So what IS the Sugar Block Club and what is is all about???
During my 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month series, I really caught BOM fever, and I think I lot of folks did along with me. We had so much fun stitching up our own versions of classic, historic blocks, 1000s of us, from all around the world, with such varied tastes, motivating one another and sharing in our triumphs and struggles, that I was truly moved. When the end of the year rolled around, I had to find a way to keep the fun going. That’s when I came up with the idea of the Sugar Block Club- a monthly pattern subscription where members receive monthly block patterns by email, coupled with delicious dessert recipes and fun giveaways…a little bit of sweetness, if you will, from my home to yours :)
As I pondered the “direction” I wanted to go with the style of the blocks….modern? 30s? classic?… I was feeling deeply indecisive when I happened to stumble upon a 1933 quilt block pattern catalog that a friend gifted me a few years back.
The intro, in particular, really struck a chord in me…I feel like it could have been written today, and honestly, it nearly brought me to tears…I can’t deny that despite the modern fabrics and designs that I love, I am a traditionalist at the core.
“To the women of Colonial America we owe a deep debt of gratitude for the advancement in the art of quilt making. When materials were lacking they combed the fibers, spun them into yarn, loomed their own materials, and dyed them over the open hearth to obtain the desired color effect. No task was too great to prevent them from obtaining the materials and colors needed to complete their quilts. Each new design was greeted with a chorus of enthusiastic approval, and gifted hands fell busily to work completing them. To have created a new design was the proudest achievement of the year. Little did they realize that the designs they were creating formed one of the strongest fibers in the fabric that makes up the spirit of America. Just as truth needs no alteration, simplicity is beauty in itself, and the simple designs they created are just as beautiful today as they were in the 17th century….Join the happy throng of women who are finding companionship, peace, contentment, and above all the joy of creating with their own hands a fresh, new quilt of lasting daintiness.”
Reading this intro left me speechless. This is what my heart had been saying all along, and I think is the true intent behind my Craftsy BOM as well. Simplicity is beauty in itself, and simple, classic designs are just as beautiful today as they were 400 years ago.
And so the Sugar Block Club was born….traditionally rooted blocks, full of lovely vintage charm, but truly fitting with nearly every aesthetic. In a word, timeless.
So how do you join in? Well, first off, if you’d like to see what we stitched and baked up in 2013, our inaugural year, scroll down the page for details. Want to jump in for 2014? Sign-ups are currently open! Check out THIS recent post for more info about the 2014 SBC, and the new “BE” theme that I”ll be incorporating.
And here’s what we stitched and baked up in 2013! Even though this series has finished, the 12-block sampler pattern is available for purchase for just $9.95. Includes 12 easy-to-follow block patterns (12″ finished), including clear photos and illustrations, and printable templates, helpful tips and resource links, as well as a step-by-step paper piecing tutorial. You’ll also receive recipes for the the 12 delectable dessert recipes we made during the series as well!
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