Monday, January 1, 2024

Welcome January


It’s 2024 and hubby and I stayed up and watched the ball drop. For me it’s officially the new year when the ball drops in New York City and I hear Frank Sinatra singing ‘New York, New York’. The fireworks in our neighborhood at midnight are just a bonus! It’s always fun to watch the fireworks display at Buck Hill every year from our own front yard…. oh!! and it finally snowed here in Minnesota! We woke up to a snow-covered yard Sunday morning, it was very pretty. I have also awakened this morning to my New Year's cold. It seems as soon as the holidays are over, I relax and come down with my annual holiday cold. I was planning on going over to visit baby girl but I'm rethinking it, I don't want to get little munchkin sick. I may be spending the day wrapped up in a quilt with a movie.

Now onto this year’s block of the month, it’s sorta a mystery and I am encouraging everyone to use fabric from their stash. You will want the same background color for the quilt to tie it all together but, other than that the sky’s the limit. So to begin with go dig thru your fabric stash and look for the following.

Fabric Requirements
Blue background fabric- 2 yards
white fabric (snowman faces) - 1/2 yard
green (trees) - 3/4 yard
pieced border - red- 3/4-yard, pink - 1/2-yard, light green- 1/2-yard, light blue- 3/4-yard
orange- snowman noses
scrappy hats- 10 plus fat quarters or a combination of fat quarters and fat eights in a variety of colors such as red, blue, yellow, pink, green, purple. 

Now let's get stitching!

Snowman Hat Rectangle- Sew a background 2” square onto the top two corners right sides together corner to corner. Trim excess fabric leaving a ¼” seam. Press.

Trace 2 noses onto the paper side of the Heat N bond fusible web. (Or whatever fusible brand you prefer) Iron onto the back side of the orange fabric. Cut out all the carrot noses. Iron on carrot nose onto the snowman block using the quilt on the front cover for placement. Applique stitch using orange or brown thread around the raw edges of the carrot design. I like to use a small buttonhole stitch.

We will wait until the quilt is completed and then quilted before we put on the snowman faces, which will use either buttons or yo-yos.
Tell your friends! Spread the word! Post the button on your blog!

 Each month's pattern is a free PDF instant download. If you miss a month, the patterns are available for $2.50 on my website and also in my Etsy shop.  

If you don't have a printer, you can purchase a PRINTED copy of the monthly patterns.

 There's also a Facebook Group, please join and post your progress! It's also fun to see everyone else progress too! Make sure to post your blocks so far! This month I am having a giveaway for some fabric from my Birds and Bees fabric line. Check out Instagram and Facebook for the details! Help spread the word about this year's BOM for a chance to win this lovely fabric bundle from Marcus Fabrics. Post about it on your blog, share on instagram or Facebook, the BOM icon can be found on my sidebar, make sure to link it to my blog or website for a chance to win this beautiful fabric.

Happy New Year,
Cindy and Josephine


  1. Can’t wait to get started……what size is the snowman hat rectangle. I don’t see it listed. Thanks!

  2. What size is the snowman face rectangle?

  3. Shouldn’t the noses be out of orange fabric?