Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Introducing the Lucky Stars block of the month club

Good morning! I'm super excited to tell you that after all the encouragement I got last week from you guys, I decided to jump right in and host a paper pieced stars block of the month club for 2013, called Lucky Stars :)


Club members will get a PDF pattern for the block of the month on the 1st of every month, beginning on January 1st. The PDF patterns will include detailed piecing instructions, with photographs and diagrams, as well as the block template(s). You will receive two sets of block templates each month, one for a 12" finished block and one for a 6" finished block, giving you lots of flexibility for using these blocks not only in your BOM quilt but in other patchwork projects as well. To give you an idea of other ways to use these blocks, I used several 6" blocks to create zipper pouches for holiday gifts this year.

Pouchesmosaic

On December 26th, club members will receive a bonus practice block pattern, with basic paper piecing instructions to help you get started or brush up on paper piecing. I will be right there with each of you throughout the year to help you master this fantastic, fun quilting skill. And that's not all! I will be hosting Google Hangout chats throughout the year for members to chat and have a chance to share their successes, as well as any troubles that they're running into, with me and other club members.


From today until January 5th, I am going to run a special on membership for the BOM club - for only $10, you'll receive a total of 25 paper pieced star PDF templates, as well as support from yours truly. After January 5th, club registration will go up to $15 for the year.

What will you need for the club? Well, for starters, you'll need a computer and printer to print your patterns on. Unlike most PDF patterns that you can simply read from your computer or chosen e-reader, you will need to print the paper templates to sew on in order to work on each month's block. You'll also need some fabric that you love. How much? Good question. :) Foundation paper piecing is notorious for using up a lot of fabric, but I will be providing cutting instructions for each block to minimize waste.

Here is rough estimate of the fabric you'll need for the club:
* 35-40 various fat quarters, or 9-10 half-yard cuts of your choice
* 4 yds background fabric for blocks
* 1 1/4 yds for sashing and borders

I'll be raiding my stash for this quilt, for an eclectic, scrappy look, with various low volume prints and light colors for my background fabrics.

What do you say, are you ready to paper piece along with me? Click here to sign up for the club, and make sure to join the Stitching with Don't Call Me Betsy Flickr group to share your progress and chat with other BOM'ers. Make sure to grab a button, too! I'm really excited about giving this BOM a try, I sure hope that you're excited too :)

Lucky Stars BOM Button


40 comments:

  1. Just signed up! I've been admiring your stars! Can't wait to start!

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  2. Oh I think I'm in. This sounds like so much fun!

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  3. Great idea, I'll look forward to seeing the different interpretations :o)

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  4. So excited. I just signed up. Can't wait to get started. Thanks for putting it together.

    Lisa Langford
    www.thescrapbucketquilter.blogspot.com

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  5. I am in. My sister sent me this on Facebook. (yay, I got to follow your blog).

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  6. Good idea! Looks like some cool blocks!

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  7. This looks fantastic! Since I don't have an bees this year, I am making these for me :-)

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  8. I'm in! Looks like fun. I'm going bee-less this year so this is a just great for me. I might even cut into my Liberty of London for this...

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  9. I have just signed up. Sounds like fun. Thank you

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  10. oh! i´m so happy!!
    i´ve just signed in
    greetings from Argentina

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  11. Oh-so excited, thank you!! I hope I can create stars as lovely as yours! I'm looking forward to starting.

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  12. I am keen to sign up too. Paper piecing is my new fav way of making blocks at the moment.

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  13. I am only doing this because its you, NO I dont know you that well, and you dont know me that well but you were very kind to me on a purchase and a project and since then, I love cha, so welcome Texas ,,, I hate stars did I say that.. but I made and incredible Paper piece one that took 2 stitches per sq, so heck I can learn to love them.

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  14. This is exactly what I needed to get me going on paper piecing. I have only done a few blocks but have had a goal to get more comfortable with it. I am sure by the end of the year I will be feeling pretty good!! Thanks Elizabeth!!! I am so excited ;)

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  15. do you think this is a beginner project? i haven't had a chance to try paper piecing yet.

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  16. I'm so in! Thanks for the push!

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  17. I just signed up! I've never paper pieced before, but I love these stars, so hopefully this will be a good introduction.

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  18. I signed up as soon as I saw this post. I can't wait! I've never paper pieced before, but I just love the blocks, and I had to sign up!

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  19. Just signed up - really looking forward to this. I've done a tiny (tiny) amount of EPP before, but really need more practice and guidance! Excited now :)

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  20. Just signed up - figured this would be a good way to learn paper piecing in a more structured way - and what a blessing to have other people to steer me in the right direction. Happy Holidays!

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  21. OHhhh...Darn it...I am probably going to join.....I have too much to do, but this is sooo tempting!!!!!

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  22. For just 12 blocks - this sounds like A LOT of fabric:

    * 35-40 various fat quarters, or 9-10 half-yard cuts of your choice
    * 4 yds background fabric for blocks
    * 1 1/4 yds for sashing and borders

    Is there a reason you need so many FQs and so much background fabric? I only made the paper piecing block in your Sewing Summit class but it didn't seem to take up a yard of fabric.

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  23. Signed up! I've wanted to lean how to paper piece, and stars are just about my favorite things when it comes to quilts SO, obviously I had to join! :D

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  24. Just signed up. Love the variety of stars. I want to make mine out of solids and grays like your picture but we'll see what I come up with. Looking forward to this!

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  25. Oh boy. Well....I do want to. I really do. But I have never ever done paper piecing before and I'm not even sure I know exactly what it is. And I signed up for a creative writing course at the college starting next month, and I'm already in two bees. Dare I take this on?

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  26. just signed up.I have too much to do but it's so exciting

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  27. I signed up but haven't received the extra block...will it be emailed, or do I need to go somewhere to download it?

    Thanks so much! Looking forward to this!

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  28. I just commited to this QAL. SOunds like fun and one I hope to keep up with. Jane

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