At the end of December, it is always hard to believe that the year went by so quickly. This year it practically swirled by. There was so much activity related to the Craftsy 2015 Block of the Month that those of us at the Studio hardly had time to blink our eyes. Craftsy has completed all 12 months of that program, but will be keeping the class on their roster so anyone can sign up and even watch all of the episodes at one time if you want. There are a lot of valuable tips and techniques that will help in any type of quilting you are interested in.
So now that the New Year is upon us, I am pleased to introduce you to the JINNY BEYER STUDIO 2016 Block of the Month, Cosmos.This is a FREE program available to anyone who is subscribed to our monthly newsletter. Each newsletter, which comes out the first Saturday of the month, will have a link to the pattern download for that month’s block. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter. Look for our next newsletter on January 2 to download the first pattern.
Altogether, the 2016 BOM has two main color schemes: red/gold or blue/teal. Each of those is available with a light or a dark background for a total combination of four quilts to choose from. The blocks are organized by level of difficulty with the easier ones coming first and the more difficult ones coming later in the year. Each month, we will refer to videos or quilt tips on our web site that will help you with the techniques in that month’s lesson.
Cosmos is a template-based pattern. A few of the pieces can be rotary cut and those are indicated in the individual patterns. However, because of the variance in the scale and design of the blocks there are a lot of odd-sized pieces that do not fit normal rotary cutting dimensions. We have put together Template Packs containing all six pages of templates already printed to scale onto Templar template plastic. These template packs are available on our website under the kit options for the quilt.
Two blocks are introduced in January along with general instructions. Many techniques are used each month including making and printing templates, the importance of grain line, hand piecing and more. I hope you will give it a try.