Star and Plume Block of the Month
Starts again June 15!

48 nine-inch Blocks, finishes at 66x88 inches
(optional outside border will increase size to a queen sized quilt)
2 blocks per month
Includes extensive instructions, patterns, finishing tips and quilting suggestions
Techniques include 4-patches, half-square triangles, quarter square triangles,
set-in seams, curved piecing, diamonds, paper foundation piecing, English Paper Piecing, and hand and machine appliqué.|
Cost: $5.00 per month (patterns only, fabric not included)

A new BOM will be starting on June 15th, 2016.
Sign up now to get on board!


Over the years I've had many people approach me to get the pattern for this scrappy sampler quilt: "Star and Plume".  I made it to illustrate the lyrics to the song I wrote of the same name: 48 blocks telling the story (through the block names) of a happy-ending encounter between our favourite quilty gal Sunbonnet Sue and an evil, thieving, "slasher" guy.  Sue "outguns" him (thanks to blocks like Bear's Paw, Indian Hatchet and Anvil), and they live happily ever after - together. The blocks designs mostly came from Barbara Brackman's wonderful book "Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns".

The idea of writing a pattern for this quilt was daunting - it's really a book, and I've been quite overwhelmed with the work involved to write it all up.  I see it as an instruction book for many of the essential skills for quilters who want to get better at - and be less fearful of -  tackling new and more challenging blocks.

So I have decided to offer this as a Block of the Month. It will last for 24 months, with the patterns for two blocks sent each month. I will send the PDF patterns and instructions out via email, so there won't be any shipping costs involved.  I won't be including fabric, so that each quilt will reflect the stash, scrap bag and taste of its maker, but there will be lots and lots of valuable technique information and advice.  I'll also be available to answer any questions from participants. This is not a beginner quilt, but, through making the blocks, beginners can learn how to be better quilters.  My own learning curve, while making it, was huge.

What will you make?
The quilt is made up of 48 nine-inch blocks, mostly traditional, with sashing and cornerstone blocks.  It measures 68x88 inches finished, just a little bigger than the top of a queen sized mattress.  This could be augmented to a larger size by adding an outside border.

What will you learn?
Four-patch and Nine-patch construction, chain piecing, set-in circles (for Drunkard's Path), half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, foundation paper piecing, curved piecing, set-in seams (ie for Lone Star), diamonds, English Paper Piecing, and machine and hand appliqué.

What do you need?
A sewing machine, cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter. Sewing machine feet: 1/4" foot, embroidery foot.  Access to a photocopier and printer.  A stash in your chosen colours. A binder to keep all the patterns in one place. Each pattern will tell you exactly what you need to successfully complete the project, with pictures.

By the end, you will have a binder full of essential information, tips and techniques to help you make quilts forever.

I'll be hosting a Facebook group for everyone to join.  There, members will be able to share pictures of the blocks as they are made.