• Block of the Every Other Month – Lockup – Due August 2022

    Renee presented our next BOTEOM: Lockup, which was created by Riane Menardi Morrison & The MQG. Please follow the instructions found on the MQG website, but note our color choices for the SBAMQG blocks.

    Finished block size: 8-½” x 4-½”

    Fabrics: Any color/any scale stripes on a white to off-white background.

    Substitute striped fabrics (any color and any scale) in place of the coral used on the block on MQG’s website. If you don’t have any striped 1-½” strips, Renee will bring some to the in-person June guild meeting to share.

    Please use a white to off-white for the background color. Renee’s sample blocks are made with Kona Dove, for reference.


    MQG Block Study, January 2018, by Riane Minardi Morrison and the MQG: Lockup


    Alternate grid

    Negative space


    Renee Tallman shared her inspiration for the color scheme, which came from a scrappy stripes quilt she completed with Kona Dove background:

    Quilt by Renee Tallman


  • Block of the Every Other Month – ½ & ½ Log Cabin – Due January 2022

    ½ & ½ Log Cabin

    Presented by Mickey Beebe

    Final 1/2 and 1/2 Log Cabin block

    Scandinavian Fresh Color Palette won our September vote

    Pickle, Herb, Slate, Desert, Green, Sage, Mustard, Ochre

    You will choose 2-3 colors for your block. The center can be the same color as one half of the block, or ANY color in the palette.

    1. Start with two  2” blocks. Sew together.







    2. Going clockwise around the block, add the next strip. Strips can be between 2” and 2 ¾”


    3. Continuing clockwise, add 2 strips using your other color.
    Press all seams open.


    4. Round One is now done!
    Use a ruler and rotary cutter to trim the edges.


    5. You can trim extra fabric with scissors before opening up the seams.


    6. Continue adding until you have three rounds.
    Press all seams open. Trim.
    Your block should measure 11.5” or more.


    • When finished, your block should measure 11.5” or more. The winner of the blocks can trim if necessary.
    • Use narrower strips on the inner row, and wider strips as you work out. This will ensure your block is  11.5” or larger.
    • It’s more productive to make 2 blocks at a time.
    • You don’t have to worry about your seam size. 
    • The next strip is always after your longest strip.
    • Press seams open. 
    • Sew with seam side up.
  • Block of the Every Other Month – Stitch and Flip – Due November 2021

    Stitch and Flip

    Introduced by Tina Michalik

    Muted Autumn Palette

    Block Palette
    Background Palette

    Hello SBAMQG quilters – our next BOTEOM is a fun and simple block with many design possibilities. Let’s review the stitch and flip method in pictures

    First start with a background square. I used 4.5” low volume, neutrals. I used 5” squares for the fabrics in the palette and then cut them diagonally to make triangles. Here, decide how you want the angle to be and then put the fabrics right side together.

    Next, sew on the diagonal you like, and trim away ¼” from seam

    Using a 4.5” square up ruler, I trimmed away the excess

    Voila! You have one block. If you happen to win the BOTEOM blocks, setting the blocks in a quilt offers many possibilities. Here are a few:

    The following is borrowed from Ashely at Film in the Fridge from early Modern quilting days and her quilt called “flying farfalle” 🙂

    And this one is my personal favorite

    And one more…

    Enjoy the palette and the process. 

    I will put the palette pics and all of this in my instagram highlights at Littlebluecottage

    I hope this method is clear – email or DM me if it’s not

    Good luck to everyone!


  • Block of the Every Other Month – TO BE OR KNOT TO BE? – Due September 2021


    Presented by Lori Green and Shauna Moulton, drafted by Pat Goulet

    (Pattern inspired by Bonnie Hunter’s Garlic Knot)


    Fabric 1  low volume small print white with black or gray

    Fabric 2  medium tone gray solid or small print that reads as solid

    Fabric 3  black solid or small print that reads as solid

    Fabric 4  color pop solid or small print that reads as solid


    Fabric 1 Two  2 ½ X 4 ½ inch rectangles

    Four 2 ½ X 2 ½ inch squares

    Fabric 2 Three 2 ½ X 2 ½ inch squares

    Fabric 3 Three 2 ½ X 2 ½ inch squares

    Fabric 4 Two 2 ½ X 2 ½ inch squares

    Cutting Example


    ¼ inch seam

    Finished block 8 ½

    Block Arrangement
    Completed block