What is a BOM?
A BOM is short for Block of the Month. When I first learned of a BOM, I was taking classes at my local quilt shop (LQS) in Los Angeles and they had a number of Block of the Month clubs. They met once a month and for $8 or so, we were given a pattern, instruction, and all the fabric necessary to finish that month’s block. At the end of the series which generally lasted 10 – 12 months, we would be given the final instructions on how to put it all together and we would have enough to finish a quilt. I was pretty good at staying on top of things and I finished 1 quilt top using this method. (It’s Flowers and Baskets and is currently sitting on my UFO list waiting to be quilted). I have two past BOMs that are half done (and also in my UFO list) and I’m working on Raining Cats and Dogs which started out as a BOM but finished in 2012. I’m just slow at hand applique.
I started with mail order BOMs in 20163 and A Rainbow Garden was my first one. Go to that page to see my experience with that one. I’ve found that mail order BOMs are a lot more expensive than attending a BOM club from my LQS but it’s worth it if you want to be part of a BOM that your LQS isn’t having.
A Rainbow Garden – 09/2013
Hampton Ridge – 10/2013 (quilting stage)
Spooky Halloween – May/2016
Have yourself a quilty little Christmas – June/2016