In Craftsy’s first-ever Block of the Month, Amy Gibson illustrates 10 specific quilting techniques – half- and quarter-square triangles, appliqué, string quilting, paper piecing and more. Quilt along as Amy makes 20 12″ blocks using what you’ve learned. Some are brand-new designs, others fresh twists on traditional favorites. Craftsy users loved the 2012 BOM so much it’s become an annual tradition! Check out the 2014 Block of the Month, Craftsy Color Theory with Janine Burke and Amy Walsh. Browse the Craftsy Fabric Shop for some fresh new designs, or choose from your stash. Enroll free any time and get instant access to all the lessons you’ve missed. As with all Craftsy courses, you can take the class at your own pace and your access never expires.
Meet Amy Gibson, quilter, blogger and mom. She’ll talk about tools, fabrics and some basic quilting techniques like the scant quarter-inch seam allowance.
January: Slashed Blocks
Start your sampler quilt with two slashed blocks, the Asterisk and Wonky Pound Sign.
February: Half-Square Triangles
Two different ways to make half-square triangles are on tap this month, and you’ll make the Balkan Puzzle and Chunky Chevron blocks.
March: Foundation Piecing
Foundation piecing is in the spotlight this month. Amy demonstrates the Broken Spider Web and String blocks.
April: English Paper Piecing
This month features two techniques: appliqué and English paper piecing. Hexi Stripes and Sunny With a Chance of Hex are the two patterns you’ll learn.
May: Wonky Log Cabin
You’ve never seen Log Cabin blocks like this. Amy shows you the Modern Log Cabin and the Wonky 5-Sided Log Cabin to demonstrate strip piecing.
June: The Modern 9-Patch
Eight-sided octagons take center stage this month. Learn the Greek Cross and Octagon blocks.
July: Dresden Plates
Dresden Plates are a traditional block design that looks great with updated, bold fabrics. Amy shows two takes on Dresden, one with a pointed edge, the other wheel-shaped.
Are you seeing stars? You will after you make the Ohio Star and Double Star blocks that make up this month’s lesson.
September: Curved Piecing
Curved piecing intimidates many rookie quilters. Amy takes a look at the colorfully named Drunkard’s Path pattern, making the Chain and Cleopatra’s Puzzle blocks.
October: Paper Piecing
Learn paper piecing in this Block of the Month. The Friendship Circle and Circle of Geese designs are the perfect blocks to finish your sampler quilt.
The Big Finish: Assembly
In the last five lessons, Amy will show you how to construct the quilt. Lay out your blocks into a pleasing design, stitch them together and add sashing and a border.
The Big Finish: Basting
Your beautiful pieced top meets its batting and backing as you sandwich your quilt layers with Amy.
The Big Finish: Quilting
Easy quilting techniques, including stitch in the ditch and charm tacks, are covered in this lesson. For more ambitious quilting designs, take a look at Leah Day’s Free Motion Quilting a Sampler, which features these blocks.
The Big Finish: Squaring Up
It’s time for another adventure with the rotary cutter. Let’s make sure the quilt is square before binding it.
The Big Finish: Binding
Amy shows a straight-grain binding with mitered corners and a hand-stitched finish. Bind your edges and voila! You have a quilt! Be sure to post your photos to the Craftsy projects page.