Block Of The Month

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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.

Note: All patterns come from Quilter’s Cache site – 12″ category



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.

Block Instructions:

The pattern we will use this month will be: Starflower; using two shades of yellow, add a third color – a background of cream.  Click here to view instructions on Quilter’s Cache.  Shown is a sample block displayed at the guild meeting.

January Block Pattern:  Star Flower

* Hint:Cut HST squares 3” not 2 7/8” Then trim to 2 1/2″ square

Color 1 and 2 are two shades of Yellow/gold
Color 3 is your background (Cream for guild raffle)
Make a brown 1 1/2” circle (or yoyo) for the center



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.

Block Instructions:

February Block Pattern:  Arizona 2.  You can click here to find instructions for this block on Quilter’s Cache.

Shown is a photo of a sample block displayed at a guild meeting.

Color 1: pink (1) 3” x 30” strip & (1) 1 1/2” x 12” strip
Color 2: another shade of pink: (1) 2 1/2” x 18” strip
Color 3: Background (Cream for the guild raffle):(1) 3” x 30” strip & (1) 1 1/2” x 12” strip
Color 4: green (for leaves): (1) 2 1/2” x 10” strip

Follow first instruction for color 3 BUT use color 4.
Follow second instruction for 3 BUT use color 2.
Follow the next three steps as written.
* For the 4 1/2” square make a 16 1/2” checkerboard using the 1 1/2” x 12” strips of color 1 and color 3. This looks more like the tiny flowerets.
Follow the rest of the instructions using scant 1/4” seams.



This month we are adding to our garden:

Wild blue indigo (Baptisia australis)
Height: 3 – 5ft; Color: blue or purple; Blooms: May – June
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil Texture: Sandy; Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist
Notes: tolerates poor soils; flowers very showy; shrub-like form

Block Instructions:

March Block PatternCastle In The Air.  You can click here to find instructions for this block on Quilter’s Cache.

See a sample of the quilt block to the right.

Color 1 = medium purple:(1) 2 1/2” x 10” strip & (1) 5” sq.; (1) 5 1/4” sq.
Color 2 = lilac or light purple: (1) 5” x 10” strip & (1) 5” sq.
Color 3 = Background: (2) 5” sq & (1) 5 1/2” sq
Color 4 =  yellow: (1) 4 1/2” sq. (center)

Note: this is not a difficult block, but carefully watch the positioning of the block elements.

A couple of notes: If you desire to make your own quilt you will need approximately 1 1/4 yards of the background for the year. If you are making your own quilt surf the internet and look at some sampler quilts for setting ideas. Indeed we are making a sampler.

You will notice that I have rounded the pieces up for the triangles.

I like to trim my block elements to get to the exact size and sew the components using a scant 1/4 inch. Make sure your block measures 12 1/2” square for yourself or if you are participated with the traditional BOM.



This month we are adding to our garden:

Yellow Sneezeweed

Yellow sneezeweed  Helenium autumnale 

Height: 1.5 – 6ft; Color: yellow; Blooms: July – November

Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade

Soil Texture: Clay, Loamy, Sandy; Notes: tolerates wet areas; showy flowers; herbal uses

Block Instructions:

April Block PatternA Dandy. You can click here to find instructions for this block on Quilter’s Cache.

See a sample of the quilt block to the right.

Pattern: A Dandy
Color 1: Yellow: (1) strip 2-1/2″ x 20″ & one strip 5″ x 10″ 

Color 2: Green – leaves:(1) strip 2 1/2” x 18” 

Color3: background:(1) strip 2-1/2″ x 18″ & (1) strip 5″ x 10” 

Color 4: Greenish-yellow or yellow 2 – center: (1) 4 1/2” square

A couple of notes: For planning purposes : If you want to do a quilt as you go –

Here are the flower colors: 3 yellows, 2 pinks, 3 purples, 2 reds, 1 orange, and 1 blue

All blocks are 12 inches. All blocks come from Quilter’s cache site.



This month we are adding to our garden:

BOM for May

Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis
2 – 4ft; Flower Color: red; Blooms: JulyOctober

Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Soil Texture: Clay, Loamy; Soil Moisture: Moist, Wet

Habitat: fresh tidal and non-tidal marshes, wooded swamps, seeps; banks of ponds, rivers, streams

Notes: long bloom time; biennial, must reseed

Block Instructions:

May Block PatternUnion Square.  You can click here to find instructions for this block on Quilter’s Cache.

Cardinal Flower Union Square

Color 1 – Background: one strip 2-1/2″ x 10″ AND two 3-3/4″ squares  AND one strip 2-1/2″ x 18″ and one strip 3″ x 12”


Color 2 – dark red: one 4-1/2″ square


Color 3 – red: one strip 2-1/2″ x 20″ & one strip 5″  x 10″ and one strip 3″ x 12″