The 350 Blocks Project, 2017

Posted on January 16, 2017 by prairiemoonquilts in 350 Blocks Project

It’s time to kick off the 2017 version of The 350 Blocks Project!

Are you ready?

Once again, I’m hoping it’s even bigger and better than last year.

  • In 2014, as a group, we made 25,974 blocks.
  • In 2015, as a group, we made 33,875 blocks.
  • In 2016, as a group, we made 35,410 blocks!

Are we ready to make even more than that in 2017? I think we can do it!

I made us a new button — I was tired of the old one!

So many of you made it past 350 blocks really easily. So once again, I debated whether to change the name of the Project, but I’ve still decided to go ahead and leave it at 350. It’s a good goal to shoot for, nearly a block a day. And if you get more than that, it just boosts our group total, so I hope we all get past that mark, but I think it’s still the best goal number to shoot for that suits all of us.

I believe this is the 6th year for the 350 Blocks Project, so if you’ve been with me before, you know how it works, but I’m hoping we get lots of new folks joining in this year. Anyone is 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 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 large and 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 2017 (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 keeps me from getting confused — there’s a lot to keep track of.)

The web page for the 350 Blocks Project is 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. Just do what you can.

Our block goal for the month is posted on the Project page, and this year, I’m doing random numbers, because I got bored with the same ol’ 30 every month!

* 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! 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 six times during the Project is eligible for the final prize drawings. I’ve changed this rule just a bit, to be more fair to those who report in regularly. I don’t feel it’s fair to award a prize to someone who reports in once in January, then never reports in again, over someone who reports in regularly.

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). Just link back to: <>

83 responses to “The 350 Blocks Project, 2017”

  1. Pat Mac says:

    I’m in for 2017. Have a great start to the year year.

  2. Deanna says:

    Great button! And count me in. I am off to a good start in January and looking forward to another productive year.

  3. Crystal says:

    I’m in…I really enjoyed it last year. Love to see progress!

    Crystal in Cedar City

  4. Lori East says:

    I’m game to do this again if you’ll have me. 😉 I promise promise promise to try to do better reporting in every month.

    Honestly, I was going to try to hit this goal this year whether you ran the challenge again or not…thank goodness YOU can keep track of my totals.

  5. Barbara B says:

    I’m in. Last year was a great experience

  6. Janet V says:

    I’m in for 2017

  7. Suelynn Williams says:

    I would like to participate again, thank you!

  8. Leah G. says:

    Sure, I will play along again.

  9. Cindy says:

    I’m in again!!!

  10. Maxine E. says:

    I am in again! I like keeping track of how many blocks that I complete. 🙂

  11. Meloney says:

    Of course I’m in, but I can’t find the link for the new button.

  12. Judy says:

    I’ll play again this year.

  13. KT says:

    Count me in! I like keeping track of how many blocks I complete–even if I haven’t finished anything I still feel like I’ve made progress if I’ve made a bunch of blocks!

  14. Delana says:

    Count me in! I really enjoy the challenge and it keeps me accountable.

  15. Darlene says:

    Thank you for doing another year, count me in! Last year I started late looking forward to full year and the challenge.

  16. Rose Marie says:

    I love being in………..

  17. K says:

    I’m ready to give it a try.

  18. Betty K says:

    Count me in for another year. I believe I have already done the required 27 for the month but that doesn’t mean I will stop, ha!!

  19. Eva says:

    I’m in for 2017

  20. Amber says:

    I’m in again! Already have 10 blocks done!! Woooohoo!

  21. randy says:

    count in Randy from Maine…. I am scrap quilting away.

  22. Becky says:

    Becky from Colorado is in! Thank-you!

  23. Becka Meyers says:

    Hi! I think I’ll give this a go this year. I’ve got lots of quilts “in progress” and I need to buckle down!
    This is Becka, in Virginia

  24. Beverly Vendt says:

    Count me in.

  25. Carolyn S. says:

    IU am in again for this year!

  26. Louise says:

    Count me in again. Having to report in every month is a great motivator! But, I doubt that I will be as prolific this year as I was last year. I used up almost all the fabric that others had gifted to me (the stuff they didn’t want) on charity quilts last year. I will still make charity quilts, but I will spend more time on my own projects this year and those are usually more involved and take longer to make.

  27. Jackie Hale says:

    I’m in. I enjoyed participating last year. I was able to complete a few quilts. I hope to get even more made this year. Thank you!

  28. Karen Edwards says:

    I’m in. It’ll be interesting to see how many blocks I make this year. Thanks for doing this.

  29. Kathi Benchley says:

    I’m in for 2017. I love having some sort of accountability – it keeps me motivated.

  30. Marlene clausen says:

    It’s time to play! I’m in.

  31. Julie Siplon says:

    I would like to join the quilt block of the month.

  32. mary says:

    I am in I am starting already!!!

  33. Elaine Walker says:

    Yes I want in. Hopefully I’ll do better keeping track of what I do.

  34. denniele says:

    Count me in this year! 😉

  35. Cynthia says:

    Count me in again. I love the new button.

  36. Andrea O'Brien says:

    Count me in again!

  37. Kris Vinson says:

    I’m in!! Sounds like fun!!

  38. Mary D says:

    I’m in again for this year.

  39. Cathy S says:

    Count me in again, this year I hope I can get some quilting done…Last year was not good for health and quilting… Love the new button.

  40. Katy Katy The Quilting Lady says:

    Count me in. I am going to give it my best effort to finish up some projects this year.

  41. Sherry V. says:

    Count me in again for 2017. I am hoping to get a large block count because I have not joined too many swaps that will take my time away.

    Thank you for hosting again this year!

  42. Julie Gier says:

    Count me in please! I am striving to get A lot of quilting done this year and this is a good goal focus for me!

  43. Julie Gier says:

    Count me in!

  44. Margaret Andrews says:

    Found you through Lori East. This looks like a fun way to keep up with the blocks I’m making. Hope you get this. I have some difficulty with replying to blog posts. . My phone doesn’t always cooperate. I have enjoyed looking around your blog. I grew up in central MO, but married a cotton farmer from the Bootheel while we were both students at Mizzou. Now my quilting cottage sits on the corner of our cotton farm. I like to think of it as value added agriculture .
    Also, I was intrigued by the Andrews grave marker–ready to claim kin until I read the post. Oh, dear!

  45. Sheryl says:

    Count me in. This is something new for me.

  46. Melissa Pagliai says:

    Count me in!

  47. Susan says:

    Yep, I’m in again! Thanks for a great button!

  48. Colleen Scott says:

    I’m in !!!!!!

  49. Janet says:

    I’m in again. It was a great motivator to be more organized as well as get some sewing done. Thanks!

  50. Linda Crook says:

    I would like to participate in the project.

  51. Kirsten says:

    Please count me in. Ive never done this, sounds like fun.
    Thank you

  52. Rebecca Johnson says:

    This sounds like fun! I’ve never participated in anything like this before. Can’t wait to hear how all of us are doing for our first month.

  53. Amy says:

    I’ll give it a go. This is the first time I’ve heard of this.

  54. Barb Swing says:

    Another Lori East referral. I’m in!

  55. Leslie says:

    Just saw your ‘350 blocks’, I’ll try

  56. Angela Steiner says:

    Please add me too!
    This is my first time joining in and it was Lori East’s post on facebook that gave me the nudge I needed.

  57. Susan says:

    I will keep count with you again. It is fun to see what gets made.

  58. KatieQ says:

    I participated in 2015 and it really helped keep me on track. Last year, I fell off the wagon and got hardly anything done. I’m back and unfortunately, bigger than ever (at least in the waist and hips). Hopefully, my totals will be higher and I’ll get more done this year. Thanks for keeping everyone inspired.

  59. Pam Martin says:

    It was fun to keep track of my blocks. I’ll do it again in 2017. Thanks Shelly for all you do. Pam

  60. Donna says:

    Let’s do this, what a great way To get some quilts done.
    Thanks for all you do.

  61. I’m in! It’s such a good incentive to sit down and sew for a few minutes. Got two leaders and enders to continue making blocks for this. Blessings,

  62. Stephanie says:

    Oh yes, totally in again for 2017.
    I am playing along with the RSC, and have also made a good start on a stack of Heartstrings blocks.

  63. Coralie Wallace says:

    I am interested in taking part and trying to make a block a day or more. It’s a good challenge, and helps to use up stash. Thank you for hosting the challenge.

  64. Patricia Hotz says:

    I’m in this year again. It has been fun.

  65. katie z. says:

    I’m in, I’m in, I’m in! (Duh.)

    DH loves the new stocking pattern, by the by, which is great since I’m making this one for him.

  66. I love the challenge and will gladly be in for another year. Thank you

  67. Bobbi says:

    Thank you so much for doing this again! I think this is my fourth year participating. It’s always such fun to keep track.

  68. Diana says:

    I am joining in this year. Will be fun to see what I can accomplish and this should give me an incentive!

  69. Danice says:

    How fun. Count me in. I will contact you with my info. Grabbing the button for my blog also 🙂

  70. Jessica Vaughn says:

    I’m in, but late! And traveling right now, but will report in my block numbers when I get home the first of the week! Thank you!

  71. Delana Becker says:

    I thought I already signed up for the 350 project 2017, but decided I had better respond to this email just in case I didn’t.

  72. Coralie Wallace says:

    March 1 to March 30 I have completed 124 blocks.

  73. Angela says:

    I’ve made 42 blocks in March

  74. Janet V says:

    March I did 69 blocks

  75. Beverly V. says:

    In March the total is 35.

  76. Charlotte says:

    Count me in for 2017!!! I love quilting, and do some form everyday!!!Charlotte

  77. Diana Nelson says:

    Guess it is better late than never. Just heard about your block program and would like to join in. Diana

  78. Just getting started for this year!! Not sure of my count this year , but from January , until the last of July, 2017 I have made 28, quilts of Valor, and15 baby quilts, with a total of about 840 blocks!! So I August my total is 199. Thanks charlotte a

  79. Hi Prairie: I just found you. I would like to join. I have been in a mental stalemate for months. I take stuff out then look at it for a while. Then do something else. Chasing my tail. I have made a wallet and some charity quilts but not what is on my “Bucket List”. I hope this will kick starts me!
    My website is out of date. Another thing I want to tackle.

  80. Debi Gorman says:

    Count me in Shelly… this should get me motivated!

  81. Dedie lawless says:

    Im in can i put in count for feb early since im going on vaca

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