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Join the Traverse Block of the Month!

Updated: Jul 28

Let's make this quilt together!

Join me and your local quilt shop for the Traverse Block of the Month & sew along.

Inspiration comes from the funniest places. I'd been thinking on this block of the month for awhile, brewing ideas and waiting for the right spark. Well, one night I was watching Jane the Virgin on TV when inspiration struck! The characters were seated in a restaurant, and there was a blurry out of focus woven fabric on a bench in the background, and it hit me that this was it! I snapped a screenshot and off I went. I recalled the jar of woven ribbons my mom had when I was a child, and how I loved to get them out and look at all the lovely colors and patterns, the way the shapes played with one another and the quiet spaces where there was a block of solid color (kind of like that sashing above). I'll share more progress pictures later, but read on below to get all the details!

What’s the Traverse Quilt? It’s a take on a traditional row-by-row. The quilt consists of a series of blocks sewn into rows each month. When completed the quilt will measure 72” x 85”.

Block of the Month includes:

  • 10 row patterns

  • 12 month sew-along

  • Monthly video tutorials

  • Tips on quilt time management

  • Kits featuring Windham Artisan Cottons

  • Monthly prizes

How do I sign-up? A list of quilt shops offering the multi-color way are linked here. A list of quilt shops offering the neutral colorway are linked here. Don't see your favorite LQS? Join by signing up with one our online shop participants.

When does it start? The sew along will start here on the blog in August, with an overview and some preparations before we begin. Then the actual sewing will start September 1st! Be sure to check with your local quilt shop to see their exact dates for fabric distribution and in-person events.

Read on for all the details about this exciting year-long experience:

This looks complicated. Can I do it? If you are an adventurous beginner with at least some sewing experience and maybe one quilt (or half a dozen unfinished quilt tops!) under your belt, you most certainly can do it! The sew along will be supported by me, online, and supported by shops with either in-person or video tutorials to help you learn and complete the row each month.

Video tutorials you say? I've made exclusive video tutorials to support you every step of the way. Each month your shop will distribute these in-depth videos with all the tips & tricks necessary to construct each row. I love video, as it makes it easy to show you the techniques and point out things you should pay particular attention to!

What techniques are included in the pattern? I designed the quilt so that each row demonstrates a range of techniques that will build the skills of a novice quilter but also be fun for experts. Techniques include strip piecing, curves, and a brand new way to foundation paper piece!

Will I be able to keep up? Yes! I will be providing a suggested schedule each month right here on my blog with guidelines for what should get done each week to keep up. Some months are less complex than others, so there will be a few easy months where you can get caught up if you get behind when life happens. Plus! There will be prizes for participating along the way so you will be motivated!

Prizes you say?! Oh yes! I can’t reveal all the sponsors just yet but I have some fabulous prizes from Oliso, Quilter’s Dream, Windham, and Wonderfil to name a few!

How can I participate online? Join the Tara Faughnan Quilts Facebook Group to interact with participants from the BOM. Then repost the I'm In badge using #traversequiltsa #traversequilt & #artisancottons. Using the hashtag for all your Traverse BOM Instagram posts enters you to win monthly prizes & may get you featured in participant spotlights on Instagram, this blog, or monthly newsletters.

What’s included in the kit? Each kit will include enough Windham Artisan Cottons to make the quilt top (that’s 14+ yards of fabric including brand new colors I designed!) as well as the 20+ page pattern which is exclusive to BOM participants!

How much does the kit cost & how is it distributed? Contact your participating quilt shop for details on distribution and cost.

What about backing & binding fabric? Backing and binding are sold separately.

Can I buy a fabric kit or pattern from you? Not this year! While I am about to start offering some curated fabric bundles (see my shop here), you can only get the Traverse BOM kit and patterns from participating shops.

What other tools or fabric do I need to complete the entire BOM?

  • Marking pencils. In colors to mark both light and dark fabrics. I personally love the Sewline Ceramic Lead Marking Pencil.

  • Glue sticks. Confession: for paper piecing I like Elmer’s Washable School Glue Sticks for most things as they’re cheap and they work! For curves it's also nice to have a Sewline glue stick or other fine tip glue stick for precision application.

  • Printer paper. Normal printer paper, not cardstock.

  • Square Acrylic Ruler. This should be at least 9.5” square with 45 degree markings.

  • A Walking Foot. Not just for quilting your quilt but also to help with long seams when sewing together rows.

I still have questions! I'd love to help you! Just send an email to info@tarafaughnan.com

I am so excited to begin, and I hope you'll join me in making this beautiful quilt. I'm off now to make the version in the neutral color way, as I think I do need both!

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