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2021 Block of the Month Quilt a Long

Hello Quilty Friends…

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be doing a new Block of the Month for 2021!… Yup! And it’s going to be a 100 block challenge…. (at least for me lol!) Does that sound crazy? I certainly hope not… I mean, what’s the fun without a challenge? So… here are the deets…


  • 100 Block Patchwork Sampler
  • Begins February 1st 2021
  • Each block will measure 6 1/2″ unfinished, 6″ finished (in the quilt)
  • 10 blocks each month, for 10 months (Feb 1 – Nov 1) = 100 blocks total
  • Each set of 10 blocks is available on the first day of the month. (Feb-Nov)
  • Blocks will be made using a variety of techniques: pieced, applique, English paper piecing
  • In November we will talk layout options and wrap up in December.
  • PLUS!!! I’m sharing videos each month!

I have been wanting to do a 100 block challenge for some time and even though I think it’s a lot for me to bite off… I have to face the facts… I love deadlines, and what better than a self imposed deadline to get the job done… (gulp) lol

I was thinking maybe I was nuts to take this on… I mean, life has already been so crazy this past year! But I need a little positive energy, and this quilt a long could prove to be just that!! So that’s why I’m calling it the Positive Energy Patchwork Sampler… We all need to lift each other up during these times, so let’s give each other a little positivity, sew some blocks and go to our happy creative place.

I’ll be working right along with you this year… making blocks each month. Some will be quick pieced blocks, but there will be a couple other techniques mixed in. Definitely some applique and possibly some English paper piecing… personally, I’d like to do the applique blocks by hand (simple shapes!) but you have the option to use your method of choice (of course!).

How do I sign up?

Please read this entire post and then…. Click the Sign up button to join in…

The cost of the entire program is $64. This is a one time fee that covers the cost of the program including all the block patterns, finishing instructions, the videos and the forum that will host our quilt-a-long and community. No fabric is included in this cost.


What Can I expect after signing up?

Things will be different this year so please read carefully…

After your purchase, your membership in the quilt-a-long will be approved. Your membership access will begin on February 1, 2021. This year, all the pattern downloads and videos will be in one place for you to access! Yay! I will only send emails as a reminder when there are pattern updates… on the first of every month (beginning February 1) but you can go to the site any time (day or night lol) to access the pattern information.

What is different this year?

As mentioned above, I am moving to a membership site so we can all be together and able to access all the content in one place! This means a lot of back end work on my part… so please be patient with me as I navigate this new site. I have tested it and it looks amazing, so I am super pumped… but there will likely be a couple bumps and hiccups along the way, so let’s keep things positive (like quilters always do) and have some creative fun!

OH! And bonus…. there’s an App that you can download to your mobile device if you like your content right there at the click of a button!!!! So sweet! I’ll tell you all the deets when we get going in February!

Can I sign up anytime?

Yes, you can sign up any time! Work on the blocks on your time, at your pace. This is your quilt journey, no worries or deadlines for you!

Will I be charged Monthly?

No, the sign up fee is a one time charge that covers the entire series from start to finish.

How will patterns be delivered?

As I mentioned above, the patterns and video will be released monthly on the first of the month. Beginning February 1,2021 you will be able to access the first set of block patterns. Please note… I will be filming the videos myself and they will be informal in nature, reviewing the blocks for the month with tips or techniques I used to complete them. (I’m not a video professional lol… but I will absolutely do my best for you!)

Will every block be different?

Yes! There will be 100 different blocks!

How much fabric will I need?

Good Question! I will talk about fabric with members in February, but working from your stash is certainly an option.

Please note : Fabric requirements will only be given for each individual block and will be listed within the individual block pattern.

The fabric requirements will also be given for the setting/finishing instructions at the end of the quilt-a-long.

Will you be posting progress?

Yes, I’ll post photos and progress inside the membership community area, as well as on instagram. I will also post a couple updates here on my site.

How else can we follow?

I will post progress on instagram @ rebeccamaedesigns using #100quiltblocksampler.  And also on the rebeccamaedesigns facebook page. As a bonus, this year there is also a community forum inside the course that you will have access to for sharing photos or asking questions… yay!

What if I have questions before sign up?

If you have questions please ask on this post or email me at rebeccamaedesigns @ gmail .com

What piecing methods will be used?

I will be using a variety of methods, but mostly straight piecing, some English paper piecing and some applique.

What will be the size and layout of the finished quilt?

The layout will be similar to the layout of a traditional 100 block quilt with 6″ finished blocks, 2″ sashing and a 6″ border and will measure 90″ x 90″. I plan to offer this layout with a full 6″ fabric border or perhaps a pieced border. In either case the 100 block quilt will finish at roughly 90″ x 90″ or 94″ x 94″ (if I include a 2″ inside border).

I also plan to offer another layout that will require less blocks but I’m undecided as to what that will be at the moment… I will share that progress as we work through the quilt-a-long.

I hope you’ll join me!

Use this button if you’re in!!!

Here is a sneak peek at my little recording space! I took over a spare room in my house so I could be ready at any time!

Sign Up Here!

Take Good Care!

happy sewing, Sherri

23 thoughts on “2021 Block of the Month Quilt a Long”

  1. Not quite sure how to word this. Do the blocks run mostly along traditional type or are they mostly modern abstract types? I’m considering this but if there are a lot of the modern types I will have to give it a pass.

  2. I would like to know finished dimensions and a picture of the completed quilt, unless this is a “mystery” quilt. I paid $$$$ to get a block/month for an oriental quilt at a different shop. It was a disaster – very ugly and I have stashed it in my closet as I hope to make 2 quilts out of it in order to get my investment back. After this experience, I’m more careful.
    Thank you for your time.

    1. Hi Nancy,
      This is a bit of a mystery quilt. I have updated this post to show the basic layout for 100 blocks. I completely understand your concern and no worries. I know mystery quilts are not for everyone and perhaps after we get going and you can see the design unfold you may want to jump in and that is totally fine, I’d love to have you along!

  3. Monique Lavigne-Patenaude

    I’m in, I’m in! Even after making a ton of quilts in 2020 from stash, except for backing, I still have lots to work with. I love sampler quilts.

  4. Is there a picture of the quilt so we can know what we are going to be doing? Or are we flying blind until we sign up and get into Feb.?

    1. Hi Syrenna,
      I have updated this post so you can see the basic layout but other than that it’s a bit of a mystery quilt as I’m making it along with you and will only be a month or so ahead. So yes, flying a bit blind lol but I’m aiming for a spectacular result! :)

  5. Anyway to get a preview of what your finished quilt looks like? I’d like an idea soI can look at my stash and decide color palettes. I only order online during the pandemic and would like to just be able to look and see what is needed. I hate to invest in membership not having any idea of what I’m making. Thanks much. I love your designs

    1. Hi Laurie, I have updated this post to show how the 100 block layout will look. I am making the quilt along with you (a little ahead) so I am not able to show you the finished quilt. But there are not too many layout options when dealing with this many blocks.

      I do plan to have a second layout that uses less blocks as an alternative.
      I hope this helps and hope you’ll join in!

  6. WOW!!! This sounds fantastic!! This will be BOM #4 with you for me! I can’t wait. (lol – I am not done yet with the last 2, but finishing is my 2021 goal!!)

    1. Hi Rene,
      Yes of course a two color choice could work! You would need to choose fabrics with different color values to make it work. Hopefully this makes sense.

  7. Hi.. sounds exciting but not sure I can commit to 10 blocks a month!!! Might wait to see blocks & jump in later. Normally I only do lap size quilts so will wait to check out smaller size!!

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