Hello and happy Monday! I’m really excited to be able to share my 2019 Block of the Month | January blocks with you today. In keeping with my general 2019 goal of using as much as my stash as possible, I’ve decided on a block of the month that will allow you to make it as scrappy as you’d like! Of course you can definitely make this project with one collection…but you’ll have the option to make it using pre-cuts or scraps.
This year’s Block of the Month will have 25 blocks…yes, 25! That means you’ll be able to make a really nice sized quilt or a couple of smaller ones if you’d like. I’m making two different versions–one is a scrappy version using fabrics from our fabric collections.
I’m also making a red and green version of the quilt. This one will also be scrappy. I’m arranging fabrics in this one so that if you’d like to use just two colors for each block you’ll have some ideas of how to distribute the fabrics.
This month there are three blocks to make; however, you’ll just be making two blocks a month from this point on. (I figured it would be easier to get the busy month finished up first so you’ll have more time for setting the blocks together at the end).
I have fabric requirements and instructions for blocks 8″ x 8″ or 12″ x 12″ finished. I love the designs in both sizes!
I suggest that you start making half-square triangles as soon as you decide which size blocks you’re going to make and finalize your fabric choices. If you can get ahead on half-square triangle sewing early in the year, then the blocks will be super easy to put together each month!
You’ll notice from the photo above that I like to press seams open for half-square triangles. It makes it so much more simple to make scrappy quilts if the seams are pressed open, thus eliminating bulk where units join together.
Quilting Life 2019 Block of the Month | January Details
- Find the fabric requirements for blocks in both sizes here.
- Download the PDF pattern for the three January blocks here.
- Visit my tutorial page for making perfect half-square triangles here.
This year I’ll be offering several different setting options for the blocks. I’m pretty excited about those and will share more information about them in February. I hope you’ll join me in making this year’s Quilting Life Mystery 2019 Block of the Month | January! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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valerie taylor says
Wonderful!! I found you in late November and eagerly awaited the new year BOM quilt along. So ready to start in. Thank you Sherri
Caryl Brix says
This looks fabulous and I can choose my own block,size! I think I will do one in Christmas fabrics too. Thank you! This is a great way to start the year. Blockheads II will be over before we know it.
Marie Christensen says
Thank you so much for this post! I was never quite sure how Block of the Month worked. I started following a few months ago and felt I was too much of a beginner to “get it,” but I LOVE your quilting and wanted to learn more! This post explains everything clearly for me, and for 2019! I am so excited to follow along now! Thank you so much!
Can’t wsit to get started Never have done a block of the month before. For someone that had been sewing for years but just started making quilts what size squares would you suggest I start with.
Question. On these blocks are we allowed to do quilt as you go. I’m just learning to do free motion quilting and this is th easiest way for me. If not just let me know so I won’t do it that way. Remember I’m new to this so not sure what I can do to stay in tune with everyone else
Joyce Carter says
Thank you so much Sherri. I really love these blocks.
Thank you! I have been looking forward to this. Can’t wait to get started!
Hmmm…Looks like a great way to use that bag full of red, white and blue HSTs I had leftover from a previous quilting project. Thanks for the patterns.
I have never done one of these! I am excited to get started on this block of the month! Thank you so much for your kindness! Can’t wait to see how all this works out!
I love HSTs, so I’m very excited about this BOM QAL! One of my goals for 2019 is to sew my stash, so this looks like the perfect way to help me meet that goal.
I just ordered the quick quarter ruler and the 6 inch one to square off with. Thanks for your advice Gonna be fun this year. I plan on learning a lot Been sewing years but not quilting so all is new to me. Will start my blocks this week. Later.
Beautiful blocka and of course the red and green B&C blocks are my favorites! I ordered some fabrics today to finish the quilt top from your last year’s BOM can’t wait to show it to you and I really hope you like my setting idea!
Sherry McConnell says
I love the option of different sized blocks! My resolution for this year is to follow along and KEEP UP! You always inspire me!
Ann Jacobsen says
what fabric line are you using for your Christmas blocks?
Jo Ann B says
HI Sherri, the pdf for block directions has just one page with color diagrams of the 3 blocks. Will you be providing actual directions, i.e., what size to cut the squares and rectangles needed to make the blocks?
sherri McConnell says
You’ll also need to download the PDF with fabric requirements. Information on block sizes and cutting instructions are found on that PDF. I’ll add it to this post asap to make it easier for everyone to find; however, it’s currently on the landing page.
Carol Inmon says
I’m a bit behind…still working on last year’s BOM. I can’t get November to come up to print. All the other months are working fine. Any ideas?
sherri McConnell says
Please email me, and I’ll send you the November file…for some reason several people have had trouble with that one 🙂
lorraine bujnowski says
I cannot download the pdf. Help??
Jane Eildertd says
Love this block of the month! I had a cake mix #3 in my stash so I am using that-along with a mixture of all your lines! I started yesterday and will fill my bin with half square triangles to be ready each month. Now I can’t wait for Walk-about to be released!
Michelle H says
Yaaaa, I’ve been waiting for this! Last year I was going to jump in and follow along but the time got away from me…NOT this year. Plus, I purchased loads of your beautiful fabric so I’m super excited!!
Paula Bidwell says
I LOVE this BOM. I adore HST and am very excited to get started. Do you feel that the light should be very light/solid like what you used in your samples? Or, could it be any light (light pink, yellow, cream with small flowers but light, etc.)? I want the finished quilt to look good. So, if a solid/tone on tone light is best, then that is what I’ll go with. I look forward to hearing from you so I can get started. Thanks again!!
sherri McConnell says
I think you could definitely use any light in some of the blocks…but it might get too busy if you use too much of a print that doesn’t read as a light. But I plan to add some in like you are describing to some of my blocks!
After reading Sew Your Stash, I decided to use a fat eighth bundle I got for the holidays for the BOM. I never know what to make with bundles/precuts and the BOM seemed like the perfect use. The fabric looks best with whites. I decided to use different whites and white on whites from my stash with it. This way, it’s like I am participating in both of your programs :c) Thanks again!
Just want to thank you for being such a consistent blogger. I may rarely comment and never share photos but I visit your blog several times a week. You are so upbeat and such an amazing quilter!
This BOM looks so inviting to me. Normally I would say I could not participate due to work but I am intrigued by the fact that we will be making so many HST. Not that I’m great at those but once I determine my fabrics and cut some squares, I can pick a few up from a stack near my sewing machine and finish some in a very short amount of time (which is seemingly all the time I have these days!). They could also work as “Leaders & Enders”which is always a sly way to make progress on two projects at once. Sherri–you are a genius to get us started on a block basic we will be using frequently throughout the project. Thanks so very much for all you bring to us and the quilting world at large. Happy New Year!
sherri McConnell says
Thank you so much for being so kind! Happy quilting!
Rosrmary Orner says
The PDF only shows the pictures of the three blocks. There are no directions or hst block sizes. I would really love to do this with you. Thank you.
sherri McConnell says
If you go to the landing page…near the bottom is a PDF link for the fabric requirements which also includes the block instructions. Thank you for sewing along!
This looks like a fun project to work on to make a memorable year! However, I have some severe back issues. I shouldn’t quilt, but I do anyway. I have found that the most difficult thing for me is the cutting of fabric. Besides being the “lazy” gal’s way out, how much would it matter if I use 5inch precut squares for these instead of cutting 4-inch squares?