Hello everybody! Happy New Year! I’m hosting a new Block of the Month for 2016. This is a quilt pattern that I’ve been wanting to make for some time, and why not open it up to anyone crazy enough to join me!
Dear Daughter is a sampler quilt that will include some text blocks. It will be divided into 12 sections, so sort of like a block of the month but I’m calling them Chapters ~ (just for fun, since there is text and all…) Within the quilt there will be 80+ pieced (6″ blocks) plus several text blocks. Here is an example a text block and 6″ block from Chapter 1.
The text blocks will have little sayings or quotes… I named my quilt Dear Daughter because my daughters are the inspiration for my quilt. But your inspiration can be anyone or anything!
Each Chapter will be a combination of several blocks…
Here is a look at Chapter 1 ~ the graphic…
Every month a new Chapter will be released. Chapter 1 will be considered the first ‘month’. To keep my sanity intact, and to stay on track, I’ll keep some of the blocks on the simpler side, like a five patch or log cabin block etc.
Here is the top diagram I’ll be filling in as I go along… you can see how Chapter 1 fits in…
The completed quilt top including the side borders measures a generous 72″ x 90″.
I’ll be running this BOM quilt~a~long a little differently than in the past so read on…
Here’s a Q & A to help answer questions ~ If I miss something and you ask a question in the comments I’ll add the answer to this post, so check back.
How do I sign up?
You can sign up by purchasing the pattern.
Find the pattern
What Can I expect after signing up?
After sign up you will receive a welcome email. You will then be added to the monthly email list. Each month (around mid month, or on the 16th) you will receive an email with the new chapter’s pattern. Be sure to carefully check your email for accuracy when you sign up. The first Pattern will be emailed mid January.
Can I sign up anytime?
Yes, if you sign up after January 2016, You will receive your welcome email, and then you will receive an email with the patterns to date. Any remaining patterns will come monthly via email.
Will I be charged Monthly?
No, the sign up fee is a one time charge that covers the entire series from start to finish and you can sign up any time, it will not expire.
How will patterns be delivered?
As a printable PDF via the email you provide when you sign up. These patterns are for personal use, please don’t share or copy them.
Will every block be different?
There are a lot of different blocks, and there are some blocks that will repeat throughout the quilt… for example the heart block from the Chapter 1 pattern might show up again in another Chapter. There might be four identical 6″ blocks that come together to make one larger 12″ block…. you follow?
How much fabric will I need?
Good Question! This quilt is intended to be scrappy, so I will not be posting a fabric list. I am working from my stash on a month by month basis. I have some wonderful saturated colored fabrics and some low volume fabrics to work with. The blocks are small so little bits from your stash will work on most blocks. You will need larger pieces for the text blocks. I will keep track of my fabric consumption (so far my stash looks untouched) and put a list together at a later date that will give you an idea of approximate amounts in each color based on my colors.
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Do I have to use your text? Or any text at all?
No, I will provide you with my text to use if you like it ~ and the entire alphabet (in reverse for applique) so your quilt can say what’s on your mind! You will only be limited to the space of the block. As another alternative, You can repeat pieced blocks to fill in the space allotted for text. This is Your Quilt, do what makes you happy!
Will I need to save previous patterns when I’m done with them?
Yes! You will need to refer back to previous Chapters for repeating block information, so save them all.
Will you be posting progress?
Yes, I’ll post complete pictures monthly on my blog with my progress.
How else can we follow?
What if I have questions?
You can ask questions through instagram (by commenting on my photos or tagging me on yours) or in the comment section of the blog. If you ask in the blog comments section, I will answer there so everyone can benefit so please check back.
What type of applique will be used for the text?
I am using double sided fusible to applique most of the text, specifically steam a seam lite by the Warm Company. Some text will also be pieced.
What other piecing methods will be used?
I will be using a variety of methods, but mostly straight piecing, some english paper piecing and some applique.
Do I have to have a daughter to participate?
Haha… of course not! This is your quilt! You can mix and match some blocks if you need it to be more masculine (for example you might not want to add the flower applique) and you can also change the text to say something else as long as it fits in the same space. Here are some alternate ideas…
Winter/Holiday (use Christmas fabric and sayings)
Wedding ~ (Use wedding dates, sayings and names)
Free Spirit ~ anything goes!
I hope you’ll join me!