2019 - 2020 Block of the Month

Hello Quilters! This year for the Block of the Month (BOM), we are going back to the basics. We have had several new members join the guild and some of them are not only new to quilting, but new to sewing. We are thrilled to have them join us and want to include them in this wonderful program that the guild offers.

For the experienced quilter, we hope you will also join us in creating many of the blocks each month. We are planning to have a community service sewing night together and will be assembling the assortment of blocks received into quilts to donate.

2019-2020 BOM Mission Statement As a guild, we want to teach others the quilting basics, using donated or leftover fabric to create quilts that can be given to those in need, and have a good time while doing so.

This year’s BOM we will be using 2 ½” strips. The strips can be bits and pieces left over from previous projects; you can use pre-cuts (like a jelly roll), or cut 2 ½” strips from fabric. Seams will always be sewn ¼” unless otherwise stated. Learn to make an accurate ¼” seam!

Fabric selection: To oversimplify… Dark Fabric- The color is darker than a paper grocery bag. Medium Fabric- The color is the same as a paper grocery bag. Light Fabric- The color is lighter than a paper grocery bag.

One way that you can verify your color choices is to take a photo with your phone and put it on a monochromatic setting. You can have a paper bag next to your fabric to make the comparison.

One last thing- When making quilt blocks, a block size is usually given.
Unfinished= the block before it is sewn into the quilt.
Finished= the block after it is sewn into the quilt. Accuracy will come with practice. For the advanced quilter, your blocks will BE the right size, so I won’t be providing the block size with each pattern this year.

As always, you can contact me for any questions you may have with the block of the month. I would be happy to have you come to my home for a lesson if you are a tactile learner.
Email Sheila at: blockofthemonth@goldenvalleyquiltguild.org