Club 4 / Months 1,3,5,7,9,&11 Instructions

Hi, and welcome to the Kinship Quilters “Spotty” Club Facebook Quilt-Along. It’s not too late to join if you aren’t yet part of this super simple and easy beginner group that uses Kaffe Fassett 5″ charms accented by woven shot cottons to make a fun quilt top in no time. You will learn how to use charms both in focal blocks as well as to form unique complementary sashing in between rows. Simply click here to join now. Or if you are already a member, keep reading….

Group Testers and leaders are Melissa Martin, who has already sewn this project in full, and Mary Beth Kochie, who will complete her blocks and steps ahead of participants. Each is available to be tagged in our Kinship Quilters Facebook Group should you get stuck or come across questions during your journey. Also, group overseer, Deanna Nagle is always available to tag for any questions as we go along.

These months we will only do 5 focal blocks. It’s quite simple. 5 pre-cut charms , 5″ each, as you received in your monthly package and accented on all 4 sides with your woven pale grey Kaffe Fassett shot cotton, as provided. That’s it this month! See? I told you it was easy! See page 2 for instructions on how to create these (5) focal blocks.

THE PICTURE BELOW SHOWS THESE BLOCKS WITH SASHING as the finished quilt top project. WE ARE NOT CREATING THE ACCENT SASHING, JUST A ROW OF (5) BLOCKS framed in grey solid per month  (in months 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, & 11), but it will show you a “taste” of the future of your project. Stay Excited.


Thanks for being a part of the fun of all things Kinship Quilters!

Here’s the Completed Quilt Top as seen below :


Melissa Martin, our main group leader and tester, is also an original Kinship Quilters Facebook Group  member and master quilter with a passion for her craft.

Here’s Melissa’s bio on herself as related to quilting and this group, in her own words: “I’m 36, and live in Rush City, Minnesota. I have 3 kids (6 with my fiancé and I together lol). I have been quilting for 3 years. Last year was my first time participating in a BOM group at all! It was fun and exciting to see what was coming each month, and I loved the end results!”melissa martin headshot

Club 6 Mile-a-Minutes Tutorial Months 1-12

Welcome to club 6 and our addictive Mile-A-Minute blocks! Our Kinship Quilters Facebook Group will be using Kaffe FassettBrandon MablyPhilip Jacobs, and various Martha Negley prints to create these super-speedy quilt blocks. This is a great scrap-busting speed-strip-piecing method of sewing that requires no pre-cutting, no precise nestling or points / seams and no pinning. They are supposed to be wonky and one-of-a-kind, thereby creating some really neat and modern quilt blocks.

From the fabrics you receive in your monthly package, you will follow the steps in the tutorial given here, written by yours truly, specifically for our project in this club this year.



We will be sewing these blocks together virtually in our Kinship Quilters Facebook Group this year once a month in a virtual sew along on alternating Tuesdays. You must be a member of Club 6 to participate. We will see who makes the most blocks each time. Please watch for dates to be announed soon and join us! Fun contest prizes will be earned for participants who rise to the challenge.

Leaders in this group are Deanna Nagle and veteran “Kinshippers” Selma Hawk and Ruth Bass. All have experience with these blocks and quilting as a whole. Feel free to tag them in posts in our Kinship Quilters Facebook Group if you find yourself with a question or “stuck” at any time during this project.  Both Selma and Ruth are Top Testers for Deanna in other quilting projects.

Selma Hawk is a great asset to our group and has been with us since the very beginning, where she once referred to herself as a “beginner” quilter. She first tested this technique as a personal “challenge” from Deanna Nagle during a fun virtual sew along last year. Soon, she completed 30+ blocks in an afternoon and then she had a quilt top. Next, she and Deanna were choosing finishing fabrics and off to the longarmer it went to be completed! Then, Selma completed another in fabrics from her own stash What you see here in these photos are the results of her efforts!

Ruth Bass resides in San Antonio, TX and is involved in many quilt guilds locally in her area. Below are some photos of the testing that Ruth Bass did in this group over the winter break.

Another member who submitted to the contest was Marilynn Lehman, another member from our group since day 1, her blocks are seen below.

If you haven’t joined yet and have stumbled upon this post, come join our group here via Etsy today, registration remains open to the public for this group year-round.