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New Block of the Month for 2017

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For the last several years I have been offering a free block of the month quilt pattern to subscribers to our monthly newsletter.

A few months ago, we sent out a survey asking what type and style of project you would like to see for next year’s Block of the Month and we have taken your suggestions to heart. The most popular design ideas were:

  • Wall hanging
  • Medallion style
  • Piecing and appliqué
  • Mystery quilt

For 2017, we have listened and took your suggestions. Instead of a full size quilt, the project is smaller, only 47” x 47”. It is medallion style and it is a mystery quilt with both appliqué and piecing. Instead of a block each month there will be portions of the design to put together.

I have designed the quilt to be a learning experience and it incorporates various piecing techniques so that by the time you finish you will be able to tackle any patchwork project.

Many of you know that I sew all my quilts by hand. One of the reasons is that handwork is portable and you can take it anywhere you go. I have seen a real resurgence of interest in hand piecing the last couple of years and this quilt is a great project to do by hand even if you have never tried hand piecing before. Each clue is a learning step to the next one and, if you choose to sew by hand, by the end of the year you will be an expert. If you prefer sewing by machine, the pattern is written for both hand and machine sewers.


Taping Take Two
Our classroom was transformed into a film studio to produce the videos for the new BOM mystery quilt. We were lucky to find a videographer right in our neighborhood, Adam Vogtman.


We will begin with simply sewing a straight line, then joining four points, curves, eight points, setting in seams, appliqué and so on. There will be video clips to go along with the clues with links to these in each newsletter. The quilt is not a huge project and you should easily be able to complete each clue during the month.

I have designed this quilt in the four colorways shown above. You can pre-order your kit and it will be shipped starting January 20th, so by the time the first clue comes out in February you will be ready to start!

In order to receive all the clues for the BOM, you must be a subscriber to our free monthly newsletters. The links to all patterns and videos will only be in our newsletter. If you have not yet signed up you can do so here.

Watch for more information on this program in Saturday’s newsletter. I hope you are as excited about this as we are.

190 thoughts on “New Block of the Month for 2017

  1. I would like to participate in the mystery bom. Is it too late

    1. No, it is not too late. You can sign up for our monthly newsletter here and when the August newsletter arrives the first Saturday of the month in your inbox, you will be able to download all previous clues and watch the videos.

  2. I am not receiving your posts on Moroccan quilt series, have been saving money to buy fabric to make and june was last time I received ant information??????

    1. Hi Diane, I don’t see your e-mail address that is listed above as being on the newsletter distribution list. Please e-mail to confirm the e-mail address and we will make sure you get signed up. At that time, they should be able to send you the August newsletter so that you can get caught up.

  3. I have had this package of block of the month for sometime now. I keep requesting your newsletter so I can follow along and see the videos of how to assemble. Still have’nt received anything . I know it is released the first Saturday of the month. Can you help me? My Moroccan Mystery is a real mystery. Thanks, Cheryl

    1. I see that you are signed up and have received the newsletters and the weekly web specials since July to the address on this post. Please make sure that you have on your safe list. I have forwarded you a copy of the August newsletter from The next newsletter comes out this Saturday at 5:30 EST.

  4. I have gotten all of the clues for Moroccan Mystery until September 2017.
    What happened? Help.

    1. The clue went out at 5:30 PM EST, did you receive it?

  5. If it is not too late, I would love to sign up for the block of the month class. I have completed two Jinny Beyer quilts and have two more kits to put together. I ADORE Jinny’s colors and kits. Please advise if I may sign up at this late date – thanks!

    1. Absolutely, you can still sign up here and you will receive the next newsletter that comes out on the first Saturday in October.

  6. I purchased the kit a long time ago and am having difficulty downloading the instructions. Have tried on my ipad and my laptop to no avail.
    please help

    1. Please call us toll free at 1-866-759-7373 M-F 10-5 EST and we can talk you through the downloads. You can also e-mail us at and we will try to help you out.

  7. I am a bit late to the game! end of sept. But I can’t wait to receive my packet!! hoping I get the news letter this weekend as this will be the first weekend of the month!! Better late than never. I have been quilting for 10 years on machine. 35 years ago I took a hand quilting course and loved it. Maybe I will try this again!

    1. Yes, the newsletter goes out this evening at 5:30 PM EST. Have fun!!!

  8. I recently deleted the newsletter with the patterns as I thought I had them al but I am missing # 7. Will I be able to get the pattern? Thanks. Dana

    1. Yes, you will be able to download all patterns from the November and December newsletters.

  9. I still have not received the newslatter with the mystery quilt directions. Would you please send it to the above email address. I have enjoyed making the block of the month directions for October. Thank you . Verna Piper

    1. Please contact so that we can determine why you are not receiving the newsletter and help you obtain the mystery quilt directions.

  10. I can’t wait for the new BOM coming. Keep up the great work.

  11. Buenisimo,lo esperamos ansiosas,graciasssssssss

    1. Translation: Very good, we look forward to it, thanksssssssss

  12. Love the quilt shown in the background when you were doing the shooting for the 2017 quilt….is there going to be a pattern/kit for that beautiful quilt?

    1. Yes, that is my Lotus quilt, available in three colors, you can find them here.

  13. would love to know the name of the quilt behind you… is fabulous!

    1. That is Lotus and is available online here.

  14. i receive the newsletter and wanted to download Moroccan Mystery but i cant find where to download it from, it says it is free until January 2018.

    thank you

    1. The download link is at the bottom of the newsletter. This link will take you to the page with the PDF downloads for each month along with the videos.

  15. How do I get the 21017 Mystery BOM? I thought I was signed up, but I’m not sure, so I signed up again.

    1. Please contact so that we can make sure you get the clues before the end of the year.

  16. Exciited to begin!

  17. I have gotten the newsletters for the Mystery quilt but I have never been able to get to the actual link for the video. I have tried on my Mac, IPad and then on my computer. I don’t know what I am missing. Please help before I miss all the links and can’t download anymore. I was not able to get to the quilt this year. Thanks.

    1. I’m sorry that you had trouble with accessing the videos. The link for the videos page is at the top of the pattern download page. Please contact the shop at 1-866-759-7373 so that we can help you get to the video page.

  18. Looking forward to this learning experience.

  19. Keep me posted

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