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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Explanation of the BOM 2009-2010

BOM 2009-2010 at Frank’s Sewing Center
The name of the new Block of the Month is, A Quilt of Blessings. It was designed by Wendy Rieves for Frank’s Sewing Center. This is the fifth block of the month she had done at Frank’s.
The block of the month meeting lasts about 45 min to 1 hour. The meeting starts with show and tell, by members. Wendy then shows new things that are in the store. The meeting usually concludes with an explanation of how the block goes together. A recipe is included in the Block of the Month color hand out and samples of the recipe are served. During the year there are other little project instructions that are given out as well as fabric exchanges between members. Frank’s Sewing Center offers a 20% discount to members for the day of the club.
The new Block of the Month at Frank’s Sewing Center will begin in February. Participants can choose to come on the second Tuesday of the month at 1 PM or the second Friday of the month at 6PM. The first meeting for the Tuesday group will be Feb 10th and for the Friday group it will be Friday the 13th.
This quilt consists of 14, 12” blocks, two of which are the same block, with a center larger medallion square.Each month a different block will be given out. Wendy’s tries to have a different aspect of quilting taught through each block. In A Quilt of Blessings, there will explanations on how to use an Easy Angle ruler, strip piecing, half square triangles, quarter square triangle, curved piecing, paperless paper piecing, Tri Rex blocks and so much more.
Participants can choose to get the block patterns and use their own fabric for a cost of $50 for the 14 months or pick up fabric from Wendy for the blocks for a fee of $90. You can also pay $7 a month (the month of the medallion block will be $10). Setting triangles, sashing and borders are not included in the cost.
Members will also be required to own an Easy Angle Ruler and a Companion Angle Ruler. Quilters who are buying pre cut fabric from Wendy will provide 1 yard of their own gold background fabric and 1 yd of black (Kaufman, Kona Black is recommended, purchase 2 ½ yds if a black border and binding are desired) This way if a mistake is made in piecing or when weird pieces are needed for paper piecing, this fabric can be used. Members will also be asked to put some of this gold and black in some of the pieced blocks. If all this is confusing, don’t worry, it will all be explained at the first meetings.
Quilters can do anything they want with the blocks. There is no requirement to make it as it is shown. Creativity is encouraged. In the past, people have made table runners, window valences, baby quilts, and wall hangings from their blocks. Directions for completing A Quilt of Blessings, as made by Wendy will be available at the conclusion of the project.
In April we will do a fabric exchange of 3” strips so people can border their blocks as in Wendy’s quilt.
If you are interested in joining this Block of the Month, email Wendy at wrieves@aol.com. Indicate to her if you plan on using your own fabric or purchasing blocks. Fees will be collected at the first meeting. Last time there were 70 people who joined in the Block of the Month fun! Space is limited so sign up soon.

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