Welcome to The National Quilt Museum’s Block of the Month Club!
Through the Block of the Month Club, The National Quilt Museum aims to challenge quilters to experiment with new techniques and styles while having fun connecting with quilters from all over the world, and learning more about the museum in the process!
Join our online community today by visiting https://www.facebook.com/groups/NQMBlockoftheMonth/ and clicking "join!"
Round 4 BOTM
Round 4 will continue to see blocks released on the 1st of each month, and run January – December 2022. Blocks will continue to be 12 ½” square, and created by guest designers. Inspirations will come from museum exhibitions, collection artists, themes, and styles. As each block is a mystery until its release, the final quilt will be a sampler style, and participants are free to arrange the blocks layout as desired.
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Round 3 Labels
Have you finished your Round 3 (January -December 2021) quilt? Scroll down to register for an exclusive Round 3 label for your quilt! Labels are available, until supplies run out.
Round 3 Exhibit
This exhibition will run April 13 – July 5, 2022 in the museum gallery. It includes 12 quilts chosen from Round 3 participants, along with the Museum quilt. Quilts are chosen based on interpretations of the block themes, creativity in layout and overall workmanship. Quilts will be returned after the close of the exhibit.
Round 3 Label Registration
Round 3 Finishing Instructions
Click here to download the finishing instructions file for Round 3. Below, you are also able to view our Round 3 Finishing Tutorial video. Blocks are made with a Quilt As You Go technique so to join all 12 blocks together, we're following the joining method from Marianne at thequiltingedge.com.
Round 3 Archive: January 2021-December 2021 Patterns
Click through to see the archives of all twelve of the Round 3 patterns.
Quilt Along 2020
Click here to download the full set of instructions for the Star Cluster Quilt Along 2020. Instructions are also available in the FB group under ‘Files,’ and be sure to look through the photos for inspiration from participants!
Round 2 Archive: April 2019-March 2020 Patterns
Click through to see the archives of all twelve of the Round 2 patterns.
Round 1 Archive: April 2018-March 2019 Patterns
Click through to see the archives of all twelve of the Round 1 patterns, a suggested quilt top assembly, and the Round 1 print-at-home labels.
April 2018 - Round 1 #1
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Block 1: English Paper PiecingApril 2018 Resources:
Frequently Asked Questions:
How can I join?
Click this link to the group on Facebook and click 'join'.
What if I don't have Facebook?
Each month, the pattern will be uploaded to the museum's website at https://quiltmuseum.org/blockofthemonth/
How much does it cost?
The Block of the Month club is free!
How does the group work?
Block patterns are released on the 1st of each month. Sharing your progress each month is a welcome source of inspiration to other members. Participants can discuss quilting, share photos, ask for sewing tips and more as long as the discussion is respectful and on-topic.
How much fabric do I need?
Since each block is designed by a different artist, fabric requirements will vary. You have the option to use as many or as few fabrics as you prefer, so the quilt can be scrappy, focused in a limited color palette, or use a color scheme that evolves from month to month. It’s your quilt so use whatever makes you happy!
When do I start?
You can join at any time! New patterns are released on the first of each month at noon CST. You can start with the current Round, or go back and make previous patterns at any time.
Who designs the patterns?
Blocks are designed by guest quilt artists including: Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Cassandra Beaver, Nicholas Ball, Audrey Esarey, Jo Avery, Silvia Sutters, Valerie White, and more!
How much experience do I need quilting?
The club welcomes quilters of all levels. Beginner quilters can reach out to other members with questions. Different blocks will likely introduce new techniques and expand the horizons of modern quilters.
What happens at the end?
Participants who complete a quilt at the end of 12 months are eligible to receive a FREE limited-edition quilt label courtesy of The National Quilt Museum!
Can I tell others?
Absolutely! Invite your friends to join the Facebook group, or share the patterns with friends who aren't online as they are released.
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