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Nov 11, 2013

Vice Versa Block of the Month Club: The Details

Nov 11, 2013
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Today is the day!  The unveiling of 2014's Block of the Month - the Vice Versa BOM.  Oh, I could hardly sleep last night. :)

Here are all the details for the Vice Versa Block of the Month Club, starting in January 2014.  I hope you'll join me!

An annual subscription for the BOM is available here.  All patterns are PDF downloads, automatically emailed to you each month.  When you subscribe, a Vice Versa Introduction PDF (All important information and Guide to Choosing Fabrics) is emailed right away.

The Vice Versa Blocks.
The blocks used in this Block of the Month project were chosen for their polarity.  The ability to construct the blocks with positive and negative space - and then invert them.  With each block, there will be two sides to each coin.  One where you put the background fabrics in the most "common" locations.  The second block will be the reverse - putting the color in the background.

The blocks above are the same exact block.  A star within a star.  The left and right blocks are inverses of each other.  Yin and yang if you will.  They are opposing, yet complimentary blocks.  And when the two combine, the whole is greater than the separate blocks by far.

The Design.
A fun and funky layout for the BOM - blocks will be set on-point.  Look closely, there are only 9 blocks.  8 blocks have a "twin" - it's inverse.  The 9th block is the striped block that acts as bookends.

Frequently Asked Questions.
1.  When are the new block patterns released?  Each month in 2014, a new block pattern will release on the first Friday of the month.  If you are a subscriber, the pattern will automatically be emailed to you on this day.

The Vice Versa BOM will contain:
  • An Introduction - all important information and guide to choosing fabrics
  • Instructions for cutting larger background negative space and sashing
  • 9 Block Patterns (1 each month)
  • Instructions for Assembling the Quilt Top - On-point setting
  • Suggestions for quilting the quilt

2.  How long does the BOM run?  This BOM will run for 11 months.  January though September will have block patterns each month.  October and November will be spent finishing the quilt.

3.  How many blocks are there in the quilt?  There will be 9 block patterns.  We will make 2 of each block during the month.  The exception is the last month - the striped block.  We will need more of those!

4.  What size is the finished quilt?  There are two finished sizes of the quilt depending on the block size you choose.
                Lap.  56.5" x 56.5" (9" finished blocks)
                Large Twin  73.5" x 73.5" (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 skill level is Vice Versa?  Vice Versa BOM is a Confident Beginner - Intermediate level quilt pattern.  We will build these skills: work on color and value within blocks, master block basics like half-square triangles, flying geese, hourglass, stitch-n-flip, and on-point block setting.  The blocks are in order of increasing difficulty.

7.  What are the fabric requirements?  


  •  3/4 yd each of 5 colors – OR-- 15 fat quarters total (3 FQs each of 5 colors)
  • 1 3/4 yds white
  • 2 1/4 yards background and sashing
Large Twin.
  • 1 yd each of 5 colors – OR-- 20 fat quarters total (4 FQs each of 5 colors)
  • 2 1/4 yds white
  • 3 1/4 yards background and sashing

8.  I like the Vice Versa blocks, but prefer a more traditional setting.   Can I still join?  Absolutely!  You are more than welcome to join the BOM.  If you prefer, set the blocks in a more traditional manner.  However, I will only be giving finishing instructions for the modern layout above.  

9.  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 you with the patterns 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.

10.  Is there a flickr group for this BOM?  Yes - please join the Vice Versa flickr group here.  It is more fun when we can share our fabric selections, progress and blocks with each other.  Also, if you are on Instagram, use #viceversabom to share with us there.

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 will be available on Friday, January 3, 2014.  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.

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Come back here next Monday....
In one week, on Monday, Nov. 18, I will post color inspirations and some bundles being offered by gXq sponsors for the BOM.  I am so excited to be using Art Gallery Pure Elements Solids for my quilt!  (More details on fabric selections next week!)

Purchase your subscription today, and you will automatically be emailed the Vice Versa BOM Introduction and Guide to Choosing Fabrics.  
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  1. I'm signed up.. Can't wait until January to get started!

  2. This sounds like fun- I will sign up.

    A quick question: What do you think about using the same color for the background and the white portion?

    1. Absolutely! Go for it! This would be a very classic modern look. I personally chose to make the background lavender and the block background white b/c I have done a bajillion white quilts in the past 2 years, and wanted something different.

      Using white would certainly look crisp and polished. :) It's entirely up to you!

  3. How do I sign up for 1 block at a time?

    1. Hi Shawn- On the first Friday of the Month, each month's Vice Versa Block pattern will be available for individual sale. You will have to come to my site and purchase it in my pattern shop. January's block will be in my shop on 1/3/2014. In early December, I will also make the Introduction/Color Choosing guide available for those that want the pay-as-you-go option.

      If you want the patterns automatically emailed to you, then signing up for the annual subscription is the way to go...

  4. I'm all signed up! Looking forward to it!

  5. I'm so excited for my first block of the month! First thing in the morning I will sign up for the package deal! And grab my button, and join the flick group...yes, Instagram too!

  6. AM-
    You've done it again!! This one looks great and I'll be signing up for the year soon! You rock!
    Thanks! Can't wait to do this one (and finish this year's! - almost there!)

    1. Awww..thanks Judy! So glad you like it! :) It's going to be a blast!

  7. This looks like fun! And I love the colors you chose - that lavender sets it all off so perfectly.

  8. I signed up hope I get the information in the requested email.

  9. I signed up hope I get the information in the requested email.

    1. Let me know if you do not receive the Introduction..

  10. I have not received my information. Signed up on the 13th.

    1. Please send me an email at I need to know the email address you used to sign up with - should be the same as your paypal. I can't respond directly to you - so I hope you see this!

  11. Ooh, I love this. Even better than 2013, in which I was unable to participate. I can see this with Halloween fabrics from my huge Halloween stash - striped blocks already done from striped fabric with candy corn, pale colours out of tone on tone spider fabric and tone on tone pumpkin fabric. So much fun.

    Thank you so much for doing this. You rock. :)

  12. I signed up for this BOM. I really like the lay out of the blocks in this one. My 11-year-old son is helping with color selection. He likes that this is modern and thinks it looks cool. I often as for his opinion when I am working on a project. We are having fun picking colors together. Can't wait for the first block! Thank you.


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