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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. Hi Jinny, what a beautiful bom for 2017. I immediatly fell in love. Can’t wait to start with it. Unfortunately i live in the netherlands so it is to expensive for me to order the fabrics but i love the colors you choose. Many greetings from a dutch fan of you and your quilts.

    1. Feel free to use fabrics from you stash and sew along with us. We would love to see what you come up with!

  2. Can’t wait to start BOM 2017

  3. I am so excited. I have never done a mystery quilt before and love Jinny and her quilting. Have I messed up and missed the start of the block of the month? I have purchased the kit and pattern and keep waiting for the start. I have registered and received the newsletters in the past. Thanks for doing this BOM. Diane

    1. No, you are not too late. The first clue will come out this Saturday, the 4th so be on the lookout.

  4. If we choose to use our own fabric, will one of the lessons include how much of each shade?
    I see nine shades from very dark/black to very light without the border. I have some but need to get a few more(and Feb is my birthday month too, and I get a 20% discount on my next purchase from our local quilt store)

    1. All the information you need will be in the first clue and video on Saturday. Jinny addresses in the video what to do if you want to use your own fabric.

      1. Perfect Thanks

  5. I just subscribed for your newsletter because i love the bom of 2017 and would like to get the paterns very much. My cousin pointed me to your site. Love my cousin now. Thank you, waiting for your first email ☺. Greetings from the netherland, Regina

  6. looking forward to the BOM

  7. I am eagerly awaiting the first clue. My fabric and notions/tools have come in and I am ready!

  8. I am very excited to get started when tomorrow’s newsletter arrives in my in-box! I love mysteries and the smaller size will be a refreshing change from the bed quilts I have been making. Seriously thinking about hand-piecing, too… Mmmm

    1. We hope you do give hand piecing a try. Jinny has taught many of us on the staff and, she’s right. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish in those “found moments.”

  9. I have my fabric and am chomping at the bit to get started. Cannot find the directions for first set of Mystery 2017.. Have you published it?

    1. The newsletter will be going out this evening around 6:00 pm so be on the lookout in your inbox for clue #1!

  10. When I did not receive the monthly newsletter today (2/4/17) I realized that I must not have signed up for the newsletter. I thought I signed up ages ago. I purchased the fabric and the templates and have received them. I am all ready to start the Mystery BOM, but no instructions. I have now signed up for the newsletter. Is it possible to receive the February, 2017 newsletter with the BOM instructions?

    1. The newsletter went out on 2/5 around 6:00 EST. If you did not receive the newsletter and thought you had signed up, please e-mail and we will help you out.

  11. I know I am already signed up for the monthly newsletter, but I have not received it today. I was expecting the first instalment of the 2017 BOM . Perhaps there is some delay in the issue or have I been missed out in the posting?

  12. I always love all your Fabric’s and Design’s. Looking forward to see the Mystery Quilt.

  13. Can not find the link to the first clue. I signed up for the newsletter early last month. How am I missing the link? Thank you Judy Davis

    1. The link for the first clue is in the newsletter under “Clue 1” towards the very bottom. If you are not sure, please call us toll free at 1-866-759-7373 and we would be happy to help.

  14. I only have 1/2 yrd of the number nine fabric. I see the 1 yard includes the binding.
    I am wondering if 1/2 is enough if I do the binding out of another fabric? I have one in mind that would tie all my colors together.
    (my local store had a sale so I went out and got fabric before the newsletter came out. but I can go buy more before it is all gone

    1. I went ahead and bought more of the two colors I was short, besides who can have to much batik?

    2. 1/2 yard is enough for the binding, happy shopping at your local store!

  15. How do I print the instructions for the morrocan wall hanging. I’m already receiving the newsletter?

    1. When you click on the links from the newsletter, it will take you to the pattern. Here you can open the PDF links and save the files to print them.

  16. Thank you! I look forward to doing this mystery.

  17. All ready and eager to get started on BOM, but disciplining myself to finish Jinny’s table topper first.

  18. You demonstrated cutting the squares using the material that you needed 32 squares of by cutting strips and then cross cutting into squares. You mentioned that you need to be frugal with the material, so I would like to know when you use the materials that only require 4 squares, can you still cut a strip and then just 4 squares, or do you need to frugally cut just 4 squares from your fabric? Will cutting one whole strip leave you with not enough for the rest of the project?

    1. All of the fabric for the kits include a little extra in case of an error. The fabrics that are cut 9″ x 10″ are only used in Clue 1. So there is more than enough of the fabric to cut the four squares from a strip or from templates and to have enough extra if an error is made.

  19. Ya me he inscrito y comprado las telas y las plantillas. Estoy emocionada e impaciente porque admiro sus diseños y trabajo y hace años que quiero hacer algo suyo.
    Saludos desde el Sur de España

    1. Translation: I have already registered and bought the fabrics and insoles. I’m excited and impatient because I admire her designs and work and I’ve wanted to do something for years.
      Thank you.
      Greetings from the South of Spain

  20. hi, I signed up for BOM and got kit and thought it was going to sart first sat in feb and have not seen anything yet? am I missing it? or didn’t get it. And yes I signed up for newsletter. :-0) ANy thoguhts


    1. It sounds like you did not receive your first clue. Please send an e-mail to and we will find out what happened.

  21. I want to buy the fabric for the BOM, is it too late?

    1. No it is not too late, you can find our kits here.

  22. Jinny is my idol, and one day I hope to be half the quilter she is. Thank-you Jinny for sharing your wonderful gift with us!!! Your works are absolutely beautiful!!!


      Be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter so that you can participate in the 2017 BOM.

  24. Looking forward to a new project. However, I’m having difficulty printing the templates to the right size. I’ve tried every way that’s available and my “square” is 1/8th of an inch off. I’ve never had a problem printing the templates on the other projects I’ve done thru your website or email. Any suggestions?

    1. If you open the file as a PDF file in Adobe Acrobat, when you go to print, make sure your size option is set to “Actual” otherwise it will try to fit to page and your square will be off. If you have problems, feel free to call the shop toll free 1-866-759-7373 and we would be happy to talk you through it.

      1. Thanks for the info. We went to a different computer/printer and realized we were downloading to internet explorer instead of adobe reader. We had adobe reader and thought it automatically went to that. Not computer savvy. I learned something new!

  25. I signed up for the newsletter (would have done so sooner but life got in the way!). Is there a way to go back and get the clues for the first block?

    1. When the March newsletter comes out, you will have access to the first block.

  26. Good Morning,

    I have downloaded the printed materials but was unable to save the video. Is there a secret or are we not supposed to save it?

    Thanks, Julie

    1. At this time you are unable to save the video but they will remain accessible throughout the entire year.

  27. Looking forward to this quilt !!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Hi Jinny I am a bit slow this year just finishing your quilt BOM2015, so I am very excited to start this one although im not sure how to order the pattern or is it on line .

    1. Congratulations on finishing the 2015 BOM. In order to start the 2016 BOM, just sign up for the monthly newsletter like for the 2015 and you will be able to download the patterns for free each month.

  29. I belong to your news letter but did not receive the January or Febuary news letter. I’m just happy I went to your site today to find a pattern. Please put me on and where can I get the news letter. Thank You.

    1. It looks like you were only signed up to receive the weekly web specials. We have updated your preferences so you should receive the monthly newsletter this coming Saturday.

  30. Interested in the block of the month.

    1. Please sign up for our monthly newsletter here.

  31. I received packet for BOM but where are directions??? Ordered 2/22/2017

    1. The directions are available through the monthly newsletter which you can sign up for on our website here.

  32. Hi, I signed up for newsletter in Jan. And got the ok message.
    I did not get a feb newsletter with bom instructions. The facric came.
    What did I not do?
    Julie hendrick

    1. It looks like you are signed up correctly and the newsletter was sent to you on 2/4- did you check your spam folder? The March newsletter comes out this Saturday evening. If you do not receive this one, please e-mail and they can help you out.

  33. I have not received any info on the BOM since receiving my kit. Can you check and be sure I am on the mailing list? My email changed last year and may not have gotten changed on your newsletter. It is: Thanks. Ira

    1. It looks like you are signed up for the newsletters and you received the Feb. newsletter with the directions for clue one of the BOM. Feel free to call us toll free at 1-866-759-7373 if you still have problems.

  34. I’m a month late to the party, but looking forward to the March newsletter later today and the Coffee fabrics kit I just ordered! I have done some hand piecing in my life, but never hand quilted. Love the colors!

  35. Thanks so much for this BOM project

  36. I love to quilt by hand and look forward to sie what comes

  37. I have been unable to get the March Moroccan Clue. I go in on jinny beyer newsletter. It tells me to go to newsletter subscriber e-mail. That does not work either. I go in on my email , nothing – email spam nothing. Please help me figure out how to get my clues.
    Dottie Creeron

    1. It looks like you received the newsletter and you opened it today. The clue is at the very bottom of the newsletter. Let us know if you have any other problems opening the clue.

  38. Just ordered my kit. Can’t wait for it to get here. Thanks for these lessons Jenny, it
    is appreciated.

  39. I love your quilts they are all so beautiful and so rewarding when your done . I have made one and wish i could make them all.

  40. I just signed up for the newsletter and BOM 2017. I have placed the order for the material and templates. Will I have access to Feb and March lessons? How will I find them? I look forward to doing some hand piecing again. I love your patterns and colors!

    1. Yes, the newsletter will go out this weekend (Saturday evening) and from that link, you will have access to all previous clues and videos. Have fun!

  41. I did not receive the April newsletter. Waiting for clue no. 3

    Thank you.

  42. Have not received my clue for this month. Two of my friends have received theirs..
    Thanks for sending . Joanna

  43. Hope to catch up

  44. I subcribt for the bom 2017 3 times, but i become no newsletter with the bom. Last year I became it evry month. This year happend nothing. What have I besits the supcription to do to get the bom??????

    Sorry for my bad english.

    Greeting Guilitta from Germany.

    1. It looks like your e-mail address is causing the newsletter to bounce as undeliverable. Please e-mail so that we an confirm the correct address. You may also need to add to your safe list.

  45. I need to be placed on the mailing list for directions for block of month. I purchased the kit and signed up for.newsletter but have not gotten directions yet.

    1. It looks like you re-subscribed to our newsletter after the April one went out. The next one will be coming out on May 6th in the evening which you should receive. You will be able to catch up on all past lessons from that link. If you don’t receive the monthly newsletter on that date, please call us at 1-866-759-7373 so we can help.

  46. Just received my Crimson fabric to start my block a month mystery today. I am behind but that is ok. Looking forward to it.

  47. looking forward to this project. I have never done applique before. This sounds very exciting!

  48. I received the kit this last week. I just love the colors that I picked out and am looking forward to getting started. However, I haven’t received any newsletters. When is the first clue supposed to begin? Also, there was a note in the kit to make sure that everything that was supposed to be there was actually there, but there was no list of what was supposed to be included to use as a check list. Is there a resource that tells us what is supposed to be in the kit? I’m just curious and anxious to begin. Thanks.

    1. Glad that you are joining us for the 2017 BOM! The first clue went out in February in the newsletter. You can still get caught up and have access to all the previous clues. Be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter here and you will receive the newsletter in your inbox this Saturday after 5:30 EST.

  49. How do I sign up for the 2017 free BOM mystery quilt?

    1. You can sign up for our free monthly newsletter here. When the August newsletter goes out, you will be able to get caught up with all the clues and videos for the BOM.

  50. How do I get the newsletter?

    1. You can sign up here. The next newsletter will be coming out on Saturday, August 5th in the evening (EST).

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