Every December the quilt shop in my area offers 4-5 different Block-of-the-Month (BOM) quilts that a person can sign up to participate in. I decided to sign up for the Christmas quilt “Holiday Wishes” by Sherri Falls. Over the next 12 months, I will make a block each month for the quilt pattern “Midnight clear“.
I’ve completed the first block (pictured above) and I picked up my fabric and instructions for February’s block this week. I have until the 2nd Saturday of March to complete it. My local quilt shop sponsors and sets the rules for participating. They have certain days that I can come in for the next block and I have to bring my last block in to show I finished it before I can get my next one.
I picked the Christmas quilt this time as it will be the first Christmas fabric quilt in all the years I’ve quilted. I appreciate that I do not have to plan or think about fabrics for this quilt. It’s all planned out by the quilt shop and the pattern. Sometimes it’s just nice to follow someone else’s lead.
This is my 3rd time participating and I really enjoy it. I encourage you to check with your local quilt shops to see if they have a Block-of-the-Month program. If not, or maybe you prefer having your package come to your front door, than I would check out The Fat Quarter Shop for one of their BOM offerings. I’m considering the 2020 Designer Mystery Block of the Month at the Fat Quarter Shop. The fabrics are so pretty for this one! And if this one isn’t quite your taste, there’s several other offerings available and you can check them out online.
I’m sharing a picture of my very first BOM from 4 years ago. I love the fabrics in this one because it was made with many of the “Kansas Troubles” line of fabrics. I altered the original pattern by adding two machine embroidery blocks to the mix. When the quilt was finished, I quickly completed it so I could give it as a Christmas gift that year.
If you’ve never participated in a Block-of-the- month, check into it. It’s something to look forward to every month. Happy sewing everyone!
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