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Sew Thankful Sunday, 01.05.2014

Welcome to 2014 and a new Sew Thankful Sunday!  This is the BOM edition!

{I am frequently visiting other blogs and I’m always amazed at the talent and passion that I see along the way.  Since I love sharing these new “finds” with you, I created Sew Thankful Sunday.  My way of giving back to the quilting community and sharing great content with you at the same time!}

Sew Thankful ButtonSince it’s the beginning of a new year, I thought I would focus on block of the months and quilt alongs for 2014.  There are lots of them starting up this month and you know I’m a sucker for a good BOM and QAL.  This is not a complete list, but it’s enough to get you into trouble!  Most of these are free, but some of them require a small sign up fee (and still a very good value in my opinion).

(Remember, you can click on any of the images in this post and it will open up a new tab to the associated link).

1.  Get ready for another great block of the month at Open Gate Quilts.  This is the Blogger Girls BOM II and it looks beautiful!  I sewed along with them last year and really enjoyed the blocks.  This is an eight month project.

Blogger Girls Block of the Month II @ Open Gate Quilts
Blogger Girls BOM II @ Open Gate Quilts

2.  The Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a Wishes Quilt Along.  This is a year long project that will end up producing a sampler quilt of 12 blocks.  The awesome thing about this particular quilt along is that they are raising money for the Make A Wish Foundation.  You get to decide how much to donate!

Wishes Quilt Along @ Fat Quarter Shop

3.  The Economy Block Quilt Along for 2014 has just begun at Red Pepper Quilts.  This is a great stash buster quilt, and I love that you can fussy cut the centers of each block and make it an “eye spy” quilt!

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4.  If you’re a fan of applique, check out this new BOM from Morning Glory Designs.  Reeze hasn’t named this one yet, so she is hosting a giveaway to help find the perfect name!  It looks like Mexican Tiles to me!

2014 BOM @ Morning Glory Designs
2014 BOM @ Morning Glory Designs

5.  If you’re interested in honing your quilting skills as you progress through a BOM, then check out the Skill Builder BOM from Alyssa at Pile O Fabric.  I did last year’s version and it really taught me some new tricks!

Skill Builder BOM @ Pile O Fabric

6.  AnneMarie at Gen X Quilters is hosting another BOM this year called Vice Versa.  Each block will have it’s opposite or inverse so you’ll be making two blocks each month.  You’ll love the modern and fresh setting too!

Vice Versa BOM 2014 @ Gen X Quilters

7.  If you want to practice your free motion skills and learn some piecing tricks at the same time, then check out The Free Motion Quilting Project’s Building Blocks Quilt Along.  Leah Day is going to show you one new block on the first Monday of each week and then four different ways to quilt it!

2014 Building Blocks Quilt Along @ The Free Motion Quilting Project8.  If you love reproduction quilts, then you’ll want to check out the 2014 Civil War Block of the Month:  Threads of Memory from Barbara Brackman.  The twelve blocks will finish to 12″ and each is an original pieced design for a star block.

2014 Civil War BOM:  Threads of Memory from Barbara Brackman9.  Free Quilt Patterns and Pat Sloan have teamed up for Globetrotting: A Free Mystery BOM.  Each block in the nine-block series is designed by Pat Sloan and will come complete with a free pattern, tutorial, and a video demo by Pat.

Globe Trotting BOM designed by Pat Sloan @ Free Quilt Patterns10.  For all of you paper piecers out there, check out the Sew Kitschy Paper Pieced BOM presented by Kristy at Quiet Play.  This one will include 9 new patterns designed on the theme of a retro kitchen!

Sew Kitschy Paper Pieced BOM @ Quiet Play

11.  For more paper piecing fun, I’m loving this Paper Piecing Vintage BOM from Jennifer at Sew Hooked.  It’s designed with two colors and a solid background and you can make the blocks 6″ or 12″.  Sew cute!

Paper Piecing Vintage @ Sew Hooked

12.  Another paper piecing BOM that I’ve already mentioned in a previous Sew Thankful post is the Lucky Stars BOM Club for 2014 at Don’t Call Me Betsy.  I have signed up for this one – I love stars!

2014 Lucky Stars BOM @ Don't Call Me Betsy13.  Another repeat from the past (but just as relevant) is the 2014 Sugar Block Club hosted by Amy at Stitchery Dickory Dock.  You’ll love making the 12″ blocks and you get a sweet recipe too!  I did this one last year, too, and enjoyed each month.

2014 Sugar Block Club @ Stitchery Dickory Dock

14.  The Quilting Gallery is hosting another quilt along this year called Delightful Stars.  This is designed by Michelle Foster and it’s an extra large, queen-sized quilt containing 24 unique traditionally pieced and paper pieced blocks.

delightful-stars-quilt along @ The Quilting Gallery

I hope I haven’t gotten you into too much trouble!  All of these BOM’s and QAL’s are very tempting and I wish I could do them all!  If you want an easy reference guide, you can follow my Pinterest board: BOM’s & Quilt Alongs 2014.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!


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  1. Thanks Julie for “Sew Thankful” Sundays. I so look forward to this weekly. I’ve been wanting to do something small-ish & a little different…..”Sew Kitschy” is it! Am I ever glad you shared this, along with the others!

  2. Wonderful website! Do not miss Julie on the Quilt Show; I am certain she is going to become a regular. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Wow !!! I’m new to quilting and would love to try one of these quilt alongs…thanks for compiling these and for your insight on each, can’t wait to get started!!

  4. Oh, you are a little naughty by pointing out SO MANY delightful Block of the Months to us!!
    I am doing Kristy’s Quiet Play “Sew Kitschy” paper pieced BoM. Now I am being strongly tempted to do “Paper Piecing Vintage” by Jen Olsen at Sewhooked…..
    I can’t wait to see what you make in your BoM’s. I love your work and how you use fabrics!

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