Blocks and more blocks.

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Due to a wonderful turn out…Sign up’s are closed! Thank you!

We are off to a great start for the Signature Block Swap!

There is plenty of time to sign up if you haven’t and want to.

I can’t wait to have a quilt made up of all the amazing women that I chat with and check in on everyday in blog land!

I am posting the participants at the bottom of this post so if those of you who are already signed up want to get a head start on making your blocks you can. We are up to 37 people so far. So you will need to make at least 37 so far.

 I started sewing some of mine up the other day so as to be right on top of things!  I made a little tutorial as I went along to show you how easy they are.

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1. Cut your backgrounds squares at 3 1/2″ I used a very nice dyed 100% cotton. Cut your corner squares at 2 1/2″. I used little scaps of civil war reproduction fabrics that I had saved from other projects. But you can sure use all one color if you have a bigger piece of fabric.

2. Mark a line through the middle of your corner squares. I love the “sewline” marking pencil.

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3. Place square in the corner of your background and sew along your marked line.

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4. Cut off the corner using your ruler to get a nice 1/4″ seam allowance.

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5. Press to toward the darker fabric. I like to used a little spray starch so that I get a nice crisp block. My favorite is Mary Ellen’s Best Press.  It smells so yummy!

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6. Repeat process in opposite corner. Your block should measure 3 1/2 ” when you are done.

7.  Sign your block with a permanent fabric marker.

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Here are the ladies we have so far.

Signature Block Swappers


1. Aunt Pitty Pat from

2. Lisa from

3. Teri from

4. Sherry

5. Jane from

6. Barbara

7. Donna from

8. Sue from

9. Molly from

10. Dawn from

11. Carrie from

12. Michelle

13. Melody from

14. Kaaren from

15. Melinda H.

16. Brenda from

17. Cecelia M.

18. Terry C.

19. Mel from

20. Steph

21. Michelle from

22. Julie

23. Linda (Flatlander)

24. Karen from

25. Lanette from

26. Lindsey from

27. Laura P.

28. Laurie N.

29. Danielle from

30. Anett from

31. Rebecca  from

32. Charlene from

33. Melissa from

34.Jandi from

35.Robin from

36.  Lissa  (email)

37.  Carole from

If you see your name above and you have a blog but it is not listed could you shoot me an email at  so that I can add your blog to your name.


In other quilty news I have just been sewing up the rest of my BOM’s for the quilt shop.  I need to design and sew them  into a layout. That’s what I will do today.

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Later Gators!

Due to a wonderful turn out…Sign up’s are closed! Thank you!


8 comments on “Blocks and more blocks.

  1. Sara says:

    Love the signature blocks, I would love to join, but I really don’t have the time or money. I wouldn’t want to disappoint someone!

    Love the BOM your making!

  2. terry cortez says:

    Hey Melissa… Great instructions and grafics on the swap block. I have one question though. Under no. 5 you write “press seam open” – since I ususally press to one side, I want to make sure I’m following your instructions to the tee. Do you want us to press the seam open so that it lays flat? I checked Jo Morton’s Vintage Journey, but could find no reference to the “open seams”. I’m ready to start sewing as soon as I receive clarification. Thanks – Terry in So. Calif.

  3. Thank you Melissa for the instructions. Wow! There are already lots of ladies signed up for this so I think I will get started right away. I’ll keep checking back for the next amount of peeps! This is gonna be fun!

  4. Jane says:

    Great instructions!! I love the cotton you are using, I need to find something like that. Is it muslin or just a tea colored cotton? Thanks, this is going to be a lot of fun!!

  5. Carrie P. says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I guess the swap is a go. Now I get to go shopping for some civil war fabrics.

  6. Jeanne says:

    Hi Melissa,
    I linked over here from another quilty blog, but I can’t remember whose it was. This swap looks like fun. I’ll check my stash and think about joining 🙂

  7. Erin O'Brien says:

    Hi Melissa-

    I’d love to join!! Can you count me in?

  8. Karen says:

    If someone decides not to do the signature block swap, please let me know! I just came over to sign up and found out it was closed. Thanks.

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