Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October's Block

It's the very last section to the quilt. Wow, I can't believe how quickly the time has gone! Well a winter themed quilt needs a string of lights. We have our lights up on our house all winter long. Every year I think it would be a good idea and string the lights outside before the snow falls. I really think the ideal time would be right before Thanksgiving but after Halloween. But my hubby always wants to wait until after Thanksgiving. We've been out in the snow hanging lights and they stay up until spring. Mainly because they are frozen in place or buried in snow until the weather warms up agian. I hope that you have fun with this month's section. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's 'String of of Lights'. I will be putting together some extra embellishments for you to add to this section of the quilt, so check back! This way you can make your quilt your own!
The 'String of Lights' pattern can be found  HERE and on Craftsy. If you missed Chilly Silly Snowmen, Cozy Cabin or Big Tree, Sparkling Stars, Fir Tree, Northern Hockey Skates, Toasty Mugs, Sweet Tooth, or Evergreen Tree,  it's not too late to get the patterns. They can be found for a small fee on Etsy and Craftsy.  Again, everything is based on 2 1/2" squares, you will want to try to match this block with how you did the other blocks in this section so that it all goes together. Let me show you how I completed this month's block.

Some of what I have left from my fabrics for this project.
I picked out colors that work well as Christmas bulbs.
All of my 2 1/2" squares are all ready to start sewing.
For the triangle squares I have paired up the background
blue fabric with my brightly colored fabric for the bulbs.
I lined them all up on my 3" quilt ruler. Now watch this
nifty trick....
I can lift all of my squares to my sewing machine
with ONE hand!
I found a new use for my favorite quilt ruler....
Maybe you will find this to be a handy tip too!
Here is part of the strip all ready to be sewn together. I made the red and yellow
blocks first, then I finished the green and orange blocks, (Following the pattern)
Iron on the top of the bulb lining up the edges.
(The corners of the bulb cap lines up with the
seams of the bulb.)

String of Lights, the final section for the quilt. It's now time to piece all of the sections together.

October's layout....
Remember to post your finished String of Lights block 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 lights! It's now time to sew your sections together! Next month I will release the finishing details for the quilt.  There's still some surprises! I'll be announcing the prize for this month's block around the 15th and the winner will be announced on November 1st.

I'm thinking it would be fun to have a blog hop in January. Let's have a virtual show and tell!

Happy Quilting,
Pat Vetterlein

Pat won....
A Quilt Minnesota Charm pack and Needle Case
Please email me your address so that I can send you your awesome prize!


  1. The last row is beautiful, it finishes up the layout beautifully!

  2. I use my ruler the same way at times. Great last row to finish up this sweet quilt. Will there be spacers, or can we sew our rows together?

  3. My friend was asking what the last row would be so we began to make guesses. A string of lights was not one of the things we thought about but this finishes it off nicely!

  4. Hi!!!! This one is amazing!!!!! I love it!!!! This one is like icing on the cake!!!!! Thank You so much!!!!! I am behind but haven't given up!!!!!

  5. Thanks Cindy...it's been fun sewing along. I'm going to sew a background 4 patch, measure the size and cut the bulb colors that measurement and do quick corners. One of my favorite rulers is the 15" square. Again thanks for the sew along. I don't have a blog, but will follow in Jan. Woof to Wilson!!

  6. Thank you, Cindy for such a sweet sew along! This will really turn out lovely and fun for the holidays!

  7. The lights are a great idea and look just right. Thanks.

  8. Cute, cute, cute!! Thank you so much - can't wait to get stitching!

  9. What a great last row!!! Love, love, love this quilt! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. This is amazing. Thank you so very much for such an exciting adventure.

  11. Cindy, this has just been the greatest BOM - I've been chomping at the bit about it all year because I have a back-up of something like 7 more old ones to do first. This one is definitely going to happen, though!

  12. When is the final step coming out? Its november! And theres snow here.