4:15 pm Reply

    […] You can see all of my 2014 finishes here and blocks & swap pieces here. […]

  2. Christine Sherman December 20, 2014 at 12:35 pm Reply

    Love them all 🙂

  3. quiltingjetgirl December 19, 2014 at 11:07 am Reply

    Just the Hashtag blocks for Sydney right now. The hedgehog blocks are so cute – and your red and green “christmas” hedgehog is so fancy with the touch of print in the spines!

  4. Pat Deck December 19, 2014 at 10:34 am Reply

    I LOVE my spider blocks, and I am honored to have pieces of your quilting history incorporated into them. They were a stretch for you, Miss Plan It, Organize It, Control Every Step Of The Process Lady! But you know what? You did a great job! Part of the fun of belonging to a guild like ours is seeing quilty friends stretch and grow in their quilting. You are just beginning your journey, yet you have come so far in the last year or so. And you have given back as well. You got Bobbi addicted to those wonderful shirt blocks, and now you’ve got me going on Elizabeth Hartman’s patterns, like Hazel up there. LOVE IT!

  5. di5lexi December 19, 2014 at 10:08 am Reply

    Love* those Hedgehogs 😀 my daughter draws them constantly so I think I’ll have to eventually make some!!

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