Saturday, January 10, 2015

January Block: CJMQG 2015 BOM

This year, my MQG is joining in a quilt-a-long developed by the Knoxville MQG! I had pinned the following image a while ago, and I came across it again while sifting through my Pinterest boards, looking for BOM suggestions. I am so excited to get started and (hopefully actually) make one block a month (unlike last year). These modern blocks test your piecing skills and are so versatile. I'll likely lay them out in an alternate grid-like fashion without sashing when I'm finished.


 Next, I scanned my Pinterest Color board for some interesting color schemes. Design Seeds is an amazing design tool to gather inspiration from!

penciled color

I chose a light gray background and these colors:

Obviously, I won't be using all the fabrics here, but I will pull from them. I definitely have plans for that amazing Tsuru crane fabric... *sly grin*. :) When I work on a long-term project like this, I set aside the materials in a flat plastic scrapbook bin. They go on sale at Michael's for about $5, and they are so totally worth a buy!

I finished January's block last week - wayyyy ahead of schedule (they are due at our Jan. or Feb. meeting). It was quite fast - the cutting was the most time-consuming part. The KMQG linked to a partial seam tutorial by Alissa Haight Carlton, which I found to be most helpful. I also decided to pursue a scrappy light gray background (clearly an excuse to buy some more fabric). I can't wait to see what my fellow CJMQGers have come up with!

You can follow our guild's progress on Instagram under the tag #cjmqg, and on our blog (our cheerleader, Neva, is posting). Are you participating in any great BOMs this year?


  1. I love your colour choices. The finished quilt will be amazing!

  2. I'm always skeptical of oranges, but I have lots of faith in you and the rest of those fabrics to bring it all together! I'm sure it will be a very pretty quilt!

  3. I like your fabric pull, and I *love* the text fabric in your first block. I spy airplane! Yay! :)

  4. I love the colors you chose! This is going to look amazing!

  5. This palette is so great! I love that you're working with a lot of teal and purple right now, and the melon colors really fit right in :) My guess for the Cranes -- middle of that off-center economy block (bottom row, middle) :: winks ::


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