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Block of the Day 2020 by the Gourmet Quilter

My Favorite Quilt Store has teamed up with the Gourmet Quilter to offer a fabric kit for her Block of the Day.  This is her fifth Block of the Day program that she will be doing.  It is so cute with the Japanese Kokeshi Dolls.  She is calling it Bento Box and offers the pattern on her site.  It is so much fun to participate.  Her first one was Town and Country that is now a book.  Get the New Year started right with a fun sew along.

The link to the fabric kit is Here  -  Currently we have more fabric arriving 1/7/2020. We will be able to ship more kits first of next week.  Just email us using contact form. If you need more information or have questions about the fabric kit.

Here is the information from the Gourmet Quilter... Susan Clair

A new block of the day for 2020! A small applique for each day of the year set on to a variety of size background fabrics. These little appliqué pictures are inspired by Japan and Japanese Kokeshi Dolls.

Kokeshi dolls are a traditionally made wooden doll, often quite decorative. As well as the dolls there are many other Japanese inspired things, such as cherry blossom, bamboo......and so much more!

They are fun and quick to do and would enjoy a little embellishment along the way - you may like to do a little embroidery perhaps, maybe a little extra colour here and there with Inktense pencils, or you may prefer to simply applique with no extra embellishment.

The Block of the Day 2020 - Bento Block a Day - will start early January 2020 and continues throughout the year. Each week there will be an email sent with a download link to download the patterns for 7 bento blocks.  Click here for more info on the pattern

It is suggested that the quilt be prepared ahead in horizontal rows that will allow for approx. 6 1/2 weeks of blocks per section of quilt. The quilt will be put together in horizontal rows  then joined together by row, quilt as you go.

The sample shown is just a small sample just now - more to follow soon!

The fabrics used for the applique are 2 1/2" wide strips plus a variety of background fabrics, sizes and shapes such as 3 1/2" squares, 3 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangles, 4 1/2" squares and 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles. For both the background and applique, the fabrics shown are Hoffman fabrics, with 2 x Bali Pops (packs of 40 x  2 1/2" wide strips) for the colours for the applique. There will be an optional border at the end. The sample uses Hobbs fusible 80/20 batting which is placed behind the previously pieced background row, then the fused raw-edge applique is stitched through the background and batting. A backing will be added later.

For those interested, there will be a Facebook group available to join if you sign up to receive the patterns - come join in the chat and fun together.