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Block of the Months

I love getting a “fabric-y” package in the mail–even better if they arrive on a routine basis.  You’ve probably run across various Block of the Months here and there–Fat Quarter Shop always has an amazing one every year.  This year they are doing “Snapshots” which promises to be another good one.  I have participated in their designer mystery block of the month–FQS does BOM’s right!

It’s been a few years since I have joined in on a BOM–but this fall, I joined in on two…two different ones totally caught my eye.

Fig Tree Mystery BOM
Photo Courtesy of Fig Tree Quilts

First up is the Fig Tree Mystery Sampler BOM–unfortunately this one looks like it’s full but if it strikes your fancy, keep an eye out–occasionally Joanna will have a couple spaces open up.

I really have no idea what to expect with this one–it’s a 12 month program, featuring various Fig Tree fabrics and a few more thrown in.  The picture above was the first teaser I saw on Facebook/IG.  I’m not sure what size the blocks are and I don’t think the final size of the quilt is even decided yet.  I really just couldn’t pass up a fun scrappy mix of Fig Tree & Joanna’s promise of using her favorite blocks for this quilt.  The first block ships very soon so I’ll be sure to share it with you!

Sweetwater BOM
Photo Courtesy of Sweetwater

The 2nd one I have signed up for is Sweetwater’s Block of the Month.  This one is an embroidery block of the month!–For 6 months you will receive 2 “feedsack” type blocks that you can add as much or as little to as you desire.  You only receive the panels(I’m not sure what size they are)–you would need to supply all additional supplies(i.e. embroidery thread, fabrics etc.).  There is an option to purchase the fabric/backing needed to complete the quilt as shown when the fabrics ship in the Spring.

I first saw this quilt in photos from Fall Quilt Market–and I immediately went to the United Notions/Moda website to see if those adorable feedsack panels where part of their Feedsack line of fabric coming out in the Spring.  I was bummed when I couldn’t find them.  So, when this BOM popped up over on their blog I knew I needed to hop on this bandwagon.

You can still sign up for this BOM through the 20th of this month–so a couple more days.  Read more about the BOM here.

And a quick housekeeping note

As of my last post, I will be answering questions/commenting in the comment section of  my blog rather than via email.  I have always answered via email but decided to go the comments route to simplify things.

Happy Monday!

Quilting Bees

Stack O’ Fabric

Bee Hexed In Fabrics--January

So, I think my family is finally on the mend–we came down with some fantastic germs that lasted from Christmas Eve until New Year’s Eve…yippee! LOL  I hadn’t even had a chance to take the humidifier out of Elonie’s room before this round hit–hopefully we are good to go now for awhile.  I guess Christmas is the season of giving, right?! =)  Note to all my family members for next year….we prefer cash or gift cards…you may gift your germs elsewhere! =)

So, I’m glad everyone is enjoying Birdie Stitches!  I am seeing some amazing blocks in the flickr group.  This one is my current fave:

It is made by Liz–don’t you just love that she is using vintage sheets!?  I think it’s a fabulous idea…can’t wait to see the rest of her blocks.

I’ve been trying to keep on top of any questions I receive in regard to this BOM so feel free to shoot me any questions you might have!  Also, the ladies in the flickr group are wonderfully helpful. =)

 

Birdie Stitches

Birdie Stitches Block #1

Birdie Stitches Block #1

Happy New Year!

 I am so excited to be sharing the very first block of my Birdie Stitches Block of the Month quilt. =)  I can’t wait to see all of the fun blocks that will be showing up over in theflickr group.

12.5" x 12.5" Block #1

 Block Construction(All blocks will be constructed in the same manner):

Center square: 8.5″ square

 Border Squares: (20) 2.5″ squares

I like to assemble the block before doing the embroidery work–it’s just a little bit easier to hoop it up.  Sew together 2 sets of (4) 2.5″ squares–these strips will measure 8.5″long–sew one set to the top and bottom of the 8.5″ center square.  Sew the remaining 2.5″ squares into two sets of  6.  These will measure 12.5″ long–sew one strip on each side of the block.  And Voila! a 12.5″ square block all ready for embroidery.  You will find the embroidery pattern below in pdf format.

Birdie Stitches BOM Pattern #1

A couple embroidery notes:  Unless noted I used all 6 strands of floss for my embroidery.  This pattern incorporates a simple back stitch and french knots.  Please note, as I used 6 strands of floss I only wrap the needle once for my french knots.  I used a water erasable marker to transfer the embroidery pattern onto my fabric–this was done after the block was assembled.

I hope you all have fun with this block!  I had so much fun designing it as well as the blocks to come.  I’d love to see your blocks in the flickr group if you’d like to share. =)

Happy Stitching!