I plan to be better at posting whatever I am sewing on this year. And I plan to try to sew every day, even if it is for a half hour. Since my quilt shop closed in June 2011 I have not been very productive. I get distracted and don't focus on any one thing. I read something recently that suggested scheduling two or three things, with a set time limit, each day. It worked the times I tried it so I've got my calendar out and I'm trying to plan! I'm thinking computer work in the morning and creative stuff in the afternoon. We'll see how it goes.
I've spent a couple days poking around the internet, looking for exciting things to do this year. If you are like me, you have enough fabric stash to last for several years. I am determined to use what I have, one block at a time. So with this in mind, I've built a list of various blocks of the month, quilt alongs, blog hops and challenges (not so many of these, I don't need anyone adding to my challenges). Most are free but a couple have nominal fees. I plan to select a couple and sew along with them. A block or two a month should be do-able, right?
Blocks of the Month
Lucky Stars BOM ($10)
This is a foundation paper pieced stars BOM that has a $10 membership fee till January 5, then it increases to $15. This gets you a monthly block in 6” and 12” sizes, plus a bunch of extras. Run by well known modern quilter Elizabeth Dackson.
The Sugar Block Club ($7.95)
Yup, a new block of the month series! This time, I’m branching out and offering you a sweet monthly treat for your inbox- 12 fresh modern blocks (but all with traditional roots), laid out in clear, step-by-step printable patterns. Follow along with me and make a throw-sized sampler quilt from your twelve 12″ blocks, or let the blocks stand alone. Each is worthy of a quilt all its own! Plus, each block pattern will come with one of my tried & true favorite dessert recipes (and you all know what a sucker I am for sweets!)
Skill Builder BOM (Free)
Designed for all levels, walk away in December 2013 with new skills or skills refreshed or sharpened. Goals that readers surveyed asked for:
· Learn different piecing methods like paper piecing, sewing curves, etc.
· Learn/practice free motion quilting.
· Conquer a large quilt.
· Finish one entire quilt in the year.
You will be making 24 blocks, 2 per month. The first lesson will be posted on January 17, 2013, and each will be available as a pdf to download. This looks like a really fun quilt. Sign up and receive occasional emails exclusive to BOM participants.
12 blocks free, posted the first Saturday of the month
Civil War stories told through quilt patterns
Each monthly block includes a story taken from one of the great Civil War documents--Sarah Morgan's Confederate Girl's Diary, first published 100 years ago in 1913.
Starts January 2013New Block tutorials post the 1st Friday of the month10 Block Tutorials; November and December will be spent finishing the quiltflickr group ooh-ing and ahh-ingSkill level: Confident beginner - IntermediateNo mystery - You'll see the quilt design up front
Starting January 1st, monthly free block from a different blogger, for 6 months
Little Quilt Ladies 2013 Quilt block of the month – 12” star blocks
Free BOM “I Love Sewing”
2013 Block of the Month Club – piecing, appliqué, paper piecing, blocks are a mystery
Pattern free during the month it is released.
And Sew On… A 9 month paper pieced BOM with a sewing theme. Each month’s block will be a free pattern for the month only.
Started in September, still going on. Includes skill builder lessons as well as block patterns.
Consider the Lilies Embroidery BOM