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I am participating in a couple of projects this year; one is a (free) Block of the Month (BOM) project by a quilt shop in Iowa (Country Threads, Chicken Scratch). It makes a lap size quilt (approx. 50″ x 60″). Each month, one is given instructions for a 12″ as well as a 6″ block with very general guidelines as to color (in some months, I made more than one block)


I am also participating in a 9-patch exchange at my guild (Tarheel Quilters Guild). The participants all make 26 9-patches each month (for 6 months) and then we exchange them with each other.


For the past few months, I have been wrecking my brain to figure out a) how to make the lap quilt larger, and b) what to make out of the 9-patches. Yesterday, in a flash of sheer brilliance, it occurred to me: combine the two! Since the BOM is a “scrappy” project (I have used fabric only out of my scrap bin), and the 9-patches are too, it should be a good fit.

I have posted photos of the blocks I have completed so far below:










I purposely selected fabrics almost at random; Charlie always says that the “quilts he is used to” where all made of leftover clothing (which is the traditional way quilts were made) and so this one should be right up his alley! I hope he ends up liking the finished product.

By the way, the July blocks are missing out of the line up above – I dropped the ball that month!