This year the Portland Modern Quilt Guild has introduced a new Block of the Month program for our guild, and this month the PMQG has given me my own very month!
So it turns out the very first issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks has been reprinted and is available in stores right now. In that issue is my Buddy block (”Around the Rosie” is what the magazine calls it), and right alongside with Buddy is the block by Pam Vieira-McGinnis of PamKittyMorning! I say “buddy block” because Pam and I are buddies and we secret squirrel’d our blocks so that they’d go together as companion blocks. I suspect Quiltmaker caught on to our not-so elaborate scheme since they placed our blocks together (which of course thrilled us!). I’m sharing my Buddy block for the PMQG’s BOM, but all are welcome to enjoy my instructions.
So back when Pam and I were making our blocks, I was farting around with Pam’s block and my block, using fabrics I didn’t care too much about for playing/experimentation purposes. Playing with a scrappy look. Then to discover I liked my results, but not so much for the fabric (which is really pretty, just not something that’s not my taste). Lesson learned… always fart around with fabrics you love. #lovefarts
For the PMQG BOM I wanted to remake my Buddy block with something new, so I chose Lizzy House’s Pearl Bracelet fabric along with Kona solids.
What a perfect pairing! I couldn’t decide on the background fabric, so I took it to Instagram and asked, “Kona white or Essex Yarn Dyed Flax?” Not only did I get an equal response - I got plenty of Essex Yarn Dyed Black suggestions, too. So I did all three! (thank you IG friends!)
Buddy block instructions
12″ finished block
Seams are ¼”
Press seams open or press seams to the dark
1 - 4½” square (D)
4 - 2⅞” square, cut once diagonally (A1)
2 - 4⅞” square, cut diagonally once (B1)
1 - 5¼” square, cut diagonally twice (A2)
2 - 4⅞” square, cut diagonally once (B2)
4 - 2½” x 4½” rectangles (C)
Join piece B1 to piece B2 to make a unit. Make 4 units.
Join A1 pieces to A2 to make a flying geese unit. Make 4 units.
Join units into rows. Join rows.
Your buddy block is now done and waiting for a companion block to buddy up with to make a fun 2-block quilt!
- Robert Kaufman Fabrics (Kona Solids, Essex Yarn Dyed)
- Andover Fabrics (Pearl Bracelets)
- Lizzy House
- Pam Vieira-McGinnis (PamKittyMorning)
- Portland Modern Quilt Guild
- Quiltmaker 100 Blocks
- Instagram (me!)