I started a new quilt this weekend. As a member of the National Quilting Association, I have the opportunity to make a members only Block of the Month quilt. Each month, the association will post a pattern tutorial by an NQA certified teacher on their website.
The quilt is titled Galaxy. The pattern calls for assorted white prints and 4-8 different one-yard cuts of blue fabric or your favorite color. I downloaded the January BOM pattern and selected several red fabrics from my stash. Red is my favorite color and I have several one-yard cuts in my stash. I’m trying to use up some older fabrics, most purchased in the 1990′s. NQA certified teacher, Cyndi McChesney, of Colorado, designed the Prairie Star block and her instructions are easy to follow and understand. She utilized two different quick piecing techniques that made the block go together quickly. As well, the block sections were sewn larger than needed and trimmed down, for more accurate piecing.
Here is my completed block.
I certainly have several other projects to work on before starting a new quilt. But, a block of the month isn't too much time commitment. I only have to make one block each month and at the end of the year, I have enough blocks to make a quilt. How about you? Do you join BOM through your LQS, guild, or online? They are a fun way to learn new skills and all the planning is done for you. My quilting space needs cleaned out, so using up stash fabric is a bonus.