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June 2013 Block of the Month

This ultra-easy block comes to us thanks to Debra Jalbert. Here is her version:

Cheerful and fresh, no?

Here is my version and how I put it together. First, select a white or black background. The block will be 12 1/2 inches but it's safer to start with a larger piece so you can be sure there is enough background around the color pieces.

Next, pick the smallest bits from your scrap heap in bright colors, cut them (NO RULER!) into rough squares or rectangles:

You want to cut between 2 and 4 squares out of the same material. Group them loosely until you like the arrangement:

Before sewing, I pinned them all to the background so the arrangement was preserved:

Make sure there is an inch or more of background all around before heading to the sewing machine, where you will just sew them around the edges:

I sewed about 1/8 inch from the edge with a neutral thread and a 1.5 mm length, but I'm not sure anyone will notice... When you are done, square to 12 1/2 inches. That's it.

Debra's pieces are an inch or less around and her version is less structured than mine...It all fits together so do whatever feels good to you. Also, the quilt would be more interesting if some blocks had more background  (say 2 inches or even 3 inches) all around. This means putting less squares on the block.

Remember, if you have an idea for a block, or you've seen an interesting one on the web or a magazine or whatever, please let us know!!!