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A friend of mine named Stephanie lives in Columbia, Maryland. She used to tirelessly collect fabric scraps and sit at guild meetings, cutting the little scraps into business-card size rectangles. She then sews two together, then sews one onto the end to make a rectangle-shaped block. She makes mini quilts and donates them to her special cause. I suspect nothing has changed and she still cuts those bits of fabrics.

I’m not sure where this pattern came from. I do know my cousin Kris made this block, but I believe it was jelly-roll width. You’ll never forget the size pieces you need for this. Just grab a business card and measure it. They also save up very quickly if you’re a quilter. I am currently cutting my leftover scraps into 5-inch squares and these BCB (business card block) rectangles.


Use 100% cotton fabric scraps. The more the merrier. You’ll require 32 total rectangles 2″ x 3½”, which is the size of a standard business card.\

Cut 16 dark prints.

Cut 16 light prints.

  1. Sew center two together (1 and 2), side by side, press.
  2. Sew 3 and 4 to the 1-2 set, as shown at left, press to dark fabric.
  3. Sew the ends of 5 and 6 together, press.
  4. Sew the ends of 7 and 8 together, press.
  5. Sew the 5-6 piece to the top of the 1234 piece, with the pressed seam facing to the 6.
  6. Sew the 7-8 piece beneath the 1234 piece, making sure that you place the pressed 7-8 seam toward the 7 piece. This will ensure that all of our blocks will have “locking seams”.


Make a total of 4 blocks.

  • 2 with darks in the center
  • 2 with darks around the outside

Submit 4 blocks, each squared to 6½”. Do not sew the blocks together! That can be done by the winner.

To reinforce the importance of pressing the seams

When you are holding the finished block with the BACK side facing you, the top piece (5 + 6) seam will be facing left and the bottom piece (7 + 8) seam will be facing right.

Pineapple Cake

Preheat Oven

350° F


One 13″ x 9″ cake or about 24 cupcakes

Preparation Time

15 Minutes


This recipe comes, via my sister Linda, from a cookbook compiled by the Red Hill Fire House in Red Hill, Pennsylvania. This cake does not need frosting; it is not dry at all. She put the Cool Whip frosting on it, and it’s to die for.

Special Tools



2 Cups Sugar

2 Cups Flour

2 Eggs

2 Teaspoons Baking Soda

1 Can Crushed Pineapple (20 oz)


1 Container Cool Whip Cream Cheese Frosting, if desired.


Throw all in a bowl and mix. Pour into greased and floured pan(s). If making cupcakes, fill these a little more full than usual—about 3/4 full instead of 2/3.

Bake cake for 30 to 40 minutes; cupcakes for 20 minutes, until the top is light golden brown.

Strange about what happened to that missing cupcake. The ones in the picture are not yet frosted.

Snowball BOTM

Easy, peasy and beautiful. Submit 4 snowball blocks. When you complete the blocks for submission, they will be 6 ½ inches square. When you sew them into a quilt, their finished size will be 6 inches.

  1. Cut four 6½ inch squares, one each out of four different floral print fabrics—please no duplicates!
  2. Cut sixteen 2 inch squares out of lighter neutrals: tans, beiges, off-whites. These can be cut from all the same fabric or up to 4 different fabrics, as desired, but use the same neutral fabric for each block you create, so you need at least four 2 inch squares for each of your blocks.
  3. Sew one set of smaller blocks onto each corner of a larger block. Trim to a ¼ inch seam and press the seam away from the center of the block.
  4. Sew the remaining 3 blocks using the same steps.