2019 -- Back to Basics Block Of The Month

Hello there!  Welcome to my new quilt block learning adventure...

I'm a creature of habit and this year, I'm breaking out of my shell and trying new quilt blocks to build my skills and add to my toolbox.  I'm so glad you are going to join me on my new learning adventure!

I did NOT create the block designs AT ALL...These are blocks that I have found in my sewing experience and research (yeah, does reading quilt magazines count?  LOL).  I'm not taking credit for any of the design of these blocks.  I'm just trying to share them with you and build my own experience with different blocks.

This year will be all about the basics...Every quilt block should finish 12" in the quilt and will all be at a beginner quilter's level.  Are you ready for some fun?  Every single month will be posted here on this page, on the first of every month.  That gives us all 30 days or so to work on our block before the next block will be published here.

Welcome the New Year!  

January 2019 - 

Our first block of the month is a very basic block, but you practice lining up your points/corners of each block.

It is often called Garlic Knots or Arrowhead Puzzle Block...and every single block is 3.5" square.  {CHEAT: AccuQuilt does have a cutting die for this shape.}

We will use a scant 1/4" seam every time.
{CHEAT: You can get a SCANT 1/4" foot for your sewing machine to guide you every time.}

What you will need: 3 different fabrics.
  • 1 Light/Neutral - 8 blocks that are 3.5" square.
  • 1 Medium Toned - 6 blocks that are 3.5" square
  • 1 Dark or Bright Color Popping Tone - 2 blocks that are 3.5" square 
This month, I'm using purples...I have two girls, so my scraps are screaming to be used for this block.

One great thing about this block...is that you can make it any size, very easily!  Just make every block the same size!  Need to use up a lot of scraps?  Want the blocks larger?  Make the each square 5" and you will get each square 4 1/2" finished in the block.  This will make the block size 18"!  That's a huge block, but it could make a quick quilt top!  Maybe a nice baby blanket size would a 2 block by 2 block in this size?

The possibilities are endless...and that's why I choose this quilt block pattern as our first block!

Once you have your fabrics cut out in the correct sizes, simple lay out the color scheme as this picture:

Garlic Knots (AKA: Arrowhead Puzzle Block)
Using a SCANT 1/4" seam, sew the rows together (going across), then join the rows together.


For additional creative interest, there are tons of finished Garlic Knots and Arrowhead Puzzle Block Quilts shown on Pinterest and other internet sites.

Remember to post pictures of your blocks on Facebook, Instagram, and here in the comments!  Please use the hashtags #mycharmedcabinlife,  #mcclbom or #mcclBlockofthemonth!  This will help us share our blocks with each other.  Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook too!

If you get behind, don't worry...Post when you do finish!  There MAY be a surprise drawing giveaway at the end for those of us who finish every single month!  (Hint, hint!)

Ready?  Let's GO!

February 2019 - 

This month we are going to do...the Baby Bud block!  If you have an AccuQuilt fabric cutter, the dies I will be using are #1 (4.5" square) & #3 (4"finished square from two triangles) from the 8" Block Cube Set.

You will have 6 half square triangles in two different colors (12 total) and 3 squares in each color, as you see below.  What size?  Well, remember I'm going for a 12 inch finished block for each month, so this will be around 12.25" when you piece it all together.

Once I cut the fabric using the dies...I simply laid out the pattern as below. I love how the dies cut the dog ears off and thus marks your sewing lines for you.  


The squares measure 4.5" to finish at 4", and the half square triangles measure a 4" finished block according to the dies.  When you sew the half square triangles together to form your squares, use 1/4" seam.

When you sew the rest of the seams in the block, use a hair short of a 1/4" seam.  See the picture in the blog post for all the details to demonstrate.  This is often referred to as a SCANT 1/4" SEAM.

Sew across forming the rows, then join the rows together to build the block. 

Be sure to press every seam!  This really helped the seams to lay flat for sewing.


March 2019 - 

This is the Uneven 9 Patch Block with a border added to make the block 12.5".

You can find all of the details and steps on how I made this block on the blog post for March 1st.

I used my AccuQuilt fabric cutter to make every size.  I have the 8" cube and the 2.5" strip cutter and this block came together so easily!

Out of the cube I used dies # 1, 2, 8, and the 2.5" strip cutter.

This was a piece of cake!

You will need 3 different fabrics all color coordinating together in three different sizes.  You will need 4 (2.5”) squares, 4 (2.5” x 4.5”) rectangles, and 1 (4.5”) square (floral pattern fabric) to make each block. 

April 2019 - 

For April, I wanted a nice and easy block but yet, something that I've never done before.  So I've been looking at Flying Geese.  I needed simple for my first one...so I turned to my trusty AccuQuilt Fabric Cutter and looked through the book to give me some ideas.

I came across the SAWTOOTH STAR and I really liked it, plus it had Flying Greese and I've always wanted to try them but never brave enough.

You can find all of the details and steps on how I made this block on the blog post for April 1st. 

There's two blog posts for April 1st.  No Fools Joke there!  

May 2019 - 
Flying Geese are on my radar since last month's block!  So this month I found one on Pinterest that I just fell in love with!

I hope you like it too!  This block lets me incorporate all the new fabrics I purchased recently for my quilt without too much of difference being noticed.

I also noted where I purchased my fabrics in this blogpost since I had so many questions email to me on where did I find the fabrics that I was using...

You can find all the details on today's blogpost!  Just went live at 11:30AM central....

June 2019 - 

I found this month's block on another quilter's blog called A Quilting Life...and I really like this blog!  If you've never found her blog, you can go to her blog using the link on the June's Block of the Month blog post!

I did add the border to make the block a larger size to meet my 12.5" block size (unfinished).

I think it's going to be a great addition to my quilt top.  I love the colors!  The funny thing about this block is that I had most of the pieces already cut and saved in my project box!  They were extra pieces I had saved from trimming and making other blocks for this quilt top!

July 2019 - 


  1. Looks like fun! I'm posting it to readers of Quilt BOM to help spread the word. The funny thing is, I was thinking about doing this block for my LottoBlock month later this year! It's so nice, isn't it? In any color scheme!

    1. I totally agree! This seemed to me like the perfect block to start off our brand new Block of the Month! It can be made by anyone with any of their scrappy fabrics! There's no need to go buy new fabric, unless they truly desire to. I wanted this kick off to encourage all quilters, especially new quilters that they can participate and have fun! Thank you for sharing with Quilt BOM! Be sure to follow along by email and get notified for every update and blog post. Thanks again!

  2. Sometimes basic, simple blocks are the best quilts! I'll be following along!

    1. They truly can be amazing quilts! And I just love the idea of a quilt with 12 different quilt blocks together, especially scrappy! I'm so glad you will be following along. Be sure to post your pictures! I can't wait to see them.

  3. Looks like something I could do as a beginner. I don't see any way to follow your blog. Do you have a way of following your blog via email? That is how I follow other blogs.

    1. This is absolutely a Block of the Month for beginners! I'm so happy to see that you will be joining us. Be sure to post your pics when you complete a block. If you scroll up to the top, under my picture and bio is a box to sign up via email to follow the blog. Let me know if you have trouble finding it. It's also right above my favorite sites/blogs that I follow. I can't wait to see what your blocks look like! This is going to be so much fun.

  4. How can I do these block when I don't have a die-cutter?

  5. Hi Susan! If you check out the blog posts that have how to make each block in detail - you will find the sizes for the pieces that the die makes. Can't wait to see your blocks! Happy Quilting!