Block of the Month for August 2006

A Round Ostrich
Like the idea of a Round Robin quilt but not sure about trying one? Try a Round Ostrich then - unlike the robin that flits around from person to person, the ostrich is a flightless bird that stays home. The fun is in the monthly rounds that push you to be quilt-creative.


You pick the colors, size, blocks and layout of the quilt. It's up to you if you want to make this for a small pillow, a wall hanging, a lap quilt, or larger.

For the next three months, August, September, and October, I will put up two themes for two rounds of the challenge. You may choose to skip one of the six rounds if you run out of time or if it won't fit your quilt. You'll have a finished top in plenty of time for you to quilt and bind it for gift giving season!

August (Rounds A and B)

Round A

You must make ONE block (any size) and find ONE quote that fits it. The quote does not have to be written on the block. I plan to put mine on the quilt label, but you don't have to. Your quote should fit either the name of the block, or if applique, fit the subject. For example, if I were to applique an apple, I found lots of apple quotes and proverbs to use:

  • "The apple does not fall far from the tree."
  • "An apple a day keeps the doctor away."
  • "My apple trees will never get across and eat the cones under his pines, I tell him. / He only says, 'Good fences make good neighbors'." Robert Frost
  • "Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why."
  • Handsome apples are sometimes sour."

Remember, Quilter's Cache is a great site for you to find hundreds of free block patterns and free block templates, all types from paper piecing to applique, and all block sizes:

I used the following two websites for finding quotes:

I typed in compass and found 90 quotes, 53 for mariner, so if you wanted to make a mariner’s compass block you’d have plenty of quotes to choose from! Of course, any quote referring to finding your way or the sea or the ocean would be great too.

There were 204 results for the number nine, and 26 quotes with the word patch, if you prefer to make a simple nine-patch. Here’s my favorite patch quote:

  • Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time, which every day produces…

That’s a good one for a quilt maker, isn’t it?

Round B

You must add at least two inches to at least two sides of the block you made in Round A. It can be either a plain or pieced border, and you must use at least one fabric color that starts with the letter B, OR has something beginning with the letter B on it.

Some suggestions for color might be blue, burgundy, black, beige, blueviolet, bluegreen, bisque, beryl, brown, burnt orange, burnt sienna, blaze, bronze, buff... You CAN get creative if you want, and use colors that might be used in the garment or food industry - banana, berry, bittersweet, blanched almond, buttercup, blonde, brunet, barley, balsam...

Color beginning with B OR print with B items!

Things that start with the letter b might include fabric prints of bamboo, bouquets, babies, baseball, burgers, butterflies, bears, bumblebees, boots, burros, bubbles...

For the Sew and Tell at the August meeting, please take a piece of paper and pin it to the front side of your block. Include your name, the block's name (if it has one) your quote for Round A, and your Round B color or word, if it's not obvious on the block.

We will put our rounds up on the boards to show at each monthly guild meeting. Everyone works on their own quilt top, and takes their own quilt top home at the end of each meeting.

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