Last year I solicited names of favorite patchwork designs from blog readers for possible inclusion in a Block of the Month for 2022. You all submitted great ideas; thanks so much! I combined some of your favorites with several of my own and designed a medallion style quilt for this year’s Quilt Along. The quilt is a generous twin or sofa quilt size but could be easily expanded with additional borders.
With last years “Options” quilt, I observed that you enjoyed tweaking my suggested designs, substituting other patchwork designs, and tailoring your setting according to your taste and fabrics. So I am authorizing you to make similar substitutions with this year’s design. Go ahead, be creative, I won’t be offended! “Favorites” is based on one 18″ block, four 12″ blocks, four 12″ x 18″ blocks (composed of 6″ Nine Patches), eight 8″ blocks, and four 8″ x 18″ blocks (half Dresden Plates). So, you see, there are plenty of opportunities for modification.
As for fabrics, I purchased a fat quarter stack of “Flower & Vine” (Maywood Studio) and coordinating yardage. If you don’t have a FQ stack in your stash, you could use five yards total of scraps and pieces you do have on hand. The complete yardage requirements are in a printer-friendly document on the “Favorites BOM QAL” page of this blog. Click the BOM title in the blog menu.
The QAL launches February 1st with instructions for the 18″ center square, “Friendship Wreath.” There are ten installments of the 2022 BOM program, so we’ll finish up in November. Personally, I prefer the February-November schedule. It allows me to work on my numerous UFOs in January before tackling a new, fun project. And, toward the end of the year, the schedule gives me November and December to finish the quilt top, to work on quilted Christmas gifts, and to plan the next BOM.
I hope you’ll plan to Quilt Along in 2022. Please check out the “Favorites BOM QAL” page. Besides the Introduction, you’ll find a downloadable line drawing of the quilt, perfect for coloring in with your own fabric selections.