The 350 Blocks Project, 2016

Posted on January 15, 2016 by prairiemoonquilts in 350 Blocks Project

Here we go with The 350 Blocks Project for 2016! I’m so excited about it this time — I think it gets more fun every year!

Are YOU ready?


I’m hoping to finish a lot of my UFOs this year, so I plan to be making lots of blocks (more than last year), and I’m hoping you will join me. As always, our main goal is to make 350 quilt blocks this year.

But I’m really hoping we do more than that. It’s become a fun challenge to see if, as a group, we can always do better than we did the year before.

  • In 2014, as a group, we made 25,974 blocks.
  • In 2015, as a group, we made 33,875 blocks!

Think we can make more than that in 2016? That’s what I’m shooting for, so I hope you’re all in to help me out.

For lots of you, 350 blocks is really easy. That’s nearly a block a day for the entire year. I debated whether to change the name of the project, but decided to go ahead and leave it at 350. It’s a good goal to shoot for, and if you get past it early, then I’m really hoping you just go all out and help boost that final total as much as you can.

If you’ve been in this with me for awhile now, you pretty much know how it works, but for those of you who might be new, you are most welcome to join, and here is how it works:

  • The blocks you count are your blocks, from projects of your own choosing, and they belong to you. You don’t have to send anything in. All you have to do is report to me how many blocks you made in each month.
  • As for counting, you’re on the honor system — A quilt block counts as one block.
  • If you’re not quite sure how to count something, such as a complicated border, just divide it into sections that seem like blocks, and count them that way. For instance — four complicated borders? I’d count those as either 4 or 8 blocks, depending on how complicated.
  • What if your quilt is a modern quilt that seems like one large block? If it’s really simple, just count it as one large block, but if it’s a bit more involved, break it up into sections and count each section as a block.
  • Your count can only include completed blocks made in 2016 (not block units), so you can go back to January 1st, and count any blocks you’ve made so far, but not back any further than that, and not the individual units that make up a completed block (they don’t count until they’re in a completed block, in other words).

Here are the general rules:

* Let me know you’re playing along

Simply comment on this post, or contact me to let me know you’re in. I deleted all of last year’s info to start fresh, so if you are playing along again this year, please let me know again, and I’ll add you back. (It just keeps me from getting confused.)

I’ve created a page for the 350 Blocks Project HERE, where I’ll be listing information regarding the project and how it’s progressing. If you’re participating, I’ll put your name (and a link to your blog if you have one) on the project page. You can jump in any time.

If you only want to do some of the months, that’s fine. You’ll be eligible for the prize that month. Can’t start till later? No problem, you can still do the months you’re able to, and you’ll still be eligible for the grand prizes in the end. Just do what you can.

* Report in every month

I’ll put up a monthly blog post about the project, either on the last day of the month, or the first day of the next month, where I’ll show you the blocks I get done. When you see one of those posts, you need to leave a comment on it, telling us all about your own progress, and either link back to your own blog post, or at least let me know how many blocks you’ve done. You can also email me directly with your current number of blocks, or use the contact page to let me know. I’ll give you a few days to report in each month, so that you have time to leave your comment and be eligible for the prize, because . . . if you don’t let me know you’re playing along, I won’t know to include you in the drawings!

I’ll post your number of completed blocks next to your name on the project page, so you can see how you’re doing compared to everyone else, and I’ll update it every time you let me know your new number. This is NOT a race, however, and everyone who reports in is eligible for the prizes. I repeat, it’s not a contest, it’s just for fun! Well . . . and prizes!

* Monthly prizes

At the end of each month, I’ll have a prize drawing for those who have made progress that month. I’ll draw one random winner from everyone who reports in that month. What this means is: You MUST report in each month in order to be eligible for that month’s prize drawing.

* Grand Prizes

At the end of the year, there will be some Grand Prizes. If you actually meet the goal of 350 blocks, you’re eligible for the big Grand Prize, and if you don’t quite make it, you’re still eligible to win some prizes just for participating. Everyone who has reported in at least once during the Project is eligible for the final prize drawings.

So are you ready?

If you’re up for the challenge, let me know you’d like to participate, and you can steal the button above for your blog if you like (which isn’t mandatory, either). Just link back to: <>

Here we go! Woohoo!

93 responses to “The 350 Blocks Project, 2016”

  1. Becka Meyers says:

    Hi! I want to participate in the 350 project, so please add me to your list. Becka Meyers

  2. Anne P says:

    Count me in again! Hopefully I’d get much more done than I did last year! Anne Parker

  3. Janet Volz says:

    I want to participate again this year.

  4. Cathy Poyner says:

    Hi-I am going to try to do this again. I got very lax about reporting at the end of the year. My UFO list is longer at the beginning of this year than it was last year. I have 40 UFOs now. Hope I can reduce it by year end. Thanks for doing this challenge Shelley.

  5. Denniele says:

    I am in!!!! Keeps me a bit better focused! Thanks for doing this again!

  6. Betty K says:

    I am also in this for the year. It is one way that I can keep track of some sort of progress, lol.

  7. Bobbi says:

    I’m excited that you’re doing this again this year. It’s always such fun to keep count. I’m not expecting to get anywhere near last year’s total, but that’s ok. My website is

  8. Mary says:

    I’m in! I have a long, long list UFOs I want to finish and new projects I want to make in 2016. It’s a good thing we get an extra day this year!

  9. Leah G. says:

    Sure hope I remember to count my stuff as I make them. Should be interesting!

  10. Cindy says:

    Count me in!

  11. Elaine Walker says:

    Count me in. My goal is to finish all my UFO’s this year. I have 14 UFO’s so that should be do-able. Here’s to all the blocks wanting to be made!

  12. Bec says:

    I’m in again!!

  13. Doreen Haywood says:

    I will be moving at the end of this month but then I will definitely be up for the challenge. Count me in.

  14. Carolyn Shank says:

    This sounds like fun – I want to join this year!
    thanks for doing this.

  15. Sandra Weber says:

    I will give it another try.

  16. Crystal Farinella says:

    I’m in…I love retirement. I finally get to play along. I do have a question. I just made three Yellow Brick Road quilts this month. Each required 49 blocks. So would that be 120? I know how to count but I’m looking for clarification.

    Crystal in Cedar City

  17. Deanna says:

    You know I’m in. I love this project. Here’s hoping for a good sewing weekend. The snow is falling hard right now and that is a good sign.

  18. Rose Marie says:

    Of course, I’m in. It’s one of the few rewards for being so insane. LOL

  19. randy says:

    yes I am in

  20. Barb B says:

    I’m in again! Time to get started. 🙂

  21. Sherry V. says:

    I will try to be better this year than I was last. I did get things done. . . .but it doesn’t seem like I ever remembered to tell you! LOL

    Thank you again!

  22. Christy says:

    I’m in too! Yay!

  23. JanetD says:

    I’m in again – love this project.

  24. Cynthia says:

    Count me in again for 2016. I love the challenge.

  25. Susan says:

    Yay, and I’m already counting! =) Thanks for not changing the page we link to – it means less change for me on the link. =)

  26. Phillis Harding says:

    I an definitely in for this project. It helps to keep me motivated on finishing these UFOs

  27. Maxine E. says:

    I will play along again!!!!

  28. Scarlett says:

    I will give it a whirl.

  29. KT says:

    Count me in again! I’ve got a lot of quilts to finish up! Thank you!

  30. Julie L says:

    I’m in. Have lots of projects to get done this year (not to mention UFOs which won’t count for blocks!)

  31. Barbara says:

    You know me… I’m in again. I’ll try to be better about reporting in.

  32. I’m in again – it keeps me making baby quilts. As for my own, I plan to be making applique quilts so those will only slowly add to the number finished.

    This is so motivating and fun. I’m in awe of all those ladies who made over a 1000. Wow!

  33. Krista says:

    Count me in this year. This should help inspire me. Hopefully i can keep up all year.

  34. Donna says:

    I’m going to give this a shot. I’m not much of a traditional quilter so I will have to improvise on the block count. Can’t imagine making anywhere near 350.

  35. Kathy F says:

    Here we go again. I’ll try it again.

  36. Andrea O'Brien says:

    Count me in,

  37. Gail Macagnone says:

    Count me in sounds like fun and I do need a push every now and then. Add me to your list Gail Macagnone

  38. Celine says:

    I’m definitely in again, love the challenge. And who knows maybe this year I’ll manage the 350 blocks! Thank you

  39. April Lett says:

    I’d like to get involved.

  40. Diana Cagle says:

    Ooh please add me to the list. This sounds like fun!

  41. sara says:

    I think I would like to join in this will be my first time but, no time like the present-right?


  42. Cathy S. says:

    I am going to do this again this year. Hopefully I can keep count and motivated this year. Thanks so much for doing this again this year.

  43. Melody A. says:

    Yes, I would like to be in this challenge. thank you for doing it again.

    Love the name of your blog! and writing and encouragement!!!

  44. Julie in GA says:

    Count me in! I’m looking forward to another year of the 350 Blocks Project.

  45. Linda says:

    I will participate.

  46. Tammy Bronwing says:

    I would like to join. I’m new to quilting but am enjoying it.

  47. Mary Hurst says:

    I’m in!

  48. Lynette says:

    I’d like to join too!

  49. Karen Williams says:

    I’m in. I have lots of projects to complete this year!

  50. Ann Smith says:

    i’ll like to give this a shot.

  51. Celine says:

    And I just blogged about it too!

  52. Lynda says:

    I would love to try this! Please Count Me in for 2016!

  53. Doris says:

    Count me in. I’ll try to remember to report this year!

  54. Delana says:

    Last year was a fun challenge to myself, so count me in for 2016! I was a little surprised by the number of blocks I made without pushing myself.

  55. Elizabeth says:

    Sounds like lots of fun. Add me in.

  56. Pam says:

    I’ll join this year – I’ve never counted blocks before, only completed quilt tops

  57. montsem says:

    Hi! I want to participate in the 350 project, so please add me to your list.

  58. Sue Hook says:

    I’m am in

  59. Sophie says:

    I have always sat on the sidelines and watched as others counted their blocks. I’d like to play along this year.

  60. Hi Shelly,
    I want to join in this year. I didn’t do too good last year. So I’m hoping I will do better this year. So far for January I’ve done 12 blocks. Have a great day!

  61. I’m a little bit late reporting in, but please count me in again this year. Thanks for doing this, Shelly, it was a good motivator last year!

  62. I’ve seen this the last couple of years, but not joined in – this year I’m in! Thank you for organising it!

  63. Jackie Hale says:

    I’m in! This is my first time. Hopefully this will keep me motivated throughout the year. ~ Jackie Hale

  64. randy says:

    January count 57.

  65. Rose Marie says:

    January count for me is 40. twelve of those are Triangle Salad!!! I love them.

  66. Tammy Browning says:

    35 blocks

  67. Clare Moore says:

    I would love to join if it’s not too late.
    Kind regards, Clare Moore

  68. Marsha Yahl says:

    I would like to join too again. I only got 5 blocks done in January due to my busy schedule. Plan on better results in February.

  69. Denniele says:

    Slow month…..I was away part of January. 🙂 My big total is 43. With tax season starting that may look like a great number for the next few months!

  70. Barbara Gary says:

    Please add me to the list. I’ve never really kept track of projects or blocks so think this will be fun. Barbara G.

  71. Shasta says:

    Count me in! I am hoping to get lots of blocks made this month.

  72. Pam in KC says:

    Count me in for 2016 — but with a slow start.

  73. Gita Murthy says:

    I would like to join the 350 Block Project for 2016 – Late start but will try to work on blocks starting February 2016.

  74. Janet V says:

    Well February went by fast I did get 57 blocks done.

  75. Tammy Bronwing says:

    I did 82 blocks

  76. Barbara B says:

    I’m in. I sent an email in Feb asking to be part of the 350 for 2016 and reported 50 blocks for Jan. I’m not sure how to continue reporting since I have only received one email welcoming me. Feb blocks 213. Also I don’t see my name on the list of participants.
    Thank you,
    Barbara B

  77. Barbara B says:

    I completed 47 blocks in March

  78. Virginia Boudwin says:

    Would really like to join your 350 block challenge. Thanks! Virginia Boudwin

  79. Barbara B says:

    My March total was 47 blocks, this has not been added to my Jan and Feb number.
    Thank you,
    Barbara B

  80. Candy Beardsley says:

    I managed to make 19 blocks for April. Hope to do better in May! LOL…..

  81. I made at least 22, so that’s my report for April. Really must make lots more next month!

  82. Nonnie beginning May 3 Sounds like a great idea! I'll join. says:

    This sounds like a great idea… fun, and a way to encourage completing those projects. ‘

  83. Phillis Harding says:

    I managed 48 blocks for April. I don’t think I will get many done for May but I will try.

  84. Barbara B says:

    I reported 84 blocks for April and this is not on my total.
    Thank you

  85. Barbara B says:

    June, 14 blocks

  86. Mel Moore says:

    Hi 🙂 I know it’s mid September all ready but I’d love to join in. I just noticed your linky button on Susan’s blog (desert sky quilting). With lots of quilty goodness on my Christmas to-make list, if I don’t hit your 350 blocks mark there’s people who aren’t getting quilty presents that are on my list! Since I’m not worried about pervious blocks made, I’ll just start counting fresh from today. 🙂

  87. Blair Cooke says:

    Hi Shelly…just found your blog am and joining today! Hopefully I can get thru a lot of my stash

  88. I’m in!! I’ve got several quilts to make so I just need to keep counting right?! This sounds like fun. I just need to figure out where to report them.

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