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Portland MQG BOM - my Buddy block!

March 20th, 2013

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.
Buddy block

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
Sew Happy Together

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
Buddy block

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.
Buddy block

Join units into rows. Join rows.
Buddy block
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!)

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15 Responses

  1. The fabulous Anita allegedly said:

    Wow, I love it!

  2. The fabulous ppam allegedly said:

    Everything about this post is fantastic, the blocks, the quilt, the magazine and of course our friendship! Xoxo??!!

  3. The fabulous sukie allegedly said:

    Great block tutorial!! And I love farts too

  4. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    Totally love it, the pop of black really works too :)

  5. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    Welcome Back! I’ve missed your quilting blog (even though I loved the Japanese one).

    Your buddy block looks wonderful and easy to do. Okay Quilt Month - the challenge is on!

  6. The fabulous Cindy Sharp allegedly said:


  7. The fabulous Helen allegedly said:

    I love the colors you use and the way you put them together. That is a very fun quilt.

  8. The fabulous Erica at Sew So Crafty allegedly said:

    Of course I have my own Quiltmakers 100 Blocks … who doesn’t right!But WOW … just love your new creation that you invented by just playing around … am in awe! Thanks for the new block tutorial!

  9. The fabulous Archiethewonderdog allegedly said:

    I love it!

  10. The fabulous Michele allegedly said:

    That quilt is really cool. I would have never thought to use different backgrounds but I love the way this came out.

  11. The fabulous jody allegedly said:

    perfection - once again!

  12. The fabulous Toni Randal allegedly said:

    lovely prints and patterns!!! and just so easy to make… :D

  13. The fabulous Bear Creek Quilting Company allegedly said:

    Beautiful! This is one of our favorite blocks. Thank you for clear instructions and wonderful pictures.

  14. The fabulous Mare allegedly said:

    love it all, but now please explain about those adorable apples!! I love those and I am DYING to make something like that!

  15. The fabulous Chris allegedly said:

    Excellent tutorial and great comments - love a little humor with my quilting!

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