2016 is an a year filled with fun and surprises all year long here at Seams To Be Sew. So many great things are happening in 2016, and I hope this block of the month will celebrate one of the best events that will come in 2016.
2016 is a summer Olympics year, I absolutely love the Olympics, each year that we have one, whether it’s winter or summer, I am an avid Olympic fan. My tv is on watching them day and night and I can honestly say I get very little sleep during the time that the Olympics are being held. My block of the month this year is dedicated to the over 10,000 Olympians that will descend on Rio De Janeiro, Brazil this year. For their hard work and dedication and the spirit of participating in an event that allows countries from the world to come together and enjoy the spirit of competition, I hope you will enjoy Sue and Sam Traveling The World.
Sewwwwwwww without further ado, Welcome to my 2016 Sunbonnet Sue and Sunbonnet Sam Travel The World Block of The Month. (that’s a lot of title to write.. I will definitely be shortening it at some point)
The artwork for Sue and Sam was commissioned exclusively for Seams To Be Sew at Clipartopolis.
Barring any issues with real life events, Sunbonnet Sue and Sam Travel the World will take all 12 months to complete. Two blocks per month will be released. The first block will be released the first monday of every month, the second block will be released the 3rd monday of every month.
Free blocks are only available freely until the next block is released. No exceptions.
Sunbonnet Sue and Sam offers a total of 52 blocks, however only 24 of them will be released as free blocks during the year. The rest will be sold separately or you can earn a free one by creating and uploading a picture to the Flickr group of your block from one of the 24 offered freely during 2016. This offer is good during the year of 2016. This offer is good for each block you make, so if you make 12 blocks, you can choose 12 of the other blocks. If you finish all 24 blocks, I will give you all of the blocks free. You may claim one free block for each unique individual block you make, in other words, if you make 2 of the same Sunbonnet Sue’s or Sam for the same country, you still only get to claim 1 free pattern. The purchased patterns will be released as each month’s choice is voted upon… In other words, February’s vote allowed for Mexico to be released as the free block of the month, the purchased block will be France. France will be the first block you can choose as a choice for one of the patterns you uploaded to Flickr.. Details on how to claim a block will be noted here once patterns are available.
The permanent menu page will be located here, also with a top menu line, and a side menu logo, so it will always be easy to find the next released block. All releases will also be announced on my Facebook page, my Google page, my PInterest board, and in my newsletter. You can also follow via the various other Blogging platforms such as Blogluvin, Google’s Feed, etc..
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What The Pattern Includes:
All templates will have the reversed shapes with no seam allowances added to the templates.
I will offer machine embroidery files with this project like I did with Little Treasures and Oh Holy Night. Machine embroidered formats offered will be .art (version 3), .hus, and .pes. Any other format you need will need to be converted in your editing software.
Cutting files will be available to purchase, but will not be added to the free pattern of the block. Once the block is no longer free, the cutting files will be combined with the block that goes up for sale and the single cutting files will no longer be available. SVG packs will include the free pattern as a convenience when they are sold during the free release, but will go up in price once the pattern is release for sale.
Fabric charts will not be created for the free pattern, but because this is applique, you may just want to use scraps, color your Sue and Sams in the costume traditions of the country they are traveling to. I’m doing my quilt entirely in batiks.
All of the patterns will be offered in a 12×12 size.
You should feel free to use the applique technique that you feel most comfortable with. I use various applique techniques depending on my mood for the most part as I like to play/experiment with techniques, so I don’t always use the same technique. While you can use fusible techniques for this pattern, please understand that my applique shapes are drawn for hand/machine blindstitch applique so their are overlaps on shapes that lay under another shape. I do not add seam allowances to my shapes.
This pattern will be free via this blog only during it’s release, but may go up for sale on Craftsy at the same time, but will never be available via Craftsy as a free pattern.
No tutorials for each release of the block will be done, this is a simple block of the month and if I decide to write some helpful tips about the block I will add it to that release.
This post was written December 28, 2015, it is not the “first weeks” post. It’s was written to let you know the guidelines and features of this block of the month.
Now for some fun stuff, normally I post previews of what’s coming, this year, I’m going to let you decide what’s released for the next month. Each month I’ll post two different countries, the one that gets the most votes will be released the next month. You must decide this during the first release each month, When I release the second block in the month, I will announce which block will be released for the next month.
In January, I will release Brazil, because this BOTM is dedicated to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, I want them to be first, and I hope I see lots of blocks show up on the Flickr group.
First Release January 4, 2016
Second Release January 18, 2016
Let’s Start The Voting For February’s Release
Mexico or France
This poll ends January 17, 2016
If your still having problems voting with both polls, please leave a note in comments. I’ll still get a good idea of what to do. I do read all comments.
Now, if your going to stitch this along with me this year, you really need to have some kind of layout planned before you go about creating your blocks. I have created 3 layouts, but I am having a hard time deciding which I like the best, Wanna give me a hand?
Note, picture shows only Sue and Sams in the layout that are finished drawing. The rest of the blocks will be added as I go along, but I do need to decide on a final layout.
I’ve narrowed the field to these three layouts
Which do you like best?
Their is also some layouts same as above with a slight difference.
with a medallion block in the middle of the planet earth and people surrounding the earth.
So tell me, which do you like?
This poll ends January 1, 2016
The poll will open in a popup window, because of issues voting earlier, I’ve moved this poll off the page to prevent errors.
If you are looking for the older Block of the Months I’ve offered: