Happy New Year! For 2013, we at Quilt Sandwich have decided to embark on a Block of the Month (aka BOM) project! Neither of us have ever done a BOM, and I for one am excited. If you don't know what it is, each month you have a block that you make and then after awhile, you have a month or two to complete the project. Most of the BOMs that I have seen take about a year to do, so it nicely spaces everything out which makes it a lot more doable. If you think making a quilt seems intimidating, it can be a lot easier to make one or two blocks a month, and at the end of the project you have a quilt!
I wasn't actively searching for a BOM to do but I had been toying with it, and then my sister Kris found a cute one online. It's by Gen-X Quilters, and you can find the details on their website. Here's a picture of the finished quilt:
Cute! I like that it has a nice mix of traditional blocks and modern arrangement and color. It should be fun. It can be done in two sizes - with 9" blocks or 12" blocks. I am doing the 9" block version and Kris is doing the 12" block version, so we can compare when we're done. Each month you make two blocks and the pattern each month is the same, so you only have to learn how to make one block each month. January through October are block-making months, and then you construct and finish the quilt in November and December (and possibly well into 2014 if you are at all like me).
If you're doing the 9" block you use 9 fat quarters and then a main background fabric. I'm using white for the background and these fat quarters:
The first fabrics I chose were the dark brown floral and pretty coral leaf print, which are from Lizzy House's "Hello Pilgrim" collection. Ever since we got them in the shop I've been in love with the sweet floral patterns and bright but elegant colors. I added a few more Lizzy House basics (including the much-loved Pearl Bracelet) and then rounded out the mix with some classic Amy Butler and a wildcard from Moda's Sugar Pop line, which had a similar color scheme to the Lizzy House fabrics. I think it will be a fun, fresh, cheerful quilt!
Here are Kris' fabrics.
Since Kris is doing the 12" block, she needs 12 fat quarters. She decided to pull from our extensive collection of Amy Butler prints! I love the aqua, lime and coral colors, and the fun florals and dots. For the background, Kris is using the natural linen/cotton fabric from Rashida Coleman-Hale's Washi line. I think this will also be a great quilt!
We will be blogging our progress throughout the year, so stay tuned for our blocks! We would love to hear if our customers decide to partake in this project too, so let us know if you decide to do it!