Wednesday, November 27, 2013

New Skill Builder BOM from Alyssa at Pile O' Fabric

I have some very exciting news: Pile O' Fabric's new Skill Builder BOM is live!

Most BOMs and skill builders leave you with some new technique/skill, but also with a stack of blocks that don't match and just scream "SAMPLER" when pieced together into a quilt top. Alyssa's Skill Builder BOM is different, offering not only great techniques you may never have heard of before, but also a cohesive design any sewist can be proud of creating; not like some other sampler quilts which end up lining dog beds or being used for outdoor-only activities. Oh wait, is that just me?? Right... moving on then.

This Skill Builder BOM is also quilt as you go (QAYG). Alyssa will teach FMQ each month along with the block construction taking much of the stress out of FMQing. I personally LOVE FMQ and am looking forward to honing my skills and learning new designs. Plus, it's so much easier to FMQ on small blocks than it is to tackle large quilts on your domestic machine.

I'm a realist. I know my time is precious and between Stash Bee and PHXMQG Vitamin D Bee and actually wanting to do some sewing myself and being a mother and wife, it's difficult to take on anything new. This, however, is one program I am going to make time for. I love to learn, especially when it comes to my craft. I spend so much time quilting, it's only natural for me to want to master existing skills and learn to stretch myself, creatively. I hope you will join me. I chose not to participate last year and feel I missed out on something great, not just the skills, but the community that comes with sewing alongside other creators.

I have already joined and tried out the new Pile O' Fabric Sewing Room interface. The Sewing Room is a class section of the Pile O' Fabric site that offers a gathering place for all the lectures, discussion, and students of the Pile O' Fabric classes. So far, it's been user-friendly and I was even able to link it with my Facebook account, making it even easier to share my profile picture and sign-in.

Now for the hard part: choosing my colors for this year's quilt!


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