The first block for January is the Alaska Homestead block. Here's a link to the instructions on Quilterscache:
This is such a cute, simple block. Notice that I reversed the colors in mine. The reason I did that is because I wanted the red in the middle. I have picked out blocks with two-inch squares in the centers and I wanted to use that same red (I have a lot of it which needs to get used up) in all the centers and in the sashing cornerstones.
If you'd like to play along on this block of the month, please leave a comment and let me know how it's going! And stay tuned, there will be another one posted in the middle of the month.