Craftsy’s Block Of The Month with Amy Gibson

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 in Quilting, Sewing | Comments

Happy Holidays dear friends!  I’m so thrilled to be guest posting today on Craftsy!  I want to introduce myself & give you some sneak peeks at a really exciting quilt project we’ve been working on for the New Year!!  Wheeeee!  Can’t wait to share it with you!

I’m a 30-something mom of two sweet little girls, a lover of modern fabric, and a quilting addict.  My little slice of blog world is, where I share all of my adventures in modern quilting & sewing, motherhood, and life as a semi-OCD, list-making, coffee-drinking, Law & Order-watching gal.  That’s me!   I’ve sewn all my life.  I learned the basics as a very young child in 4-H, and am almost completely self-taught when it comes to quilting.  I love an eclectic aesthetic, mixing classic historic blocks with fresh, modern fabrics.  Each time I sit down to stitch something or design a pattern (like the iTote Workshop you may have seen on Craftsy, or my Cathedral Window Quilt on Moda Bake Shop), I really strive to embrace the idea of “quilting without rules.”  To me, this means letting go of expectations and rules (from myself and the quilting community in general), and just allowing myself to sew what I love, in the way that I love.

Speaking of things I love, it’s about time to clue you in on some ridiculously fun quilt happenings here at Craftsy!  I’m absolutely delighted to be hosting a brand new feature- Craftsy’s Block Of The Month!  In this year-long FREE monthly video series, I’m going to show you how to make 20 of the most versatile, eclectic quilt blocks out there (ie- my favs!)…and guess what?!  It’s no fun if you don’t do it with me!  Join in the Craftsy quilting community by posting pictures of your fabric and blocks in the gallery, commenting, heart-ing your favorites, and asking questions (I’ll answer every one, I promise!).  From stars to curves to paper piecing, it’s going to be one seriously fun year.

I’m buuuusy, busy cutting up this delicious stack of fabric, and my Craftsy peeps are busy getting the series ready to launch next month!  Stay tuned!  Wishing you a warm & cozy holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you in Janurary!



  1. Quiltercaroline says:

    What a wonderful idea – I have never taken part in a block of the month – so I look forward to joining you on this journey in the new year.

  2. Catherine says:

    Love eclectic in anything so I’m sure I’ll love this BOM. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. Laurie says:

    Oh, I think this is exactly what I need to do in the new year. I’m new at quilting and have so much to learn. This would be a fun way to make the learning happen. Thanks!

  4. Nancy says:

    Looking forward to joining you as I’ve never done a block of the month. Hopefully I can use material I have on hand.

  5. Leanne says:

    I’m in can’t wait, roll on January……

  6. Mel says:

    Cool! How do I sign up?

  7. Pat says:

    So hoping that this will be helpful for the very beginning quilter!

  8. Lori Overy says:

    Can not wait!!!! Happy Holidays!!!!!

  9. Dez says:

    Sounds like fun, looking forward to quilting along.

  10. Pam says:

    I am excited too. I am a beginner quilter and I need to follow someone for awhile till I get my sewing legs under me. This is going to be fun!

  11. Jeanie Smith says:

    I head up a quilt class at our church. I would love to do this with you this year and pass it on to my class. A few questions. How much fabric do we need to start and how many different colors or patterns. I was looking for somthing to do this 2012 so this will be just perfect. Thanks

    1. M.Main says:

      I loved your idea of sharing with your Churdh Group. Would you show us your 2012 Block of the Month Quilt please.
      Best Wishes M.M. Australia.

  12. Jan Rau says:

    this sounds like fun. I have done some quilting but not enough to really know what I am doing. so maybe I would learn some new and useful things by trying this. let me know when you are going to start.

  13. Tammy Bolt says:

    I love this sight that s comming ,I know that i will love it.
    I love to sew which i got from my Granny,The late mozelle newsome.There are so many memories I made with her and then some.A lot that she pass down to me ,I will pass on. tammy lanelle newsome bolt

  14. amy reindel says:

    What do I need to do to get involved with the BOM?

  15. Diana Gulley says:

    I am SO looking forward to this block of the month! I-like Quiltercaroline-have never done a block of the month and I’m so excited about it!

  16. Sandy Pierce says:

    Sounds like fun, do you let us know what fabrics to get?

  17. Pearl says:

    Looking forward to this challenge.

  18. Janet Doby says:

    Sounds like so much fun. I can’t wait to get started.

  19. M.A. from PA says:

    This is such a great idea. Can’t wait to get started. Like caroline said, “I look forward to the journey”.

  20. Grandma-virg says:

    Are you going to show us what your quilt looks like before we start?

  21. pat says:

    this sounds like great fun and not much time involved will be great fun!

  22. Patricia says:

    I have wanted to do a block of the month for a long time and I think it is time for me to do it :) I am so glad craftsy will be offering it and I can use my fabrics yeah. I will be waiting for it to begin.

  23. Gloria says:

    This sounds like a great idea. I can’t wait to see the blocks. I am just a new quilter and need all the help I can.

  24. Pat Doyle says:

    Looking forward to this!

  25. Jean says:

    Ditto Quiltercaroline; it must be our turn to do this! Bring it on..

  26. Lynn Winkler says:

    I have never joined a block of the month thing, but I will be joining this one.

  27. Sonya says:

    Sounds great!

  28. Julie Reyes says:

    I never taken part in a block of the month, thought it would be fun!!!

  29. Connie says:

    I am looking forward to the experience of learning new blocks and quilting “secrets”.

  30. GA Marge says:

    Sounds like fun. I love learning new techniques and blocks.

  31. joyy says:

    Count me in, it sounds exciting!!

  32. Tracy Hudson says:

    Oh what fun this is going to be! I plan to join in, it will be a first for me! Can’t wait!!!

  33. Geraldine camil says:

    I am really looking forward to joining the block of the month group.

  34. Cindy says:

    This sounds like fun. I’m a beginner so I’m not sure if I could do this.

  35. Karen nelson says:

    I can hardly wait- doing something just for me!!!!!

  36. Juanita says:

    So excited about the block of the month. Hope I remember or find it when it starts.

  37. Marlene Benson says:

    This looks like lots of fun.I anxiously await the projects.

  38. Kari Bies says:

    Thank you so much! I love block of the month but i hesitate when they are 24-25 bucks a month. Thank you again and I look forward to following and starting in Jan!

  39. Inga Traverse says:

    Can’nt wait to begin! Love to quilt

  40. June Kelly says:

    A block of the month would be so fun. I’d love to join you.

  41. Suzanne says:

    I’m in! I too have never participated in a block-of-the-month (BOM) so it sounds great.

  42. Shari Manning says:

    I am so excited! I have never done a block of the month and have only been quilting for a few months. What a better way to learn :)

  43. Dawn says:

    excited to see these..and learn.. Hope you’re easy to find and keep track of!!

  44. Joey Holcomb says:

    I’m looking forward to do the block of the month with you and other quilters. It can just be great fun to see how the result will be at the end of next year.

  45. Looking forward to this fun. BOMs are always fun to do but haven’t done one yet online.

    How will we know when it starts? Will emails go out?


  46. Shayla says:

    I can’t wait, you make it sound so fun!

  47. Connie says:

    New quilter here. Anxious to begin this monthly block with you. I need all the advise I can get
    Thanks, And Merry Christmas

  48. Lee Ann says:

    I am excited a free block of the month!!!!

  49. Lori Hudson says:

    Yeah!! Lookin’ fwd to sewing my way through the New Year!

  50. marge nistler says:

    Looking forward to this block of the month, sounds like fun!

  51. BaBa Cindy says:

    I love doing Block of the Month quilts! It keeps me working on it consitently. I regularly do them with two groups and soon my favorite quilt supply store will begin one, too. With yours that will be 4 quilts for the year! I’m so excited!

  52. Sandy Carey says:

    think i will make this a priority for the new year. looking forward to the video… I used to sew alot but not so much this year. so think the year 2012 will be a great year to start again.

  53. KCScamp says:

    I am looking forward to actually sitting down and starting to work on a quilting project. I have gathered fabrics all year, and kits and more fabrics, patterns and more fabrics….and now I NEED to start….I too grew up sewing my own clothes, and still have to get over the “”must match”” part to any thing goes in the quilting world. I know that you will surely help with that…
    and since I am going to also start my Christmas for 2012 too (I procrastinated too long this year) this will head me in the right direction.

  54. Valerie B says:

    I’ve participated in Block of the Month programs before. This should be fun.

  55. Carmen says:

    I just found your website. It looks very interesting. I’ve participated in several block of the month projects. They are a blast. I’ve never done one online. I’m interested to see how this is going to work out. Looking forward to this getting started.

  56. Emcee says:

    I can’t wait – always wanted to do a block of the month

  57. Anne Johnson says:

    I am looking forward to joining you next year, in the “block of the month”. It will be a new experience for me, being new to quilting and so far self taught. I hope I can buy fabrics same or near to over here in Western Australia. Hope every one has a safe and happy dec 25th.

  58. Susan sereti says:

    Looking forward to bom and love the idea of following on line and chance for questions and such…..thanks for thinking of all of us with these ideas.

  59. Dee Wethered says:

    Amy, How very exciting. I am there…….I love Craftsy. i just found this site a couple of month’s ago. I have purchased a couple of quilting classes and i love them but this will be great for me because i live in rural N.D., over a hundred miles from a quilt store so i have not participated in a BOM for several years. And it’s free. Thanks for this great opportunity.

  60. amie johnson says:

    Count me in for BOM club!

  61. Sandra warren says:


  62. Tammie Pruitt says:

    I am currently participating in Eleanor Burns bom, and I love love love it. I can not wait to see what you have in store. Would absolutely love to be on board.

  63. Tiffany says:

    What a fantastic idea!

  64. Suzie G says:

    I am so excited about this! I have a couple of friends who quilt and we try to get together to do things but never have the time….this is perfect!

  65. Jonsey says:

    Can’t wait! Looking forward to the fun!

  66. Davesmom says:

    How does one find this bom, on or an other site? I have never done a block a month before. I too have taken several courses from Craftsy’s classes in last couple of months, and have been quilting for only 2 years.

  67. Cindy Frantzen says:

    Never have done a block of the month, am looking forward to trying this out.
    How will I know when this starts? Will I get an email with the instructions?

  68. sharon says:

    I am new to quilting and would love to sign up for BOM. but I am not sure how to sign up. can you please walk me through it thanks

    1. Stefanie Japel says:

      The course isn’t available for sign up yet, it will launch in time for Jan 1. We’ll write another blog post to tell you exactly how to register.

  69. JoAnn Thompson says:

    This sounds like fun, can’t wait to get started.

  70. Alaina Elias says:

    I am really looking forward to this block of the month. I have done four before and they never get tiring or boring. Thanks so much for offering this year long class!!

  71. connie says:

    where would I buy the material that you are using for the block of the month series, love it

    1. connie says:

      where can I buy the material that you are using for the bom I love it but cannot find it anywhere

  72. Belinda Adkins says:

    I am not a quilter, but sew clothing for myself and my grandchildren, purses and fiber arts scarves, however I am looking forward to doing this. The only other quilt I did was a dresden plate design (didn’t know it was the hardest one to do) in a class. I could believe how long it took for a “lap” quilt!! But I think I aready to give quilting another try! How do we get the bundle mentioned on the Craftsy site? Would it look weird to have each block a different color shceme? Thank.

  73. Sandra V says:

    Sound interesting and fun

  74. Sheila Ockey says:

    I am looking forward to participating in this BOM……………I’ve been a quilter for about 12 yrs. w/a lifetime of sewing experience…………….I have lots of UFO’s…………..but I will try and keep up on this. Do you take our e-mail address and fwd. instructions? It seems there is a great interest. I’m quite involved in our local quilting guild, which is lots of fun. Thank for doing this project for all quilters! Looking forward to the BOM

    1. Stefanie Japel says:

      All you need to do is go to the class registration page, sign up, and you can get started right away: All of the instructions for January are there, and instrux for future months are still to come.

  75. Veline B says:

    I have signed up for your website and for the block of the month. I haven’t been able to find a tab for course materials and I can only access 2 minutes of the video for the January block. I have logged in where it says to. It’s been a little frustrating. I hope you can help me with this problem.

    1. Stefanie Japel says:

      Hi Veline,

      I’ve forwarded your comment to our help desk. is always there to help you figure out any site issues that you may experience.


  76. Mary Hoff says:

    Looking forword to try.