Painting and Quilting – Block of the Month
Since 2017, I have been creating online Block of the Months for quilters around the world. A twist on the traditional Block of the Month, this is the world’s first ever Painted and Free-Motion Quilted BOM which uses Facebook as an interactive online classroom.
So how does it work?
Once you have paid the once only joining fee for a BOM, you will have unlimited access to a private Facebook group – which acts as our online classroom. In this group, you will have access to engaging instructional videos that take you step by step through the painting and quilting process. Here, you will also access the printable patterns, the design, colour chart and quilting chart for each block in the quilt – as well as the fabric and paint requirements. As your teacher, Helen will be there to answer questions and words of wisdom and generally ‘hold your hand’ throughout the process. The beauty of the Facebook classroom, is the opportunity to interact with other members from all over the world, post photos of your progress and feel supported the whole way through.
At the beginning of each month, the instructional videos, designs, and printable and published in the private Facebook group. You can work at your own pace if you fall behind and you will have unlimited access to the content, forever. Each year, the class officially starts on February 1st, however you can join in at anytime. Even after the BOM is finished for the year, you can join in and access the full-class content with the support of experienced BOM members.
Even the most traditional quilters have loved learning in this new online style of interactive classroom. Many have found painting as a fun alternative to appliqué, and that it is actually very easy to achieve beautiful results. By watching the step-by-step instructional videos for each and every block, students gain confidence in their quilting and are able to finish other projects with a wider range of fills and favourite designs. Whether you are on a domestic or a long-arm machine you can quilt one block at a time as the block sizes are realistic and achievable.
There are four Block of the Months available, each year adding a new challenge.
Quirky Collections BOM: Easy – achievable for ALL
Feathered Friends BOM: Medium – learning a few more tricks
Curiouser & Curiouser BOM: Challenge – pushing your skills
Midnight Magic BOM: Masters – for previous students craving more!
Although the first three BOMs were completed in 2017, 2018 & 2019, each classroom is still open to new members to join in the fun. The difference is that you won’t have to wait for each and every month to roll around. Instead, you can jump in, binge watch all the videos or work at your own pace to create the complete quilt.
Quirky Collections BOM is perfect if you want to “give it a go” at the easiest level. In this group we are collectively referred to as “Quirkers” and everyone is very patient, helpful and encouraging. I am there in the group the whole time to hold your hand and help you along the way.
Click here to read more about Quirky Collections BOM
Click here to watch a short Quirky Collections BOM Video
Feathered Friends BOM is by far the most popular and is all about painting and quilting colourful Australian birds. We call ourselves the “Flockers”. The designs in this BOM are by no means ‘harder” – just a little more attention to detail. Some of my BOM students have gone on to win awards for their finished work, having never won a prize before at their local, state or even National quilt show. We love to celebrate ALL achievements in the interactive Facebook group as we build our creative confidence together.
Click here to read more about Feathered Friends BOM
Click here to watch a quick Feathered Friends BOM Video
Curiouser & Curiouser BOM is inspired by the characters of Alice in Wonderland. In this class, our “WonderWoman” have had amazing results and are always ready to answer questions and assist anyone who jumps down the rabbit hole looking for Wonderland! It has been an exciting year to see students completing the project in both paint and their own technique of appliqué. As a teacher, it is wonderful to see their confidence grow.
Click here to read more about Curiouser & Curiouser BOM
Click here to watch a short Curiouser & Curiouser BOM Preview.
Click here to join the Curiouser & Curiouser BOM Sneak Peak Facebook Group! Gain access to the first month’s block design and videos, totally for FREE, so you can see first hand how it all works.
Now in 2020, Midnight Magic BOM depicts the mischievous forest creatures that frolic and play in the moonlight. This BOM has been created for those of you who have played in my online BOMs before and are ready for a new challenge! Anyone is welcome to join, however some knowledge from my previous BOM is presumed. So if you’re a “Quirker”, “Flocker” or “WonderWoman – Midnight Magic is the class for you.
Click here to read more about Midnight Magic BOM
Click here to watch a short Midnight Magic BOM Preview.
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