Monday, March 12, 2012

Block of the Month 2011

I decided to spend a little bit of my Christmas money from 2010 in order to participate in the block of the month club at my local quilt store in 2011. For $20, I bought the pattern and the first block. As long as I came to one of the 'classes' (a.k.a. "we are going to try and sell you all of the new patterns and fabrics we got at the store in the last month") and had my block completed from the previous month, I received the next month's block free. I could choose between Civil War, Kansas Troubles, or batik fabrics.

I chose batik fabrics.

Each block involved different colors of batik fabrics, but the center of all of the blocks was a solid black square. I stretched myself and learned new techniques to make blocks I had never made before. I definitely learned a lot last year!













After I finished the last block, I worked on piecing together the quilt. I chose to use black and white for sashing and star points between the blocks. I was hoping to blend in the black centers of each block.

When quilted, it will be a lap-sized quilt for our living room.

I don't love all of the black, and I am sad that it looks like the sampler it is (although I don't know what I expected). I am planning on backing it in a minky fabric, so I know it will get lots of use.

I chose not to do the block of the month for 2012, because after paying the initial fee, for the finishing fabrics, and for the gas each month, I realized I could make a quilt that I really want to make. I have thought about building my stash of fabrics this year and making blocks from The Farmer's Wife. But, I haven't decided for sure yet.

Have you ever participated in a block of the month before? What did you think? Would you do it again?

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  1. this is awesome! i found you via chic on a shoestring and i can't wait to dig in! the burpcloths are such a great idea and better than buying the $12 little package of burp clothes. I'm gonna check out my local shops and see if they do block of the month.
    Come have a look and follow along if you like it!

  2. This is so pretty! I would love for you to link up at my linky party via:

    Mrs. Delightful