Marianne’s “Options”

I hope you all enjoyed a pleasant Mother’s Day weekend as I did. I started Saturday off by teaching a BOM tutorial at Sew There! Quilts and More in Angier, NC. The dozen or so ladies are working their way through the “Sisters” blocks that were featured on this blog in 2020. (The free patterns are still accessible under the “Sisters BOM QAL” tab in the menu.) I am so proud of the quilters; their blocks are gorgeous! The second blessing of the day was the arrival of our second son on Saturday afternoon. We spent several hours planting bulbs that should grow and bloom later this summer: gladiolas, dahlias, and lilies. We also sewed seed for zinnias and sunflowers in a small garden near the house. A tasty dinner and a rousing game of Hearts finished out the day. Our Sunday School class celebrated Mother’s Day by sharing coffee and favorite cookies. In addition, it was fun to send and receive greetings of the day to family and friends.

I’ll be working on a quilt project for publication during this week. But before I become immersed in it, I would like to share a picture of Marianne’s “Options” blocks.

Can you pick out “Scrappy Star,” “Ojo de Dios,” “Economy Block,” and “Album?” Marianne is working with gray fabrics in the BOMs and all sorts of colorful fabrics in the alternate “Sixteen Patch” blocks. The “Sixteen Patches” are assembled as Leaders and Enders, and she is not sure if she will actually set her “Options” blocks this way. Admittedly, it is a little busy. Marianne attends and helps to lead a quilt group in Kemnat, Germany. However, the group has not met in person since last summer. Marianne sends the instructions to the group members and says that having a BOM project gives the ladies something positive and creative to do while sheltering at home.

Thanks, Marianne, for sending a picture of your “Options” blocks! Your color and fabric choices are so inspiring.

I would love to share a picture of your Album blocks; please send a picture to You can also post a picture of your project on Instagram #optionsqal.

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