Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Have you seen...

Morning all!  Our Bee block posts are a little delayed this month as we are reformatting our Bee into a Round Robin and I will be posting instructions for Round 1 this weekend.  In the meantime if you are looking for block inspiration here are some of the free and paid for Block of the Month's (BOM) and Quilt-A-Longs (QAL) that caught my eye this week!

First up, a heads up on a brilliant online course offered by Rachel @ Stitched in Color.  Rachel is one of my favourite bloggers and I have taken both the courses she is offering this month.  Closing date is 7th so if you want to sign up be quick!

In Color Intensive, Rachel describes an approach to colour theory using emotional words, the seasons, the colour wheel and how to build an effective working stash.  I loved this course and the first project showing you how to cut up a Kona color card and use it more effectively is something I use all the time!  The second course is Angled and offers 5 patterns of increasing difficulty showing how to use angles and triangles in your quilts.

Free blocks you won't want to miss is Amy Gibson's Sugar Block Club.  Amy blogs at Stichory Dickory Dock and is a big part of  the reason why I quilt today.  Her free class on Craftsy,  2012 Block of the Month shows you step by step how to make 2 blocks with a different technique every month.  I loved every bit of this and learned so much about accuracy and 1/4" seams that I can't recommend it highly enough.  Craftsy have a new free BOM every year but this still remains my favourite!


Following on from this Amy offered a BOM club on her blog called the Sugar Block Club and for the first 2 years it was a paid for subscription - this year it's free.  Go ahead and sign up, you won't be disappointed!


Fat Quarter Shop have new free patterns  with videos every few months or so but they are also hosting the Moda Sampler Shuffle blocks.  Don't be put off by the traditional fabric used, they would be really lovely in modern brights too!


Speaking of modern brights, Janome are in the middle of a 100 blocks in 50 days and you can find some really fun free blocks created by fabric and quilt designers on their website here.


Don't call me Besty has paid for BOM using a really colourful design and blocks of different scale and you can sign up here for $30.00

 If you are not looking for blocks but a design challenge instead check out the monthly challenges on Le Challenge Website.  A paid for challenge called the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club is being offered by Lucky Spool this year and features some well know quilters and designers like Jacquie Gering, Alison Glass, Sarah Fielke and Carolyn Friedlander.  It costs $5 a month or $50 for the year.

If you have anymore or favourites you think we should look at please leave a comment here on our blog or on our facebook page.  Happy New Year everybody, hope whatever new projects you start in 2016 will be lots of fun!
-Ruth

1 comment:

  1. Hi Ruth,
    Pat Sloan is running a free block of the month programme for 2016. Full details are available here: http://www.freequiltpatterns.info/2016-pat-sloan-mystery-bom-materials-list-secret-garden.htm

    Also, Quilt Now Magazine is running a block of the month programme (tnink it's about 4 months in at this stage).

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