Rock Around the Block with Fun Quilt-Alongs
Block of the Month (BOM) Quilt-Alongs are a great way to learn new techniques and they are a lot of fun to be a part of. They can be run by a blogger, a quilt guild, or through a site like Craftsy. My first online quilt-along was with Amy Gibson, a very talented quilter and designer from Colorado. I first discovered Amy Gibson on Craftsy where I took her free BOM Class in 2012. I finished one sampler and have another top done.
After making all of the blocks for the Spring version, I even taught the sampler to my sewing group. I finished a second one and still need to quilt the first Spring top. One great thing about this class is that it is still available and it is still free. Craftsy has continued to offer a free BOM class each year, featuring different teachers – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. I have access to all of them, but haven’t made the time to take any more of the classes.
Sewing Up Sweetness with the Sugar Block Club
About a year after completing the 2012 Craftsy BOM with Amy, I started following her blog and pretty soon after that she started The Sugar Block Club (SBC). I haven’t actually completed my Sugar Block quilt, but I have about half of the blocks done. To be fair, I did decide to make blocks from two years of SBC (2013 and 2014) and plan to put them together into one quilt.
I love the Simplicity of Amy’s blocks and the fresh spin she puts on traditional patterns. Her instructions are easy to follow and her personality really comes through in her designs and her blog posts about each block. A lot of her tutorials and patterns are free on her blog, Stitchery Dickory Dock.
When I work on a Quilt-Along it is easy to get behind, but if you are able to maintain access to each month’s block after the month is over, then it’s no big deal. BOMs are a great way to try blocks or techniques that you might not normally give a try. In addition, sampler quilts, which a lot of BOMs are, are some of the most fun to look at and cuddle up with because every block is different and there can be a lot a variety. Successful samplers feature very different blocks that all work together to create a visually stunning whole quilt.