Today is June the 1st and with it comes our next Block of the Month in our Polka Dot Chair Quilt Block series. This month we will be making a Grandma’s Favorite Quilt Block. I really love this block, (it may be one of my favorites) because it combines elements (the pinwheels and the plus sign) from some of the previous blocks of the month.
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If you’re playing along be sure to share your finished blocks on social media with the hashtag #PolkaDotChairBlocks (if you have a private IG account, hashtags won’t work for you, so share it to my Facebook instead) , I’m on Instagram as @Polkadotchair or you can also share it right to my Facebook Page (you can post a photo over there)
If you missed it be sure to check out this post on Quilt Block Construction Tips. You can find an index to all the posts in this quilt block series to date by clicking here.
We are down to the last three blocks in our annual series. I hope that you’ve loved playing along, I’ve had a great time dreaming up the blocks to share with you each month. Currently I’m working on four quilts using our block of the month quilt blocks, one for my teenage son, one for Christmas and one to use on the bed in our RV featuring low volume fabrics. Let me tell you a secret, the fourth quilt is DONE! It featured many fabrics from my Wonderland and Derby Style fabric collections and a few months ago I decided to finish it up in time for Quilt market.
I want to keep the rest of the blocks secret for now (I really want to surprise you guys) but I thought I’d share with you a few shots of the finished quilt.
We went camping for Memorial Day weekend and I took the quilt along with me incase I found a fun place to photograph it. For those of you that have not ever made a block based quilt I think the photos show you a bit about how the blocks come together. For this particular quilt I chose to add a swiss dot sashing, after we finish our last block, I’ll share directions to do that along with other block assembly ideas and techniques.
Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt did the machine quilting and did a fantastic job as usual. She never ceases to amaze me with her mad quilting skills.
Okay now for the block. It’s called Grandma’s Favorite, I don’t know why but I saw it a long time ago and filed it away in my “someday” folder. It seemed like the perfect block to pull out for this month’s project.
I recommend using 3 colors of fabric for this block (not including the background). You need to keep the 4 squares that form the plus the same color to get the effect that you want. For this block I chose to have my darker fabric as the plus and my lighter fabric as the pinwheels, that way the pinwheels blend into the background a bit and the plus is able to come to the front when you’re looking at the block. For the center square I fussy cut one of the bunny heads from my Wonderland line.
are you ready to make one???