Do you have UFOs piling up? Do you want to make a large quilt but don’t think you have the time? Or you want to get started quilting but the thought of a big project overwhelms you? Or maybe the cost of purchasing all that fabric at once doesn’t fit your budget.
What if I told you there was a way to create a quilt a little at a time, and a gentle pace, with like-minded people.
There is, and it’s called Block of the Month (BOM) quilts.
How Block of the Month works: You receive the materials for one block at a time each month for a period of months (usually 4-12, depending on the size and type of the quilt).
You pay as you go: once you sign up, you get charged month by month as each block kit is shipped.
The BOM benefits:
A steady, reasonable pace. Even a lap-size quilt can look overwhelming when you have to purchase fabric, cut all the pieces and tackle all the sewing at once. Block of the Month quilts, on the other hand, allow you to approach the quilt a little at a time.
Keepsake Quilting Facebook follower Joyce White Mangieri says the pacing of a BOM helped her achieve a special quilting goal.
“I’ve always wanted a queen size Christmas quilt, but I’m always too busy making Christmas gifts for my family. So when our local quilt shop offered a BOM I had to do it!”
A chance to try something new. Many BOM patterns include a variety of quilt blocks in their designs. Others use a technique like wool hand applique or fused applique. The instructions that come with a BOM each month give you a little extra hand-holding, so you may feel more inclined to branch out and experiment.
Liz Dyer, another Facebook follower, likes Block of the Month quilts so much, she’s working on two at once. One of them, shown here, “has been fun so far and pushed me out of my comfort zone once or twice.”
No big up-front cash outlay and no waste. Instead of purchasing a lot of fabric that you may or may not use, with block of the month quilts you only receive the supplies and directions you need to create one block. And, you get only what you need—there’s no extra fabric to deal with. You also pay by the month, so a large quilt becomes very affordable to make.
Time to finish! Maybe it’s the built-in periodic deadlines or maybe it’s the fact that you save time shopping and cutting. But many quilters report that Block of the Month quilts help them actually finish their projects—or at least finish faster.
Nervous about making a BOM? Jenny Kae Parks walks you through each step of the Fernwood quilt on QNNtv. Sign up for a free trial and watch as much as you want!
There is a Block of the Month quilt to suit every type of quilter, regardless of taste or experience level. So sign up for a Block of the Month quilt today!
Have you made a BOM? What tips would you offer to someone new to the process?
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