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My Block for the Christmas in July Block-A-Thon and a Give-Away

Christmas In July

Today, the block I designed for the Christmas in July Block-A-Thon, hosted by Free Spirit Fabrics, is now available. It’s a simple 6″ block that I called Bull’s Eye. You can view the photo tutorial on the Free Spirit Fabrics’ blog or download a PDF version here.


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Free Spirit Fabrics is giving away a Kaffe Classics 6″ Charm Pack to one of my lucky blog readers. You don’t have to complete the block to enter. Instead answer the following question in the comments below. I’ll randomly pick one winner next Wednesday, August 8, 2012.

Question: Do you prefer working with small or large block units? For example, I’m working on a 5×5 grid design, which has 25 units to complete the block. Would you prefer working with 2″ or 3″ finished units, resulting in a completed block that is 10″ or 15″.

Block-A-Thon Designers

Below is the schedule and list of the talented designers participating in the Block-A-Thon. All tutorials are posted on the Free Spirit Fabrics’ blog.

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This post was published on August 1st, 2012. Post topics: Free Projects, My Quilting Journey, Quilting Events. Post tags: , .

67 Responses to “My Block for the Christmas in July Block-A-Thon and a Give-Away”

  1. Cokie K says:

    I am open to anything. So far my smallest block has been 8 1/2 inches. Will try just about any pattern, I have only been quilting for about a year. My teacher is awesome and I have learned a whole, whole bunch from all the blogs I follow. Thanks for being one of them. I read your blog every day on Google Reader.

  2. Kristine says:

    I enjoy working with anything. However, I do find that smaller blocks allow a bit more creativity with colors and designs. That is a fun challenge. The bigger blocks can be a challenge if I mix it with little blocks to give it a whole new look.

  3. Lisa says:

    I am new to quilting and I have been trying all different size blocks. I like the big blocks because they translate into a quilt quicker, but some of the smaller blocks I have made are just so cute!

  4. Valerie says:

    It depends. Often, I like larger pieces for larger blocks: easier to handle and fewer blocks to complete. More, smaller blocks can give a quilt richness and depth.

  5. Gunilla says:

    I think I would choose a larger block, making the quilt come together faster! And having more room for mistakes also. Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

  6. LJ says:

    I’m still new to quilting so larger is usually better for me.

  7. Jeanell says:

    I like the 3″ size blocks to work with.

  8. Melissa says:

    I like 3 x 3 blocks. I am not big on rectangles at all but that doesn’t mean I’m not open to them :) Lovely block!

  9. Katy says:

    I’m a new sewer and quilter so larger works for me. I would love to be able to work with smaller ones. Opens the door to so many more fun blocks!

  10. M says:

    I prefer larger ones, but it all depends on the design. I dont quilt though:P

  11. Adelle says:

    I like the larger blocks – love to get things done a bit quicker so I can start my next project sooner :)

  12. It depends….I tend to enjoy making blocks that finish at 12 inches. That preference is largely based on the fact that those are the measurements many patterns tend to follow. I recently made a finished 8 inch block for the first time, but it was part of a swap so I didn’t attach it to a larger project. I’m open to trying new things to see what works best.

  13. patty says:

    I like working with larger blocks. They are easier for me to get finished. I also like using 2 1/2 inch squares. I want to make a charm quilt with the squares I am collecting.

  14. Bj says:

    I like blocks that finish up at 12″ but I’m open to pieces as small as 1″ to construct the block, my requirements are color, lots and lots of color, the more different colors the better and if every block is different, that’s a bonus, oh scrappy one am I :)

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  16. isa13 says:

    I like all blocks, but I prefer small ones, maybe because I am used to work in centimeters (I am french). I have made some 12 ” blocks for international swaps and it was a pleasure too.

  17. Joanne Schlichting says:

    The smaller the better. I started with large blocks and have worked down to mini blocks.

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