Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Have you ever joined a BOM club?


For those new to this term, BOM stands for Block of the Month and are groups or clubs that provide a great way to learn different techniques and designs used in quilting. Many of these are based on Sampler quilts, and in return for your monthly subscription you receive a block pattern and instructions for you to complete per month, and then at the end, learn how to quilt them into a finished item.

As we know, Sampler quilts are a great starting point to learning to quilt and are the mainstay for many classes and workshops. However, not everyone can get to a class, but thanks to the digital age we can now learn from the comfort of our own homes while still enjoying the sense of community on social media – these BOM projects will have groups on Facebook and Instagram for participants to share their work and discuss any issues. And of course, you’ll make lots of new friends!



So as we are about to embark on a new year, why not start 2017 with a creative bang and join one of these BOM subscriptions? Below are a few that have caught my eye...


http://www.genxquilters.com/2016/11/announcing-chocolatier-block-of-month.html


AnneMarie Chandy at Gen X Quilters is running this gorgeous Chocolatier Block of the Month. As the designer describes;



Enjoy piecing traditional skill-building blocks set in a LeMoyne Star destined to look like shiny wrapped chocolates.  An argyle compass emphasizes the star's beauty and it's all framed with a beautiful bracelet border.” 



This BOM is available in both paper form ($28 per month) and in PDF form ($25 per month) and starts in January 2017. There are three colourways in three different types of fabric – solids, traditional and batiks. Each month you will receive the pattern for two blocks (sometimes more) to work yourself around the LeMoyne Star. As well as using traditional piecing techniques – half-square triangles, hourglass and flying geese – you will be challenged with skill-building blocks featuring foundation piecing, curves and applique. 
You can read more about this club on AnneMarie’s blog post.




Some BOMs are based on books, one of which sits on my bookshelf forever looking at me, begging to be used - the Dear Jane quilt. Made in 1863, this 225-block quilt was designed and completely hand sewn by Jane A. Stickle and really is a thing of beauty! In the book, author Brenda Papadakis has lovingly created all 225 patterns for the blocks, but does not include the actual building instructions. This is where this BOM comes in… British company Simply Solids have teamed up with US firm Paper Pieces to deliver this 18-month programme (thus avoiding any nasty customs tax) based on English paper piecing. For £25 each month (includes postage) you will receive all the papers needed for a certain section, plus a modification booklet – as these blocks are based on EPP, certain changes have been made to the designs, with Brenda’s consent. You will need to use your own fabric and purchase the book yourself. You can read more about this BOM on Simply Solids’ website.




Another great EPP BOM is Perpetually Hexie by Katja Marek, author of The New Hexagon and the New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar on which this BOM is based. Free to anyone who owns the calendar, Katja will take you through each block, while papers and acrylic templates will be available to purchase from Paper Pieces. Keep up to date with this BOM on Katya’s Instagram feed and on her website

In other news...

 


I am very chuffed to share the news that I'm now sub-editing (and contributing) for Popular Patchwork magazine! Subbing used to be my job in a previous life, and it's so funny how life goes round in circles! The difference now is that I'm writing (and learning so much) about an industry that I love and feel very passionate about.

http://www.sewmotion.com/sewmotion_shop/prod_5173787-Charming-Vintage-Rose-Quilt-Kit-in-Riley-Blakes-Backyard-Roses-and-Kona-Solids.html

I've also contributed my Vintage Charming Rose quilt pattern to the December issue, or if you would prefer to purchase the pre-cut kit, click here.

Also, keep an eye out next year as I'm also contributing projects to Love Patchwork & Quilting and Quilt Now magazines! To say I'm busy would be an understatement, but I'm loving it!!
As promised last week, my Christmas Gift Guides are coming soon! 

This week I'm linking up with;
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation

11 comments:

  1. That star is a very different style of BOM than I have ever seen, clever!

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    1. It is isn't it, I love these different takes on the Sampler Quilt. Thanks for stopping by x

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  2. BOM's - I've done it once, and decided that was enough. But a hearty congrats on the new adventure of sub-editing and contributing - very exciting! Thanks for sharing the news and the links on Midweek Makers

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    1. I've never done one myself, not enough time to commit... and even less now, thanks for the congrats :) x

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  3. I've joined several BOM's. The last was 90 percent paper pieced blocks, which I loved! I'm not sure if I'll take another giant leap in 2017 and join...but you never know!

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    1. As you know, I love my paper piecing... but sadly I just don't think I can commit the time at the moment :(

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  4. I love your blog Louisa, and all your patterns...such talent! Congratulations on your new editing roles xAli

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    1. Aww, thank you so much Ali, that really means a a lot! xx

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  5. Hi Louisa- Thanks so much for the shout out and I'm so glad you like Chocolatier. I wanted to clarify - the pricing for the BOM is a one time fee for ALL 12 patterns, not a monthly charge. So you get all 12 block patterns for $25/$28 and that's your subscription for the whole year. Hope to see you there!

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  6. Great round up of BOM, I have never done a BOM but would like one of these years :)

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  7. Wow! What a load of incredible great news! I am so proud of you, Louisa!

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