BOM aka Block of the month….block of the week….Here is
What I want in a BOM
The first word that comes to mind is….wait for it….ummmmm…..FREE! I mean truly FREE, not FREE like I have to buy your book, your special rulers, your templates. I will participate if I have those but I will not, just on the principal of the thing, go out and buy them. I have enough projects half started that I don’t need to pay more for that priviledge. There are several “free” BOM’s out there that say they’re free, but not really. Cute, too, but count me out.
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Here are a couple that fit into the category of what I want:
Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2016 I usually make it through the first 3 colors and then I fizzle. So I have three years worth of those. I am getting very close to a quilt with those blocks. I do think I will go back and work on the 2015 version with the stars. All of these blue fabrics came from my 4 1/2 inch bin of scraps. (I seem to gravitate towards blues and cool colors in my scrap bins.)
Craftsy 2016 BOM I have already completed the January center block for this quilt. I noticed when I went back to look at the site that I had added the 2015 summer BOM to my classes list. Hmmmm. I don’t remember doing that. I will have to go review that. This site has freebies and ones that you can purchase. It doesn’t cost anything to sign up. The classes that are for sale are clearly marked. Eventually, I will probably buy a class from them. They have an excellent variety of crafts, cooking, etc. They do understand free.
Pat Sloan BOM This year her theme is “Secret Garden”. I do love her blocks. These blocks finish at 16 1/2 inches. They are very graphic and in beautiful colors. Her patterns are truly free. She is a fantastic designer of patterns and fabrics. I wish the pattern had a coloring page. There are MANY pictures posted on her site by people who have made the first block. What great eye candy and inspiration. These fabrics also came from my 4 1/2 inch bin. I had to piece some of the pieces. (That is what my Grandma would have done to make due.)
The Splendid Sampler I found this one in a link from another blog. It starts on February 14th. There are 100 free blocks in this mystery sampler. I think I will join in just to practice machine applique. I hope they do a good job with the e-mail notifications. Two blocks a week are to be posted…one on Saturday and one on Thursday, I think it said. February 14th is not that far away! This is sponsored by Pat Sloan and a bunch of her designer friends.
EQ mystery series I regularly receive e-mail from the “Do You EQ?” blog. As I was glancing through their free items, I came across their two mystery quilt series….not just one , but TWO! These can be found under the lesson tab. There is a mystery story and quilt patterns. If I need more trouble to get into this will be where I find it. (I noticed that these mysteries are set up for EQ 5 and EQ6…most of the features are similar. I will have to do some further exploring before I commit to much emotional energy to these.)
Not for me…
Ages ago I participated in a row by row done by Lori Holt. Her designs are cute and country. That was free. It took me 2 1/2 years to finish, but I did it! Now to participate in her BOM you have to have her book or templates, or….or…or. I don’t have those things. I am snowed in and haven’t had mail for six days, so I am not going to order anything at the moment either. USPS might just throw my package into the snowdrift closest to the main road! The flowers in Lori’s Bloom Along are adorable, but not truly free…not for me. (Not this week anyway!)
On someone else’s blog I ran across the Fat Quarter Shop’s Crossroads Quilt Along. It took me a while to find it on their site. It was easily able to find the kits for sale to make it, but the free pattern was a bit more elusive. It is a beautiful “free” pattern. If you look it up, you will see why “free” is in quotation marks.
What BOM’s are you participating in?
I hope you enjoy looking at some of the BOM’s I listed above. I would love to know what you are up to also. What projects are you finding out there? Please share! I am always looking for more trouble to get into with my quilty friends!
Have a great sewing day!