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Bitty blocks, big results.

For many of us, the first of the year is a time to set resolutions. Mine have ranged from exercising more to eating healthier to decluttering. This year, I'm adding quilt donations to my list. Since my youngest son became a fire fighter, I've always thought the gift of quilts to his station could be useful--a bit of comfort for the people they help.

For years, I have used Bonnie Hunter's Leaders and Enders method to try and take a little bite out of my stash. In the process I have sewn a lot of quilt tops! If you're not familiar with Leaders and Enders, you can learn more in Bonnie's online course, Scrap Quilts with Bonnie Hunter through craftonlineuniversity.com or on Bonnie's website, quiltville.com. Now is the time to finish these tops. My goal is to complete and donate 12 quilts in 2016.

Each month during 2015, we gave the pattern for a new 3" or 4" Bitty Block online. We provided sampler quilt ideas using the blocks. Sewing Bitty Blocks throughout the year was like eating candy--once I started I couldn't stop! They're addictive! You can find the free designs at quiltmaker.com/bittyblocks. To wrap up our year of Bitty Blocks, we invited three designers to create a project using any combination of Bitty Blocks. Find Nancy Mahoney's Bitty Forest on page 42, Carrie Nelson's Plumpers on page 46 and Lori Holt's Cabin Posies on page 50.

With the popularity of little blocks, we also created a sampler using designs from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks that we reduced to 6". This is an online-only Block of the Month starting in January. Kits are available in three different colorways. The complete pattern alone will also be available at QuiltandSewShop.com. Find more information on our Facebook page or eNewsletter.

Feel free to email me at editor@quiltmaker.com with your thoughts and suggestions. I always enjoy hearing from our readers.

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Date:Jan 1, 2016
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