Here are 5 blocks for this month. This was my first attempt at needleturn applique, and, as I said on my blog, it will probably be my last!! You can tell that a beginner did these blocks...don't say I didn't warn you! Even though it was a daunting task, I am glad that I completed these blocks and at least tried a new technique. (sorry the color is terrible in this picture. All the reds and purples are different. And they ARE red and purple despite what the picture looks like!)
For February, we are making traditional snowball blocks with hearts appliquéd on the center.
This version of the snowball block was published in 1911 by Joseph Doyle, a Newark New Jersey company that printed at least two booklets offering quilting patterns, The Patchworker's Companion and Patchwork and Quiltmaking.
The heart is the classic shape for learning needleturn appliqué because it gives you the opportunity to practice straight and curved lines and inside and outside points.
. . . and your results do not have to be perfect to creae a great looking block . . . mine weren't and I think my block is pretty cute ;-)
Click over to the forum discussion for links to the patten and needleturn article on quilting.about.com and join the fun this month on the block lotto.