Block of the Month Begins January 2018, led by Carole Walkden:
Block of the Month: this year I plan to take participants on a “walk” through the wild flowers of the Chesapeake Bay area. We will learn a little and make some pretty blocks.
I plan to use the Quilter’s Cache site for all the blocks. All backgrounds will be cream. Star blocks lend themselves to the look of flowers if arranged in certain ways. So, as I talk about a certain flower I will give participants choices of color ways.
To cut the cost of printing patterns I will send an E-mail out each month to participants with a short informational piece, name of the pattern from Quilter’s Cache, and choices of color ways. At the January meeting I will give suggestions for the amount of background fabric needed for the whole quilt and some color suggestions for members who want to make their own quilt.
I will offer a choice to guild members. A member can make and keep their blocks with the intent of finishing the quilt by the end of the year. Or, members can make up to three blocks with the intention of participating in a traditional block lottery of blocks contributed – winner take all unless they want to split the winnings with another guild member (we will pull up to two tickets).
So, let’s talk a little about native (local) flora of the Maryland Chesapeake Bay area. Why Natives: Rain washes chemicals and fertilizers into our streams, rivers and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. This pours into our waterways and threatens plants, fish, crabs, and the entire bay. An easy way to reduce pollution is to plant native plants. They thrive on the local environment and feed the local bees, birds, and insects. Many non-natives (ornaments) need special food and insect treatment. Some do nothing for our native environment. (more to come next month)
If you have any questions about the Block of the Month, please contact Carole Walkden.
This month we will look at the Tall tick seed or coreopsis: the color is yellow; they grow to be 3.5 to 10 feet; like full to partial sun; and bloom May thru September.
The pattern we will use this month will be: Starflower; using two shades of yellow, add a third color – a background of cream. A sample will be on display at the January meeting. Please feel free to take a picture of the block for reference.
The February flower will be “The Swamp Milk-weed.” (Many native perennials are called weeds). This flower will be using the Arizona 2 pattern in two shades of pink, a green for leaves, and the back-ground.
Please feel free to take a picture of the blocks for reference.