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Sew Sweet Simplicity Free Block of the Month-  this is it!! Can you believe it?? We have been working together on this project for about 4 months, and today I am sending out the instructions for the borders- remember, you can make a 4 block quilt, or a 6 block quilt. If you have fallen behind, read to the bottom of this post for a very big announcement which will SURELY motivate you to finish your project!!! AND I’ve got some great giveaways this month, so read on…

Another thing that I must mention before we really get started- the links to all of the patterns will be de-activated in about a month. PLEASE download and/or print out the patterns for safe keeping- I will not send out replacements later. Today’s mailing contains ALL OF THE LINKS- so even if you’ve misplaced your other emails, your current email has all of the information that you need. If you need help in printing or downloading the patterns to your computer, please check the FAQ page for tips. This also means that if you have friends who would like this BOM, please tell them about it now so they can sign up. PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THE PATTERNS WITH THOSE WHO HAVE NOT SIGNED UP. I’ve put so much work into creating this event, and it’s not fair to share it with those who did not sign up. The patterns will be available at a later date for purchase. Thanks for your understanding!! And now… on with the fun!!!

(Note- there’s been some confusion as to the number of blocks for this BOM. If you are doing the 4 Block quilt, you will use blocks #1-4. For the 6 Block quilt, you will use Blocks #1-4, plus Bonus Block #1 and Bonus Block #2- for a total of 6 blocks.)

I did 2 versions of the BOM quilt- one with applique and my Cottage Charm fabric line, and the other with embroidery and various Moda lines. First the appliqued version:

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(and before you all start asking- I got the pillow at Ikea a couple of years ago…)

Here are some closeups of the quilting that my long-arm quilter did (thanks, Danny!!):

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After you’ve quilted it, you may choose to add some button embellishments- obviously you wouldn’t do this if the quilt is for a small child. But I think it’s kind of cute to do something like this:

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And here is the embroidered version (which Alfie is “modelling” in the top photo). For this one, I did an on-point setting:

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I happen to love square quilts- I guess it’s the symmetry that I like. I think people don’t know what to do with a square quilt, other than using it for a wall hanging or table topper. I really like putting them on the bed on a bias, I think it’s really pretty:

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For a great way to display your quilts, paint your walls a neutral color (mine are gray) and put a white bedspread on the bed- then you can add any size, shape, or color quilt:

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And what about the fabulous quilting that Danny did on this one! I love it:

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I hope this has inspired you to get your quilts done!

So now for the giveaways! Visit the blogs below to win a copy of my digital book! The book has 2 quilt patterns (each in 2 color ways, and the cat quilt also has patterns for a bunny and dog quilt as well), a great tote bag, 3 stuffed animals (with clothes, ’cause your animals can’t be running around naked!), 2 adorable stitcheries, plus 3 recipes and crafts and projects for the kids to work on. There is a lot of FUN packed into this book!  Retail value is $14.95 (what an awesome deal!), and you can find it here.

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Remember- You must visit the blogs below to enter. You can enter at each blog, so you will have lots of chances to win! (Open to US and International readers.) And even better, be sure you visit each blog to see how each featured blogger has used their Sew Sweet Simplicity quilt blocks for their finished projects. Lots of great ideas!! You will love the clever finishes!!

(REMEMBER- stop by EACH blog for more chances to win!!)

A Quilt and a Prayer

Bejeweled Quilts

Crazy’BoutQuilts

Garden Path Quilts

LilyPad Quilting

Quiltscapes

Upstairs Hobby Room   

Wedding Dress Blue

For the second giveaway, you must comment here on this blog post. The retail value of this prize is over $70 US. It is a box jammed full of goodies: Aurifil thread and tote bag, quilt patterns, autographed quilt book, a cookbook, a set of note cards, and really cool glasses which help you to see the value of your fabrics (very handy!)

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(Sorry, but due to high shipping costs, this is open to US residents only… I know– Boo!!! But shipping internationally has gotten completely out of control- I hope you will understand! But keep reading, International readers, there will be another contest for you- and it’s fabulous….)

To enter to win the prize box:

  • *Comment here on this post and tell me- Have you ever met a celebrity? (I had so much fun with your answers for our last giveaway question!!)
  • *Enter by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on Sunday March 1, 2015.
  • *I must be able to contact you immediately via email. Please be sure that your email is included in your profile or in your comment. If I choose your name but cannot immediately contact you by email, I will draw another name.
  • *Winner will be chosen randomly.

I will answer my own question and tell you that I have met several local celebrities, such as newscasters. We also once met the wife/guitarist of Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, at a children’s museum in Philadelphia. We had gone to the Bruce Springsteen concert the night before, and went to museum the next day. Their kid and our kid were playing together. I also once met Debbie Mumm at a book signing. She seemed very nice.

FINALLY- remember I told you that I had a big announcement to motivate you to finish up your project?? Well here it is-

I am having a contest for the best finished Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM blocks! You will have the opportunity to send in photos of your completed projects, and I will choose my 3 favorites. You don’t have to finish the project according to my border/quilt instructions, you can do anything you want with your blocks. The entry deadline will be end of March, so you have over a month to finish and get your photos in.

Of course, the REALLY exciting part is the prizes! Third prize is a pattern bundle, and second prize will be a bundle of fabric. First prize will be- hold onto your pincushions, people- a FREE FABRIC KIT FOR THE 2015 BLOCK OF THE MONTH!!!!!!!!!!  This kit is going to feature gorgeous MODA fabrics by Sandy Gervais, and the retail value is over $100!!!!!! (This contest will be open to US and International entries.)

I will post the official rules Thursday- so make sure you stop back!! I will also be showing you the very first SNEAK PEEK of the 2015 Block of the Month. (Current BOM subscribers will get an email with the rules and sneak peek FIRST. Look for an email from me Tuesday- that’s tomorrow!)

This has been a lot of fun for me-  I REALLY enjoyed seeing all of your beautiful work, via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and email. Thank you soooooo much for participating, and a HUGE thank you to my featured bloggers and sponsors, Aurifil Thread and Henry Glass Fabrics. I truly couldn’t have done it without their support and help. Here’s looking forward to our next BOM!!!

OK, all of this excitement has left me exhausted! I’m going to go take a nap. “See” you tomorrow!!

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