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Mystery Sampler Updates

Well hello everyone!

We are now starting to prepare month #3 packages for all of our 2016 Block of the Month programs and so it seemed like a perfect time for some updates here on the blog.

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MYSTERY SAMPLER BOM

Can I say that I am already in love with this sampler and I don't even know how its going to turn out in the end?

Month1

… month #1 blocks above.

 

If you are signed up for our Mystery Sampler Block of the Month program, you just received your second month last week and hopefully you are working away at some of those fun blocks… see below.

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Month2

 

I can't wait to add some orange and grey into next month's block selection!

Here are a few hints and tips on BLOCK OF THE MONTH SUCESS [this is true for any BOM you are participating in anytime]:

  1. Stay current. Really. Do whatever you can in the beginning to stay current. This year we started off with more simple blocks and less of them at the beginning so that we wouldn't lose too many of you to…. well to the stuff of life! I know that life can definitely get in the way of our sewing. As it should. But that is the great thing about the block of the month programs…. you only have to do a few blocks a month and if you stay caught up, you will have something amazing at the end of the year. 
  2. Set aside some special BOM time. This is especially true if you are doing several different ones. For many of us that would be on the weekend or in the evening after all the other needs and duties have been met. Find a special time that you block off and set aside for BOM time. This is good advice even just for sewing in general but certain works for BOMs especially.
  3. Be organized. I can't stress this enough but i find that I fall prey to the same disorganization as everyone else. Make little baggies. Label your fabric. Keep all your scraps. Put your directions in a folder. Before that… go and find yourself a beautiful folder from a place like Staples or Target. Use this is an excuse to buy that lovely little folder that you wouldn't have any real need for before. You have a need now. So go and get one…. and then use it! You would be surprised at how many emails I get about lost and missing instructions!
  4. Share. It is very motivating to share your progress on these monthly programs with others who are working alongside you… well, at least alongside you on the world wide web LOL! We share on Instagram and if you have a smart phone…. IG is very easy to get started and is highly fun, addictive and does not take too much time if you don't want it to. I highly recommend it. If you decide to join and you want to find me, I am figtreeandco .  Facebook is a bit more of an enigma to me. If any of you in the program are interested in starting a Facebook group for the BOM, contact me. I post on Facebook through Instagram but am never quite sure how best to share everything there.
  5. Have fun and don't stress! We give you lots of directions and lots of fabrics but if you want to vary something, add something, make something more scrappy or make 2 versions of something… go for it. Just don't forget to share because we want to see what you are doing!!
  6. A few specific tips for those of you in the program: #1- When working on the BEAR CLAW blocks, the intention of the instructions was to make 2 identical blocks, both the same color combos. If you decided to mix up the colors in a different way or did so unintentionally… great! Don't worry about it!  #2- Don't stress about the appliqué center of the Daisy block. It is not too hard, a fairly easy shape to turn and you can wait until the end if you don't want to do it now. Or you can do it with fusible web if you prefer. Just don't stress! #3- Take your time on the Sweet Sugar Swirls block. Any time angles are involved, people get a bit nervous. My best tip to you is that if you slow down, sew and cut accurately then you will most likely be fine. Remember to check if your angle is still at a 45º angle after 2 diamond cuts. Checking might be a pain but it is well worth it to catch any slipping of your ruler. If you have really never worked with angles, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you take my Craftsy class on angles. I know that this might sound like a shameless plug, but I have had hundreds of people tell me that they would freeze when it came to angles until they took my class. This is not necessarily because it or I am so greatl…. LOL… but because it really, really helps to see someone else do it first and then try it! Here is the link if you are interested.

 Happy Sewing My Friends!

 

Joanna

 

Comments

I just got mine in the mail! I substituted fabric last month... because I wanted to avoid falling behind! These blocks look like so much fun... I guess I will be putting myself in BOM Rehab this weekend! xxoo

I've made many Sweet Sugar swirl blocks, and my early ones are less than perfect. However, I found in addition to the tips you gave, starching as I went was SO helpful! This prevented the bias from stretching and resulted in perfect points and perfect backs/1/4 inch every time! Also, very careful pressing so you don't distort your trio of strips. I love this block!

These are great tips, and I'm already doing almost all of them. I have ziploc baggies all kept inside a 14" square scrapbook box - so the whole BOM is in one place! And don't be too surprised if my "a" becomes a "g"!

I so want to be making this. 😢 Are the patterns ever made available if we weren't able to join? It filled up so fast.

BOM Rehab is a great name LOL!! Have fun!

Because the patterns include both printed instructions and many stand alone Fig Tree patterns, it is difficult to offer them as a "pattern". But if enough people are interested in doing that, we could offer it at the end of the year. Email me if you are interested in that and we will start a list!

I love that! Yours should definitely be a "g". There will also be an "&" and either a b or a z coming up…. just so you know :-)

Absolutely! I should have added that in there too. Starching is crazy helpful anytime you are working with bias. Since I don't always do it myself, but know it is very helpful for so many people, I sometimes forget to add it into the hints! Thanks for commenting about that!

I didn't start until I got the fabric for block 1 in month 2. I can't start a project until I have all the pieces - lol! Plan to catch up this weekend. I did finish the bear paws and they look great. On to the flowers to,ortow! Loving it so far! Thanks for the tips!

I absolutely LOVE these blocks! Sure wish I was able to sign up. :-)

I can't believe I missed the mystery quilt again! I am doing the crossroads quilt which is pretty cute, but yes I'm disappointed I missed this again! I must do better!

It looks amazing! I'm loving the cute blocks and your fabrics!

Sweet!

Our BOM programs usually go live the previous August or September and sell out within a few days or weeks at the most. We will be opening up spots for a new BOM for next year at the end of this summer. Let us know if you are interested in that and we will add you to the wait list.

Our BOM programs usually go live the previous August or September and sell out within a few days or weeks at the most. We will be opening up spots for a new BOM for next year at the end of this summer. Let us know if you are interested in that and we will add you to the wait list.


Joanna

Love the mystery and would love to be put on the list for the pattern or pattern only option. Thx!

Thank you for posting pictures of the blocks from the Sampler BOM. It really helps those of us that are visual people. Hope you continue to do this each month.

We always post the pictures on Instagram and Facebook. But we will try to add them to the blog every month or at least every other month as well!


Joanna

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