Skill Building Block of the Month Quilt Program

Updated: Jan 8

Month by month Program to master 4 skills! Take the full year or a Skill at a time!

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The Skill Building Block of the Month (BOM) Quilt Program is a virtual program designed to help you build or refresh your quilting skills! It is build as a creative framework. It is all about YOU and what you would like to learn and add to your quilt!


For 2021, we will be covering:

Paper Piecing

Applique

Scrappy Piecing

Improv Piecing


If there is a skill you already know and love (or not love), we will have alternative and fun traditionally pieced blocks that come together in some fun, and again, skill building ways!


Here is how the program is laid out:

Each skill will be covered in depth over a quarter of the year. Each month is dedicated to a skill building block and an optional traditionally pieced block. Each following block will be more difficult than the previous block in the Skill Building series. A full syllabus and schedule is provided for Patches Members. See a Simplified Version Below.


January - March: Foundation Paper Piecing

April - June: Applique (Machine, Raw Edge, DYI)

July - September: Scrappy Piecing

October - December: Improv Piecing

December: Ideas on how to piece together, lay out, and quilt your quilt


Each start to the quarter will have a live class to introduce the new skill. This class will be recorded and posted the next day. The first Saturday of each month will also have recorded videos posted showing the next level or step up in skill and the traditionally pieced block for that month. With a total of 12 live classes and 10 recorded lessons.


You can also take a course on individual Skills in 3 month increments. You can see those under my Virtual Classes, Here.


Below you will find a simplified schedule.



As a Patches Subscriber, you will also have access to the Patches Mini Lessons and the Quilting with the Patches Facebook Group for any assistance.

All Blocks are 12 inches by 12 inches. There is a total of 22 blocks, 14 of them being skill building specific blocks and 8 optional traditionally pieced blocks. It is suggested that you aim for 9 blocks, 12 blocks, or 20 for an even quilt. HOWEVER, these 12"x 12" blocks can make great pillows if you make an odd number. Borders can also be added to make lap quilts or a wall hanging. We are a creative bunch, us quilters, and I don't think these blocks will go to waste. You can also add your own blocks. There will even be a few opportunities to create your own designs!


I will encourage you to create this quilt at your own pace. All videos will be available indefinitely for Patches Members. You can catch up at anytime and take this BOM Skill Building Quilt as slow or fast as you like.


Here are a few things to keep in mind:


+ The Patches Subscription will include the 10 week Summer Color Confidence Series (June-August) at the same time as the Scrappy Skill Building BOM section. See more about the Summer Series HERE.


+ This Program is an at your own pace program. Its meant to give you a creative framework to build your skills and have fun. Please do not feel pressured to keep up during your busy times. You will have lifetime access to all instructional materials as a Patches Subscription.


+ Joining The Patches is risk free for 3 months. You can see all the details HERE.


+ You will be encouraged to use the fabric in your stash for experiments prior to making a block.

+ You need at least (you can have more!) 6 colors for your quilt: A neutral, a dark, and 4 other colors. You will also need materials such as webbing for applique, the ability to print for paper piecing, and all basic sewing notions. More details on materials will be provided to you when you join.


Here are some computer made mock ups. Keep in mind, this is YOUR Skill Building Quilt. You have complete creative liberty over which blocks you will create. Your end product will differ slightly (or maybe more than slightly!) than the examples shown below and that is a wonderful and fabulous thing!



How the live classes will work:


Classes will be hosted Live on Zoom. This will allow me to:

+ Answer questions and give help immediately.

+ Record the lesson and send you access for future reference or if you aren’t able to make it.

+ I will be able to use the same link all year.


You will receive a reminder email with the link to the Meeting Room in Zoom a week prior and 24 hours before class starts. These emails will contain any supplies you will need for the next live class. All you need to do is click the link on a computer and you will be let in. If you will be using a Smart Phone you will need to download the (free) Zoom App prior to the class.


You can sign up for the Live Classes Here after you have purchased a Patches Subscription.

I can't wait to learn and create with you!


See More Information on the Patches Subscription Here!


Meet Tori!

Tori McElwain

I am an International Teacher, Speaker, and Pattern Designer. I have been quilting for 20 years and have an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, along with many years of teaching experience. I am also a Certified Teacher for Color Confidence for Quilters, a program designed by Shannon Brinkley.


I am a past elementary school teacher, and currently wife to an Active Duty Serviceman, as well as a mother and dog mom! I love to travel and I absolutely love sharing my passion for quilting!



Reach out to Tori Here!

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FAQ

What is a Block of the Month (BOM) Program?

A Block of the Month program or BOM, is a quilt program where the pattern for a quilt is released one block at a time over the course of a few months or a year. This particular BOM is focused teaching new skills and releases 1-2 block patterns every month for 12 months. At the end of the program you will have a finished quilt and 4 new quilting techniques!


Who is it for?

I have designed this program for busy quilters who would like to learn new skills or refresh unused skills. It is designed for beginner and intermediate quilters with some advanced techniques added to encourage your creativity. This is not just a quilt pattern with just a basic tutorial. We will be hosting Live Virtual Classes once a month, so that you can ask questions and get feedback immediately. These classes will be recorded and made available indefinitely. Along with supported and alternative prerecorded lessons.


How much of a time commitment is it?

We will be hosting 1 -1.5 hour classes once a month. The blocks are 12" x 12" with many to choose from to customize your quilt. Overall, I would expect a beginner quilter to spend about 5 - 6 hours a month on the program.


What skills will we be learning?

For 2021, we will be covering:

Paper Piecing

Applique

Scrappy Piecing

Improv Piecing

Traditional pieced blocks will be included to support your skills and act as fillers if needed. They are also included to take the place of any skill that you do not wish to learn or refresh.


How much is it?

Not as much as you'd think considering the direct instruction and support. To make it affordable, I am offering the Program through my Patches Subscription. It is $10.97 a month or $112 a year. Plus, the price of fabric.

Individual Skills have their own 3 month prices. You can see these listed under my Virtual Classes, Here.

To see more about or to sign up for the Patches Subscription, click here.

To see the Individual Skill Courses, see my Virtual Classes Here.

To help keep you organized, you can find a free Project Bag Pattern Here!

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