Join me and make the Magic City Quilt the 2023 GillyMac Block of the Month. This programme includes seven videos, three virtual sewing sessions, a virtual cocktail party and a red carpet finale! For full detail and the schedule, please see the description below ⬇️😊
Welcome to the GillyMac 2023 Block of the Month, the Magic City Quilt. The quilt is 60” square and in a medallion style. The unlike the 2022 BOM, this quilt contains only a small amount of applique, with all other parts traditionally pieced. This year the BOM runs from March to October.
I designed the Magic City Quilt to challenge all levels of sewists with their sewing accuracy, and for those that love quilting, there are endless possibilities with this quilt. The central block of the Magic City Quilt is echoed in the corners, and there are three patchwork rounds with Seminole-inspired chequerboards between each one. I was inspired by the architecture of central Birmingham in the design of the quilt. In the past, Birmingham was also known as the City of a Thousand Trades and the Magic City.
I have used eight colourful fabrics and a background fabric for my quilt. However, I wrote the pattern so you could use small pieces of material from your stash if you wish.
The programme for the Block of the Month is as follows:-
1st February – GillyMac 2023 BOM Launch at 8 am – Bespoke GillyMac 2023 BOM Pin Badge will be sent (in April) for each participant who signs up on this day.
2nd February – GillyMac 2023 BOM Facebook Group invites circulated in Welcome Letter
6th February – Requirements for the Magic City Quilt are circulated
1st March – Video and Written Instructions available for Central Design
25th March – (Saturday) 10 am-2 pm Sew Together Option Via Zoom
1st April – Video and Written Instructions available for four deep Seminole Patchwork
3rd April –2023 GillyMac Pin Badges posted for those who signed up on 1st Feb
1st May – Video and Written Instructions available for Circle Round and three deep Seminole patchwork
17th May (Wednesday) 10 am-2 pm Sew Together Option Via Zoom
1st June – Video and Written Instructions available for Spike Round
1st July – Video and Written Instructions available for simple chequerboard and T-Junction Round
15th July – (Saturday) 10 am-2 pm Sew Together Option Via Zoom
1st August – Catch Up Month and Making the Corner Blocks using March Video
1st September – Video and Written Instructions available for building your Magic City Quilt
30th September – Video and Written Instructions available for quilting the Magic City Quilt
30th September – 10 am-2 pm Quilting Q & A Via Zoom
25th October – Wednesday 7 pm – 8 pm BOM Cocktail Party- Check Progress with optional photo sharing and Q&A as needed.
January 2024 – Red Carpet Finale – final quilts show and tell.- Date to be agreed
I hope as many of you will join me as possible. Last year the group had a blast with widely different quilts being made. I am sure this year, with my design and your creativity, we will once again have a fantastic time.