September Block of the Month: Sawtooth Star

The Stash Builder Box Block of the Month for September is the Sawtooth Star. This is a classic block that would be great for a Christmas quilt if you are getting a jump on holiday projects, but it also looks good in a quilt for any time of the year!

Cutting Instructions

Fabric A: Cut 1- 5” square

Fabric A: Cut 1- 5 ¾” square

Fabric B: Cut 4- 2 ¾” squares

Fabric B: Cut 4- 3 ⅛” squares

All seam allowances are ¼”. The block will be 9” square to match the other Stash Builder Box Blocks of the Month.

Assembly Instructions

1. Cut the Fabric A 5 ¾” square in quarters on the diagonals. Cut the Fabric B squares in half on the diagonal.

2. With right sides together, sew the Fabric B triangles to the short sides of the Fabric A triangles according to the photo below. Repeat with the remaining triangles to form 4 flying geese units.

3. Open and press to the dark side.

4. Trim off the tails.

5. Attach one 2 ¾” Fabric A square to each side of two of the flying geese units according to the photo below.

6. Open the units and press to the inside.

7. Stitch the remaining flying geese units to the 5” Fabric A square according to the photo below.

8. Open and press to the outside.

9. Sew the rows together.

11. Do a final press and trim to 9” square.

Don’t forget to show off your blocks on social media using #BOTMSBB!

#BOTMSBB: Princess Charlotte

The August Stash Builder Block of the Month is the princess Charlotte block. To construct this block we will use bisected triangles to make half square triangle units and flying geese to eliminate a lot of the waste that usually happens when making flying geese.

Cutting Instructions

Fabric A: Cut 1- 3 ½” square

Fabric A: Cut 2- 3 ⅞” squares

Fabric B: Cut 4- 3 ½” x 2” squares

Fabric B: Cut 2- 3 ⅞” squares

Fabric B: Cut 1- 4 ¼” square

Fabric C: Cut 4- 2 ⅜” squares

All seam allowances are ¼”. The block will be 9” square to match the other Stash Builder Box Blocks of the Month.

Assembly Instructions

1. Cut the Fabric A and Fabric B 3 ⅞” squares in half on the diagonal.

2. With right sides together, put one Fabric A triangle on top of one Fabric B triangle. Stitch together on the long side to form a half square triangle unit. Repeat with the remaining triangles.

3. Open and press to the dark side.

4. Trim to 3 ½” square.

5. Cut the Fabric B 4 ¼” square into fourths on the diagonal. Cut the Fabric C squares in half on the diagonal.

6. With right sides together, sew a Fabric C triangle on each of the short sides of the Fabric B triangles to form a flying geese unit. Repeat with the remaining triangles to make four total.

7. Open and press to the dark side.  

8. With right sides together, attach a flying geese unit to the long side of a rectangle, according to the photo below.

9. Repeat with the remaining flying geese units.

10. Press and trim to 3 ½” square.

11. Lay out the block according to the photo below.

12. Sew the units together in each row.

13. Press the seams on the top and bottom rows to the outside. Press the seams on the middle row to the center.

14. Sew the rows together.

15. Do a final press and trim to 9” square.

Don’t forget to show off your block using #BOTMSBB!

July Block of the Month: Lily Star

The Stash Builder Box Block of the Month is the Lily Star. This block looks classic, yet very impressive at the same time. The overall construction of the Lily Star is simple, but some of the pieces are small, so it is important to be precise.

Cutting Instructions

Fabric A: Cut 4- 3 ½” squares

Fabric A: Cut 1- 4 ¼” square

Fabric A: Cut 1- 2 ⅝” square

Fabric B: Cut 2- 4 ¼” squares

Fabric C: Cut 2-2 ⅜” squares

Fabric C: Cut 1-4 ¼” square

All seam allowances are ¼”.

Assembly Instructions

1) Cut each 4 ¼” square in quarters on the diagonals.

2) Cut the 2 ⅜” Fabric C squares in half on the diagonal.

3) With right sides together, stitch together one Fabric A triangle and one Fabric B triangle according to the photo below.

4) Open and press to the dark side.

5) Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the other 3 Fabric A and Fabric B triangle pairs. Stitch together the 4 remaining Fabric B triangles and the larger Fabric C triangles according to steps 3 and 4.

6) Assemble triangles into hourglass units.

7) Trim each unit to 3 ½” square.

8) Attach the smaller Fabric C triangles to the 2 ⅝” Fabric A square, according to the photo below.

9) Press all of the seams out, and trim to 3 ½” square.

10) Lay out the block according to the photo below. Sew the units into rows.

11) Press the seams on the first and third rows out. Press the seams on the middle row to the center.

12) Sew the rows together.

13) Do a final press and trim to 9” square.

Be sure to post photos of your finished blocks to social media using #BOTMSBB! We just love to see your spin on the Stash Builder Box Block of the Month!

Block of the Month: Golden Gate

Stash Builder Box’s Block of the Month for June is the Golden Gate block. This block looks complicated, but it is very simple and quick to make up. You could easily make a whole quilt of Golden Gate blocks that would have a lot of great movement and visual interest. You could also add it to all of your other #BOTMSBB blocks for a fun sampler quilt as it is a 9 inch block.

Cutting Instructions

Fabric A: Cut 1-3 ½” x 3 ½” square

Fabric A: Cut 2- 3 ⅞” x 3 ⅞” squares

Fabric B: Cut 2- 3 ⅞” x 3 ⅞” squares

Fabric B: Cut 4- 3 ½” x 1 ½” rectangles

Fabric C: Cut 8- 3 ½” x 1 ½” rectangles

All seam allowances are ¼”.

Assembly Instructions

1) Cut all of the 3 ⅞” x 3 ⅞” squares in half on the diagonal.

2) With right sides together, stitch together the Fabric A and Fabric B triangles to form 4 half square triangle units.

3) Open the units and press to the dark side.

4) Trim to 3 ½” square.

5) With right sides together, sew the 3 ½” x 1 ½” rectangles together, according to the photo below.

6) Open the units and press seams to the dark side.

7) Trim to 3 ½” square.

8) Lay out the block according to the photo below. Sew the units into rows.

9) Press the seams of the top and bottom rows to the outside. Press the seams of the middle row to the center.

10) Sew the rows together.

11) Do a final press and trim to 9” square.

Don’t forget to show off your blocks on social media using #BOTMSBB!

Block of the Month: Butterfly Parade

The Stash Builder Box Block of the Month for May is Butterfly Parade. This block would be so fun for a springtime quilt with bright colors or florals! It’s a simple block that is great for beginners, but still looks stunning!

The completed block is 9” square to fit with the rest of your SBB blocks, and all seam allowances are ¼”.

Cutting Instructions

Fabric A: Cut 4- 3 ½” squares, Cut 3- 4 ¼” squares

Fabric B: Cut 2- 4 ¼” squares

Fabric C: Cut 1- 4 ¼” square

Assembly Instructions

1) Cut all of the 4 ¼” squares in quarters on the diagonal. Note: You will have 2 Fabric A triangles and 2 Fabric C triangles left over; set these aside.

2) With right sides together, sew all of the Fabric B triangles to Fabric A triangles according to the photo below. Do the same with 2 of the Fabric C triangles.

3) Open the units and press to the dark side.

4) Arrange the triangle units in pairs and sew according to the photo below.

5) Press the seam open. Trim to 3 ½” square.

6) Lay out the rows according to the photo below. Stitch the units into rows.

7) Press the seams on the top and bottom rows out. Press the seams on the middle row to the inside.

8) Sew the rows together.

9) Do a final press and trim to 9” square.

Don’t forget to show off your block on social media using #BOTMSBB! Happy sewing!

Block of the Month: Nine Patch

Stash Builder Box’s April Block of the Month is one of the most famous quilt blocks: the nine patch. It’s a classic block that can be customized in so many different ways. Once you master the basic design, the possibilities are endless. Today we are going to show how making a nine patch can be super quick with the strip method.

Cutting Instructions

Fabric A: Cut 1-3 ½” x 11 ½” rectangle

Fabric A: Cut 1-3 ½” x 8” rectangle

Fabric B: Cut 1-3 ½” x 11 ½” rectangle

Fabric B: Cut 1-3 ½” x 4” rectangle

Assembly Instructions

1. With right sides together, sew together the Fabric A and Fabric B 3 ½” x 11 ½” rectangles along the long side.

2. Open the unit and press to the dark side.

3. With right sides together, sew the 3 ½” x 4” Fabric B rectangle to the long side of the Fabric A 3 ½” x 11 ½” rectangle, according to the photo below.

4. Open the unit and press to the dark side.

5. With right sides together, sew the Fabric A 3 ½” x 8” rectangle to the long side of the 3 ½” x 11 ½” Fabric B rectangle, according to the photo below.

6. Open the unit and press to the dark side.

7. Square up the edge that the arrow is pointing to in the photo below.

8. Cut the unit into strips according to the photo below. The first two strips should each be 3 ½” wide.

9. Using a seam ripper, remove the small piece of fabric at the top of the third strip.

10. Trim the third strip to 3 ½” wide.

11. Arrange the block according to the photo below and stitch the strips together.

12. Do a final press and trim to 9” square.

Don’t forget to post a photo of your finished block and use #BOTMSBB!

BOTM: Birds in the Air

This month’s BOTM is the Birds in the Air block. Elements of this block mimic the flying geese block, and the two blocks would look great together in a quilt.

All seam allowances are ¼” and the finished block size will be 9” to match your other Stash Builder Box blocks.

Cutting Instructions

Fabric A: Cut 1- 9 ⅞” square, Cut 1-5 ⅜” square

Fabric B: Cut 2- 5 ⅜” squares

Note: You will have one Fabric B triangle, one large Fabric A triangle, and one small Fabric A triangle left over after assembly.

Assembly Instructions

1) Cut each square in half diagonally.

2) With right sides together, sew one small Fabric A triangle and one Fabric B triangle together along the long edge. It should be a half square triangle unit when finished.

3) Press to the dark side and trim.

4) Lay out your pieces according to the photo below and attach the Fabric B triangles to the HST unit. 

Note: There will be some overhang when you attach the black triangles. Don’t worry-you didn’t do anything wrong!

5) Press and trim for a clean edge.

6) With right sides together, attach the unit to the large Fabric A triangle.

7) Do a final press and trim to 9” square.

You have now completed the Birds in the Air block. Be sure to show off your block on social media. We want to see your hard work, so tag Stash Builder Box and use #BOTMSBB.

Ambassador in Waiting - March Challenge

Hi there, lovely Ambassadors in waiting!

We are SO excited to Introduce our 2nd EVER Ambassador in Waiting Challenge! 

Here’s how it works:

1. We made up a AIW (Ambassador in Waiting) Challenge bundle just for you! I emailed a special link to you so check your email (including your Junk mail!) to purchase yours today. Quantities are limited, you will only have until 9pm MST on 2/23 to purchase your bundle.

2. For only $7 ($4 bundle + $3 shipping), you’ll get a bundle including :

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  •  - a mystery half-yard cut from the Hidden Garden collection from Birch Fabrics that’s 100% organic with low impact dyes
  • - The SBB quilty truth pencil exclusive shown above that’s exclusive to our block challenge
  •  - a small spool of Aurifil thread
  • PLUS a chance to make a block to bless kids in need!

(Please know all bundles will be put together at random & will vary in the colors of thread and fabric prints from the Hidden Garden collection. The picture above is an example bundle and may not be the exact print & thread you’ll receive.)

3. Once you buy your bundle and it arrives (your bundle will ship First Class Mail on 2/24), your challenge will begin!

4. This challenge will be using the paper-pieced Tall Tales block by Kate Basti. You can find the pattern HERE : bit.ly/tall-tales – it will download directly as a PDF when you click on the link.

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(photo credit: Kate Basti)

5. In order to receive the same size blocks and make sure our quilt top making process is smooth, we are asking the following guidelines for this challenge:

OFFICIAL GUIDELINES:

- Print off the pattern at full scale 100%. Kate has a 1” guide at the bottom of her pattern page if you need to ensure correct sizing.

- We are asking each person to make and donate 2 blocks EACH, as they are smaller than the LOVE blocks from our previous challenge and we will need more to make a complete quilt top. You are more than welcomed to make MORE than 2 if you desire, too!

- In order to be qualified to win any of the prizes, you must use strictly the Birch January fabric from your bundle and solids along with this pattern. We ask for strictly solids so that each block looks cohesive together.

TRIM:

-PLEASE trim your block pieces down on the furthest OUTSIDE dashed pattern line for every single piece to line up correctly. Please know that Kate’s block is completed tentatively at 4″ x 6.5″ excluding borders.

ADD BORDERS:

Once you make the completed block, we would like it to be bigger than the tutorial so we ask you add borders to all sides. Please measure & add the necessary amount of borders to all sides to make it finish at 6.5″ width x 9″ height .

(Side note: I always find it easier to add more inches than necessary to each side for wiggle room to trim down precisely. I don’t mind waste so with my block I added 2″ on all sides and trimmed down from there. )

But do what works best for you to get you to the 6.5″ width x 9″ height :)

Also, There is no color preference on the color of the borders.

- By making your blocks 6.5 x 9, it will help us with accuracy when piecing the top together.

- Pretty please tear out your papers prior to sending your blocks in and when mailing in your blocks, we ask that you don’t fold your blocks if possible :)

6. Make your Tall Tales Block your own! Get creative with stitching or other embellishments; show your personality in your block!

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(photo credit: Kate Basti)

7. Post your blocks by 3/13 : Post your Tall Tales block to Instagram by 9pm MST on 3/13 to be entered to win the first prize! Be sure to tag & give pattern credit to @katebasti, tagging us (@stashbuilderbox) AND using both #talltalesblock AND #sbbambassadors hashtags so we can easily find your blocks.

8. Drop your blocks in the mail to us postmarked by 3/20:

Please ship them to our PO box :

Stash Builder Box – Block Challenge

PO Box 95755

South Jordan UT 84095

*Please remember to not fold your blocks when shipping them in, if possible.

Be sure to put your name and IG name somewhere inside your package so we know who it belongs to!

9. All of the Tall Tales blocks will all be sewn together into finished quilts by our volunteer Heart Builders team. We’ll take some pictures once they’re all complete and the very best part is that YOUR block will be part of a quilt that’s donated to kids in need!

10. It’s a win win! You’ll bless someone, you’ll get a chance to play with the collection from our January box AND get a chance to win prizes!

NOW FOR THE PRIZES!!!

On 3/23 - We’ll pick a random winner of a posted Tall Tales block from our hashtags on Instagram (#talltalesblock AND #sbbambassadors) on to win a Cotton + Steel Coloring Book

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(photo credit)

PLUS a 24 pack of Tombow Colored Pencils!

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AND!!!!

We’ll pick a random winner on 3/31 from the donated blocks we receive, to win a copy of The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock. 

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Remember, as an Ambassador in Waiting, this challenge is ONLY exclusive to you! It’s an awesome, fun way to get involved and encourage those who could use some kindness and encouragement.

We can’t wait to bless some kids & see your blocks!

Questions? Feel free to email Amanda anytime at : hello@stashbuilderbox.com!

** Special thanks to Kate Basti for letting us use her Tall Tales photos & Block pattern for this challenge.

***Our challenge is exclusive to our Ambassadors in Waiting in the U.S. at this time only.

If you’d like to apply for our next round of Ambassadors and have your chance at our next challenge, please be sure to follow our Instagram and look for an announcement at the beginning of March: www.instagram.com/stashbuilderbox.

**Please know that this is an optional challenge. Involvement in our Challenge is optional to have fun with other Ambassadors in Waiting & it will have no effect on your Ambassador spot**

Peach’s Neet Feet Donation Update

Hi everyone!

At the beginning of December, we donated 31 quilts to Peach’s Neet Feet.


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Peach’s Neet Feet brings joy into the lives of children who have experienced great hardship in the form of chronic illness and disability. Each pair of Peach’s Neet Feet is custom and hand-painted. Every shoe is customized to complement each child’s life, interest, and courageous fight. They are given to children living with disabilities and fighting serious illnesses. These personalized, one of a kind gifts lift the spirits of children and their families. When a child is fighting an illness, the whole family is impacted.

In less than 3 months time, our Heart Builders team made 31 quilts from start to finish to be donated and delivered to kids in need through PNF. It was a very successful last quarter donation of 2016 and was great to deliver right before the holidays!

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If you are part of our Heart Builders Team, your time/energy and dedication to our cause has truly helped make a difference in the lives of kids in need. If you want to become a Heart Builder and have a chance to be part of the physical process of making quilts, click HERE.

When you buy a box, your 20% is more than just a contribution. We use it to help bring comfort to kids and make them something they may keep for the rest of their lives. If you aren’t already a box subscriber and would like to join our cause, click HERE.


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If you were a box subscriber for September, October or November - you helped make this happen, so THANK YOU!

You can find our donation video showing off the quilts HERE.

We had an impressive stack that went out to Peach’s Neet Feet & now it’s time to show them off! Enjoy!

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Block of the Month: Bright Hopes

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The Stash Builder Box Block of the Month for February is Bright Hopes. If you have never sewn a partial block seam before, this is a great block to start with to learn the technique. The construction of this block is fairly simple as long as you sew the pieces together in the right order.

This finished block will be 9” square so that you can use it with your other #BOTMSBB blocks.

All seam allowances are ¼”.

Cutting Instructions

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Fabric A: Cut 1-3 ½” square

Fabric B: Cut 2-6 ½” x 3 ½” rectangles

Fabric C: Cut 2-6 ½” x 3 ½” rectangles

Assembly Instructions

1. Lay out the pieces according to the photo below. You will sew each of the B and C pieces to the Fabric A square in the center. Start with the Fabric B rectangle on top and work clockwise.

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2. Find the middle of one side of the Fabric A square (measure in 1 ¾”) and make a small mark.

3. Place the square on top of the first Fabric B rectangle, as seen in the photo below.

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4. Start on the outside edge of the square and sew up to the mark you made before.

5. Now you will start sewing on the other rectangles using full seams. Attach them according to the layout in Step 1.

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6. After the second rectangle is sewn on, press the seam toward the new rectangle.

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7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the remaining rectangles. Now you will just have the partial seam left to attach.

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8. Start where you left off with the first partial seam and sew to the edge, completing the seam.

9. Do a final press and trim to 9” square.

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You’ve now completed the Bright Hopes block. Don’t forget to post photos of your completed block and use #BOTMSBB!

January BOTM: Simple Heart

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This month the Stash Builder Box BOTM is a variation of the Simple Heart block by Cluck Cluck Sew. We’ve adjusted the dimensions of the original block a bit to make a 9” finished block that will fit with all of your other SBB blocks. With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, now would be the perfect time to start stitching up these blocks for a fun heart quilt.

Cutting Instructions

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Fabric A: Cut 2-2 ½” x 4 ½” rectangles

Fabric B: Cut 2- 2 ½” squares, Cut 4 -1” squares

Fabric C: Cut 2- 3” x 4 ½” rectangles, Cut 2- 3” x 9 ½”

All seam allowances are ¼”.

Assembly Instructions

1) Draw a diagonal line down the center of each of the 2 ½” Fabric B squares.

2) Place the squares at the bottom of the Fabric A rectangles (right sides together).

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3) Sew along the drawn line.

4) Measure ¼” from the seam, and trim off the corner.

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5) Open the unit and press the seam out.

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6) Draw a diagonal line down the center of each 1” Fabric B square.

7) Place the squares in the top corners of each Fabric A rectangle right sides together.

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8) Sew along the drawn line and trim the corners off as you did in Step 4.

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9) Open and press the seams open.

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10) Arrange the two units to form a heart and sew them together.

11) Open up and press the seam open.

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12) Arrange the Fabric C rectangles according to the photo below.

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13) Attach the side rectangles first. Open and press out.

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14) Attach the top and bottom strips and do a final press.

15) Trim to 9” x 9”.

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When you finish your block, post a photo to social media. Be sure to use #BOTMSBB and tag Stash Builder Box. We can’t wait to see your hearts!

December BOTM: Churn Dash

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This month’s Stash Builder Box Block of the Month is the Churn Dash. It is a simple block that can be made up quickly by taking a shortcut of sewing together two long strips and then cutting them into smaller units. If you want to practice fussy cutting, the center square would be the perfect spot for it!

Cutting Instructions

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Fabric A: Cut 1- 3 ½”  square

Fabric B: Cut 2- 3 ⅞” squares, Cut 1- 2”x15” rectangle

Fabric C: Cut 2- 3 ⅞” squares, Cut 1- 2”x15” rectangle

All seams are ¼”.

Assembly Instructions

1. Draw a line corner to corner on a Fabric B square.

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2. Place one Fabric B square on top of one fabric C square, right sides together.

3. Sew a seam ¼” inch from the center line on both sides.

4. Cut down the center line.

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5. Repeat steps 1-4 for the other Fabric B and Fabric C squares.

6. You will now have 4 half square triangle units. Open them and press to the dark side.

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7. Trim to 3 ½” square.

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8. Place the Fabric B rectangle on top of the Fabric C rectangle, right sides together. Sew along one of the long sides.

9. Cut the strips into 4 sections that are each 3 ½” long.

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10. Open the units and press to the dark side.

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11. Lay out the block according to the photo below and stitch each row.

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12. Press the seams on the top and bottom rows to the inside. Press the seams in the middle row to the outside.

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13. Sew the rows together.

14. Press and trim to 9” square.

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Now you can add your block to your other Stash Builder Box Blocks of the Month. Don’t forget to post photos of your creation using #BOTMSBB!

November BOTM-Old Windmill

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The Stash Builder Box November Block of the Month is the Old Windmill. This block is known by many names such as Double Pinwheel, Windmill or Whirligig. It’s an impressive looking block, but it can be easily made by most quilters, even beginners. If you have never worked with quarter square triangles, this is a great block to practice your technique, since it is made up of 4 sets of them.

All seam allowances are ¼”. The finished block will be 9” so that it will fit with all of your other Stash Builder Box Blocks of the Month.

Cutting Instructions

Fabric A: Cut 2- 5 ⅜” squares (cut in half diagonally)

Fabric B: Cut 1- 5 11/16” square (cut in quarters diagonally)

Fabric C: Cut 1- 5 11/16” square (cut in quarters diagonally)

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*Tip* To cut fabric B and C into quarters, cut one diagonal corner to corner. Without moving the fabric, turn your mat, and cut the other diagonal corner to corner.

Assembly Instructions

1. With right sides together, place one Fabric B triangle on top of a Fabric C triangle. Stitch according to the photo below.

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*Tip* Pay attention to the placement of the two triangles. When the units are opened up after stitching, they should all be identical.

2. Press the triangles flat, then open and press the seam to the dark side.

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3. Make sure the long side is straight. If not, trim to straighten.

4. Repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 for the rest of the Fabric B and C triangles.

5. With right sides together place one quarter triangle unit on top of one Fabric A triangle. Stitch along the long side.

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6. Press flat. Open and press the seam toward Fabric A.

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7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the remaining units.

8. Trim units to 4 ¾” squares.

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9. Assemble the rows according to the photo below.

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10. Stitch the rows together. Press the seams on the top and bottom rows in the opposite direction so that they will nest.

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11. Sew the two rows together.

12. Open and press the seams flat.

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13. Trim the block to 9” square.

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Once your block is finished, snap a photo and share it on social media using #BOTMSBB. We can’t wait to see your creativity!

October BOTM: Ribbon Block

The October BOTM is the Ribbon Block. It has a fun pinwheel design that would be perfect for a tailgating quilt (or a Spring picnic quilt if you are more of a procrastinating quilter). It is a great block for beginners since it is made by combining a square and half square triangles.

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Last month, we showed how to make two half square triangle squares at a time, but this month we will use the method for making 8 at a time.  

All seam allowances are ¼”. The finished block will be 9” so that it will fit with all of your other Stash Builder Box Blocks of the Month.

Cutting Instructions

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Cut 1- 8 ¼” square from Fabric A. From Fabric B, cut 1-8 ¼” square and 1-3 ½” square.

Assembly Instructions

1. Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner on the wrong side of one of the 8 ¼” squares.


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2. Place the marked block on top of the other 8 ¼” square.

3. Stitch a line ¼” from the line you drew. Do this on both sides of each line.

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4. Place the 8 ¼” squares on a cutting mat and turn it so that the drawn lines form an “X.”  Use a ruler to measure from the edge of the squares to the center point (4 ⅛”). Cut along the edge of the ruler.

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5. Turn the squares 90 degrees and repeat step 4. You will now have 4 squares that measure 4 ⅛” x 4 ⅛”.

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6. Cut along the drawn lines of each square to create 8 half square triangle (HST) squares.

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7. Open each HST square and press to the dark side.

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8. Trim to 3 ½”x 3 ½”.

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9. Arrange the HST squares and the 3 ½” square you cut earlier according to the photo below.

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10. Assemble the rows and press. Press the top and bottom rows toward the outside and the middle row to the inside so that the seams will nest.

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11. Stitch the rows together. Press the block, and trim to 9”x9”.

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You’ve now completed the Ribbon Block. Don’t forget to post photos of your completed blocks using #BOTMSBB and tag Stash Builder Box. Your block might just be featured!

Art Gallery Fabrics + SBB Giveaway

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We are so super excited about our new Mega Stash Builder Box (shipping 10/15!) that we wanted to do a giveaway for you!

Inside our new Mega box each month will be three 1-yard cuts of fabric (YAY, 3 YARDS!!!) from a modern and fun collection, thread, a signature pencil & a box-exclusive pattern. You can build your stash while helping a good cause! Our new Mega Box Subscription will be $34.95/ month + shipping. GET YOURS HERE!


To celebrate our new Mega box & our friendship with AGF, they are hosting a joined giveaway! Have a chance to win one October Mega Box plus an awesome Fat Quarter Bundle of Nightfall Fabrics by Maureen Cracknell.


CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN


(Remember when we featured the Art Gallery Fabrics Boardwalk Delight collection inside our July box?) 👇👇👇👇👇 So cute right?!

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Good luck!

Ambassador in Waiting Block Challenge

Hi there, lovely Ambassadors in waiting!

We had such a hard time picking our top 5 Ambassadors and we are so very thankful for you wanting to be part of our team!

So many of you had hearts to help and get involved, so we came up with a fun block challenge exclusively for YOU (the best part is that it helps fulfill our vision to bless kids.. AND it has some prizes involved)!

Introducing our Ambassador in Waiting Challenge!

Here’s how it works:

1. We made up a AIW (Ambassador in Waiting) Challenge bundle just for you! I emailed a special link to buy a bundle, so check your email!

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For only $7 ($4 bundle, $3 shipping) , you’ll get :

- a whole or combination of a half-yard cut from the collection we chose for October (it’s a new & popular collection!)

- An SBB quilty truth pencil

- An SBB pin

- AND 110 yd spool of Gütermann thread

PLUS a chance to make a block to bless kids in need!

2. Once you buy your bundle and it arrives (your bundle will ship 10/18), your challenge will begin! The challenge will be to make the LOVE block below (all 4 letters put together as one block, NOT finished into a mini) by Kelby Sews :

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Photo Credit: Sew Mama Sew & Kelby Sews (http://www.sewmamasew.com/2012/02/true-love-love-mini-quilt-pattern-tutorial/)

FREE PDF PATTERN DOWNLOAD : http://www.sewmamasew.com/february2012/LOVE.pdf

TUTORIAL:

http://www.sewmamasew.com/2012/02/true-love-love-mini-quilt-pattern-tutorial/

Print your pattern  off at 50% scale (like she did). I stacked all of my papers together to help draw in the outside lines on the L and side of the V with a ruler before I began.

When you finish each individual letter block, remember to trim along the outside line like she talks about, as we printed at 50%.

When your entire LOVE block is finished, trim down to 10.25″ H x 7.75″ W.

3. Make your Wonky LOVE Block your own! Get creative with stitching or other embellishments! Show your personality in your block- to be qualified to win, use strictly the October fabric from your bundle and solids along with this pattern.

Beyond that, use the pattern and add your personality to it however you wish!

4. Post your LOVE block to Instagram! Be sure to tag & give pattern credit to @kelbysews, tagging us (@stashbuilderbox) AND using both #wonkyloveblock AND #sbbambassadors hashtags by 11/10. You can make one LOVE block or multiple LOVE blocks, the sky is the limit with your entries and you are free to make as many from the fabric you get!

5. Drop your block/blocks in the mail to us by 11/15:

7206 S 900 E, Midvale UT 84047 – be sure to put your name and IG name somewhere inside your package so we know who it belongs to!

6. All of the LOVE blocks will all be sewn together into finished quilts by our volunteer Heart Builders team. We’ll take some pictures once they’re all complete and the very best part is that YOUR block will be part of a quilt that’s donated to kids in need!

7. It’s a win win! You’ll bless someone, you’ll get a chance to play with the collection from our October box AND get a chance to win prizes!

NOW FOR THE PRIZES!!!

We’ll pick a random winner of a posted LOVE block from our hashtags on Instagram (#wonkyloveblock AND #sbbambassadors) on 11/21 to win their own copy of The Quilt Design Coloring Workbook!

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If you haven’t checked out, it’s such a COOL and FUN book! (Amazon link for more info: https://www.amazon.com/Quilt-Design-Coloring-Workbook-Exercises/dp/1612127851/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1475284841&sr=1-1&keywords=quilt+design+coloring+workbook)

AND!!!!

We’ll pick a random winner on 11/28 from the donated blocks we receive, to win one pack of Story Patches (don’t forget to put your iG name on a note inside your donation!).

Story Patches create customized labels for your quilts that connect personal video, photos, or audio! Add every detail about your quilt through one tiny patch. Preserve the story of your quilt for family, friends and future generations.

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Remember, as an Ambassador in Waiting, this challenge is ONLY exclusive to you! It’s an awesome, fun way to get involved and encourage those who could use some kindness and encouragement.

With your help, I believe we could make many quilts for kids in need & have a blast along the way! We can’t wait to bless some kids & see your blocks!

Questions? Feel free to email Amanda anytime at : hello@stashbuilderbox.com!

*Special thanks to Kelby Sews for letting us use her LOVE pattern. If you are interested in the whole Wonky Alphabet, be sure to visit her Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/listing/86412807/wonky-alphabet-pdf-digital-download?ref=shop_home_feat_1) & Craftsy page (https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/patterns/wonky-alphabet/101147).

***Our challenge is exclusive to our Ambassadors in Waiting in the U.S. at this time only. If you’d like to apply for our next round of Ambassadors and have your chance at our next challenge, please be sure to follow our Instagram and look for an announcement mid to end October : www.instagram.com/stashbuilderbox.

*** Please know that this is an optional challenge. Involvement in our Challenge is optional to have fun with other Ambassadors in Waiting & it will have no effect on your Ambassador spot**

September BOTM: Old Maid’s Puzzle

The Stash Builder Box September Block of the Month is the Old Maid’s Puzzle Block. It’s also sometimes called Cat’s Cradle or Tennessee. It is made up of a combination of squares and half square triangles. It’s a simple block that looks complicated, but is surprisingly easy to make. These instructions are for a 9 inch finished block, just like all of the other SBB BOTMs. All seam allowances are ¼”.

Cutting Instructions

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Block Construction

1. Assemble the half square triangles. Place one 3 ⅞” square of Fabric A on top of one 3 ⅞” square of Fabric B, right sides together. Draw a straight line on the diagonal down the center of the square on the wrong side of the fabric.

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2. Sew a seam ¼” inch away from the center line on both sides.

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3. Cut down the center line. Repeat steps one through three for all three sets of 3 ⅞” squares.

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4. You will have six half square triangle sets. Open them up and press to the dark side.

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5. Trim the squares to 3 ½” on all sides.

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6. Lay out the blocks according to the diagram below and sew the pieces together to form three rows.

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7. Press the seams on the first and third rows toward the outside, and press the seams on the second row toward the inside.

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8. Sew the rows together to form a block. Trim to 9” on all sides.

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You can also switch up the look of the block by using a third fabric for the 3 ½” squares. We would love to see your creativity with this block. Be sure to share your Old Maid’s Puzzle blocks with us using #BOTMSBB. We can’t wait to see the unique spin you put on your block!

Card Trick Quilt Block Tutorial - Stash Builder Box

Hi everyone! It’s time to do a Block of the Month Sew Along for our August box. All of you, including you international subscribers, should have your boxes for August so let’s get started!

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Our Block of the Month we chose for August was the Card Trick. This block definitely looks harder than it actually us ;) It’s made up of half and quarter square triangles and creates a really cool visual when all put together!

We’ve made a few images for the Card Trick Block instructions below! As you make your blocks on social media, tag us using #botmsbb (BOTM SBB) so we can see what you’re up to. We want to see what you create! This a fun block and when using different fabrics, it truly makes this block pop and the layered cards really stand out!

Our images give you instructions for a 9″ block. If you’ve been following along with our Block of the Month patterns, you can put them all together to make a fun quilt at the very end.

Missed a block? Check out our past blocks HERE:

- Snowball Block Tutorial, July

- Indian Hatchet Tutorial, June

- Greek Cross, May

Enjoy!

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My Stuff Bags Donation Update

Hi everyone!

We have just ended our second quarterly donation and this time we chose The My Stuff Bags Foundation as the recipient.

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The My Stuff Bags Foundation is truly doing amazing things by providing children entering foster care and crisis shelters with a duffel bag full of essential items to keep along with a quilt.

Imagine the trauma of being a child separated from all you know – parents, possessions and home – and not having anything to cling to for comfort. Sadly, each year, hundreds of thousands of children here in the United States must be rescued from severe abuse, neglect or abandonment. Traumatized and facing an uncertain future, they frequently enter foster care, crisis shelters, domestic violence and homeless shelters with nothing – no favorite stuffed animal, no special blanket. They are afraid, disoriented, and desperate for comfort. That’s where we come in.

The My Stuff Bags Foundation’s ultimate goal is to provide a My StuffBag filled with new belongings to each of the nearly 300,000 children each year who must enter crisis shelters and foster care with nothing of their own.

In less than 3 months, our Heart Builders team was able to finish 38 quilts, all of which have been shipped out now to My Stuff Bags. It’s incredible! We have more than doubled our very first donation and here’s to bigger goals and more lives impacted!

If you were part of our Heart Builders team, THANK YOU! Please know that you are doing life changing work and your actions do not go unnoticed! We could not have done it without the hard work, time, energy, long hours and late nights from you. If you played a direct part in making these, thank you so very much!

All of the June, July and August boxes purchased made a difference with the 20% contribution from each one. We take the 20% to buy supplies for our Heart Builders (fabric, batting, shipping costs) and help this little operation go on behind the scenes. It could not have happened without your belief in our box and joining us for the cause. If you were a part of that - THANK YOU!

When you buy a box, your 20% is more than just a contribution. We use it to help bring comfort to kids and make them something they may keep for the rest of their lives. If you aren’t already a box subscriber and would like to join our cause, click HERE.

If you would like to be involved directly with the quilts and join our Heart Builders team, click HERE.

We had an incredibly impressive stack that went to My Stuff Bags and it’s time to show them all off, enjoy!

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