Here we are at the beginning of 2021 . . . What are your quilting plans for this new year?
Thinking about learning a new technique? Maybe purchasing a new sewing machine? How about finishing up all those UFOs? Or maybe you’ve thought about joining a block-of-the-month program?
I will work on all of the above and I also joined a couple of the Block of the Months (BOM) that my local quilt shop (LQS) is sponsoring. I am very blessed to have a LQS that offers a BOM each year and that there’s five different patterns for me to choose from.
Last year I participated in the Christmas BOM that was called “Midnight Clear” from the Holiday Wishes book by Sherri Falls. I did not purchase the finishing kit for this quilt and finished mine up by sewing the blocks I made and adding sashing and a border. I am currently in the process of quilting my quilt.
Whenever I am making a block for the first time, I like to take my time by reading all the directions, double checking the cutting instructions before cutting.
Then I cut it out and follow with laying out the pieces to see that I’ve got everything and what the block looks like with my fabric. Then I start to sew.
Here’s my layout for sewing the pieces together. The flying geese portion has four smaller triangles to make up the half square triangle that goes on each side of the flying geese. This was probably the trickiest part in sewing this block together.
Here’s a picture of the first block completed in the “Shine On Sampler” quilt.
So, back to the title of this post . . .
Have you considered joining a block-of-the-month program for 2021? It’s wonderful if you can find one at a quilt shop in your area. You can also find BOMs online and have your block shipped to you each month.
Here’s some of the online Block-of-the-months I found available.
2021 Designer Mystery Block of the Month Blocks Reservation
Fat Quarter Shop Exclusive Block of the Month Program
In closing, check around as there’s often a Block-of-the-month online that offers a monthly block free and you pick and provide your own fabric for the project. Let me know if you join a BOM and I’d love to see pictures of your project. Happy Sewing!