Thursday, December 31, 2015

Looking for a Challenge? BOM and BOD's

Ad for the Lion Sewing Machine

Perhaps you have a new sewing machine?
And you are looking for a project.

Sarah's Revival by Sue Garman

Sue Garman has two BOM programs at Stitchin Heaven

Sue Garman's Hearts in Bloom
Both begin in February.

I've been looking for some Block-of-the-Month programs using traditional design. Here are a few more for 2016.

Backyard Gatherings From Primitive Gatherings
More traditional applique, this one in wool on flannel.


Another wool on flannel below.

Beauty All Around
Pattern by Geoff's Mom Pattern Co.
at Painted Pony & Quilts

Not so traditional---but looks like fun:

Sue Spargo's Cuppa

And here's a real challenge---A Block a Day for a Year.

Plan for the 365 Challenge
Sign up to receive a daily block.

She offered EQ inspiration for the center using my Union Blues prints.
This one begins January 1, 2016.

Quilters' Paradise in California is planning to offer our Emporia Rose BOM this year. Coming Soon:

I'm planning two series for 2016. On this Material Culture blog I am going to do a weekly William Morris Hexathon Quiltalong beginning in May, going for 26 weeks. We'll be running around England touring places important in the history of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts aesthetic while we stitch hexagon blocks with four-inch sides. My latest Morris reproduction collection Morris Earthly Paradise should be in shops in May so we'll start towards the end of the month.

On my other blog -Civil War Quilts- I am going to do a 12- month sampler Block-of-the-Month. Beginning on the last Wednesday of January, January 27, 2016,  I'll post a free pattern for the first block in Westering Women, a celebration of America's overland trails and the women who walked west in the 1840s and '50s. You'll get a monthly view of  history through the eyes of women who kept diaries and wrote letters 170 years ago, plus 12" block designs, each chosen for a traditional name recalling locations on the way west.

I'll be giving you more information about my series soon.

So get that new machine figured out. 
There's a lot of sewing to be done.


  1. Whew sew many interesting bom series. Thanks for sharing the links. I look forward to seeing yours.

  2. Oh what fun. Now I have to hop over to your other blog and check out the Westering Women also:)


  3. Thanks for the inspirations! Cause I NEED to start at least
    three or four new projects :)
    Happy New Year! Jeanne

  4. I just love your work. I will be saving my pennies to add to Christmas gift card to purchase a fat quarter bundle of your latest line to work the BOM in :) Thanks for the inspiration and great stories/history lessons!

  5. Hello Barbara, I am so looking forward to "Westering Women, a celebration of America's overland trails and the women who walked west in the 1840s and '50s".
    Although I am a Brit (Welsh) I am fascinated by the social history of this era of American history.
    Happy New Year to you.

  6. I adore the idea of the Westering Women stories and quilt blocks. Love learning from you!

  7. Can't wait for the Civil War block of the month. My machine is ready! Happy New Year!

  8. Oh oh--the Hexathon sounds very tempting! I'm doing the 365 Challenge mostly using Union Blues along with some Blackbird Design's Blueberry Crumb Cake and Nature's Basket--the 3" blocks are a definite challenge!

  9. Sounds exciting - especially the hexathon. Will be looking forward to the details. THANKS and Happy New year Barbara.

  10. Happy New Year 2016 Barbara! I have noted your new informations. I do not know if I'll sew the two! I am sewing the blocks of my great mother's choice.

  11. If I want to do the hexi BOM should I buy sone centers? Do you have a source? Both BOM's sound like fun. I learn so much just reading about them.

  12. Can't wait for the Westering Women, a subject I don't know anything about, although generations in my family migrated West. It's time I learned. Wonderful!

  13. WOW! Barbara meets William once again!! I say that because I made a quilt with the Barbara Brackman BOW for 2013 using only Wm Morris fabrics for the entire quilt. I have visited many Morris sites in England so I am anxious to see where Barbara takes us. You can see my quilt on my blog site: marymarthatours.wordpress.com Scan down the right side to the search bar and enter "William Morris" to get to the two postings about Morris and my quilt. Thank you Barbara for another fun quilting adventure. I will make 1 inch hexagons. Our 2017 tour will take us to The William Morris Gallery, Wightwick Manor and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for the Pre-Raephelite art there. Cheers

  14. What a great book topic, you know, if those wagon wheels get a turnin'