2021 Monthly Charity Blocks

monthly block instructions

In 2021 we will have a monthly charity block initiative. These blocks will be collected and made into community quilts. 

Each month will feature a new modern block in a specific color palette. This is a fun way to try a new and modern technique without committing to a whole quilt.

The blocks can be made at any time throughout the year, not just the month they are introduced.

  • Please drop off your block at a distribution hub.
  • Remember to fill in the donation form.

Share your finished block on social media with the #svmqgcharity2021 tag, and upload to the charity photo folder so we can highlight some at our meetings.

November | Skinny STRIPS BLOCK

The Novembber 2021 charity block is the an improv skinny block using a dark background with bright strips.


The October 2021 charity block is the an improv log cabin block in blues, greens and browns.


The September 2021 charity block is the Lightning Block by Melanie Rudy, from the MQG Website.


The August 2021 charity block is a wonky disappearing 4-patch in any style/pattern you choose.

July | STARS

The July 2021 charity block is a star block in any style/pattern you choose.

June | Giant HST

The June 2021 charity block is a giant HST block.

May | Plus

The May 2021 charity block is a “PLUS” block.

  • Size: 12.5” by 12.5” unfinished
  • Make any plus block you want
  • Color: Grey background, any color plus
  • Detailed Instructions

April | Dancing Scraps

The April 2021 charity block is inspired by the Dancing Nines pattern by Bonnie Hunter.

  • Size: 10.5” by 10.5” unfinished
  • Color: Use scraps from one color family with neutral solid strips on two sides
  • Detailed Instructions

March | Windmill Improv

The March 2021 charity block is an improv Windmill block.

February | “X” Marks the Improv

The February 2021 charity block is an improv “X” block. It consists of 2 or more smaller blocks sewn together to make a larger 24.5” wide block. The smaller blocks can be of any width, as long as each piece is 12.5” tall. Don’t worry about getting the lines to line up perfectly! 

  • Size: 12.5” by 24.5” unfinished
  • Color: Blues, with an optional pop of orange
  • Reference: A Quilter’s table tutorial

January | Improv Churn Dash

The January charity block is an improv version of the classic churn dash block. We made a wonky example, but you can use any modification you like. It would look great with curves, uneven sized sections or deconstructed. You could also make a smaller block and add sashing to make it big enough. We encourage you to have fun with it and try something new!