Hey guys! I love love paper piecing, and if you do too (or even if you just want to love it), I just wanted to tell you about a fun block-of-the-month club that my friend, Elizabeth, is running throughout 2013.
I signed up this morning, and I am so excited!! Here are some of the details: Club members will get a PDF pattern for the block of the month on the 1st of every month, beginning on January 1st. The PDF patterns will include detailed piecing instructions, with photographs and diagrams, as well as the block template(s). You will receive two sets of block templates each month, one for a 12″ finished block and one for a 6″ finished block, giving you lots of flexibility for using these blocks not only in your BOM quilt but in other patchwork projects as well. To give you an idea of other ways to use these blocks, Elizabeth used several 6″ blocks to create zipper pouches for holiday gifts this year.
On December 26th, club members will receive a bonus practice block pattern, with basic paper piecing instructions to help you get started or brush up on paper piecing. Elizabeth will be right there with each of you throughout the year to help you master this fantastic, fun quilting skill. And that’s not all! She will be hosting Google Hangout chats throughout the year for members to chat and have a chance to share their successes, as well as any troubles that they’re running into, with me and other club members.
From today until January 5th, there is a special on membership for the BOM club – for only $10, you’ll receive a total of 25 paper pieced star PDF templates, as well as support. After January 5th, club registration will go up to $20 for the year.
What will you need for the club? Well, for starters, you’ll need a computer and printer to print your patterns on. Unlike most PDF patterns that you can simply read from your computer or chosen e-reader, you will need to print the paper templates to sew on in order to work on each month’s block. You’ll also need some fabric that you love. How much? Good question. 🙂 Foundation paper piecing is notorious for using up a lot of fabric, but I will be providing cutting instructions for each block to minimize waste.
Here is rough estimate of the fabric you’ll need for the club:
* 35-40 various fat quarters, or 9-10 half-yard cuts of your choice
* 4 yds background fabric for blocks
* 1 1/4 yds for sashing and borders
I’m almost certain that I’ll be using solids for my blocks, although I’m not sure yet which colors.
What do you say, are you ready to paper piece along with me? Click here to sign up for the club, and make sure to join the Stitching with Don’t Call Me Betsy Flickr group to share your progress and chat with other BOM’ers. Make sure to grab a button, too! I can’t wait to see you all in the group, Elizabeth’s series sounds really fun!