WHAT IS A BLOCK OF THE MONTH (BOM)?
HOW DOES THIS WORK?
Each month throughout 2022 (January–December) you’ll be emailed your link to download a detailed PDF Foundation Paper Pieced (FPP) pattern for a block in the Botanical Beauties quilt. When you join, you’ll immediately receive all blocks released to date so no need to feel like you missed something! You can make one block a month or “binge” sew whenever it’s convenient for you. This is a low-stress BOM sew along and we’ll all work at our own pace. Each month, we’ll practice our FPP skills and at the end of the year have a beautiful quilt top to show for it! I’ll be here with you on this adventure to encourage you but during any month if you don’t have time to finish the block, no worries.
In addition to the patterns, there will be other bonuses including monthly content on the blog where I’ll be sharing piecing tips, tricks, and inspiration. The bonus content will be up on my blog indefinitely. There are special hashtags on Instagram (#botanicalbeautiesquilt and #BotanicalBOM) so we can all check out everyone’s beautiful blocks come together and cheer one another on! We’ll also have the opportunity a few times a year to meet up on Zoom to meet quilters from all over the world who are working on this project, ask questions, and have a voluntary show & tell of blocks.
Included in the registration are instructions for two different block options in each month’s pattern. You decide which option you want to make depending on how you want to arrange your blocks—in a wreath (circle) arrangement or grid arrangement (or both). It’s like getting two patterns for the price of one!
Immediately after you purchase the Botanical Beauties Block of the Month, you’ll receive an email with the link to download the Welcome Packet, which includes detailed fabric requirements for all of the options as well as Coloring Sheets and other helpful planning information.
WAIT, THIS IS FOUNDATION PAPER PIECED (FPP)?
WHAT ABOUT THOSE CURVES?
YES! This is TOTALLY Foundation Paper Pieced (no curved piecing or applique).
The awesome thing about FPP, other than it being incredibly precise, is that you can sew a few straight lines near one another at angles and then it looks like it’s a curve. It’s an easy way to achieve these organic, curvy botanicals!
I’VE MADE A QUILT BEFORE, BUT I’M NEW TO FOUNDATION PAPER PIECING (FPP), COULD I DO THIS?
Yes—totally! If you know the basics of quilt piecing and are ready to learn and practice a new technique, you can make this. The blocks are geared towards experienced paper piecers, but if you’re an adventurous beginner, YOU CAN DO THIS! I break down these detailed blocks into easy to follow steps. We’ll gain experience with tiny pieces, piecing at different angles, and matching alignments. We had many beginner FPPers during the 2021 BOM —they all made beautiful blocks and learned new skills!
Full disclosure: if you like simple and fast quilt projects, this probably isn’t the project for you.
It is recommended that participants get familiar and practice FPP before we dig in. I have a free FPP video tutorial/mini-class here. While general FPP instructions are NOT included in the Botanical Beauties patterns, I will be sharing tips, tricks, and best practices that relate to the blocks (and can be used for other projects in the future) on my blog.
Wherever you are with your FPP skills, by the end of 2022, you’ll have lots more practice and improved your paper piecing skills. You’ll gain more piecing confidence while making beautiful, unique quilt blocks.
WHY SHOULD I REGISTER AND JOIN THE BOM + QUILT SEW ALONG? WILL I ENJOY THIS?
Each month, we’ll practice our foundation paper piecing skills and at the end of the year have a beautiful quilt top to show for it! See what other quilters had to say about the Around the World BOM + quilt sew along below. I’ll be here with you on this adventure to encourage you but during any month if you don’t have time to finish the block, no worries. Work at your own pace! Full disclosure: if you like simple and fast quilt projects, this probably isn’t the project for you.
We’ll also have an opportunity a few times a year to gather on Zoom and meet quilters from all over the world who are making the Botanical Beauties blocks. It’s a chance for us to gather informally, chat, and those who are comfortable can do a “show & tell” of their blocks.
Curious about other quilter’s experiences? Here are what some of the participants in the 2021 (Around the World) Block of the Month said:
“I am loving doing the Around the World Block of the Month quilt. I had not done paper piecing for years—and only a little when I did it. I found your video SO GOOD. I wanted to do a paper pieced quilt some months ago. Your video is just excellent. So clear. So carefully crafted. I actually found it very easy, enjoyable, and quite Zen once I got into it! I am looking forward to the next block! Thank you so much!” –Marilyn C.
“ I just wanna tell you again how much I am enjoying the Around the World block of the month project! I am yours girl – whatever is coming down the pike Count me in! Your talents are making me shine. Thank you!” –Donna B.
“Thank you for doing this BOM. I have loved it. I was able to keep up each month and couldn’t wait to see where we were “traveling” to each month. I loved the detailed directions and cutting recommendations. I found that I loved cutting all of the pieces in advance which made the sewing much easier. I have done FPP in the past, but never a whole quilt. I am so excited to finish this and put it together. I can’t wait until January for your the next quilt! Thank you for a great experience!” –Doreen P
“ I have absolutely enjoyed making each block! Regarding Paper Piecing : The instructions are so well explained and detailed, very easy to grasp. ” –Alejandra A
“I don’t even know where to start. This is most fun I have ever had on a quilt project. I literally was so excited the first of every month when the new block came out. From picking the fabric to sewing the block I had so much fun! This is the first time I’ve done a BOM of the month and I loved it. Most sew alongs are weekly and since I still work full-time they do not fit my schedule. But having a whole month for each block worked perfectly for me. The pattern and instructions were well done and easy to follow.” – LaTanya B
“This BOM is my first FPP project and I was relatively new to quilting when I started. I am loving this monthly project and get excited each month to receive the email with the next pattern. The flexibility of being able to complete the blocks on my my own schedule has been really helpful, I just print the patterns when I get them so I am ready when I find the time. The instructions are very detailed and, as a newbie to FPP, the monthly tips and tricks videos sent with the patterns have been so helpful. Loving this project overall and considering the 2022 BOM!” – Emily A.
WHAT IS THE TOTAL COST AND WHAT DO I RECEIVE?
For $69.95 total (a one-time charge), you’ll receive:
• 12 Foundation Paper Pieced (FPP) Quilt Block PDF patterns
With each block you’ll get instructions for to how piece the blocks two ways—for the wreath (circle) layout and the grid layout. Immediately after purchasing, you will receive an email with a link to download the Welcome Packet in Adobe PDF format so you can start planning!
• Monthly Tutorials and Tips
Each month you’ll be able to access my tips and tricks for paper piecing for that month’s block on the blog. We’ll piece the blocks together each month. You’ll be sure to sharpen your foundation paper piecing skills while having fun!
• Exclusive Online Zoom Get Togethers
Connect with me and other quilters face to face from the comfort of your home. I’ll be hosting a series of Zoom get togethers so we can do “show and tells” of our blocks, meet new quilters, and exchange encouragement.
• Planning Resources
Use one of my planned colorways or create your own color scheme with the supplied coloring sheets. Use the same fabrics that I used—download the fabric requirements and specifications here or plan your own. This pattern is perfect for all types of quilting fabric—solids, blenders, prints, or a combination. For those who like to keep it loose: plan as you go and use what you have in your stash or pick up fabric as we go along.
• Instructions for Putting It All Together
Instructions will be included for how to make the blocks into a throw size quilt (70” x 70” for wreath layout, 54” x 57” for grid layout). Sew your blocks into a quilt or incorporate them into other projects—mini quilts, wall decor, placemats, bags… the options are endless!
• Lots of Fun and Skill Building
This Block of the Month was designed for quilters who have some experience with foundation paper piecing (FPP) and are looking for a fun but challenging project. That said, beginners are totally welcome as I’ll be sharing all of my tips and tricks. Wherever you are with your FPP skills, by the end of 2022, you’ll practice paper piecing and gain more piecing skills and confidence. I’ll be here to share all of my tips and cheer you on every step of the way. We’ll all go at our own pace. There’s no pressure to finish the block each month, but for those who want to keep to a schedule we’ll keep each other accountable and have a finished quilt top by the end of the year.
WHAT SIZE ARE THE BLOCKS?
WHAT SIZE IS THE FINISHED QUILT?
With each block you’ll get instructions for to how piece the blocks two ways—for the wreath (circle) arrangement and the grid arrangement. Make one type of block each month, or BOTH! You don’t have to choose.
Wreath (circle) option:
Block sizes vary (triangle and quadrilateral shapes: 18” x 28½”, 25¼” x 25½”, and 35½” x 17½”)
Finished quilt measures 70” x 70”
Blocks measure 10½” x 15½” (unfinished)
Finished quilt measures 54” x 57”
Want to make a larger quilt (like a twin or a queen)? Just add a bigger border.
I HAVE SOOOO MANY QUILTS. IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE I CAN MAKE WITH THE BLOCKS?
I totally get it! The grid blocks (unfinished size: 10½” x 15½” each) are super flexible. Here are just some of the things I can imagine making with them:
• placemats (just add a border)
• table runner
• wall art (framed or unframed)
• mini quilts or swap quilts
• incorporate into a bag or a garment
Do you have another idea for a Botanical Beauties project? What do you plan on making? Email me and let me know!
WHAT ARE THE FABRIC REQUIREMENTS AND WHAT FABRICS DID YOU USE FOR YOUR QUILTS?
Fabric requirements depend on which option of the quilt you’re planning on making.
Click here to download the PDF with the fabric requirements and see which fabrics I used for all of the options.
Here are some of the fabrics I used (and will be using) to make my Botanical Beauties quilts — all of the details and specifications are listed in the PDF link above:
• Art Gallery Fabrics PURE Solids + Elements
• Andover Fabrics/Alison Glass Sunprint 2021 + Kaleidoscope / Century Solids
• Ruby Star Society Speckled
• Moda Grunge
CAN I BUY A FABRIC KIT FROM YOU?
I don’t sell fabric, but I’ve teamed up with some fabulous quilt shops that do!
Here are a few shops that offer various fabric options (my recommendations and others options too). They are familiar with the Botanical Beauties Block of the Month and can help with fabric. If you don’t see a specific option listed on their website, give them a call or email and they can assist you:
I’M HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME CHOOSING WHICH OPTION TO MAKE. ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR DECIDING?
The good news is that you don’t have to decide when you register. Both options are included when you sign up. It’s like getting two patterns for the price of one!
Each month, you’ll receive instructions and paper pieces for for two different block options. You’ll make one or the other (or both) depending on how you want to arrange your blocks—in a wreath/circle arrangement or grid arrangement. Towards the end of the year, you’ll also receive assembly instructions for arranging the blocks and completing the quilt top design.
If you love both arrangements but only pick one, here are some things to consider:
Each month’s block for the wreath/circle arrangement requires a bit of paper template assembly for the background. It’s not difficult (and I’ll be giving all of my tips), but it will take a little bit of extra prep time and paper each month. Conversely, when it comes time to piece all of the blocks together to assemble the quilt top, no additional cutting or fabric is required. The individual block sizes for the wreath/circle arrangement vary (large triangle and quadrilateral shapes) that all fit together at the end to complete the circle.
For those of you who love negative space in your quilts and blocks that aren’t arranged in a traditional grid, this is the arrangement for you!
I had a lot of fun quilting the background using my walking foot by starting towards the middle then marking and following a dodecagon (12-sided shape). I then echo-quilted using multiple thread colors. This quilting plan gives a lovely circular motif in the background that accentuates the wreath arrangement of the botanicals.
While I love walking foot quilting, many quilters have reached out letting me know how excited they are to piece the top and then free-motion quilt or long arm quilt. With all of that negative space, the options for quilting are endless!
For quilters who like their blocks to be arranged in a more traditional grid for a throw quilt or want to make blocks for other projects like runners, placemats, or to incorporate into other projects this is the option for you! Each block measures 10½” x 15½” (unfinished).
The grid arrangement blocks allow for lots of options for customizing fabric selections (both the botanicals and the block backgrounds). The detailed fabric requirements included in the Welcome Packet and each month’s block makes it easy for you change the background color of each block. Check out the fabric requirements and fabric options/assignments I used for three different grid options here.
You’ll also have the choice to leave your blocks at 90 degrees or do a little bit more piecing and incorporate the OPTIONAL irregular, rounded corners. It’s totally up to you!
CAN I GIVE A REGISTRATION AS A GIFT?
Yes! Giving the experience of making is an awesome gift—and one that lasts a whole year and beyond. How wonderful is to have an heirloom quilt at the end of the experience? To purchase a registration as a gift, be sure to check the “Is this a Gift?” box at checkout.
MY GUILD OR GROUP OF QUILTING FRIENDS WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS BOM/SEW ALONG TOGETHER. ANYTHING WE SHOULD KNOW?
This is a great project for groups of quilters to experience and work on together! For the 2021 BOM, quilting friends gathered together regularly on their own either in-person or on Zoom, sewing together while chatting and having fun.
Please note that each quilter must purchase their own registration to the Block of the Month. Sharing the patterns, instructions, and related materials is not permitted. The patterns are provided for the registered quilter’s individual use only. By purchasing the BOM registration, the buyer agrees not to copy, reproduce or distribute copies or reproductions of this pattern to any person or group, or to allow others to do so.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PATTERNS?
Immediately after you purchase the Botanical Beauties Block of the Month, you’ll receive an email receipt with a link to download the Welcome Packet along with any blocks released to date. The remaining blocks will be emailed the 1st of the month throughout 2022. Quilt top assembly instructions will be sent out with the December block.
I CAN’T WAIT TO GET STARTED. IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO TO START PLANNING BEFORE THE FIRST BLOCK ARRIVES?
I’m as excited to get started as you are! You can start planning and getting ready by:
1. Decide which arrangement you want to make (wreath/circle or grid) or both! Instructions and paper pieces for both arrangements will be available in each month’s pattern.
2. Use the Botanical Beauties Coloring Sheets (included in the Welcome Packet, available for immediate download after registration). Play with color placement either by using colored pencils or arranging fabric swatches.
3. Think about your fabric selection— gather your fabric each month as you make the blocks, use what you have and make the blocks scrappy, or collect all of your fabric ahead of time. I have the detailed specifications of what I used for all of my quilts here as well as in the Welcome Packet. Need a recommendation for where to get fabric? I’ve got you covered! See above “Can I Buy a Fabric Kit From You?” for info.
4. Get excited and share the love! Download the “I’m In!” buttons by clicking on and then saving the graphic below. Share your excitement and the love on your social media. Be sure to include the tags: #BotanicalBOM and #BotanicalBeautiesQuilt
I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS!
I’d love to help you. Please send me an email and ask away!