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Dec 27, 2012

Sisters' Ten BOM: The Details

Dec 27, 2012
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Sisters Ten BOM 1

With all the holiday hustle and bustle behind us, it's time to start thinking about new projects.  The Sisters' Ten Block of the Month Club is kicking off just in time.  There is nothing like starting a new project with a fresh new year.  Let me tell you the nitty gritty of Sisters' Ten...

The Sisters' Ten Blocks.
This Block of the Month quilt has a theme centered around your favorite women.  Be it a Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Sister or Friend.  We all have a woman that we look up to and aspire to be like.  These ten quilt blocks all honor those women, using their name as the block name.  Sister's Choice, Grandmother's Frame.  Quilts are a great way to commemorate these women.

The Design.
Sisters Ten BOM layout

Frequently Asked Questions.
1.  When are the new block tutorials released?  Each month, a new block tutorial will post on the first Friday of the month.

2.  How long does the BOM run?  This BOM will run one year.  January though October will have block tutorials.  November and December will be spent finishing the quilt.

3.  How many blocks are there in the quilt?  Each "half" of the quilt has 10 blocks.  There will be 10 block tutorials.  We will make 2 of each block during the month.

4.  What size is the finished quilt?  There are two finished sizes of the quilt depending on the block size you choose.
                Lap.  60" x 60" (9" finished blocks)
                Large Twin  78" x 78" (12" finished blocks)

5.  What size are the blocks?  You may choose to make the blocks as either 9"x 9" (Lap) or 12"x 12" (Large Twin) finished.  Cutting instructions will be given for both sizes.

6.  What are the fabric requirements?  

  • 9 fat quarters
  • 3 yards background and sashing
Large Twin.
  • 12 fat quarters
  • 4 5/8 yards background and sashing
I will be using Lucky Penny by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics.  I have the full FQ bundle, so I will use more prints than just the 12 required.  I will also be using any leftover fabric for the backing. 
Lucky Penny FQ bundle
7.  I like the Sisters' Ten blocks, but prefer a more traditional setting.  Can I still join?  Absolutely!  You are more than welcome to make blocks along with us throughout the year, and if you prefer, set the blocks in a more traditional manner (i.e. 3 x 4 rows with cornerstones for example).  It's really up to you.  However, I will only be giving finishing instructions for the modern layout above.

You can make only one set of the blocks (instead of two), and then add in two additional ones of your choice for 12 total for the traditional BOM 3 x 4 setting.  -OR- make all 20 blocks and lay them out in a 4 x 5 row grid.  Let your creativity flow!

8.  It's already halfway through the year.  Can I still join?  No problem!  Block of the Month Clubs online are great because you can really work at your own pace.  No one is going to prevent you from skipping a block because you don't like it or working at your own pace, be it ahead or behind.

To me, quilting is fun and about interpretation.  I am providing the tutorials to you as a guide.  Feel free to adapt them to your liking.  After all, YOU are the person who will keep the quilt or gift it to a loved one.

9.  Is there a flickr group for this BOM?  Yes - please join the Sisters' Ten flickr group here.  It is more fun when we can share our fabric selections, progress and blocks with each other.

Looking for some fabric for Sisters' Ten?  Look no further!

Brenda at Pink Castle Fabrics is carrying Lucky Penny, Salt Water, Bloomsbury Gardens, Ikebana and other new collections perfect for a BOM.

Peg at Sew Fresh Fabrics is also carrying Lucky Penny, Salt Water, and Simply Color.  All great considerations.

Be sure to check out both shops if you're in need of some FQs!

What do you think?  Sound like fun?  I hope you'll join me!  I am so excited to be starting this new and funky BOM with you.  The first block instructions go up on Friday, January 4.  If you have any questions, please leave me a comment.  I will try to address all getting started questions here in this post for all to read.

I can't wait!

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  1. LOVE this modern setting! Looking forward to starting :)

  2. I'm loving this idea. I've a layer cake in my stash I want to use that I have some extra fabric to go with. Do you think I could adopt a layer cake?

    1. Thanks for asking Patty. Unfortunately, I would not recommend using a layer cake for this project unless you want a VERY scrappy look. The 10" squares of layer cakes do not have enough of each print if you need several HSTs, for example. If you don't mind scrappiness, you could give it a try - but I would suggest picking up a couple extra fat quarters to supplement with when needed.

  3. I love too the setting and can´t wait to star but first I need to buy background fabrics

  4. I am so ready to get started! I need background fabric too.

  5. I have never done a block of the month and really want to! I see that Pink Castle is out of fat quarter bundles, what is the next step. I am fairly new to all of this. Thanks

    1. I ended up ordering 12 from Sew Fresh. I can't WAIT for it to arrive!!!!

  6. Love that layout AM! So modern - you've got a fabulous eye for design! I need to look through my stash and see if I have 9 (or 12?!) FQs laying around that match :-) Possibly some Circa 52... hmmm

  7. Sounds great! I'm looking forward to seeing how this unfolds.

  8. Love this quilt! Looking forward to giving it a shot!

  9. I have subscribed through my Google reader so I will get all your posts and BOM's. Can't wait to get started--I have tons of fat quarters and fat 1/8ths that I have been wanting to use--it is so hard to cut into beautiful fabric but your blocks look like they would be worth the pain. :)

  10. Yay! I have been wanting to do one of these for a while now! I'm so excited to get started!!

  11. I have ordered fabric enough for two for my mom and baby sis. Will be amazing gifts next Christmas!


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