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Block of the Month
2015 - 2016

"Scrappy Byways"

The block I've chosen for this year's Block of the Month is from Corey Yoder's blog, "Little Miss Shabby", http://www.littlemissshabby.com/. It's a scrappy block she first blogged about back on May 7, 2011. I've been in communication with her and she has granted us permission to use her block for the year.

Corey loves the "crossroads" effect the quilt blocks create when set in a quilt, and has named this block "Scrappy Byways". The block simply uses 2 1/2" squares, and 4 1/2" squares. We can all use up some of those scraps as we work our way through the year.

The block is 12 1/2" unfinished and 12" finished when pieced together with other blocks.

Each month we will be making five simple 4-patch blocks, and then setting together in a 9-patch fashion. We will use the same basic block each month, changing the color scheme. This block looks great set in horizontal settings, and on point.

Greyscale version

Colored version

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If you have questions, please contact Denise Gies by email at blockofmonth@northwestquilters.org.

Please use accurate cutting and stitching techniques to make sure your blocks measure correctly. Even the simplest blocks need accuracy. I've included some links to tutorials that will help your seams lie flat and nest with a process that is often called "spinning your seams". Try it out! You will be amazed at how this simple little trick and a few minutes on each block will make a difference in how flat your seams will be.

One block is all it takes to have a chance to win a set of these fun blocks! Enter as many blocks each month as you would like.

Fabric choices: Each month will be slightly different .... So check the website at http://www.northwestquilters.org/bom.html or the Patchword for the specifics for each month.

Use any good quality 100% cotton fabrics that you might have in your scrap bin.... Use it all up! Tone-on-tone, plaides, prints, batiks, civil war or 30's reproductions, solids, etc. We will use white-on-white for the 4 outside corners. Corners could be all the same fabric, or use 4 different ones .... Remember, it's scrappy. On the months that are color specific, if it looks orange when you squint at it or look at it from across the room, then it's orange. My color renditions from EQ7 are just randomly selected colors from my fabric library.

Here are some tutorials that explain "spinning your seams". This will really change your way of stitching and pressing blocks to get a nice, flat result.




Let's have some fun and do some scrap busting!

"Scrappy Byways": The year at a glance....

August - Totally Scrappy

September - Scrappy Blues

October - Oranges and Purples

November - Scrappy earth tones

December - Scrappy Reds

January - Totally Scrappy

February - Scrappy Pinks

March - Greens and Yellows

April - Scrappy Pastels

May - Totally Scrappy

June - Reds, Blues and Gold

July - Scrappy Brights

If you have questions, please contact Denise Gies by email at blockofmonth@northwestquilters.org.

Revised 20 July 2015