The idea for this block of the month was really a spur of the moment decision, that’s why there was no mention of this earlier.
I LOVE castles. I fell in love with them while reading my storybooks as a little kid and I still romanticize them. When my friend Ruth invited me to join her along with a couple of other friends for a monthly wonky house swap, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. A castle is not really a house, but I think we can stretch the definition here a little. I would happily live in a castle :)
Then I thought, I am going to make these monthly and share the castle quilt patterns on the website anyway, why not make it a Block Of The Month. I am sure there are other castle lovers out there. Thanks to my friend’s idea of a Wonky House Swap, now we have a fun block of the month.
So here is the inaugural block for the Wonky Castle Block Of The Month. Since it is January, there’s a bit of snow on the ground. I will be posting a free castle quilt pattern to make a 10″ block on the last day of every month. By December of this year, you will have enough blocks to make a lap-size quilt. These are wonky castles, so the idea is to not to be fastidious about the joins and the lines, but just to go crazy and have some fun with paper piecing.
If you decide to participate, please leave a comment for me. I would also love for you to share your photos on the Whims And Fancies Flickr group at –
Please spread the word, the more the merrier! Here is a small banner image for you to share if you have a blog/website of your own –
You can either download the image or just use the link below:
URL to use for the image link -
URL for the block of the month link -
Here is the block I made for the swap. The swap castle quilt blocks are going to have a night sky as the background. The pattern is reduced to make a 4″ x 4″ block. Unless you like punishment, I wouldn’t really recommend making the castles this small! I am going to make each month’s castle for the swap with one of the 12 colors of the color wheel. The color for January is of course blue. Did you see the snow on the grounds on this one too! :)
I hope you enjoy making these blocks as much as I do!