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You know you want to come on a Chockablock adventure with me and quilters around the world in 2023, right?!
You can also check out some of the amazing blocks being made this year HERE.
What is Chockablock?
It's a fun medallion sampler with 16 different blocks, ranging from 3 to 18" in size and one is sewn as a 'continuous' border. Chockablock is run as a block of the month from February to November 2023. We'll be sewing along with the goal to build our quilts from the centre and have a finished quilt top at the end, that's the beauty of a medallion design! However, NO PRESSURE to keep up, you do you! I want you to have fun piecing these blocks and playing with your fabric. Dive into your stash and start mixing colour combos. You'll notice in my blocks that for 'solids' I tend to use a lot of Speckled and a sprinkling of Add it Up.
The sign-up fee is a one-off payment for the BOM. This covers the entire pattern from start to finish and you can sign-up at any time. As this is a digital product no refunds are provided. There are optional premade templates available, templates will also come in the PDF files if you wish to make your own.
Templates, hand piecing and machine sewing
Please note this is a template-driven program, with some partial and y-seams, it's fabulous for hand-piecing, however, you can machine piece if you have the skills to do so, I have some peeps trying out month one and they are machine piecing. See the images for a preview of how the instructions will be provided. They’re detailed and I’ve got your back when it comes to y-seams and partial seams. I have a blog post on templates if you're new to them or want some handy tips.
There are the following options for the BOM:
- BOM only
- BOM + Preorder Full Template Set (16 blocks, 1 set per block)
- BOM + Preorder Repeat Border Template Set (3 blocks, 1 set per block)
A note about preordering templates
In a perfect, pre-pandemic world I'd be able to send your template sets out to you each month, BUT postal and delivery services are under pressure right now and into the foreseeable future. Considering this, the template sets will be sent out in one go. They are a preorder item - some stock is available and you'll be notified of turnaround.
What are Eppiflex Templates?
The templates for this BOM are by Eppiflex and are made from BOPET (a thinner plastic that can be recycled, read more here). They're lighter and thinner than acrylic templates. A disclaimer. These will take a little getting used to, they are thinner and a little more slippery. But I believe the cost-saving, the lighter weight for postage and that they are recyclable are worth the effort. You will need to use a pattern weight or two for the larger block pieces (you'll need to do that anyhow for any template you use for this quilt) or Sewtites work really well with these templates (I've tested this). So please consider that before purchasing. I also have a blog post about templates including information about Eppiflex and have a reel up on Instagram showing me using them.
What's the schedule?
10 months. On the 1st of each month, starting February 2023, ending November 2023.
Intro document, including material requirements and colouring sheet
Monthly blocks emailed together with clear block construction illustrations, seam setting photos and tips for each block, 16 blocks ranging from 3" up to 18" in size
Hand piecing specific tips and tricks including instructions, covering off y-seams and partial seams, you'll be sewing them in no time with no issues
Template instructions included on how to make your own from the provided pattern as well as how to use the Eppiflex templates if you purchase them
The option to purchase pre-made Eppiflex templates, a full set or the 3 repeat block border set
An online community for the BOM so we can chat, share our blocks and ask questions of me.
Monthly check-in from me including some video instruction for specific blocks
Big stitch quilting instructions and a hand quilting plan
For further details about Chockablock you can read more here or feel free to drop me an email nicATcraftapalooza.com and I can't wait to start sewing with you!