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Let's Bloom Into May...

Hello My Build A Quilt Friends -

May is here and I am ready for a new month of patchwork. I am still completing my Totality quilt. How about you? Although the flowers and trees started to fully bloom here in our area during the month of April, we are seeing even more natural color and beauty so far in May. And the birds are back, we have at least eight different species of song birds in our garden this year and oh are they glorious. Their morning chorus wakes me each morning and lingers while I run. It is the perfect thing to start the day as well as it gives me inspiration for my patchwork.

Singing Robin - Scientific American

This month we are delving into blocks on point. A beautiful way to set blocks in a quilt, but not always easy when made in a traditional patchwork technique. With Build A Quilt, all of the traditional special measuring and cutting are gone. Instead we will work with easily made triangles and corners.

Typically, we have worked with a size range of medium to XL, but this month we are changing things up a bit and the block size range is small - medium. The largest size is 10x10 and will work perfectly with all of the Riley Blake Challenge blocks. In fact the three sizes, 6x6 - 8x8 - 10x10 are more traditional quilt block sizes. There is a lot that we can do with these sizes and we will explore those possibilities this month in Quilt Lab.

The block for May is a block that I created called the Blooming Star. It is not created in rows or columns, but rather from the center out. Can you pick out the segment pieces? This week's Quilt Lab video will give you all the details. The pattern set is available at the website and Quilt Lab subscribers should have received their download code in an email. This week's video has all of the normal demos, but there is also a special Bonus demo, you'll have to watch to find out!

As I was thinking about color, I was admittedly stumped, so I went to the "Color Cube" from Sarah Renae Clark ( I still find this a very useful tool when planning and picking fabrics. Here are the cards that I used.

Color Cube Set 2 by Sarah Renae Clark

Now, as I love Tula Pink fabrics, I went digging in my Tula stash and came up with three fabrics that were inspired by the Color Cube cards.

Blooming Star by: Diana Mullins-Atkinson

I have really enjoyed creating this block for everyone and I hope that you will enjoy making your own version, along with a better understanding of using blocks on point.


For the month of May there will be no Wednesday Workshop. This was covered last week in the following video. There are also some other announcements in this video so please give it a watch.

The Riley Blake Challenge will continue on Thursdays and will also complete at the end of the month. Can you believe we are almost finished with this challenge? Did you enjoy it? Would you want to do something like it again? Let me know.

I will have some Finish Quilting videos for us this month as well. I know that some of you are looking forward to these, so stay tuned.

Build A Quilt Basics Set 1 and 2 are both on sale through the month of May. These sets are going to be replaced starting in mid June. If you have them already, you will receive anything that is added to the new set for Free so that you will still have the complete sets. So, purchase your sets now at the reduced fee. These are the basic segments that everyone needs for patchwork in the hoop.

Enjoy your week and until we gather again...

Sew Life Beautiful...


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