The program includes one modern block pattern every month that focuses on building sewing and modern design skills including improvisational piecing, curves, paper pieces, applique, Y seams, and use of low volume prints. These blocks are a way of trying out and learning new skills and techniques.
The block of the month is announced at a meeting and then at the next meeting participants bring in their blocks which will be used to make charity quilts (or they are free to keep the blocks for themselves).
Here are the free block tutorials we used for the first 3 months of the year along with my versions of the blocks. You can click on the block names for a link to the tutorials.
Carole created a wonderfully clear and detailed tutorial (12 page pdf) for a block that combines curved and improv piecing. (Carole now offers workshops teaching this technique.)
February: Ellen's Snowball by Cath @ Wombat Quilts
Cath makes some fabulous paper pieced designs and I thought that one of her many star designs would be perfect for the guild. This block using paper piecing and low volume fabrics.