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Sew Thankful Sunday, 2018 BOM edition, January

{I love the idea of “paying it forward”. I think the world would be a better place if we could spread some joy and acknowledgement of good deeds done by others. I try to do that once a month for my Sew Thankful Sunday posts. I highlight some great content that I’ve found on other people’s blogs that I hope will inspire you and reward the originator by bringing traffic to their site. If your blog has been mentioned without your consent, please let me know and I will take you off the current list of featured bloggers.}

2018 BOM's and QAL's presented by The Crafty Quilter. This list will continue to be updated throughout the year.

I love the clean slate that the beginning of a New Year creates.  New resolve, fresh starts and lots of inspiration and motivation for organizing and planning.  This month’s list of Sew Thankful’s will focus on how to capture some of that new energy and start the year off fresh with some new block of the month’s (BOM’s) and quilt alongs (QAL’s).  You know, I can’t resist them!

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1.  Pat Sloan is hosting another, free mystery block of the month this year for FreeQuiltPatterns.info.  The theme for 2018 is Let’s Go Camping and you can get all of the details for the first month at Free Quilt Patterns.  Each month, Pat will have a giveaway on her blog to all of those who link up with a photo of their finished quilt block.  That’s my kind of camping!

Free Mystery BOM, Let's Go Camping, hosted by Pat Sloan for Free Quilt Patterns.info


2.  Take advantage of your summer memories and join Pat Sloan at I Love To Make Quilts for her other free quilt along, In The Summer Time!  Each week starting January 31, 2018 and ending June  27, 2018, Pat will share one 9″ block (for a total of 20 blocks).  In the end, you’ll have a beautiful quilt in time to kick off the lazy days of summer!

In The Summer Time! QAL with Pat Sloan at I Love to Make Quilts


3.  Do you need to sharpen your free motion quilting skills?  Then make sure to follow Jess at Quilty Habit as she leads a Modern Free Motion Quilting QAL with the Central Jersey MQG.  Each month will focus on a different theme and the final quilt sandwiches will be joined together with a quilt-as-you-go technique.

Modern Free Motion Quilting QAL with CJMQG and Jess @ Quilty Habit


4.  I love sampler quilts, and this Classic Meets Modern BOM by Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation fits the bill perfectly.  The kick-off starts tomorrow, January 8, 2018 with all of the details and requires the purchase of the pattern so you can follow along.

Classic Meets Modern BOM @ My Quilt Infatuation


5.  Becky at Patchwork Posse is hosting a Three’s Company BOM which looks really fun and will give you a 60″ square quilt in the end.  Each month’s pattern will be free for the month it is released.  After that, the pattern will be available for a small fee.

Three's Company BOM @ Patchwork Posse
Three’s Company BOM @ Patchwork Posse


6.  I couldn’t resist this Stellar Stars BOM by Cristy Fincher at Purple Daisies.  This skill-building program requires the purchase of a pattern and will include monthly videos, tutorials and hand embroidery design elements by Sharon Schamber.  I can’t wait!

Stellar Stars BOM @ Purple Daisies


7.  If you like things sweet with a little applique on top, then you’ll love the Sweetest Things Sampler Quilt Along hosted by Michelle at Creative Blonde and Dawn at Honeybee Cloths.  Starting in February, a sampler block will be released each month and combined with Irish chain blocks to create a 60″ square quilt (including borders).  How sweet!

Sweetest Things Sampler Quilt Along hosted by Creative Blonde and HoneyBee Cloths


8.  Fat Quarter Shop’s Jolly Jabber kicks off another charitable BOM, the Clementine Quilt Along benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.   A $5 donation is requested each time you download a monthly pattern.  Kits are available as well.  Win, win!

Clementine Quilt Along @ Fat Quarte Shop benefitting St. Jude Research Children's Hospital

9.  Keep winter warm in your hearts this year with the Snow Much Fun BOM from Cindy at Quilt Doodle Designs.  This mystery BOM will release one block each month for free, then there will be a small fee if you need to play catch up.

Snow Much Fun 2018 BOM @ Quilt Doodle Doodle Designs


10.  Claudia’s Quilts is hosting a Colorful Butterflies BOM and it’s perfect for the paper piecing enthusiasts (and nature lovers) out there.  Each month’s pattern is free for that month, and can be ordered thereafter for a small fee.

Colorful Butterflies BOM @ Claudia's Quilts
Colorful Butterflies BOM @ Claudia’s Quilts

11.  Join Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side and Heather Valentine of The Sewing Loft for the Heartland Heritage BOM from Inspiring Stitches.  This adventure will follow the 2018 Heartland Heritage Calendar for each month’s pattern.  I bought this desktop calendar just because I needed a calendar, and I’m thrilled they’re doing a BOM with it!

Heartland Heritage BOM @ The Sewing Loft


12.  Let’s not leave out the embroidery fans.  Jenny of Elefantz Designs has a beautiful BOM, A Year In The Garden, that she designed.  On the first of every month, Jenny will share a new floral inspired block that you can download for free during the month of it’s release.  Afterwards, it can be purchased for $2 from her online shop.  This might be my motivation to practice my embroidery skills!

A Year In the Garden BOM by Jenny of Elefantz Designs

13.  If you want a shorter time commitment, then you’ll love the Star Spangled BOM hosted by Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  Lindsey will release block instructions for five months starting January 9 and ending May 29, 2018.  Kits are available at Fort Worth Fabric Studio, here.

Star Spangled BOM @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio
Star Spangled BOM @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio


14.  Last but not least is this beautiful BOM, Patchwork Barn Quilt, by Edyta Sitar for The Quilt Show.  This is a free program for Star members, and it’s well worth the cost of a membership.  I love the combination of applique and traditional piecing that goes into this quilt.  And all those blues make my heart sing!

Patchwork Barn Quilt BOM @ The Quilt Show, designed by Edyta Sitar
Patchwork Barn Quilt BOM @ The Quilt Show, designed by Edyta Sitar


Isn’t that an awesome and amazing list of programs for 2018?  I’ll try to update it throughout the year, so check back periodically.  If you know of any that I missed or you’re about to host your own, please leave a comment and share.

I’m so grateful for all of these designers, whether they’re free or paid subscriptions – they are truly works of art and bring joy to my heart!  May your 2018 be full of surprises, inspiration and lots (and lots) of quilting!

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  1. This was a great post. Picked up on 2 BOM’s – “A Year in the Garden” & the “Sweetest Things Sampler”, from sites I had never visited. Thank you!

  2. Oh Julie! Your are an awful person. I want to join them all! Thank-you for doing the leg work and finding all of thes BOM and the BOW.

  3. Thank you for sharing these programs and the Modern FMQ QAL! I’ll be listing over 40 that are going on in next week’s edition of my newsletter (for subscribers only – it will be posted for all on my blog in February). There are so many great QALs going on!

  4. Thank you so much Julie for all the wonderful info on the sew alongs in 2018. I am subscribed to some but didn’t know about the others. It was a great source of information. I can’t wait to see them all and decide how many I’m going to join. I’ll be busy this year!! Happy Sewing!

  5. As always, thanks for the inspiration. I signed up for the patchwork posses QAL. Looks like a great pattern to use up some of my Jelly Roll statch

    Happy new year!

  6. I forgot, Did you tag these bloggers someway for them to know they were shared? Or when you share a link do they automatically get a notice. Or do you message them to let them know? Any of the above? Would appreciate
    some help here. Thanks

  7. As soon as I saw the A Year In The Garden floral design, I knew that this is what I needed to begin embroidering again. I signed up right away for her newsletter. Thanks so much Julie!

  8. You are making it so hard for me to stay on my goal path. BUT, I’m going to go for the Year in the garden. Embroidery helps settle my anxiousness. So this one is a win win. Which brings me to a thank you for sharing these. Gotta go before I look at these again. Enjoy your Sunday.

  9. Thank you so much Julie for the lovely mention, it is very much appreciated. The quilt-along has been in the planning for such a while and it’s so good to be able to share it. So thankful for the lovely comments and mentions, thank you
    Have a lovely weekend and happy sewing x ☓

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