Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Block a Day Challenge & Eventual Giveaway

I plan on making the GIVEAWAY for this to be ALL of the 31 blocks in my challenge. I love the blocks, but I have to be realistic: If I haven't done anything with them in 11 years, what makes me think 2013 is the magical year? I would like to make it magical for one lucky winner. Read down to the bottom to hear about how you can win these and the remaining companion fabrics!

I pulled out a box of blocks I had made in 2002 when I got really motivated to make a block a day (gasp! yes, a block a day). Of course, I wasn't traveling and teaching then, though I was working part time and taking computer certification classes. But, hey, there's always time for sewing. Here are a week's worth of blocks and some notes I had taken while I was working on them. You can read the original story with tips on how to create your own challenge here:  Block a Day Challenge

January 1, 2002 (yes, 2002!) - 5” Album Block

5" Album Block - Can you see the little fairies?
Already had chosen a grouping of fabrics - the Fairy Collection from Benartex from 2000. Had small pieces to begin with, mostly fat eighths that I had already cut patches from. The first block is a 5” Album Block using lavender and yellow. Simple. Quick. Done.

January 2, 2002 - 10" Sister's Choice

10" Sister's Choice - Scattered flowers in greens and lavender
Must have been too early in the morning. I mis-cut squares for my triangle units. So, I set them aside to be used for a future block. Sewed Sister’s Choice block and set aside. Decided to cut out patches for an entire future block so I can grab and just sew. (Found Monday’s Child in Judy Martin’s Ultimate Block Book. Cut the following patches: center square is on point, cut 4-3/4”; setting triangles, cut two 3-7/8” which will equal four triangles; cut two 4-1/4” squares which will be recut into four triangles each (total of eight triangles).)

I also discovered that I can keep parts of blocks, pre-cut units, pre-sewn units, patches for entire blocks in envelopes. Grabbed some old envelopes from husband for this purpose. Labeled each so I don’t get confused when I come back to them later. (It's not good to confuse a quilter.)

  January 3, 2002 - 10” Dutchman’s Puzzle

10" Dutchman's Puzzle - Added 3rd color in center for a secondary pinwheel

Made a 10” Dutchman’s Puzzle by cutting the following patches: one 6-1/4” blue square to be recut into four triangles; six lavender mini print 3-3/8” squares with each being re-cut into two triangles for a total of twelve triangles; two pink 3-3/8” squares to be re-cut into two triangles each for a total of four triangles.

 January 4, 2002 - 8” Untitled
8" Unnamed Block - I captured a little fairy in the center,  dancing on a flower
Wanted to fussy cut a central square with a fairy. Inspiration came from a novelty tin can in my hall bathroom! Central square is cut 4-1/2”; outside mini print squares (4) cut 2-1/2”; eight 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” lavender strips and eight 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” green strips.
I also cut out units for a 9” Anvil; Cut out patches for 10” Single Irish Chain.

January 5, 2002 - 6” Flower Bud

6" Flower Bud - Simple, quick, done.
 Had nothing to say on that day!

January 6, 2002 - 9” London Roads
9" London Roads - Tiny pink sprigs on a blue background
Sliced and diced a few more units to put in envelope for a day that I need a quickie block. For the London roads I cut the following: two light 4-1/4” squares to make eight triangles; two dark 4-1/4” squares to make eight triangles; one light 3-1/2” square; eight dark 1-1/2” x 3-1/2” strips and four light 1-1/2” x 3-1/2” strips.

 January 7, 2002 - 12” Album


Yesterday, I cut out patches to make the corner pieced squares. Centered a lavender fairy on point as the central motif. The purple swirly print goes well with the lavender, pink, and gold plaid. Fun block. END OF THE FIRST WEEK!

Observations: make some more matching sized blocks so that I can group them. For example, make a few more 6” blocks so I can group them either by 2’s or 4’s. Make some more 5” blocks for the same reason. I like symmetry and that’s what makes me feel comfortable.

The Giveaway
OK. You've come this far for the blocks for the first week of January. How can you win all of the 31 blocks (including these first 7)? Each week I will post about another 7 or so blocks; vote for your favorite block in the group, only once. You can come back the next week and vote for the second batch, and so on. The final week I will have a drawing from all the comments. You get to put your name in 4 times for 4 chances to win. (No more than 4; I will purge the list.)

You MUST be a follower. If I draw your name and discover you are not a follower, I will pick another name (it's my party and I make up the rules).

Next week I will show the companion fabrics that will go along with the blocks. You get the whole thing!

108 comments:

  1. There's some favorites here, but I go with my heritage - The Dutchmans's Puzzle

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  2. Hard to choose! So pretty. I think I have to go with Sister's choice. I am looking forward to seeing more.

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  3. I would have to say that I like the Sisters Choice the best. I think it is really pretty with the color combinations.

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  4. I like the 6" Flower Bud anything with flowers and I am hooked and it has my favourite colour green.

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  5. I cast my vote for the Dutchman's Puzzle, although I'm sure my fairy-loving nieces would choose differently. Such cute blocks.

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  6. I like the Flower Bud block the best! Can't wait to see more!

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  7. They're all nice, but Sister's Choice is my all time favorite block, and this is a beautiful one, so I have to go with that one. =) I follow by e-mail.

    dezertsuz at gmail dot com

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  8. Oh, I love that Dutchmens puzzle. Your blocks are.great! I'm proud.to be your follower.

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  9. All your blocks are gorgeous! It's a hard pick. I like the Untitled block with the fairy in the center best.

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  10. Obrigada.Meu voto é para o quatro de janeiro,esta fadinha no centro está um encanto.

    tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  11. Sister's Choice definitely my favorite.

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  12. Dutchman's Puzzle is my fav. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on the draw. Have a Happy New Year

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  13. Happy New Year! Thanks for the giveaway chance. I'd pick Sister's Choice, but love them all!

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  14. Happy New Year! I will vote for Sister's Choice!

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  15. My favorite is January 4th's Untitled, it reminds me of my granddaughter.

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  16. My favorite is January 4 untitles, it would look so cute in a little girls quilt.

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  17. Hard choice, but, I think I'd choose Sister's choice.

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  18. My favorite (although they are all great) is the Album block. I am partial to plaids, and that is such a dainty plaid.

    Donna

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  19. I vote for Sister's choice. it shows the different fabrics so well.
    Joan in GA

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  20. Sister's Choice is the forerunner of my likes. Soft and touchable. Thanks for the fun Debby, you have such great ideas. :)

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  21. I like the Dutchman's Choice. The pinwheel in the middle just makes it fun.

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  22. I like the 8" un-named block!

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  23. Dutchman's Puzzle is my favorite - I'm a sucker for flying geese. Thanks.

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  24. well, I like the Sister's Choice just like the others but I am voting for the "untitled" block as the center fussy-cut piece is just perfect in the block and this quilt with these colors would be awesome for my toddler great-grandaughter.

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  25. I like "London Roads" anything with London catches my eye these days...we've had a guest at our house for the last week or so from London! :)

    sowingstitches[at]gmail[dot]com

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  26. Sister's Choice is the best. The colors that are combined here are just a lovely balance.

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  27. My choice is the 10" Sisters Choice. I love the colors you chose for the blocks, it also helps that the material has flowers. I am into quilting and gardening. This was meant for me. I will keep my fingers crossed that I am chosen.

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  28. Dutchman's Puzzle is my favorite of this grouping. Love the colors.

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  29. I really love them all but my choice would be Sisters Choice .Happy New Year!

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  30. January 7th, album block. I love all of them!! You have a wonderful eye for color and placement. Thank you for a great giveaway and wonderful blog babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  31. They are all really good but I like London Roads I think. I love the colors, purple is my favorite.

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  32. I love the Dutchman's Puzzle! But they r all terrific.

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  33. Jan 2nd, 10" Sisters Choice.

    thelady(at)hotmail.com

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  34. My vote goes to Sister's Choice .I have always loved that block and the colors are awesome.

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  35. What a fun giveaway! Dutchman's Puzzle is my favorite block. Thanks sew much for this chance to win. :-D

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  36. Mmm choices! I vote for London Roads even though pink is not a favorite color.

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  37. I am a follower and my favorite block is Sister's Choice.

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  38. Oh my gosh Debby! You got my attention with all the purple/lavender colors. SO pretty. I really am having a terrible time choosing however, as I really love that very last one with the fairy on point, but I think I'd have to choose the "10" Sister's Choice - Scattered flowers in greens and lavender". I really love the lavender and green in those shades. Just a beautiful block.

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  39. They are all beautiful, and I am torn to choose a favorite. But I'm a simple gal, so I will say the January 4, 2002 - 8” Untitled block, with the 5" album block a very close second.

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  40. My favorite for this week is January 6, 2002 - 9” London Roads. I love the colors and the arrow effect. sewpatsy1

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  41. All your blocks are lovely. Wow this is a fantastic give a way. Thanks for a chance.
    I really like the 8" unnamed block with the fairy in the middle.

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  42. My favorite is January 4, "Untitled." I am a sucker for beautiful fussy-cutting and I love the fairy in the center. Happy New Year!

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  43. I like the untitled block. That fairy makes it special!

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  44. I love the colors that you have chosen. They are all my favorites.I like the Sisters Choice block.Thank you for a chance to win a fantastic giveaway!

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  45. Love the "Sister's Choice"! It's beautiful!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  46. I like the secondary color in Dutchman's Puzzle....but I LOVE the purples/greens in Sister's Choice. Can't wait to see all of them!

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  47. I like the flower bud block. It is simple, yet pretty.

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  48. I'm a follower. I like The Sister's Choice block. I can't wait to see the rest.

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  49. I like the Jan 5, 2002 block 6" Flower Bud. I like the colors in the that one. I like all the blocks, because they have a lot of my favorite colors. It was hard to choose just one.

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  50. January 6, 2002 9” London Roads.
    What a great block! I've never seen this one before.

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  51. I am a follower! I had a hard time picking just one but I have to go with Sister's Choice. Love the colors and the delicate look of the block. Can't wait to see the rest.

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  52. I am a follower. My favorite is the January 2, 2002 - 10" Sister's Choice

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  53. My favorite block for the first week is: 10" Sister's Choice - Scattered flowers in greens and lavender.

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  54. January 3, 2002 - 10” Dutchman’s Puzzle is my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway! Happy New Year!

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  55. I love your untitled block, because I love the fairy! She's sew cute.
    Maybe it should be named Dancing Fairy.

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  56. Flower bud is my favorite. I love the colors in all of them.

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  57. London Roads--what a neat block--think I'll go make some of these! I really loved several of the fairy blocks with 'unnamed block' my fav (fairy dancing on flower fussy cut center)

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  58. These are so very pretty. I'll have to vote for London Roads. I'm not familiar with that block, and I find it very interesting. I like the fabrics and can't wait to see what you put up next!

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  59. My favourite block is London Roads!

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  60. I like the Dutchman's puzzle with the Pinwheel in the middle. Very Pretty.

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  61. I choose London Roads, as one of the more interesting blocks. Have fun with the giveaway, Debby!

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  62. I like the untitled block from Jan. 4th the best.

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  63. I like them all .My choice is London Roads

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  64. Sister's Choice is my favorite. They are all wonderful.

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  65. It's Sisters Choice for me, but it was hard to choose.

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  66. I really like the Dutchman puzzle and the sister's choice. Can't decide between them, so both are my favourites. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway! Happy New Year.

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  67. I think the London Roads is my favorite block.

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  68. I love Jan 4th, the fussy cut fairy.

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  69. I vote for The Dutchman's Puzzle.

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  70. I do love sister's choice. Those little flowers are just too sweet.

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  71. Me gusta el bloque llamado London Roads. Gracias.

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  72. Hi!!! They are all very pretty!!! I love the fussy cut fairy dance block!!! Perfect colors!!! Thank You

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  73. Oh I love all the blocks. But my favorite is sister's choice!

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  74. I like the 8 inch unnamed one for this week. Thanks. vickise at gmail dot com


























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  75. I love rhe first block, the 4" album block, January 1'st, 2002, with the X. I think it's fabulous that you can only see one fairy, and I can imagine a child home sick would get veeeeery sleepy chasing the fairy round the block!

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  76. I love the January 6th London Roads block...this is one I'd like to make. Thank you!

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  77. oops, I am the "unknown" in that prior comment. I don't know how to add my info...Sara.

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  78. I guess i goofed last week with my google profile saying unknown I am a follower and have edited my Google account so will try this again .London Roads is my favorite

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  79. I guess i goofed last week with my google profile saying unknown I am a follower and have edited my Google account so will try this again .London Roads is my favorite

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  80. I like Sister's Choice the best.

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  81. My choice is definitely January 4ths Untitled - the fairy was the deciding factor!

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  82. I like the Dutchman's puzzle block. mcdowallrc@gmail.com

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  83. I like the 2nd one " sisters Choices

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  84. I like sister's Choice the best! Especially like the color combination!

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  85. All are great blocks so it's hard to choose but going to say Sister's Choice. I love a nice star block, hehe.

    Thank you for a neat giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  86. I like the 10" Sister's Choice the best.
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  87. I love the 12 inch ALBUM block. So fun to see all the blocks you have made. And to think maybe I could WIN them is really exciting!!

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  88. I like January 3, 2002 - 10” Dutchman’s Puzzle

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  89. I am a follower and I vote for Sisters Choice.

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  90. London roads gets my vote, I love the colours and it depicts the web of roads in our capital city. I follow through google reader.

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  91. I also vote for London Roads, it's always been a favorite of mine!

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  92. I am a follower and I love the London Roads block. I know I voted one week, so I had to go through twice to make sure that it was not week one.

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  93. I am a follower and I love the London Roads block. I know I voted one week, so I had to go through twice to make sure that it was not week one.

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  94. I like the London Roads the best.

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  95. My favorite block out of this batch is definitely the january 7th block with the corner pieced squares. Love the lines to it..Very pleaseing to my eyes. I am new to quiting...But not to sewing. I would love to win this. I would love to be able to finish it all and be able to free motion quilt it and bind it...What inspiration and it would be so educational as well for me. I am a follower and have been one for a little while now. Thank you for the chance to win such a special giveaway.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  96. Sister's Choice is my favorite in this group. Love finding unfinished treasures and completing them. I follow you by e-mail.

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  97. january 2,Sister´s choice is my favorite-

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  98. I like the January 7th, Album. I love the dark purple with the little fairy. pbstrand@msn.com

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  99. My pick is January 7th. I love purple it makes me think of my two granddaughters who both love purple.

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  100. I really like the Dutchman's Puzzle, although they are all great blocks!

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  101. I like the sisters choice block. The fabric work beautifully together

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