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Skill Builder BOM 2014


Well, this year is coming to an end and so is the 2013 Skill Builder BOM. What an amazing year of learning! My ultimate goal with Skill Builder BOM was that you and I would walk away with greater knowledge of different quilting techniques and increased confidence in our sewing abilities. Looking over your blocks from this year I am totally blown away at how much you all have grown. Many of you had never even tried free motion quilting when we started, and now I see you quilting entire quilts with beautiful unique designs. I am very proud of you all!

This year was also an incredible learning experience for myself. Not only did I acquire new quilting techniques, but I also learned so much about blogging, writing instructions, creating videos, and teaching. I am so excited to continue this fun into next year, so without further ado, I would like to present the 2014 Skill Builder Block of the Month.

Pile O' Fabric

The BOM Details

skill-builder-2014-coverThis year, I chose to design a quilt with an overall theme. The quilt is called For the Love of Sewing. How often do you sew for yourself? Most quilters I meet are working on projects for their loved ones. My hope is that you will spend a little time each month working on a fun project just for you! The quilt incorporates a total of 15 blocks which vary in size to create an irregular grid. The finished quilt will be 52” x 56” which is an average throw/lap size quilt.

skill-builder-2014-backcoverPiecing Techniques

Each block in this quilt is unique! Over the course of the year, I will be instructing you in the following techniques:

  • Raw-edge Applique
  • Layered Applique
  • Foundation Paper Piecing
  • Free Form Piec-lique
  • Inset Piec-lique
  • Basic Embroidery
  • Strip Piecing
  • Slash and Stitch

Quilting and Finishing the Quilt

Based on participant feedback, one of the most helpful aspects of the 2013 Skill Builder BOM was practicing free motion and straight line quilting. So again this year, we will be quilting each block as we go, and I will be including a lesson for quilting each month.

This means we will also be piecing together our quilted blocks with the same binding method as last year. However, this year the blocks will include extra sizing to allow for quilting shrinkage (as opposed to adding borders to each block) and the joining strips between blocks will be wider, more like sashing.

Join the fun!

In 2013, I offered the first Skill Builder BOM for free. This worked out great because it gave you all a chance to try it out and get a feel for the format. It also allowed me to work out the kinks and improve for this year.

Next year, the 2014 Skill Building BOM will be offered as a paid online course. I am excited to announce a new extension of Pile O’ Fabric called the Sewing Room. The Sewing Room is where you can purchase/register to have access to courses on the Sewing Room interactive learning platform. This is where I will be teaching the 2014 Block of the Month (and soon other courses).

school-image-250The Block of the Month will include the same great features as last year (such as videos, step-by-step photos and PDF downloads), and now it will also include private access to a fun interactive classroom where you can learn, discuss, get help, gain points to win prizes, and share with others. You will be given lifetime access to the course and the chance to work at your own pace, just in case you need more time! Another great improvement is that this year I have recruited three fantastic testers who will be making the blocks with me a month in advance, so you can rest assured that the lessons will be clear and accurate. I am also offering a complete yardage and supply list this year so there will be no surprises! Optional supply kits can be purchased in the Sewing Room in advance.

Share the fun and earn!

I am especially excited to offer you all an opportunity to share and earn! You can signup to become a Sewing Room affiliate which gives you the chance to earn a 15% commission on sales referred by you from sharing about BOM and future Sewing Room online courses with your friends. You can use the money earned towards the BOM course or take it all in cash via PayPal. Learn more about the affiliate program and signup here.

If you own a local quilt shop or are a member of a guild and would like information on creating a local BOM sewing group, ​email me for the details.

Quick Links

I know this was a very long post with tons of details and links. So here are some quick links to help you:

I look forward to quilting along with you this coming year! Thank you for your support.

Alyssa


    Post Comments

  • Alyssa says...

    I am so glad you picked it up again. The more and more you catch up the more addicting it will get especially when the quilt comes together its such a good feeling!

    On August 21, 2014

  • ritainalaska says...

    finally got bored with not feeling up to much and started my skillbuilder blocks. working slowly and about to finish piecing my sixth block. I am piecing! and it’s looking good! miracle! thanx for your time, talent and expert ability to inspire me to do this skillbuilder. looking forward to next year’s bom

    On August 21, 2014

  • Mary Helen says...

    The “SEE a Sewing Room course in action” link would have been more illustrative if the sound had been turned on. I had great video but no audio. Thanks for the classroom. It looks as though you put a lot of thought and work into it.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Heather says...

    This is AWESOME and $25 is a bargain for a pattern this lovely and all of the accompanying tutorials. I have already signed up!

    Quick question: Will the alternate fabric colorway suggestions be up by the end of this week by any miracle? I would love to do some Black Friday fabric shopping for this quilt!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Tanyia says...

    Alyssa, I have not used the 2013 BOM to its potential and still I have learned and grew so much from it! I am really looking forward to 2014 with you! I am also excited to see how this is helping you grow! Wow! One question… For those of us that are slow, will the access be there for us to go at our own speed? Also, will 2013 directions remain available to those of us still catching up?

    On August 21, 2014

  • For the Love of Sewing | Vintage Modern Quilts says...

    […] But I’m glad she did because I am in love with this project. The theme of this year’s BOM is “For the Love of Sewing.” […]

    On August 21, 2014

  • Stephanie @ Quarter Incher says...

    Oh this looks like fun! What a great quilt to have in a sewing room and building upon quilty knowledge as well!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Hey Mary Helen! There is supposed to be a fun song in the background. I just went ahead an updated the video so hopefully that worked. Thanks :)

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Hey Karrie! Go ahead and email me at alyssa@blog.pileofabric.com

    On August 21, 2014

  • Karrie Smith says...

    Nevermind I fixed it!!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Karrie Smith says...

    Hi
    Can you give me your email? I can’t find it on your page. I have a question!

    Thanks so much
    Karrie

    ksmith8@emich.edu

    On August 21, 2014

  • Margaret R says...

    Hi, I just have a quick question. If I sign up, does this work like Craftsy where I can work on it any time? And will it be there for as long as I need it? I guess I have more questions….is this a video tutorial sort of class? Thanks for any info you provide. I would like to join but am very busy and my sewing times are often the middle of the night.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thanks Heather! I was just thinking the other day about Black Friday and what a good opportunity it is to shop. Initially I had planned to post the first Fabric and Design lesson on December 20th. I won’t have enough time before the holiday tomorrow to finish the lesson, but you can refer to last years post which may help you a little in terms of Color Theory. http://blog.pileofabric.com/2012/12/28/fabric-and-color-choice-skill-builder-bom/

    Overall I would try to keep your color scheme to about six colors. Then you could choose different values in those colors to add a little depth to the block designs. In regards to prints, keeping the scale of the print smaller like a blender will work better than a large print since we will be cutting our pieces so small. The fabric requirements can be found on the back cover image here http://sewingroom.blog.pileofabric.com/collections/courses/products/skill-builder-bom-2014

    Thanks for joining!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Hey Margaret! Great questions. Yes, you can work at your own pace and you receive access to the course forever. Skill Builder BOM is formatted slightly different than future classes since it is a Block of the Month. When you first login to the platform you will be able to complete a few of the introduction tasks like watching and introduction video teaching you about the platform, as well as introducing yourself to the class. Then the other tasks will be blocked until they get posted throughout the year. Each month I will publish two lessons a Block Lesson and Quilting Lesson, each having different steps. Lessons always have a PDF document with step-by-step instructions that can be downloaded at anytime.Some lessons will include videos, usually when I am teaching a new technique that you need to see first hand. There is also other steps like sharing your blocks, discussing things, etc. If you have any other questions be sure to check the faqs http://sewingroom.blog.pileofabric.com/pages/course-faq-s or email me at alyssa@blog.pileofabric.com

    On August 21, 2014

  • Caroline Veltre says...

    Looking forward to the BOM, looks like fun!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Emily says...

    Oh, I wasn’t going to do a block of the month quilt in 2014 (I did one through another blog this year) because I thought I didn’t like samplers, but then I saw this quilt and it proved me wrong. :) Also, this seems a great way to learn new techniques and practice FMQ. I look forward to joining in.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Laura Vanvleet says...

    Wow! Thanks for the invite! This looks like an awesome BOM!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thanks Stephanie!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Hey Tanyia! I have enjoyed having you is the discussions this year and are excited to sew with you again! Yes, you can work at your own pace and you receive access to the course forever. The 2013 BOM will remain here at Pile O’ Fabric forever as well here at this page http://blog.pileofabric.com/skill-builder-bom/

    On August 21, 2014

  • Mary Knight says...

    Hi. I signed up for the bom class a few days ago. When will we see info about the fabric requirements? I did see the supply list. Looking forward to it.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    I think you are going to really have a blast and learn a lot!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Glad to have you!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Daisy says...

    Hi Gina,
    Don’t be afraid of the techniques in this BOM as Alyssa does a great job of explaining and creating how-to videos. Take a look at some of her tutorials. The Beginning Quilting Tutorial is a great start. Also look at some of the lessons from the 2013 BOM and you will see detailed explanations on how to create the blocks, with many of the blocks having a technique video to go along with it.

    You won’t feel overwhelmed if you join in. Chances are if you are having difficulties with one of the blocks, others will be having the same troubles too. You will be able to get help in the interactive classroom from Alyssa and the other participants in the BOM. The 2013 BOM worked in this way too in the discussion area.

    You will definitely have a fun time and a really cute quilt design when you are done. Looking forward to you joining in with the rest of us that are ready to go!
    Daisy

    On August 21, 2014

  • Daisy says...

    Looking forward to starting in on this BOM!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Gina Koston says...

    I’d really like to join, but all these new techniques kind of frighten me. I’ve been wanting to learn paper piecing really bad. I’m worried about getting all the supplies for this and getting started, then not being able to complete it because of getting stumped. Is this something that is more for quilters and sewers who kind of know about these techniques, for those of us who’ve never had experience with these techniques? Or both? :o) I just wanna know what I’m getting myself into if I decide to join…

    On August 21, 2014

  • Laura VanVleet says...

    Hi Alyssa! Just blogged about your class here: http://creationsontheisland.blogspot.com/2013/12/skill-builder-class.html Can’t wait to start the class!!

    On August 21, 2014

  • New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop! | Ties That Bind Quilting says...

    […]  I’m also participating in the Stash Bee and making two block of the month quilts: the Skill Builder “For the Love of Sewing” BOM and the Delightful Stars quilt along.  I love modern quilts and enjoy working with both prints and […]

    On August 21, 2014

  • Keeping the SewJo | Green Truck Stitching says...

    […] While the kids watched a movie with Dad, I was able to sew up the current assigned blocks for Pile o’ Fabric Skillbuilder.  This round we are still utilizing piece-lique to make the button block and base for embroidery […]

    On August 21, 2014

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