Quilt Show Block Party


We invited our vendors to participate in a "block party" at our Quilt Show this year.  If your Quilt Shop is a vendor at a quilt show, should you participate?

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Quilt Show Block Party

In 2019, Northcott decided to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Stonehenge fabrics with specials for quilt shops. This may have been the origin of the block party. Maybe the origin is the block kits available at Shop Hops or maybe it was even inspired by the Row by Row program.

Quilt Show Block Party


At any rate, we decided to ask our vendors to participate in a Block Party at our Quilt Show to celebrate our Ruby Jubilee 40th anniversary. The vendors were asked to design a block and make kits for sale at the Quilt Show. We gave them the following guidelines for the kits:



  • Finished block should be 12" x 12"
  • Fabric colors should be red and white


We asked that they keep the cost between $5.00 and $8.00 if possible. Most of the kits were well known blocks such as half square triangles. We suggested that they start with 100 kits but left the decision up to them. We do know that one vendor ran out of kits and had to cut more.



One special laser cut applique kit was priced higher. It included the laser cut applique pieces, the background and binding fabrics, and the instructions. The kit also listed on the outside the additional materials needed to complete the quilt. What made this block even more special is that it celebrated our show theme of the Wizard of Oz and our challenge theme, "There's no place like home."



Our Guild decided to offer our own kit for the Block Party. We purchased and cut pieces of fabric for the kit. The fabric included in the kit were not the pattern pieces but were the fabric from which the pieces could be cut. It also included a paper-pieced pattern and the instructions. We sold our kits for $5.00, and we estimate that we sold 100 of them at the Show.



To answer the question of whether a quilt shop should participate, I will tell you this story. One shopper wanted to collect all the blocks for the Block Party, so she went first to the vendors that were participating in the Block Party to purchase the blocks. We had signs that let the attendees know which vendors were participating. While there, she looked over their other fabrics. She purchased additional fabric at each of the participating vendors! In fact, it turned out that those vendors were the only ones where she purchased fabric! It was a win-win for those shops.


Our vendors are already thinking about next year. One wondered about featuring a template and packaging it with the kit. Anyone want to do "Under the Sea"?


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Attaching individual pieces of fabric to a background to form a design.

Same As: Appliqué

See Also: Freezer Paper Applique, Needleturn Applique, Machine Applique, Reverse Applique, Shadow Applique
Binding is used as both a noun and a verb. As a noun it is the fabric that's used to cover the raw edges of the quilt sandwich after it's quilted. This edging fabric is referred to as the Binding (noun). As a verb it is the process of putting on this fabric, and it referred to as Binding a Quilt.
The basic unit of a quilt top, usually square but can be rectangular or other shapes. Blocks can be pieced, appliqued or plain.
Pattern pieces made out of paper, cardboard, plastic or metal, giving you something to draw around so that you can accurately replicate any shape.
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