Block of the Month


Greetings Guild members, 

Welcome to a brand-new year with the Rouge Valley Quilters’ Guild. It’s been a long time since we have met together in person but, hopefully, our virtual meetings will be a thing of the past and we can share, learn, listen and laugh together again soon. Oh, and, best of all, have a POT LUCK! 

It is quite the journey we have been on in the past almost two years. These strange times are the inspiration for the current Block of the Month. 

I have chosen Dorothy’s journey to the Land of Oz as my theme. One day Dorothy finds her life and whole world turned upside down. She does not know where she is any more and is desperate to find a way home to be reunited with her family. However, there are evil forces at work to thwart her. Along the way she meets new friends who help her on her way and those who tell her to go to the Great and Powerful Oz who will reveal the secret of how to get home. Oz turns out not to be as advertised but, in the end, she had the answer all along. 

I think Dorothy’s story relates to our Pandemic experience. We were suddenly tossed into a strange world where nothing is as it was. Our hope is that one day, sometime soon, life will return to normal and we can meet again with friends and loved ones. 

I have chosen the colours of the rainbow for my blocks, although I think the quilt lends itself to be totally scrappy. To be truthful, my own sample is actually a controlled scrap quilt. I used several different blues, several reds, several light backgrounds etc. The sample shown above is a computer-generated rendition. 

The quilt centre with the Flying Geese border around the centre block finishes at 27”, making a lovely wall hanging. By adding the next surrounding rainbow-inspired border you could have a larger 45” wall quilt. Continue on with the next top and bottom borders you have a lovely lap size quilt. 

As some of you may have already guessed, there are more blocks than months in a Guild year, so I have decided to extend things into the 2022 – 2023 Guild year. Who knows? I might even add yet another border to make it a full bed size! 


Here is an estimate of what you will need: 
Green/Emerald: 1.25m 
Purple/Amethyst: .3m 
Red/Ruby: 1.45m 
Orange/Garnet: .3m 
Yellow/Gold: .85m 
Brown/Moonstone: 10” 
scrap Blue/Sapphire: .75m 
Background: 1.75m 
In addition, fusible web and stabilizer in amounts to be given later. 


Each month full instructions for a new block will be given in the Newsletter and on the Website. You are free to download and print the instructions. After you have completed your block take a photo of it and send the photo along with your name and identifying it as The Block of the Month to Trudy at for inclusion in the following month’s Guild Meeting Show and Share a chance to win a lovely fat quarter bundle. 

Also send an email to Irene to let her know you have completed the block.

March BOM – Rainbow Block #2



This month we are sliding down the other side of the Rainbow with the second Rainbow Block.

Not following the BOM but need a quick gift?  Here is a table runner that uses just three of the Rainbow blocks.  Hmmmmm.  A few more would make a lovely border perhaps.

If you are following along or just a block or two here and there, don’t forget to send me a photo for the BOM Show and Share portion of our meeting at

Have fun, members and let’s see your completed blocks.  Take a photo of your block, send it to me at or to Trudy at along with your name for inclusion in the Show and Share at our next general meeting, and a chance to win the next beautifully curated Fat Quarter bundle.

Good Luck!


Irene D.


CLICK HERE to get the instructions for September 2021, the Centre Block Part 1.

CLICK HERE to get the BOM instructions for October 2021.

CLICK HERE to get the BOM instructions for November 2021.

CLICK HERE to get the BOM instructions for January 2022.

CLICK HERE to get the BOM instructions for February 2022.

CLICK HERE to get the BOM instructions for March 2022.

CLICK HERE to get the BOM instructions for April 2022.

CLICK HERE to get the BOM instructions for May 2022
                       for the "Right-facing Bird".

CLICK HERE to get the BOM instructions for May 2022
                       for the "Left-facing Bird".

CLICK HERE to get the BOM instructions for June 2022