November 2002’s block is a "Snowman" block

     Snowman Block

Mary, the winner of September's contest, saw this block in a series of Block-of-the-Month patterns designed by Pat Welsh in a local quilt shop in Oregon called the Stitchin' Post.  This variation uses a Christmas green patterned fabric for the background and a white-on-white for the snowman.  This will be a fun quilt to make in December.

The block measures 8 X 12 inches.  (8 ½ X 12 ½ inches unfinished).

Instructions:  Use good quality, 100% cotton pre-washed fabrics.
Follow the directions below for each block.  On or before November 30th, email me at with your name, email address, and the number of blocks you’ve made.  The winner(s) will be drawn on December 1st and you will be notified soon after if you've won or where to send your blocks.  (see the small print below for contest details)

    Hat pieces

   Background Pieces
  Snowman Pieces

Sewing Snowman Body Pieces              
Sewing Snowman Body Pieces
Snowman Body Pieces Assembled

Row Assembly

Block Assembly


Choose a Christmas green patterned fabric for the background, a white-on-white fabric for the snowman's body, and a solid black for the snowman's hat.

Cutting instructions:

    1.  From the black fabric, cut one  2 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch rectangle and one 1 x 5 inch rectangle.  

    2.  From the background fabric cut the following:

      a.   Cut two - 2 1/2 x 3 1/8 inch rectangles

      b.   Cut two - 1 x 2 1/4 inch rectangles

      c.   Cut two - 2 3/4 x 3 3/8 inch rectangles

      d.   Cut two - 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch rectangles

      e.   Cut two - 4 1/2 x 2 1/4 inch rectangles

      f.   Cut four - 1 inch squares.  Fold each in half point-to-point to form a triangle and finger press a center seam line and open again.

      g.   Cut four - 1 1/2 inch squares.  Fold each in half point-to-point to form a triangle and finger press a center seam line and open again.

      h.   Cut four - 1 3/4 inch squares.  Fold each in half point-to-point to form a triangle and finger press a center seam line and open again.

3.  From the white-on-white snowman fabric cut one 2 3/4 inch square, one 3 3/4 x 4 inch rectangle, and one 4 1/2 x 5 inch rectangle. 

Assembly instructions:

4.  Lay the four 1-inch green squares on the four corners of the 2 3/4 inch white square.  Sew on the pressed seam lines.  Do the same with the four 1 1/2 inch green squares and the smaller white rectangle.  Again with the four 1 3/4 inch green squares and the larger white rectangle.  You will end up with three blocks that look like those in graphic 4.

5.  Trim the corners to 1/4 inch from the sewn line.  See graphic 5. 

6.  Press the corners open like in graphic 6.


7.  Refering to graphic 7, assemble the pieces into rows.  The pieces cut in steps 2a-2e go in order for rows 1-5.  With right sides together and using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, join the peices in each row.  Press seams to the background fabrics.  Finished rows should look like those in graphic 8.

3.  Stitch the rows together.  Press.

Your completed unfinished block will measure 8 1/2 x 12 ½ inches.

How the Block of the Month works...

Every month, a simple block is chosen by a previous winner, keeping in mind that the participants will invariably have a variety of skill levels.  Instructions for the block will be posted on this site, as well as size and color limitations.  You can make up to ten blocks.  Each block you make gives you one chance in the drawing at the end of that month.

The previous winner that chose the pattern will conduct the drawing to see who wins blocks.  When the blocks warrant two winners, the first drawn will choose the upcoming block.  Only the participants for the month are emailed instructions on where to send their block(s), which may involve international postage.  The process of compiling the list, drawing the winner, and getting the winner’s address can take several days.

It’s fun to receive squishy envelopes in the mail!  The winner chooses the pattern for the following month and draws the winner for that month, but is not eligible to participate in that month’s drawing.  If you are a winner (lucky you!) you will be notified via email.

When you have completed your block(s), send a message to saying how many you made.  Simply add your name, email address, and number of blocks you made in your email to me. Please limit your entry to ten or fewer blocks.


All graphics on this page are created by me using a registered copy of Paint Shop Pro 4 by Jasc Software, Inc.   No graphics are copied straight from other sites.  The instructions are written in my words using general instructions that are common to the quilting world.  The blocks themselves are often centuries old and can be found in many books and quilt encyclopedias and even on your grandmother's bed.  If the person choosing the block for a month has seen a certain color scheme for that block or quilt somewhere else, we will try our best to give credit where credit is due and reference the book or web-site the idea came from.  Any further questions about copyright issues, please email me at .

Sue’s “Block of the Month” made it’s web debut in September of 1995.  For two years, Sue kept track of the blocks made and sent the names to a previous winner to draw for the current winner.  On Sue’s September 1997 page, she stated that she wanted to “retire” as the BOM hostess.

When Sue asked for someone to continue the “Block of the Month” pages, Pam volunteered, and has been hostessing this page for the past three years.  Thank you Pam for your faithfulness and hard work.

Hello, my name is Deedee.  My husband Jim (the computer wizard) and I  “babysat” the Block-of-the-Month web page for Pam over the winter of 2001.  In the spring, we became the permanent host & hostess for the site.  If you are new to our world-wide community of quilters, Welcome, enjoy yourself, and share your creativity with us.

Some Past Winner’s Quilts
Block of the Month “Past Blocks”


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