I am a firm believer in Block of the Month (BOM) quilts. I’d love to conduct a scientific study to see if what I believe is true – that these carefully planned and paced quilt making adventures make it to the finish line much more often than their more free-form counterparts, regular quilt kits. I believe that the way a BOM project is broken up into segments, the extra hand-holding in the instructions, and the warm feeling of sewing with a group of like-minded quilters really can’t be beat! So with that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to some of the best Block of the Month quilt kits of 2016 (plus a little something extra)!
The Fernwood BOM features Benartex fabrics and is a 12-month program to create this queen size beauty:
This BOM is on my list of top kits for 2016 for several reasons. First of all, just look at it! Fans of traditional block-based quilts will absolutely love this project. Secondly, Jenny Kae Parks has taped fun, complete how-to videos for each kit installment, available at QNNtv.com as each kit ships. With Jenny’s help, any quilter can have success with this project. Finally, the blocks and units in this quilt are excellent for learning or elevating your basic quilt making skills. Lots of variety, essential techniques, support videos…who could ask for more? Get all the details on the Fernwood BOM here.
Up next, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks BOM, available in not 1, not 2, but 3 gorgeous color ways!
I fell in love with this BOM design at first sight! The smaller blocks (6″ finished), piano key border, and choice of 2 settings all really appeal to me. The 12 monthly shipments begin in March for this one, and it is priced to move at just $18.99 a month. All 3 color ways feature famous-manufacturer fabrics. Although beginning quilters might find these small blocks challenging, quilters with more experience will love all this piecing fun. All the details are right here.
And now for the “something extra”. Have you ever tried a Project of the Month (POM) club? It works much like a BOM, but instead of receiving fabric and instructions for a block or a few blocks each month, you receive what you need to make an entire small quilt! Those of you who love Lynette Jensen’s Thimbleberries look will want to sign up for this program ASAP as only a limited number of subscriptions are available. Here are some of the projects you’ll be making:
And there are extras! Lynette will also send a personal message each month that includes suggestions on using the project in your home décor, a pattern for an extra small scrap project, or one of her favorite recipes. At the end of the year, you will receive a bonus pattern to use your leftover scraps from the 12 projects to make a throw-size quilt. It’s Thimbleberries heaven! All the details on this POM club are at this link.
Are you ready to start a BOM or POM in 2016? Leave a comment and let us all know your thoughts and plans!