Here at Fons & Porter, we love Block of the Month quilts (BOMs). These carefully planned and paced quilt-making adventures seem to make it to the finish line much more often than their freestyle counterparts: regular quilt kits. The way a BOM project is broken up into segments, the extra hand-holding in the instructions, and the warm feeling of sewing with a group of like-minded quilters really can’t be beat! So with that in mind, we’d like to introduce you to some of the best Block of the Month quilt kits of 2017.
Ruby’s Garden, designed by Jean Nolte, is a 10-month program to make a queen/king size quilt that incorporates lots of unusual techniques. String piecing, a scalloped border, 3-D flowers, yo-yos, and bias binding are just some of the cool tricks used in making this quilt. Fabrics are from the Ruby’s Treasures collection by Paintbrush Studios, created in honor of Ruby Short McKim, a quilter famous for her 1920s and 30s quilts. Included in this BOM is access to 8 step-by-step free quilting video tutorials by Jenny Kae Parks, so you’ll have lots of help along the way. This program is sponsored by Fabri-Quilt.
Over the Meadow and Through the Year by Jan Patek is a whimsical, folksy queen/king size quilt that can take your appliqué skills to the next level and beyond. Jan’s monthly videos (free access with the BOM) are an awesome bonus value – it’s like having private quilting lessons all year long. This 12-month program is sponsored by Moda, and kits fabrics are all Moda as well. If you’ve ever wanted to learn or improve your hand appliqué skills, this is a super project for 2017.
Ribbon Floral by Jean Nolte is a queen/king-size medallion quilt featuring a center compass block with a kaleidoscope center. Techniques used in the quilt are foundation paper piecing and stitch-and-flip corners. The quilt also features two unique ribbon borders. Each month for 8 months participants receive a pattern and fabric to make a section of the quilt. Kits include fabric from the Ribbon Floral collection by Benartex, the program sponsor. Again, access to instructional free quilting video tutorials is included with this BOM. Jenny Kae Parks is the instructor, so you know you’ll get lots of tips and tricks to make this quilt a fun sew. With those beautiful ribbon borders, this is a show-stopping quilt.
And finally, here is Essex, our upcoming BOM. Lovely Quilting Treasures fabrics include the border paisley and lots of coordinating prints. Jenny Kae Parks will be the instructor for the included videos on this one, too, so make sure to keep checking back for those. They’ll be available shortly! We’re taking sign-ups for this BOM now and it starts shipping in April. Take a look at the details!
Have we convinced you to try a BOM in 2017? With so many beautiful quilts from which to choose, there’s something for everyone. Tell us in the comments about your block of the month quilts and experiences – we’d love to read your stories!
The Fons & Porter Team