WELCOME TO THE 2019 BLOCK BUSTERS FIUP CHALLENGE!

This challenge will last all of 2019!!! It will be broken into 4 quarters :

 FIRST QUARTER :JAN. - MARCH

Carla - quilt valentines quilt top and one other swap block  top either pumpkins or Christmas. *Finish the Snowman blocks into a top. 

Jean - quilt Under The Sea top.

Anna 

Mary anne -* snowman blocks into runners.

Connie - finish quiltalong , snowpeople swap. 

Wilma  - snowmen and Christmas blocks. ** 

Melanie K. Sgt peppers, tourquoise and choice of  swap block 

SECOND QUARTER: APRIL - JUNE

Carla - quilt two quilts. Assemble another set of squares.

Connie-  pumpkin patch, butterflies and roosters.

Wilma - snowman 

Jean- under the sea quilting, sew butterfly top, sewing themed quilting.

MaryAnne - snowman runners, start under the sea, sewing blocks.

Chris - jamestown landing, under the sea, green argyle , diamonds jubilee strips. 

Melanie - forward 1st quarter goals..

Beth - bird swap.  Hst swap      heart block swap

 THIRD QUARTER:JULY - SEPT.

Carla- quilt two quilts. Assemble another set of blocks.

Connie - quilt pumpkin top. Dresses and christmas patchwork blocks into tops.

Chef - wedding quilt completed

Chris - green bargello, ringo lake

Quilt glacier star, a keeper quilt and finish wedding star.

Melanie. Lonley hearts runners. Christmas blocks and t shirt quilt. 

WILMA - SNOWMAN blocks and Christmas quilt,  gifts and T shirt quilts.

FOURTH QUARTER: OCTOBER -DEC.

Carla - finish quilting my fall quilt.

Bind my Christmas quilt. 

Bind Annas quilt.

Work on another set of blocks of my choice.

Connie- quilt pumpkin quilt. Dresses and Christmas blocks into tops.

Chris - green bargello and on Ringo lake. 

Wilma - pumpkin quilt and lonely hearts.

 This challenge will have ZERO swapping in it. It is strictly created to try to get some finishes on our swap blocks!  You may join in at any time and you can finish any number of quilts  or other projects you wish in each quarter but the hope is to complete at least one each quarter! 

Here is how it works:

* sign up quarterly. This will prompt you to have accountability!

*make goals!! Be willing to post your goals each quarter and do your best to follow through! 

* choose your blocks for the quarter! It can be blocks we have swapped or even ones you have just had setting around forever! 

* be prepared!  Whether it is scrappy or perfectly chosen have it ready to go. Choose a setting! 

*share ideas to help others move forward! Sometimes the hardest part of this is deciding on a setting. Let's help each other by sharing ideas!

* be prepared to post progress and hopefully pictures if you are able! 

* the main goal is to get all the way to a finished quilt!! Binding and all! Or if you prefer you may use the blocks to complete some other project such as table runners, place settings or bed runners. 

But even if you are only able to get to the quilt top stage at least it's not a pile of blocks!!

             ************** HAVE FUN!! *************

This is the main thing! When it stops being fun you stop making progress! Lets keep it fun. You never know I may add prizes in here at some point! 

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Huh, the quilt stores around here have curbside pick up or they will mail it.  I know that doesn't give you a chance to feel the fabric.  I guess I am spoiled because the fabric from our quilt stores is all great.

I think if we do want something babies would like we should make sure we use good contrast & bright colors.  Let's wait till someone reminds me how to get started and till we hear what Connie has to say about her babies.  Then we can decide.

To start a swap go over to the swapping fun page and start a new discussion with a title and description.

However, You can start out by just asking if anyone would be interested first. That way you can get a handle on how many might do it and if  its worth starting or not. 

Okay.  Lol, just lost what I started writing.  Next time it will be better, right.

Most of them are toddlers to elementary some straight up babies and a few teen agers. I think the jars would be a cute idea.  Carla helps me with them too. The quilts are usually throw size with some crib quilt size. 

So fishing for thoughts here.  I have hosted these babies and Carla and I have made quilts for them. I am reaching my peak age or maybe on the downhill side of hosting so thinking of switching gears somewhat. Thought is this.....

Teach 3rd graders to sew and piece these tops to “help the children”. I’m thinking if I start with 3rd graders and grow the program up the older high schoolers would be able to teach the younger ones and give all of these girls a place to belong that wouldn’t involve teenage pregnancy and drugs. This safe families program is all over the country and if we have way too many quilts (probably won’t) we might send them to children’s hospitals around the country 

thoughts.....

Why not start teaching the older kids first Connie? Then you would have more help teaching the younger kids? Just a thought and possibly a short cut. Lol

I have a crazy thought....why don’t we do a combination swap.  For example there is a 9” finished pinwheel block a bunch of us do for babies.  In the plain blocks some of us embroider a theme...trucks, birds, etc. and join together for lap or crib sized quilts.  Could also use a jar block with an I spy theme.  This might be fun.   Here is a picture....Connie, you could teach the older kids how to sew them together.

That’s attractive, Wilma.  I posted the new swap already, but I am open to combining machine embroidery with pieced blocks and sewing them on point.  Let’s see what the group wants to do.

That is adorable. I may keep that in mind for a safe kids quilt for sure!

Awwwwwwwwwwwww.  So cute. Love it

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