The person whose month it is selects her block size and theme or pattern. She can choose to provide all, some or none of the fabric. She gives written instructions and anything else the participants might need. Sometimes there's a sample block we can look at.
Last spring and summer, members began talking about starting another friendship block exchange. "It's time," one longtime member told me, when "we have forgotten how hard or stressful the last one was." Participation is totally optional. This round, 20 people are signed up, roughly half of our group. What an adventure--each month is something different, sometimes stretching our creativity and/or skill level. It's so fun to see the completed blocks as they are brought in. And they do trickle in at times, because, well, life is like that.
Here are some blocks from the first months of our current exchange, which started in September:
This block was one of our raffle blocks a few years ago. Look at the April 20, 2015 blog entry about raffle blocks to see one interesting way of setting them.
Robin's crazy quilt:
Carol's Mariner's Compass:
Caren's Prince's Feathers:
Blocks for Denise show us what snow people do when we're not watching. On the right, you get a glimpse of some of the 49 Dresden Plate blocks that we're raffling off during the show.