Wednesday, June 5, 2024

June's Block


Happy belated June! Life has been crazy as usual, so please accept my apology for the late post. I didn't do a good job managing my time this week! On that note, since it's summer and summers are typically a busy time for everyone, we will do only one snowman block each month for the next few months.  

It has been raining like crazy here! Inches at a time and I have been struggling to get our garden in. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I will get it done by this weekend! I've had the plants ready to plant the last week... I'm planting tomatoes, peppers, kohlrabi and squash. Our usual favorites... 

To add to our chaotic home, we are adding a new furry friend. A sweet mahogany and white basset hound puppy who we've named Bonaparte. As you read this, keep your fingers crossed and send positive vibes that Josephine and Bonaparte get along. We're excited to pick up our new puppy tomorrow, his mother was Belvedere's sister. We love that connection. The timing for a new puppy isn't great with scheduled vacations etc. but we didn't want to miss the opportunity to have first pick of this litter. Bonaparte won't be old enough to go to our dog sitter's home on vacation (I call it puppy spa week), so sweet Bonaparte will be traveling with us until he gets all his shots. 

Here's a quick recap, if you are just discovering this year's block of the month, it’s sort of 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 1 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.
~ Block #11 ~

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.
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 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! 

I'm now off to gather all the puppy stuff so I have everything ready for Bonaparte. I hope that you have a wonderful day and find some time to stitch.

Have a wonderful day,
Cindy, Josephine & Bonaparte

~ Bonaparte ~