Christmas Village Play Time

The Programs Committee has introduced a fun “Block of the Month” challenge for 2023 that reinforces the President’s theme for this year: “Joy in the Journey.”

Buttons, beads, and rick-rack add “dimension” to Connie’s sample block.

What you need to know…

We will receive instructions/pattern for a new block each month, for a total of 9 different designs. Make as many or as few of the designs as you wish. The intention is not perfection but fun! Here is a link to a handout distributed at our January meeting clarifying “what you need to know.”

Printed instructions and the pattern for each block will be available at the monthly Guild meeting. Members can download them from the Guild’s online files (in the Programs & Workshops folder). The PDF for each block will also be linked to this page. Just click the block name (below).

At our monthly Sew Day on February 1, members of the Programs Committee will be available to answer our questions. Have fun making your first block!


Block Name or Theme




Quilt Shop

Wait and see!

What’s your guess?

January’s SAMPLE BLOCK – “Connie’s Quilts” – illustrates the Quilt Shop block.

Further Resources

The designs in this BOM challenge are based on those found in the pattern book, “Welcome to the North Pole: Santa’s Village in Applique,” by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins of Piece O’ Cake Designs. A glance at the book cover (below) is enough to get your creative juices flowing! Do an online search of keywords like “Christmas Village” plus “quilt” to find more images that will spark your own creativity. (You do not need to purchase the book. Our patterns will not be taken directly from the book!)

Do you remember playing with paper dolls?

Connie G., APQG Programs Chair, January 18, 2023