Bonfire Block of the Month Finishes

Oh my gosh, it's the final post for the Bonfire Block of the Month Club 2016. Every year we complete one of these journeys, it seems like a wonderful experience.  How can each year get better and better?  And what a year it's been.  The Bonfire Sampler is a part of my first book, Sister Sampler Quilts.  And to run a BOM from my own book, well.... that's seriously a dream come true.  Thank you all for your love and support of the book this year.
I have not one, but two quilt finishes to show you today.  Those of you who have been following along with the BOM know how special these two quilts are.

At the beginning, I encouraged participants to partner up with a "sister".  Someone to sew along with and trade blocks with to make 2 similar, yet different quilts.  I partnered with my mom and we have spent the past year sewing our blocks, sharing pics and color combinations, and trading blocks to make 2 very special quilts.  Since we have never worked on a project together before, this BOM holds a special place in my heart.

Here is my Bonfire Sister Sampler Finish
We both worked from a fat quarter bundle of Blueberry Park (warm colors) by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.  The blocks use Kona Snow as their background, and I framed up the whole quilt using Kona Cerise.  It's definitely a different look from the original Bonfire quilt found in the book.  There is a picture of the original Bonfire at the end of this post if you don't remember what it looks like.

Mom's Bonfire Sister Sampler Finish:
Mom went for a subtle look, using RK Quilter's Linen as her background for the star points.  She also used Kona Snow as the background for her block work, so both of our block sets were pieced using the same block background color.  It makes the whole quilt flow nicely. I like how she selected the same large scale daisy print in 4 colors to be the large star points in the quilt setting.
Although our BOM is now officially over, it's never too late to start this project on your own or with a friend.  You can read all the details of how we worked this project here.

Bonfire Sampler from Sister Sampler Quilts

Quilt Stats.
Name: Bonfire Block of the Month
Size: 82" x 82"
Fabric:  Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis on Kona Snow.  Kona Cerise, Quilter's Linen in Straw
Piecing:  Me + Mom
Quilting: LAQ Beany of Quilty Pleasures - Cotton Puffs

Patchwork Auditions Workshop - Now Booking


As promised, here are the details on the Patchwork Auditions Workshop if your group is interested in hosting an event.  I will be booking select dates in 2017, so please contact me soon if you are interested.  Thanks so much for everyone's excitement over the book this year and my appearance on Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting TV.  I'd love to share my passion for modern traditional samplers with you!

Join author and designer AnneMarie Chany for a fun and colorful workshop to make a small 4 block modern sampler based on the popular Patchwork Auditions series and her new book, Sister Sampler Quilts. Explore different coloring options for traditional quilt blocks to think outside the box and rejuvenate quilt blocks we know and love. Whether you choose to make your sampler from just one block or make yours with 2 Sister Block Pairs, you’ll enjoy reimagining time-honored blocks with new possibilities.  See Pricing here.

           What You Will Learn:
  •   Sketching blocks in a wire frame
  •   Methods of Recoloring
  •   Brainstorming/Planning Alternate Colorings
  •   Oversized Half-Square Triangles for accuracy
  •   Curve / Drunkard’s Path (optional)

    The Skinny:
  •   6 Hour Workshop (with lunch break)
  •   Finished Quilt is 52” x 60”
  •   Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Provided by the Instructor:
  •   Pattern to make 4 block sampler
  •   Handouts for sketching alternate colorings 

  • Workshop Quilt Made with Color Variations of 1 Block
    Workshop Quilt Made with Color Variations of 2 Blocks (Sister Pairs)