BOM - Block of the Month?

K8OrlandoSeptember 1, 2012

Remember 2010? Several of us were excited about doing a Block of the Month project. At the time, we tried to post a picture each month to show our progress and encourage one another to 'keep up the good work'. Two years later, and I'm not done. I did 5 blocks, then sort of fizzled out.

I've seen some posts recently about BOMs and thought it might be nice to post pictures of completed projects or offer words of support to those starting. I don't know that I'll get mine going again before 2013 but I would like to. Maybe I'll be inspired too.

So, have you done a Block of the Month project?

Did you enjoy it?

Did you finish it?

Any advice for those starting? (i.e., cut everything out first, arrange pieces by months, favorite method to use, fusible vs turned edge, machine vs hand, etc.)

Would you do it again?

Any great sites with BOM patterns, especially free ones?

Lastly, if you have a completed quilt or even just some blocks, post a picture!

Kate

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msmeow

Kate, this was a Nancy Rink BOM last year. I kept up with it and got the top done before the end of the year, but so far it's still in the closet waiting to be quilted.

I modified the borders to make it king size (probably why it's still in the closet!).

Donna

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 9:49AM
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msmeow

And this was one of the guild BOMs (2009, I think). I gave it to the UMW for their bazaar.

Donna

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 10:02AM
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littlehelen_gw

Donna, That first quilt is lovely and the I really like the blocks in the second quilt. Nicely done.

For me, 2012 is my first serious quilt year. I'm taking a quilt class w/ a BOM component. The saturday classes have been informative and fun and each month we are given a new block to make along w/ fabric strip. I never really liked the freebie strips (yeah, i know they are free, but they did not appeal to me) so I started my own BOM - black/ white and red. Using some of the blocks from the class and some from our lotto. 10 blocks so far... thinking of using log cabin for the four corner blocks..will see
V.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 11:01AM
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new2quilting

I did a "free" BOM at the LQS last year. You had to buy 3 yards of background fabric and got a free FQ and pattern each month. I chose red, white and blue since I'd never done a RWB quilt. I enjoyed having just one block to make each month and picked up the fabric/pattern and made it on time each month. They are supposed to have a BOM day where everyone shows their blocks and can put up a finishing pattern (a few to choose from) so I'm using that as an excuse to let the blocks sit in the bin a little longer.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 11:27AM
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geezerfolks_SharonG_FL

Great work, ladies! I've done quite a few BOM's and do enjoy doing them....if I can keep up. Chocolate Stars, A Quilter's Coat of Many Colors, Let it Snow...just to name a few and Love in the Mist needs a few blocks made yet. I have Everything's Coming Up Roses only using purple, green and black that's been on the back burner for a few years and need to get that one out and work on it. I started doing Sweet Treats, but got sidetracked on that one.

Chocolate Stars had the same fabrics throughout the blocks, Love in the Mist is a scrappy neutral, dark/med/light blues, Quilters Coat was many fabrics but looked awesome as the sashing drew it all together.

Here is a link that might be useful: A lot of great sites for BOM's

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 1:25PM
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geezerfolks_SharonG_FL

This guild has some really cute ideas for BOM's.

SharonG/FL-IN

Here is a link that might be useful: Quilters Guild of Plano BOM's

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 1:39PM
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K8Orlando

Thanks for the links, Sharon! And thanks to those who have posted their beautiful quilts and blocks.

littlehelen, I had planned to do a red white black block for each of the lotto blocks this year too but didn't do it. Your blocks look wonderful; I might have to go back and do what I had planned.

Here's a picture of 3 of the 5 blocks I completed on mine from 2010. It's hand appliqued batiks. The pattern is Edyta Sitar's Hop to It. One block in the series has a cute garden bunny in it, but I'm leaving that for last.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 2:33PM
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geezerfolks_SharonG_FL

They're beautiful, Kate. It will be a gorgeous quilt when you're finished with it. Is it difficult to hand sew the batik? I'm using Kona for the Baltimore I've been working on for years and years.

SharonG/FL-IN

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 5:15PM
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nannykins

All these quilts are gorgeous.
The only BOM I did was the wedding sampler last year and that was from the web and the whole pattern was there so really it wasn't done as a BOM. I don't know if I could hold out for a year. I like to see results more quickly.
Theresa

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 6:05PM
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quiltnhen

All the quilts are beautiful. I can imagine that I wouldn't have followed through on the appliqu� (since I never have), but I love your blocks.

Sad to say, when I moved here 10 years ago I thought I'd meet lots of people by going to the block of the month free promotions at each of the local quilt shops. I did two near me and a block swap and BOM at another. They're all wonderful, but I've never completed the one that had all different sized blocks and the other two + the blocks I won in the swap are till neatly stored waiting for me to assemble them into a quilt. Guess I take on too many projects and need to start completing more!

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 6:17PM
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littlehelen_gw

All of the blocks truely are beautiful, but I have to say I'm so partial to Kate's- they are fabulous! I look forward to seeing the finish piece some day!

And New2quilting: What a great idea for a RWB quilt of valor or a summer picnic quilt...(although I'd be afraid of staining it myself). Lovely!
V.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 6:55PM
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tuppermom

I have done a number of BOMs and really enjoy doing them.
Kate I love your blocks. I am not a fan of doing applique but do find it lovely.

Here is one a did as a Thangles Buck-a-Block. It is not finished because I thought it needed a final border and haven't found anything I like. My cousin said "looks done to me, quilt it, bind it and call it done"! lol

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 8:19PM
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mary_c_gw

Isn't it interesting how different we all are?

Block of the Month - for me this would be torture. I want to start and finish a project. A quilt hanging around for months while I waited for the next package to arrive in the mail would just plain tick me off, LOL.

It's also the reason I do not ever do mystery quilts - GAH! commit expensive fabric to something I may hate? Never. I have saved many directions for mystery quilts, but, honestly, I never liked a single one quite enough to sew it.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 8:47PM
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beth7happy

my sister started a BOM via Joann's Fabrics, I think, probably several years ago. For whatever reason, she never finished and then the blocks or patterns were no longer available. There are probably four to six blocks from that group that are now part of one of my dearest treasures: a 'Heart' quilt that she, one of our other sisters, and I worked on. Patty, of course, did most of the work and almost all the designing. EVERY block has a heart somewhere in it!! It's such a treasure!!

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 9:08PM
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quiltnhen

Tuppermom...I agree with you. It needs a border, but I don't know what it would be so maybe your cousin's right after all!

Beth7happy...Beautiful. You're lucky to not only have sisters, but sisters who share your interest in quilting.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 9:38PM
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msmeow

Kate, I realized I didn't answer your questions. For both BOMs I decided up front to commit to it and bought fabrics. The nice thing about a BOM as opposed to a mystery is that a picture of the finished quilt is usually shown up front, so you know what you'll get! You can also decide if you want to change a color or something.

I enjoyed them both...it was easy to make one block a month and I looked forward to the next pattern each month.

I've only done these two because in general I'm not fond of samplers. I like the CW war one much better, I think because the blocks basically look the same with small variations.

Tuppermom, I like yours a lot - the complicated sashing adds a lot! I think it's done just as it is. I think another border would detract from the pieced sashing. Just my opinion. :)

Donna

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 9:47AM
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toolgranny

OK- I admit it. I also did the BOM in 2010 and didn't finish. I started with the first five blocks, which look blue in the picture but are actually purple, and then started the in-between blocks sort of like mariner's compass. I got disgusted over something that wasn't working right and put it away and haven't seen it since.

I guess I should try again. With a PP lesson from Jen, I am better at PP now and maybe finishing up a UFO would do me good and "fluff my aura".

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 12:06PM
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nannykins

I hope "fluffing your aura" isn't painful. LOL
Theresa

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 12:49PM
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nanajayne

I am frustated at the moment. I also was working on the BOM in 2010---The 12 days of Christmas applique---I too didn't finish but was pretty near the end of the blocks but put it away. YES I put it away so well that I have no idea as to where it is, if it weren't so funny I would cry because there was a lot of work represented with those blocks.
I was so impressed with all the lovily things people were showing that I thought I might try and finish it-------------------that is if I every find it.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 2:25PM
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quiltnhen

Toolgranny...looks like your aura's ok those appliqu� blocks are amazing.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 2:37PM
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quiltnhen

That mess didn't show in the post??? This forum doesn't support accent marks, but usually just leaves a black spot.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 2:39PM
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tuppermom

Gorgeous BOMs ladies! I am always impressed with applique.

I also think my bright and turquoise needs something ....perhaps just a 2 or 3 inch border of the turquoise to frame it.

Here is another BOM I did a few years back.
I am doing another one now and will take some pictures of the blocks so far and post later.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 3:18PM
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nannykins

Stunning, Mary.
Theresa

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 5:52PM
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toolgranny

Here's another one.

Our LQS used to have a yearly one. You paid a fee ahead for a 12" block a month for a whole year. You came in first Saturday of the month and picked up a block kit. They were all kitted up ahead with fabric and instructions and you could arrange for them to be mailed. They were only for the set number who had signed up. It included the dark green for sashing and yellow for cornerstones that match the flower-like corners. It would be pretty put together and I must do that. It didn't include border fabric but I think I have some around here I bought for it.

It looks like a quilt some little girl would like.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 6:26PM
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empress

littlehelen, do you know the name of the middle block in the second row of your red, white and black blocks? It has a 4-patch inside a red square and bricks surrounding. I haven't see that before, but it sure looks interesting. Either the name of the block or of the BOM series would probably help. Lovely blocks. I'd love to see it when you finish.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 6:55PM
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quiltnhen

Tuppermom...love the brights set in black!

Toolgranny
Wouldn't be out of place anywhere. It reminds me of Christmas cactus. REally pretty and interesting the way the corners meet to make a new pattern.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 8:08PM
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tuppermom

Here are by BOMs from the LQS 2011

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 1:43AM
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tuppermom

And here are the BOM from the LQS so far for 2012

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 1:45AM
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K8Orlando

OMG, I love the carmel/ivory/white one! These blocks are beautiful! I'm not usually crazy about sampler quilts but these are just gorgeous.

Toolgranny, I still love your lavender applique pieces. I'm in awe of your little circles. Mine never come out that round! Maybe we can both get back to our projects soon!

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 10:36AM
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msmeow

Here's another one I finally finished this year. It's by Sindy Rodenmeyer from 2008. I think I kept up with the blocks, but then they went into the project box for a while. Finally assembled the top last year and quilted it this year. The blocks are hand applique.

Donna

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 10:57AM
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toolgranny

Oh, I just love that, Donna. But, then, I'm always a sucker for applique. I love the colors, too. Did your LQS do it as a BOM or was it on her website?

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 11:00AM
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tuppermom

Beautiful Donna! Love the colors!

Thanks Kate! I fell in love with the color choice of the 2011 BOM and it ended up it was the advanced group....:( I learned a lot though and my accuracy got better too.

For 2012 I am back in the "average" group....the advanced group is using oriental fabrics...not my favorite.

Love seeing all the BOMs....keep them coming!

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 11:59AM
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quiltnhen

OK, what am I missing? msmeow says there's a picture and others saw it, but it's not on my screen.

tuppermom, those are all gorgeous.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 2:04PM
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quiltnhen

After I posted the above it showed up! Amazing and beautiful.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 2:08PM
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sunnycentralfl

Wow! This was like our own quilt show...amazing work, Gals! You all are so talented!
A feast for the eyes!

Can't praise you all enough!
Gwen

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 2:41PM
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lindaoh_gw

This is a BOM that I did at the LQS and set it together with the BB2 pattern. I tend to do the blocks each month but not finish the quilt till much later.
Linda OH

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 7:16PM
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tuppermom

I do the same thing Linda. Very interesting layout for your BOM

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 7:28PM
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K8Orlando

Love the layout and the colors. Very fresh and contemporary!

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 7:46PM
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quiltnhen

Like the look. What's a BB2?

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 8:20PM
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beth7happy

I'd like to know what is a BB2, as well, Linda That's a beautiful quilt...great colors and that layout is awesome!

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 8:39PM
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lindaoh_gw

I misspoke.. the pattern is BQ2 and showcases large prints. I used my BOM instead of the large prints.
Linda OH

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 8:47PM
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K8Orlando

VERY clever way to make a great quilt using only 12 blocks! I'm going to have to remember this.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 8:50PM
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msmeow

Toolgranny, it's called Baltimore Blues and it was on her website, free at the time. You may be able to buy it now. After this one she did a similar one in pinks.

Donna

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 10:04PM
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quiltnhen

Thanks, what a great way to showcase blocks. Yet another gotta have it pattern!

    Bookmark   September 4, 2012 at 12:39AM
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littlehelen_gw

Linda: love your quilt...it has to go on the project list!
Valarie

    Bookmark   September 4, 2012 at 6:17PM
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empress

littlehelen--Valarie,

Do you know the name of the middle block in the second row of your red, white and black blocks? It has a 4-patch inside a red square and bricks surrounding. I haven't see that before, but it sure looks interesting. Either the name of the block or of the BOM series would probably help.

Lovely blocks. I'd love to see it when you finish.

empress--Valerie

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 2:05PM
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K8Orlando

Jayne, have you found those missing blocks yet?!?

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 2:35PM
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littlehelen_gw

Empress...so sorry...I thought I responded, probably didn't hit submit...anyway the block is Bento Box, it was Kate's selection for the april or may lotto this year. I just love it and made a few.
If you do a search lotto 2012 and bento, the post w/the directions should pop up in the search.
Valarie

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 3:33PM
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nanajayne

No, Kate, I have not. VERY frustrating but everytime I change things in that room things disappear. I have not stopped looking.lol

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 4:23PM
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K8Orlando

Val,
What's the 3rd one in the 3rd row? Bottom right corner. Diamond in a diamond. I like that and could see adding it to the lotto next year.

Kate

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 4:24PM
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nanajayne

Okay, I went looking again.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 4:58PM
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nannykins

Oh Jayne, those are stunnIng!
Theresa

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 5:33PM
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K8Orlando

Yea! Glad you found them!

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 6:25PM
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tuppermom

Jayne, your blocks are beautiful! So glad you found them!

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 6:31PM
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littlehelen_gw

Nanajayne...Your blocks are spectacular...good thing you found them!
V.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 8:16PM
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quiltnhen

nanyjayne, WOW! Again, people who can appliqu� amaze me. Beautiful.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 9:15PM
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lafonda_ranch

I will try and get a picture of my Dear Jane. I finally am caught up (yeah!!), but haven't taken a picture in a while. I'm waiting on month 14/24, so I'm over half way there (another, yeah!!).

I also have another BOM quilt that I brought out last night. I'm only on month 7/12 on it. I'll try and post some pics of that one too.

I love all the quilts I've seen posted here. Jayne, I'd love to do the 12 days of Christmas one you have.

Robbi

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 7:59AM
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nanajayne

Robbi, You can find it in Quilter Cache.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 11:13AM
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patti60

i have done several block of the month quilts thru our quilt stores. but they have been claimed, by family members. i have one i did with cats i did over the internet and i kept that one. they are fun to do. but yesterday went to another town and the fabric was 12.99 a yard. so i have been trying to use my stash. trying to finish up my bazzar projects. you ladies have done some very nice quilts and good color combinations.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 10:25AM
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teresa_nc7

Lovely quilts, everyone! I have not done a BOM yet, but that's not to say one is not in my future.

I'm glad to hear someone else say that they don't do mystery quilts. I absolutely would not plunk down good money to make a quilt sight unseen. I have too many on my to do list as it is.

Teresa

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 12:06PM
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K8Orlando

When I first heard about mystery quilts I was eager to give it a try; it just sounded so clever! But I couldn't participate that first time and was shocked at how ugly the quilt was when I saw pictures of the finished product! That cured me! I don't believe I'll ever do one, although I watch the Bonnie Hunter project every year. She makes some beautiful quilts... and some dogs too!!! (sorry Bonnie!)

We should probably note that a BOM doesn't have to be done just one block per month. If you have a pattern book, for example, or a theme you are following, then make them at your own speed. Often, BOM projects are intricate enough so it helps to spread out the project over time and to encourage yourself to keep up with it by setting a monthly goal. That's why I started my applique as a BOM. It's my first applique and even the BOM posts didn't help me keep up with it.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 12:38PM
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