Block of the Month


Chair: Laura Mott

Each month, the Block of the Month Chair selects a block pattern.  The pattern has been constructed with fabric to check the accuracy of the block prior to being published.  

New block patterns will be announced each month at the general meeting and made available to members through the website, email, and the newsletter.  Make as many blocks as you wish and keep them for yourself, or enter them into the drawing   Winner takes all!

Enter block(s) for the drawing by placing in the designated envelope in the Farmhouse, mail to the GQCCC address in the directory, or turn them in at an in-person general meeting. Drawings dates will be announced, but generally will be at in-person general meetings.

Some ideas for using blocks that are not entered:

  • Complete this year’s blocks and make a quilt from them. You could coordinate your fabrics or make it scrappy. 
  • Use patterns from past years to make a quilt.
  • Towards the bottom of this page is our 40th anniversary Block of the Month. They would make a great quilt.
  • If you find a block you love make several of the blocks for a quilt.  Quilts to Share and Patriotic Quilts are always looking for donation quilts!

Click here for BOM guidelines and basic instructions for pieced blocks.


Click on an image to open a PDF of the pattern instructions in a new tab.

See below for BOM patterns prior to 2022.

Block Exchange

Chair: Valerie Lawrence

In early 2005, the guild started the Block Exchange group. Each month, one member of the group chooses a block pattern and provides instructions and the fabric (if they want), and the other members of the group make a block for that person. The choice of the pattern rotates through the members of the group so that by the end of the year, everyone has enough blocks to make a quilt. 

Currently, the exchange group is limited to 12 members. By the end of the year, each participant will have 12 blocks of the pattern of choice.

Block of the Month Archive

2021 — BOM on hiatus.

February – Bright Star
June – Antique Tile
July – Disappearing 9 Patch— You may want to leave this untrimmed and let the winner decide if it should be trimmed down
August-Twist Your Block
September – Four in Nine

February – Lovers Knot
March – Starry Night
April – April Flowers – Pansies
May – Twinkle Twinkle
June – Folded Corners
July – Patriotic Star
           Note to make the outer star points use the fast method or no waste method of making flying geese.  No Waste Flying Geese Instructions
September – BOM
October BOM
November – Maple Leaf
December – Christmas Ornament

February – Heart Block
March – Celtic Chain
April-30s Baskets
May – Butterfly
June – Dream Weaver
July [due September meeting] – Newsprint Block
October – The Quilted Crow
November – Fall Flying Geese
December – Holiday Twist

January – Tiny Mushroom House
February – Scrappy Heart
March-Courthouse Steps
May-River Swirl
June- June Bug
September – Little Red Schoolhouse &Templates        make sure to print actual size or turn scaling off
October – Farmers Daughter
November – Friendship Star

January – Wonky Pineapple
February – Modern Rail Fence
March – Go Big Or Go Home
April – You’ve Got Mail
May – Shining Stars
June- Dancing Spool
August – Scrappy Star
September – Modern Movement Block
October – Pumpkin
December- Christmas Present

January – Roman Stripe
March – Sassy Pinwheel
June – Mystery Dessert
July & August – Bowtie Kites
September – Whimsy
October – Pumpkin
November – Dresden Plate
December – Christmas Birds

June – Half Square Triangles
September – Grandmother’s Garden
November – Y Seams

GQCCC 40th Anniversary BOM

In honor of the guild’s 40th anniversary, Block of the Month patterns were designed to celebrate the history of the guild and of Contra Costa County.  Members had the choice of turning in a completed block for a drawing or of arranging the blocks in a quilt of her or his own choosing.

California Poppy
Corn and Beans
Flying Squares
Fruit Basket
John Muir House
Moon Sun Over Mt Diablo
Ocean Wave
Redwood Tree Applique
Redwood Tree Wonky Pieced 
Redwork in Green
Self Portrait
Self Portrait Examples
Village Schoolhouse

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