I also worked on the Block of the Month with great concentration on Sunday and Monday, and that too will have to wait 'til the next meeting. This is a new/old idea for my quilt group. We had done a Block of the Month challenge about 10 years ago, i thought...then looked at the blocks that i won and they're dated 1/1993! The idea is that each month you make a block of a specified size in an assigned pattern using an assigned color...you get one chance to win for each block that you make. The ones i won are a pattern called Contrary Wife (i made mine with a flying pig fabric in the center!) and the color was blue...and they are all very different and wonderful.
This time, the committee chose an organized Block of the Month challenge from the internet, about.com's 2007 anniversary sampler. So everybody who wants to participate will make the first block for January, second block for February, and so on. If you want to end up with 12 squares to put the sampler quilt together for yourself, you need to make two of the blocks each month...one to enter into the drawing and the other to keep. The January block is a variation of the Flying Geese pattern. As usual i had trouble with accuracy (that's why i love applique so much better!) but from the distance it looks o.k. Here's Gingy being a helpful mews with the finished block.