Blocks of the month offered by some wonderful quilt designers, for free, and those by paid subscription, are a great solution for me to feel like I’m getting a lot done without a lot of effort!
I cannot sew for long periods of time, and I can’t cut or press for long periods of time. The idea of making a quilt in a weekend, or even a week, would be a goal that would just frustrate me.
By following the patterns offered on a monthly basis, I can pretty quickly cut and sew the block, and feel like I got something accomplished that day. I enjoy seeing the quilt grow, and using my stash for making up the blocks. Here’s a pic of the blocks done in January and February -
The two on the left column are from My Quilt Village, and will be a wallhanging. The star in the upper middle column is from Women of Influence, the Kansas City Star 2009 block of the month (This one does cost $3 for each month as a pdf download, and comes with a little history about a “woman of influence” in the later 1800s. Below the star are the first two blocks of Beth Ferrier’s b.o.m. Now and Forever. The upper right corner is a Pearl P. Perrera mystery quilt (register or sign in to the message board to access the blocks), and the baskets are from Anne Sutton’s Bunny Hill Designs called A Tisket A Tasket.