Thursday, January 14, 2010

Saturday Block of the Month

Several years ago a new concept was begun here in Utah Valley. A quilt store in Heber called Whimsey Cottage started a once a month Saturday quilt. It cost $5.00 to buy the first block pattern and fabric. If you brought the block back the following month all completed you would get the next pattern and fabric for free. If you didn't finish the block, or you couldn't attend that month, you would have to pay for the next one. It lasted for 12 months.

Most of us made all 12 blocks for just $5.00! Of course, it was a good way for the store to make money also since car loads of women would swarm the shop on that Saturday and you know what happens when a bunch of women go into a fabric store.....yes....they buy, buy, buy! Anyway, the last month we could also buy the fabric and pattern for $30.00 that would be for rest of the quilt top. I think there were 2 fabric color choices. I chose the brights because at that time I was doing most things in pastels or country fabrics.

This quilt was so much fun to make and I loved all the different blocks and, of course, the challenge to complete the block each month using fabrics I wouldn't usually use. Since that time most of the fabric stores around here have a Saturday block club and there are many opportunities to be a part of this fun way to make a quilt top.

Each of the 12 blocks are regular quilt patterns and the flowers, frog and butterfly are paper pieced. Putting it together was a real challenge for me trying to get everything cut the right size and put in the proper place following what seemed like a very difficult jigsaw puzzle, but I am so happy with the fun bright quilt I now have.
Just so you know, I have not been sitting idly this past couple of weeks. I have finished 3 quilt tops that are ready for the quilter and have started cutting out my next Christmas quilt! Oh I love this momentum.

Happy quilting to you all. Lynda


Sharon said...

This turned out wonderful! Our local shop offers the same program, but I have not tried it. Keep that momentum going and have fun stitching!

Mrs Moen said...

What a great idea; I have never heard of this way to collect block patterns. I'm sure it was fun to do, and the result is just beautiful!
And I know what you mean about shopping quilters:-)

Helen said...

Beautiful quilt Linda! Love the colours.

I love your idea of working on NEXT Christmas! I had planned to "pack away" all of my xmas fabrics, but now I'm thinking about the xmas quilts I could make for the little people in my life! Our xmas time is of course our summer, with xmas day often very hot - but a quilt to spread out on the floor to hold all the presents I think would be most useful:-)

Happy Sewing!

Guðrún said...

The flowers look great.

We Three Madsens said...

Yes I saw that Nicky is pregnant too, and due so close to me! Thats very exciting! Maybe we will both have boys:) Those burp clothes you made are amazing, you should sell those! I look forward to seeing you if you still plan on coming up for Christophers farewell. He got his papers turned in finally, yay!

Pokey said...

Hi, Lynda, I just emailed you, and came too see your latest stuff. This quilt is pretty neat! Does everybody use the same background fabric, and layout? I like the dotty background!