12 Days of Christmas

Temecula Quilt Co. had a free Block of the Day for twelve days starting on Christmas Day.  I watched as it grew interesting.  Then I decided I wanted to play along.  But one thing, my machine was not working and in the shop.  I also wanted to do it in patriotic colors.  I ordered a charm pack of Prairie Paisley II from eBay and they came in yesterday on Day 11.

Today, I got all the blocks done.  Each block is onlly 3 1/2” inches square.

Here they are in order… notice a pattern?

Day 1CIMG0827

Day 2CIMG0828

Day 3CIMG0829

Day 4CIMG0830

Day 5CIMG0831

Day 6CIMG0832

Day 7CIMG0834

Day 8CIMG0836

Day 9CIMG0838

Day 10 (sorry for the blurriness of the photo)CIMG0839

Day 11CIMG0840

Day 12CIMG0841


Each day, the number of the day correlates to the number of patches in the block.  I also did not repeat a fabric in another block – so each fabric only appears in one block.

I am looking forward to seeing how they set these. The mystery will be revealed tomorrow (the 6th).  It only took me about two hours to make all 12 blocks.  I did re-make block 7 because at the end I noticed each of the blocks except that one had no fabric repeats, so I remade that block.

Some BOM Blocks

My guild, like many, has a block of the month drawing every month that there is a regular meeting (10 a year).  To enter in the drawing, you must complete two blocks.  One for the “kitty” and one for our charity group “Na Lima Aloha” (The Hands of Love.  This way the charity gets blocks to help out too.  I really like when we started that because it is an easy way to get some charity work in.

This month the block was a simple one, but done in black, white, and red.  While I was doing my massive cutting, I cut out two sets of blocks – for a total of four blocks to make.


I really want to win this month, I will get two entries into the BOM.  I want to win it because these are my son’s favorite colors (black and red). 

Here are the blocks done up (one in each fabric set)



These were the first things I sewed on Bessie after her spa treatment.  She had to have a few parts replaced, two of them – the repairman said he had NEVER seen them worn out before.  Also, when he was checking me out, he was going over his normal spiel of 2 years for the next service, etc. and he stopped, corrected himself and said “for you, I would go every year.”   It had been only 10 months since my last service, so I know I had been doing a lot of sewing!

It sewed so quietly after the service, I couldn’t believe the stitches were actually forming; before when the machine sounded like that, the threads were not catching.  I was constantly slowing down and checking to make sure it was working!!