My friend Denise . . you know her and you know the story about the short sheeted bed . . the story I’ll never quit telling . . and this is the same Denise who encourages me to buy yarn and fabric and then when I accidentally do buy something, she makes sure the whole world knows . . yep, that’s the Denise! She is a great designer and she invited our friends Sheryl Till and Susan Neves, and me, to participate in a special project called “Christmas Town Sampler – A Collaboration Among Friends”.
Denise designed the beautiful border and each of us will design three blocks. Denise describes it as part Block of the Month, part Mystery and part Blog Hop.
Here’s how it’s going to work:
June – Denise will give yardage requirements for the background of the pieced border and for the plain borders. We’re hoping that everything else will be kinda scrappy so that everyone’s quilt is kinda the same but kinda different.
July – Beginning in July, you will begin “blog hopping” around to all four of our blogs for the block we’re sharing at our scheduled time.
November – Denise will post the final instructions for setting everything together.
The blocks may be appliqued (the blocks I design will NOT be applique!), they may be paper pieced or they may be just pieced the regular way.
The quilt as shown above with the extra borders finishes at 90″ x 103″. The quilt shown below, without the additional borders after the pieced border, finishes at 78″ x 91″.
This is another image of the quilt, with a light background and the pieced border.
Here’s what Denise has had to say about the yardage, which is based on the quilt shown above.
YARDAGE INFO: We are giving the yardage for the background fabric and the fabric used for the sashing and borders. The yardage for the background fabric is an estimate on the higher side — it’s based on the image at the left with all the center blocks using just border fabric. Nearly all center blocks will have border fabric in them but not as much as is shown here. However, we’re erring on the side of having left over fabric rather than running short. Since you’re making blocks written up by four different people, it may not be the most judicious use of your fabric – hence erring on the high side. But keep those leftovers from month to month because you may be able to use them the following month so they are not wasted. Yardage for the other fabrics used throughout the quilt will not be given as this is a great scrap friendly, stashbusting project and half the fun will be picking the specific fabrics from your stash to make each block unique. The center blocks may be pieced, appliqued, paper pieced — you’ll just have to wait and see – but I think they are all lovely and will be fun to make. This coloring includes some of the actual fabrics I’ll be using – my background and border which have very subtle snowflake tone on tone prints.
Want to join us? Sure you do! The button is over on my sidebar. Feel free to “grab” it if you think you’re going to play along with us!
A few reminders:
- Please remember that the patterns are going to be posted for a limited time and once they’re removed, they’re gone.
- You are responsible for checking our four blogs each month during this project to get your patterns. The plan is that we will all post our patterns the first Saturday of each month.
- There may be a lot of traffic and some of us may exceed our limits so if you cannot get to the page, please try again.
- If you’d like to share this designs, please direct your friends to our blogs so they can download the patterns. We’re asking that you do not copy and share.
Thanks to Denise, who has done the most work on the project, and to Sheryl and Susan . . all of whom are my very good quilting buddies and all of whom are very talented quilters!
July – First Set of Blocks:
August – Second Set of Blocks: (will be posted August 4, 2012)
September – Third Set of Blocks: (will be posted September 1, 2012)
October – fourth Set of Blocks: (will be posted October 6, 2012)