Block of the Month


Have you ever purchased, or taken part in, a quilt block of the month project? I have not but think the idea is so fun. I love the idea of block of the month when you are, perhaps, in a slump and do not know what to quilt next, but know that you want to make something! They are also a way to learn new approaches to quilting and often, as it involves groups, it is a way to quilt along with others no matter where you live.

I thought I would look around for different kinds of quilt block of the month (BOM) offerings that are out there. I found so many inspiring and beautiful projects! It also occurred to me that a BOM would be the perfect holiday gift for a (fellow) quilter in your life.

The first one that caught my eye is appliqued with wool, which I love!!! It is called Chalk it Up wall hanging club and comes from shabbyfabrics.com. The applique pieces are backed with fusing and are laser cut! Every month has a theme that relates to the season, or to holidays in that particular month.

Another BOM from shabbyfabrics.com is Home in the Middle which is very fun, spring like, and whimsical. It is also a BOM that has prefused and laser cut applique pieces. It is just such a fresh adorable BOM.

The next one comes from stitchinheaven.com and is called Vintage Jewel. This finished quilt is so bright and cheery and, according to the website, “The Jot Dot fabric collection gives the pieced blocks a beautiful textural dimension, making the design look more complicated than it is, and the colors will have you singing. Fabrics will be as shown.” They also have a Facebook group where you can join in with others who are working on the same quilt.

Also from stitchinheaven.com is a really inspiring sort of BOM. It is actually a thread collection, with threads arriving once a month, that is inspired by plants in the rainforest. It is called the Aurifil Thread club. According to the website “These plants are a representation of our earth’s most threatened tropical forests, largely affected by deforestation and climate change. For 2022, Aurifil has partnered with Rainforest Trust, an organization dedicated to the long-term protection of these forests.” I think this is beautiful, educational, and inspiring.

The next BOM, also from stitchinheaven.com, is Fair Isle which truly brings to mind Fair Isle sweaters, which are amazing! You can purchase the BOM for this quilt or just purchase the pattern if you want to use your own fabrics and skip the actual BOM.

Fatquartershop.com offers a great variety of BOMs as well. The BOM below is titled A Ribbon Runs Through It. It features a fabric line called A Return to Elegance by Judie Ethermel. I find this particular quilt very bright colored but also very rich at the same time. It is a beautiful quilt.

Another one from fatquartershop.com is actually what they call a club, but also a BOM. It is for miniature quilts and each month the buyer receives a kit for a complete miniature quilt. The collection, Eleventh Simple Whatnots, is a collection of Henry Glass fabrics called Right as Rain and designed by Kim Diehl. Maybe it is the season or maybe I am always drawn to such earthy colors but I simply adore the palette.

Hopefully this gives you just a taste of what is out there when it comes to quilt block of the month options and helps inspire you with ideas and possibilities! I should also mention that most of the BOMs I looked at are beginning this month or next month so it is the perfect time to start one!

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Julie Rodgers

I do a little bit of everything and love all forms of creativity. I have made a living with fabric design, miniature work, commercial artwork and many other things. Most recently I designed, and make and sell, The Floss Inn which is for needleworkers. Thrilled to be here!

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