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Barbara Black's Tips for "Pick a Petal" Month 6

June marks the halfway point for our 2024 TQS Block Of the Month, Pick a Petal designed by Jen Kingwell. As always, Barbara Black is on hand to help you make the right decisions in making this quilt the way you want to make it with her handy tips and tricks. For Month 6, she says, "This month we do more whimsical applique on another Log Cabin border."

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The Quilt Show Puzzle: "Persistence" by Barbara Black

Do a puzzle of Barbara Black's quilt, Persistence.

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Barbara Black's Tips for "Pick a Petal" Month 5

We're over one week into May, have you started (or maybe even finished) Month 5 of Pick a Petal, the 2024 TQS Block Of the Month designed by Jen Kingwell? Either way, it never hurts to get insight into what you're working on and that's why Barbara Black is here with her monthly tips and tricks to help you out. For this month, she says, "It is time to start the appliqué on the lovely Log Cabin borders."

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See Barbara Black In "Woman's World" Magazine!

Look who we spied in Woman's World Magazine this week - our own beloved Barbara Black! Pop on over to our blog and learn how Barbara got healthy by losing 110 lbs. We are so proud of her!

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Barbara Black's Tips for "Pick a Petal" Month 4

Barbara Black returns with another set of handy and helpful tips to get you going on Month 4 of the 2024 TQS BOM, Pick a Petal, designed by Jen Kingwell. Here's what Barbara has to say about this month, "This month we make the Log Cabin blocks from light neutrals/low volume prints. They will form a border that gets lots of appliqué and embroidery embellishment."

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Barbara Black's Tips for "Pick a Petal" Month 3

Month 3 of the 2024 BOM, Pick a Petal by Jen Kingwell, has been available for a few days now. If you're having trouble, never fear, as Barbara Black comes with her monthly tips and tricks to help facilitate things. What are you working on this month? She says, "Month 3 introduces Block 2, a unique block with curves and petals, ideally made with hand piecing."

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Barbara Black's Tips for "Pick a Petal" Month 2

February is rolling along and with it comes a new set of tips and tricks from Barbara Black for the 2024 TQS Block Of the Month, Pick a Petal by Jen Kingwell. What will Barbara be helping you with this month? She says, "It's Month 2 and we start making a simple block, the Improved or Glorified 9 Patch."

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Barbara Black's Tips for "Pick a Petal" Month 1

Like in years past, Barbara Black is back to guide you through the making of the 2024 Block Of the Month, Pick a Petal by Jen Kingwell. Along with her monthly LIVEs, Barbara will be providing you with her signature tips and tricks to facilitate the process of making this fun, beautiful quilt, and Month 1 is all about how to make the center of the quilt.

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Barbara Black's Tips for "Homeward Bound" Month 12

Even though we released both the Month 11 and 12 patterns for our 2023 Block of the Month, Homeward Bound by Sarah Fielke, earlier this month, we previously mentioned that Barbara Black was only going to provide her tips for Month 11 at this time. Well as an early treat, Barbara has decided to debut her Month 12 tips now so you can get a jumpstart on finishing that top for the Holiday season. She says, "We made it to Month 12! It's time to finish the final border with a stair-step unit. Then your top will be done!"

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Barbara Black's Tips for "Homeward Bound" Month 11

While we released the patterns for both Months 11 and 12 of the 2023 Block Of the Month, Homeward Bound by Sarah Fielke, Barbara Black will still be releasing her tips monthly for the rest of the year. So she returns with her tricks and tips for completing Month 11, where you will "add the 4 Hearts to the pieced borders made last month" and "make the 12 Cabins for the last border."

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Barbara Black's Tips for "Homeward Bound" Month 10

Can't decide whether to work on your Halloween projects or this month's Homeward Bound blocks? Well, maybe Barbara Black can push you in one direction over the other as she's back with her monthly tips to help you make the 2023 TQS BOM as smoothly as possible. She says, "After spending 3 months on the wide applique border, you will like how quickly the pieced border goes in Month 10. There is just a small amount of applique, leaves, stems, and berries."

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Barbara Black's Tips for "Homeward Bound" Month 9

We're halfway through September, which means we're halfway to the next set of patterns for the 2023 TQS BOM, Homeward Bound by Sarah Fielke. But if you haven't finished Month 9 yet, or just want to bookmark some reminders for later, Barbara Black has got another round of tips to help you out. This month she says you will be finishing "the wide applique borders by adding the Birds and more leaves."

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Barbara Black's Tips for "Homeward Bound" Month 8

Month 8 of the 2023 TQS BOM, Homeward Bound by Sarah Fielke, is in full swing now and whether you're finished with it already, or are in need of some assistance, it can never hurt don't get another perspective on the subject. Enter Barbara Black and her monthly tips and tricks. She says for this month you will be continuing "to add leaves and flowers to the wide appliqué borders."

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Barbara Black's Tips for "Homeward Bound" Month 7

If you've already downloaded the patterns for Month 7 of the 2023 TQS BOM, Homeward Bound by Sarah Fielke, then you already know you're on the road to making borders for the next few months. Luckily our Block Of the Month expert Barbara Black is back as always with a catalog of tips to help you build your borders. She says, "It's time to start on the wide applique border that features lots of flowers, leaves and birds. We will work on these borders in Months 7, 8 and 9."

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Barbara Black's Tips for "Homeward Bound" Month 6

Have you been seeing stars the last fews days working on Month 6 of the 2023 Block Of the Month, Homeward Bound? Well, whether they're shiny and bright stars of success or stars of confusion, Barbara Black has shown up just in time to show you how to make the stars that will accompany your quilt. She says, "This month we make ALL the stars that will complete the entire quilt." So become a quilting star yourself and make Month 6 as shiny and bright as the sun!

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Barbara Black's Tips for "Homeward Bound" Month 5

We're a few days into May now, have you started this month's pattern for the 2023 Block Of the Month, Homeward Bound? If you haven't, or even if you have, Barbara Black has brought us her usual supply of monthly tips and tricks so that you can work on Month 5's task, the pieced border that surrounds the center of the quilt.

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Barbara Black's Tips for "Homeward Bound" Month 3

Month 3 of Homeward Bound, the 2023 TQS Block Of the Month designed by Sarah Fielke, means you'll be finishing the hollyhock blocks by adding small circles and leaves. Barbara Black is back with her monthly tips to help you conquer the 116 circles, in 5 different sizes, that make up the Hollyhock blocks.

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Barbara Black's Tips for "Homeward Bound" Month 1

It's a new year and as you probably already know, that means there is a brand new TQS Block Of the Month. This year's BOM is called Homeward Bound and is designed by Sarah Fielke. As always, The Quilt's Show's resident BOM expert Barbara Black will be there with you each month to guide you in making this fantastic quilt. For Month 1, she has tips on making "the small center cabin and the four star point units that surround the cabin."

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Barbara Black's "Garden Party Down Under" Quilting Ideas

Since we gave you the patterns for both Months 11 and 12 of The Quilt Show's 2022 BOM, Garden Party Down Under, early last month, Barbara Black also provided her tips for both months early as well. Since you've already got your tips, and some of you may be itching to finish your quilt, Barbara has kindly provided some quilting ideas to do just that and finish off your 2022 Block Of the Month in style!

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Barbara Black's Tips for "Garden Party Down Under" Months 11 and 12

You're almost there, and Barbara Black is here to help get you across the finish line. Barbara has got her tips for Months 11 and 12 of Irene Blanck's Garden Party Down Under, The Quilt Show's 2022 Block Of the Month, ready for you. Once all is said and done, she says that "this lovely quilt is sure to be a favorite in your family for years to come."

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