Block of the Month Programs

Only $1 registration fee…

Just $4.95 will reserve your spot…

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The pictures of the quilts in the online ads make it S-O-O-O tempting to sign up, right? BOM by mail or in-person? Which do you prefer?

Participating in a BOM is one of my goals for 2023. Dedicating half of my quilty budget on a BOM program is not one of my goals. Thank goodness for the wise advice of my Friday Sew Day friends.

I’m currently participating in a virtual BOM sponsored by A Quilting Life. It’s a fun project I can pre-cut to make at Friday Sew Days. The cost to participate is nominal, which fits my budget. Another suggested budget-friendly option is the Saturday Sampler (BOM) that kicks off next month at one of our LQS. For $15, you get a block kit. Bring back your completed block on the designated day the following month to receive your next block kit FREE. Any missed months may be purchased for $15.00 each. A quilt finishing kit is usually available for a modest fee. Some of the ladies in my Friday Sew Group participate in online BOM programs. Costs for those run $40-$50 per month per project. The #1 reason given for online participation is because the project they want to make isn’t available locally – especially the Tula Pink projects.

Curious, I researched online BOM programs I found one that interests me where the total cost to participate in the BOM would be about $350.00. Add batting, backing and longarm quilter’s fees (finished size is too big for me to tackle on my domestic machine) and I might be looking at an investment of $600 to $750 to make this quilt. Totally worth it for the right quilt; but for me, this one just doesn’t fall into that category. I’d rather wait until the pattern becomes available for sale and pull fabrics from my stash. With the money saved, I can go on another quilt retreat or make several baby/lap quilts to donate to my quilt guild’s community service group. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer here. It’s based solely on your personal preferences, priorities and available budget.

I’ll continue with my virtual BOM and add one from my LQS if I like the project options. I find it ironic that I probably would have signed up for the paid online BOM if I was still working full-time. The block pieces arrive laser cut and ready to sew. This would have been a monthly treat to myself. Getting time off to attend regular in-person quilting events was a challenge.

I thoroughly enjoy the freedom being retired brings. I’m more than happy to be intentional with my spending and projects so I can thrive, live my best life and continue to remain retired.