As a quilter, one of the things I most enjoy is a pattern, something that entices me, something that makes me think WoW, I want to make that. When I got back into quilting in 2013 after a 15 year break from it, I was amazed at how some things had changed, but how some things had remained the same. What I didn’t know about at the time was blogging. I was looking around at places on the web thinking that there had to be some quilters who had websites. Imagine my surprise when I not only discovered blogs, but quilters who so generously give of their time to create patterns that they just gave away.. freely.. WoW!!!
So, it’s four years later now and I’ve had such fun visiting blogs and downloading patterns, and imagine how lovely it will be… I can finally break down and do some actual sewing. My first Bernina came home to me at Thanksgiving, she went immediately into the shop to be cleaned up and put back into shape, and she is gonna see some use again… WooHoo, she’ll be so excited that I’m back to using her, she won’t feel so neglected anymore. Over the last 15 years, she’s visited my mom, my sister, my dad, but she hadn’t lived with me, she just sat in a closet collecting dust, so she will be so happy to be doing what she does best.. Sew!!
Not that my other machines won’t be happy, they will still see plenty of use, but it’s time for me to finish up some of the UFO’s I had when we left for Germany to be stitched up.. It’s time for me to make a new quilt, something I haven’t done in many years, it’s just been small projects because I had a small area in which to sew in.. so in a way, moving back to the USA is good for me sewing wise, because now at least I’ll finish another quilt, or two, or three…
I got off track, I’m so excited to be home and am visiting all the wonderful things in my mind that I forgot the whole reason why I was writing this post.. LOL The reason I got off track tho is because after downloading all these patterns over the years, I’ll finally get to make some of these wonderful block of the months I’ve downloaded over the years, just waiting for the moment where all my fabric and supplies would be in one place and I could feel the fabric in my hands again, cut it, piece it, and then quilt it… So to those of you who came before this year… Thank You!! I don’t always remember to say thank you, but I am like you, I know the sheer amount of time it takes just to create one pattern…
So, here we are with another year of Block of the Months, and Quilt Alongs. There are always some blogs where you can just count on the fact that they are doing one, while others take a break, others who took a break come back to do another. This year for the first time, I finally saw a block of the month that I’m going to actually pay for.. Something I’ve just refused to do before, but that’s only because I didn’t really have the space to sit and sew a botm.. Now that I do, I’m going for it..
My Block Of the Month list only lists Free Block Of The Month and Quilt Along events.
My Block of the Month page is one of the most accessed pages on my site daily. To qualify, your block of the month or quilt along, must have a “free pattern” as part of the event. It must stay online as a free pattern long enough for the next release to be listed freely. This is my only requirement for being listed at my blog, I do this because I only list free events. I don’t care how long it’s free for, just as long as their is always a free pattern available as part of your botm.
If you are planning an upcoming event such as a Quilt Along, or a Block Of The Month, please contact me, I’d love to list it. I no longer need logos, I’m using a plugin/extension that will just take a screenshot automatically of your site, so no logo is actually needed. However, I’d still like a logo if at all possible because my side items need a logo. These will be updated later in the months when I have collected all the logos.
Two people wrote me in the last few months asking to be added. I have misplaced those emails as I had written back noting that I’d be writing this list in Dec/Jan and would add them. Unfortunately, my move has made some things bad for me and I’m not as organized on my laptop as I am on my desktop.. (it will be here Friday January 6th and it will be setup as soon as I find the box it’s packed in because I love my desktop) 🙂 If you aren’t listed here, please drop me an email again, I want to list your site.
You’ll find the 2017 Block of the Month for sites around the web located here. You’ll also find it up in my top menu, listed under 2017 Botm, just hover over the title to see the menu line.
My Block of The Month for 2017
Now, you might ask yourself, what am I doing this year. Well I am doing two Block of the Months. I really wanted to be able to show a preview, but unfortunately, I am still waiting on the first of the artwork to arrive… so I’m just going to say.. I’m continuing my Sunbonnet Sue and Sam series with travel to each of the US states and Canadian provinces. This botm will work almost the same exact way as Sue and Sam travelling the world did. The difference with this release is that instead of choosing a different state as your Free block, you will receive the opposite release. In other words, if Sue In Virginia is released as the Free block, you will receive Sam as the Flickr Reward. Because I am still waiting on the artwork, I’ll just have to say it’s not set to start until February, because once I get the artwork, the artwork has to be re-drawn to create the pattern. This botm, will release with a US State twice a month, on the first and 3rd Mondays, and a Canadian Province once a month. All the Canadian provinces and territories are being created. Ideas for artwork of your state and or province/territory are welcome. Please contact me, we are having quite some difficulty on what to do with the Canadian artwork for each province/territory, so it would be really helpful if you could give us some idea of what to do with those. Some states in the USA are also difficult, if you write me, I’ll try to have the artist incorporate those into the block.
My other block of the month is the story of Twas The Night Before Christmas.
A Tiny Preview of What’s To Come!!
This will work the same way as last years botm, except that instead of getting the block Free, you will pay for it, and when you complete it and upload it to Flickr, you’ll get the next block in the series, free. If you wish to continue, you will pay for the next month’s release. There are 26 blocks in this series, 13 will be paid for, 13 can be free. The releases will be done in conjunction to the story line. It will come in two sizes at 12-Inch and 15-Inch block sizes, and will include cutting files and machine embroidery files. It is not set to start until January 15th. It will be a once a month release and happen on the 15th of the month unless the 15th falls on a weekend (which happens 4 times in 2017), and then will be released the following Monday. This is a one year botm, with 26 blocks. Two months will have 2 blocks released as I’d like to try and end this in November. This first release is set to release on January 16 since the 15th is on a Sunday. 🙂
Artwork for Sunbonnet Sue and Sam, and Twas The Night Before Christmas was commissioned by me for exclusive use from Clipartopolis.
I have made a change to my patterns this year also, in order to make my releases on time, no Free patterns will be released with machine embroidery or cutting files any longer. These always take much longer to do, and cause me to release late sometimes, so I’d rather put these with the paid part of the pattern so I can release on time. This also allows my tester to meet her deadlines easier.
I have also planned another Summer Series and am working on that, but for now, I’ll keep that quiet and you’ll just have to tune in for the fun… 🙂
I think it will be a fun year, I hope you do to.. Enjoy and see ya soon!!