Blocks, blocks, blocks!

It has been a while since I updated everyone on my current project list...and it's quite long! So rather than bore you with the details of what I'm trying to do, today I want to show you the blocks that I've finished since December.

First up is the Sunbonnet Sue and Sam Around the World, hosted by Marion at Seams to be Sew. Each month 2 countries were featured in honour of the Olympics. I have tried to stay as current as I could, but I fell behind in the fall with craft shows, customer orders and Christmas gifts that I needed to make.

This year she's hosting another year long quilt along too! Every week she releases a block based on a US state, and each month there is a block for a Canadian province. If you do the free block and post it on Flickr, you can request its mate for free - or you can buy any of the patterns from her site. I only plan to make the Canadian blocks this year, and the first block was supposed to be released yesterday - so I need to download and get cracking!

Sue in Russia
Sam in Russia
Sue in India
Sam in India
Sue in Netherlands
Sam in Netherlands

I have three more countries printed and at the cutting fabric stage, and 3 more countries to request. The deadline for the last pattern requests is coming up soon in February, so I really need to get these done :O

If you want to see more of my Sue and Sam blocks, check out the links Brazil; France, China and Africa; USA, Ireland, Germany, Japan; Spain, Arabia, Antarctica, Canada, England, Greece.

I have been collecting lots of Row by Row Experience patterns the last 3 summers. I plan to make some quilts for our trailer to showcase the traveling we've done. I am slowly putting these together, starting with the rows I bought or received as kits and moving onto the scrappy ones.

Cindy Bee's Quilt Shop in Espanola Ontario 2016 Row by Row pattern

Each year has a different theme for the rows. In 2014 it was Seasons. 2015 was H2O, and 2016 Home Sweet Home. Participating quilt shops offer the free row pattern for a limited time, and many have kits available. Some shops also have a fabric license plate which have cute sayings on them - some are the store's slogan.

The bee row is totally finished, but the view from Canmore below still needs the outline stitching to be done.

The Sugar Pine Company, Canmore Alberta Row by Row Experience 2015

I have been asked for lots of thematic bags at shows, so I tried some mini paper pieced patterns that I plan to build into a simple tote bag. I think both of these patterns are available on Craftsy. The camper is part of a series with 6 outdoor themed blocks.

paper pieced minis

Probably a year ago, my Mom sent me a link about the Canadian Mystery Quilt that was created by Cantik fabrics. It's designed by Shania Sunga, and every 6 weeks a new block kit is mailed out. If memory serves me correctly, the last block is to be shipped in April. I love all the blocks so far!

Canadian Mystery Quilt - PEI
Canadian Mystery Quilt - Newfoundland
Canadian Mystery Quilt - Ontario

This quilt is designed to be 47x56, so I think I will keep the blocks and add the provincial themed Sue and Sam blocks from Marion's quilt along this year to make a real piece of Canadiana for myself. I don't mind keeping the centre with the batiks and mixing in scraps on the outer blocks. I will use a solid black as sashing between all the blocks, and hopefully use some of my Northcott Oh Canada fabrics in the borders and Sue/Sam blocks.

And finally I want to add one big project to my February to do list: the Canada, EH? mystery table runner sponsored by the magazine Quilter's Connection. I have been subscribing to this magazine for two years, and I really enjoy the Canadian views and designer spotlights. To celebrate this year's 150th anniversary of Canadian sovereignty, Janet Baker designed a table runner. If I can get it finished and a photo uploaded by mid-April, I can win a prize! I love the incentive of a prize to get me back on the sewing machine! This month's OMG goal is to assemble the table runner. Can you wish me luck?

Mystery Table runner fabric choices, sponsored by Quilter's Connection.

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