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Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Few Flower Boxes

At every Pensacola quilt show we always have a few things that have become tradition.  One of them is what we call the Souvenir Block.  These are blocks made with a pre-determined pattern and made totally by members to sell at the show.  They sell for $1 each in our boutique.  Visitors can pick out any variety they want, take them home and make a quilt.  It's been very popular.  For the show next year, we are doing this block that I call "Flower Boxes".
Each month (or every other month) there is a specific colorway recommended.  Since we started, we've had spring flowers, patriotic red, white and blue, Christmas, fall, "manly" colors such as brown or dark colors, and black and white - just to name a few.
For the next few months we are doing black and white.
I've made other blocks in some of the other colors, but I especially wanted to do some B & W as I have a lot of odds and ends that are perfect to use up.
Before I knew it, I knew it I had 7 whipped up the other morning.  You may recognize the basic block as being one that I've done before..... 
...it's my happy quilt.    The only difference between these two blocks is the addition of another row around the center block.   This is also the one I let Cameron make last summer when she came to my house.  In this version there are 2 rows around the center.
I was so crazy about this block that I also did another quilt last fall in black, grey and yellow.  I'm just telling you these blocks are so addictive. 
The goal for the show is 1,000 blocks which sounds like a whole lot.  To date, we have over 600 turned in.  So I think some others are finding out how addictive they are too LOL!!
Hope you've found some stitching time, it's too hot down here to do much else :).
-Karen

9 comments:

Angie said...

I still have some sailboat souvenir blocks from a PQG sow ages ago! Really must make a wall hanging from them before I add more souvenir blocks to my collection!

Karen said...

A good idea for a guild fund raiser. I have never been to a show where you could purchase quilt blocks.

Carol Stearns said...

Great idea! Can you post a simple pattern?

Ruth said...

It is a great idea and I love the quilts you made from them! Good way to use up scraps!

Kathryn D. Duke said...

WHAT a sweet little quilt with your sweet one!!!

Karen said...

I can see how this block could be addictive!

Vivian said...

This is a SUPER idea for fund raising for a guild. And you're making a great block--totally addictive.

FlourishingPalms said...

This is such a great fundraising idea! I love it. Your blocks are simple, and the perfect way to use scraps to benefit your organization. I'm sharing this idea with our modern quilt guild leadership. Thank you!

Carla said...

Great idea! Slow and steady wins the race!1