Sunday, June 1, 2014

June's Block is Here!

June is here and it's getting warm in Minnesota. I find myself complaining... "it's tooooo hot"... the air conditioning is on and I have it cranked down to a comfortable 70 degrees. (My husband is freezing) I am embarrassed to say, after the long winter we had, I wouldn't mind a cold day. So with this month's section, I am dreaming of the cold days of winter and thinking of our Minnesota boys who dream of hockey. Watching hockey, playing hockey.... be it on skates in an arena or on the lake in boots, Minnesota boys love hockey. 
I am using the same background fabrics as I did for my Cozy Cabin and Big Tree and Fir Tree block. There is some flexibility with this strip if you are making it scrappy. The background can be a little different if you choose to do that. You could use a different blue. But do keep in mind the over all color choices you have used so far on your quilt. I have also used two different grey fabrics for my block, but it's ok to use just one if you want. A fat quarter of grey is more than enough for this section. The 'Northern Hockey Skates' pattern can be found  HERE and on Craftsy. The pattern is free for the month of June. If you missed Chilly Silly Snowmen, Cozy Cabin or Big Tree, Sparkling Stars or Fir Tree, it's not too late to get the patterns. They can be found for a small fee on Etsy and Craftsy,.
I should have posted this month's ago... how many 2 1/2" squares can you cut out of a fat quarter?
This is handy to know since we are working with 2 1/2" squares.

I have my pattern printed and my fabric chosen.

I have decided to make my block scrappy using fabric that
I have set aside for this quilt from my stash.

Sewing corner to corner to form my triangle blocks...

Following the block layout for my Northern Hockey Skates
block I sew my squares together...

Here I am tracing the skate blade onto my heat n bond...

Lay your blade onto your block and center along the
bottom of the skate boot. I have sewn the 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" strip
to my block since the blade overlaps onto that area. 

Using dark brown thread I machine applique a buttonhole stitch
along the edge of the skate blade.

Northern Hockey Skates
June's block

Remember to post your finished Northern Hockey Skates strip onto the Flickr account for a chance to win the prize at the end of the month! If you blog about it, please email me a link so that I can attach it to the Pinterest Board I have going for the BOM 2014. I hope you have fun with this section of the mystery quilt. It can easily be done in a weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's skates! As you can see with the quilt layout that the quilt is coming along nicely. There's still some surprises! 'll be announcing the prize for this month's block around the 15th and the winner will be announced on July 1st, when the next section is out.

Happy Quilting,
Debra won three half yard cuts of Tweet For Two from Marcus Brothers. 

Block layout so far.... I'm lovin' the skates!


  1. The skates are JUST ADORABLE! Great design!

  2. Another really cute block pattern to make!, and I love ice skates! Thanks.
    Then I scroll down further and see that I've been drawn as this month's winner!
    Jackpot! A great pattern for my little quilt AND some really cute fabric!! I've been a little under the weather, and this is a great way to start June! Thank you so much!

  3. Love these skates. Thanks.

  4. Fabulous! I look forward to the 1st of the month especially to see your block!

  5. Sweet! I did not see this block coming. How fun to add skates :-)

  6. Watched the hockey game that went into overtime yesterday and kept trying to get a glimpse of their skate blade shapes........My blocks are cut and ready sew. Thanks......

  7. Wow! Those skate blocks are so cool! Your quilt is sure coming together nicely. Lovely work!

  8. Can't wait to make this one!!

  9. I have many of your patterns, you are a major talent. I'm a Minnesota native, born in Minneapolis. and I remember how hot the summers were. I'm with you on the cool, makes for great quilting. Keep those great patterns coming.

  10. Hey there, when I print my skates patten I don't the whoe thing...someone help me?
    Thank tou

  11. What a cute pattern! My husband is from southern MN, near Mankato. I go to a quilting retreat in St. Cloud at Gruber's every July--just around the corner!