December 2017 | Go-Go Kim

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Block of the Month + Sew Alongs for 2018

Out with the old and in with the new!

Every year we look back to see what we have accomplished and look forward to what we will be taking on in the coming year.

In 2018 there is a plethora of fun Block of the Month and Quilt Alongs that will keep you entertained, engaged and inspired for the entire year!

Some of these are free and some are a paid subscription. All of them are incredible!

Block of the Month 2018

For something a little different, Gail Pan has an embroidery Block of the Month! Take some time to sit down and enjoy stitching up these precious embroideries! You can join this BOM or Stitch of the Month by visiting Gail Pan Designs.

Welcome to my new “i stitch” PDF Club.
I hope you enjoy the BOM “send my love” that I have designed for 2018.
Each month for 12 months, starting January 2018, there will be 3 embroidered tag designs as well as one small pattern that will use one of the designs. You may use whichever design you like for the small patterns. In December there will be a quilt pattern for all the designs.



Kim from Persimion Dreams will be hosting a fun Sew Along for her Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt! You can join in by visiting Persimon Dreams!

In 2018 I’m going to run a #DresdenNeighbhoodSAL.  That’s right!  I’m going to sew 12 Dresden Neighborhood blocks in 12 months!  By the end of 2018 I’ll have a full size 72” x 96” quilt (at a minimum … there may be some border treatment options) and I’d love to have you join in.

My good friend Pat Sloan is back again with a FREE BOM called Let's Go Camping!  Pat always has the best BOM and stories to go along with them!  Start packing your camper with the details by visiting Pat Sloan's website!

When I think of my very first camping trip, it was with the girl scouts for a summer camp sleepover. That is my girl scout silverware set, did you have one of those?  I'll be sharing my original camping  ... mmm ... 'experience' with you in the near future..  Since my first camping was very woodsy, I went with outdoor colors, which will make a great guy quilt if you are planning to make one for someone special.
But.. truth be told... I'm more a glamper girl. So I can see this done is a totally different light color fabric way.

Pat Sloan

Kimberly and the Fat Quarter Shop Gang are hosting another charity BOM to benefit St. Jude's Children Hospital in 2018. Clementine is a beautiful quilt and the cause is very worthwhile! Find out more by visiting The Jolly Jabber.

Our Clementine Quilt Along benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help advance cures and means of prevention for catastrophic pediatric diseases. Fat Quarter Shop is happy to be partnering with Moda Fabrics to match up to $20,000 of donations for this awesome cause. And, on top of that, we will auction our Clementine Quilt Along quilt at the end of the program, and 100% of the auction proceeds will go to our St. Jude campaign. So please DONATE today!

Want to try Triangles? Becca Bryan from Bryan House Quilts has a the perfect way to use lots of color ( we all love color) and angles galore! Get your angle on by visiting Bryan House Quilts!

During the first 5 months we'll make 25 triangle blocks. The triangle patterns can all be found in my book, Modern Triangle Quilts. During the next 6 months we'll puzzle the colored triangles together into rectangle blocks. Finally, the last month will be devoted to quilt assembly and the final reveal. I'll also show how I colored the quilt and give you a few fun tips.

The Quilter's Planner has been a huge part of my life this past year and will be again in 2018! It helps you keep track of life ( no small task) but also encourages you to make the time to do what you LOVE the most!  

They hosted a lovely BOM last year and are doing it again this year! I am super exciting to be joining this one and hope you will too! You can find more information by visiting The Quilter's Planner!

We’re hoping you’ll join us on Facebook and Instagram as we sew the 2018 QP Sampler Quilt Block of the Month (BOM) pattern.  We’ve even made these free downloadable coloring pages to make it easier to plan your version of the 2018 sampler quilt (see below for the download).
 All you need to participate in our BOM sew-along is your copy of the 2018 Quilter’s Planner and the accompanying pattern magazine.
Check out our Facebook group and Instagram  for tips with you for sewing a beautiful sampler.  You can get support and help along the way by asking our QP experts and group members.  You can join in at any point during the new year.  It’s never too late.

Jacquelynne Steves always has fantastic BOM that feature a variety of ways to make blocks! I joined her BOM in 2016 and it was a BLAST!   I even taught myself to thread paint! Check out my How to Thread Paint

There’s still time to jump in on the fun!! The I Love Home Free BOM will have 4 different blocks, and it will start in August and run through December. Once again, you will have the following options for making your blocks:
* you can just piece them
*OR you can applique them (hand or machine – I did machine applique)
*OR you can do simple hand embroidery (just 2 super easy stitches – the backstitch and French knots – plus I have a YouTube tutorial for those stitches)

You will get my easy-to-follow step by step instructions, with lots of diagrams, to make all 4 blocks and to add borders to make this quilt (finished size 54 x 68″)

I LOVE this new product and quilt BOM from Heather Valentine and Amy Ellis!  Inspiring Stitches made its debut at Fall Quilt Market and was a very HOT item! This sweet calendar includes lovely quilt blocks!  Heather and Amy are hosting a fun quilt along to go along with their blocks in the calendar. Get your Inspiring Stitches Calendar and start planning your Heartland Heritage quilt!

The second Wednesday of each month, Amy and I will be posting our new blocks, made with fresh fabrics and a helpful hint or tip as needed. We are calling it our Sewday, and hope that you will join us. As you can see from the pictures above we both have a similar style but tend to pull from different areas of the color wheel. It’s really fun to find that we have the same fabric in different places in our quilts.

Cristy Fincher is bringing in the New Year with a stars! Lots and lots of beautiful stars! Join the Stellar Stars Club by visiting Purple Daisies Quilting!

Stellar Stars is a dynamic quilt filled with 16 different skill building blocks that will excite and challenge you. Each month, beginning January 12th, you’ll receive a new block (some months you’ll receive 2 blocks!) to create, as you sew your way to making your own Stellar Stars quilt. Whether you’re a new or experienced quilter, building your piecing skills and confidence is what this BOM is all about. By the end of the year, you’ll have learned some new skills and fine tuned a few old ones as well. Plus, you’ll have an amazing quilt to show for it! 

Becky from Patchwork Posse has a fun FREE Block of the Month! Three's Company Block of the Month is starting soon so be sure to visit Patchwork Posse to find out all the details! 

Katja Marek has a delightful Block of the Month for her book Distinctive Dresdens! To sign up for this Sew Along visit Katja's Quilt Shoppe!

Rainy Days and Sun Days is a free online quilt-along based on my book Distinctive Dresdens (the book is required to make the blocks). Monthly instructions will be posted starting January 2018.
This quilt-along consists of two quilts:
Rainy Day Umbrellas 72" x 84" a bed sized quilt easily made larger by adding a plain or pieced border.
Sun Day Parasols 42" x 72" a companion wall-hanging for the bed-sized quilt.

Sarah Fielke has a FANTASTIC new Block of the Month that is sure to make you happy the New Year has started! Fine out more about this sweet Block of the Month by visiting Block of the Month by Sarah Fielke!

Unlike most Blocks of the Month, a Sarah Fielke BOM starts from a hand drawn sketch. Each month a new section of the quilt is revealed through PDF patterns and instructional videos, hosted on a private website. The delivery format allows you to work with your own fabric, meaning your quilt will be a reflection of your personal style and colour taste - and it saves on shipping! Work through the quilt at your own pace with help from Sarah, while chatting and sharing with other quilters through a private Facebook group.

Ebony Love will be dazzling us in the Hanami adventure! Everyone needs an adventure every now and again!  Grab your passport and visit Love Bug Studios to board your flight to fun!

Join us on our Hanami adventure with a skill-building BOM and eight complementary quilt patterns representing each region of Japan, as breathtaking as the blooms themselves! You’ll receive a passport for your travels, and you may join us as a Guest, Tourist, or VIP!   The BOM quilt finishes at 58″ x 58″.

Pat Sloan has a second FREE BOM that is a great way to get through the Winter months! Visit I Love to Make Quilts to find out even more about what you will need to get warm in January!

Summer Time activities and memories are so sweet, and there is no better time than winter to keep pull out all our warm summery thoughts and stitch them into a quilt.
Each week we'll sew a block and celebrate a Summer Time activity.  It might be Old traditions, New Traditions, songs, favorite foods, or memories of childhood summers that pop up over the twenty weeks we sew together. 
At the end we’ll have a wonderful Quilt full of yummy memories just in time to celebrate Summer!

Pat Sloan

Fort Worth Fabric Studio's Block of the Month Star Spangled is a five month commitment to make a great quilt fully ready for July 4th! For more about this quilt, please visit Fort Worth Fabric Studio!

I really loved designing this quilt-along!  I put a little bit of everything that I love in this quilt design.  Star blocks, chains, and there's a pinwheel in there too! :) 

Do you love to paper piece? Claudia's Quilt has a FREE Butterfly Block of the Month that will be starting in February! You can find all the details by visiting Claudia's Quilts.

Because I love them very much and I wanted to have a quilt only
with them as motiv the next series again are butterflies.

This time the blocks will be slightly bigger (8 x 8 inch) and the butterflies
will be a little bit more colorful  than in my "Big Quilt of Nature" because I chose exotic species.

Alltogether there will be 12 different paperpieced butterflies
and one paperpiecing pattern for the sashings, if you like to assemble the quilt my way.

The Quilt Show is introducing a new Block of the Month program for their Star Members! When you join you will have access to monthly blocks by the fabulous Edyta Sitar! Visit The Quilt Show website for more information about making this stunning quilt in 2018! 

Join us on a TQS exclusive 12-month creative journey along America’s back country roads as we bring you "The Patchwork Barn Quilt," a fabulous quilt designed especially for TQS by Edyta Sitar. A spectacular sampler quilt featuring a barn nestled among rows of ‘crops’ (blocks). Edyta’s design inspiration was the result of observing the wide variety of quilt blocks painted on the side of barns while traveling across the country.
Known for her love of colorfully elegant scrap quilts, Edyta has this time used her magic touch by combining a wide variety of blue and cream fabrics set against a neutral background. The resulting design is a stunning, but quieter, scrap quilt that is sure to be a family favorite for generations to come. Each month we will provide photos, detailed directions for a portion of the quilt, and full-size patterns.

Edyta Sitar

Sue Pellan Designs  has a Block of the Month for a lovely traditional quilt using her specialized tools. My Magical Garden starts in March but you can join and find more information by visiting Sue Pellan Designs.

I will be adding to this list as I find more BOM and Sew Alongs that you will love!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Holiday Hangover Giveaway!

Happy Holidays!  After the usual feast, gift exchange, clean up ( oh the dreaded clean up) there is inevitably a let down...a noticeable is the holiday hangover!

This year I decided to host a little giveaway to keep the fun going to get into the New Year ( HELLO 2018)!

The giveaway includes:
A fat quarter bundle of Black Tie from Moda Fabrics, Mollie Makes Patchwork and three spools of Aurifil 50wt thread.

One winner will receive this bundle  ( YAY! )  You can enter for your chance to win by visiting my Facebook Page, My Go-Go Life.

The giveaway ends 01 Jan and a random winner will chosen or or about 01 Jan ( depending how well we all are!) and the winner will be announced on Facebook.  Good luck!


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

It Takes a Tomte Village ( link to pattern )

When I started making these blocks, I did not realize that I would become addicted to them.  These special little Tomte are all made with a pattern by Sue from Moss and Lotus and can be found by visiting here.

Each of the ladies and gents come to life while creating them.  They are all so individual. I am pulling from my stash for the blocks. It is a variety of whatever comes together.  They all seem to have one thing that pulls me in and then I build from there.  I am stitching all of these paper pieced blocks using Aurifil 50wt  thread. 

The thin thread helps to keep the blocks flat! That is something everyone LOVES!!!!

Meet Nickolai:

Nikolai is a planner. He planned ahead for the collection of fireflies needed to get him through the Winter months as he knew they would be an absolute necessity for his upcoming tasks.
See, Nikolai cannot go out in the sun during the day and does not get the chance to be out with all of the Tomte villagers so he makes lists all day. He watches people and makes lists of who is good and who is not so good...
In his spare time he also happens to be a woodworker and some say even a toy maker 😉
In December under the cloak of dark skies, one night out of the year, he packs up his special craftsman's items, puts his fireflies in a lantern and heads out to secretly give gifts to the villagers to show his appreciation of those that are particularly kind or generous to others.

Today I made the first of the ladies of the village.

Klarissa made her own ensemble from bits and pieces of what she had in her home. The black fabrics are vintage flour sacks and she grabbed little bits of red to bring it all to life.
Although her given name is quite lovely she prefers to be called Klare. She is a simple girl with her nose in a book and her hands in the 🌏. 

Klare has no time for frivolous activities nor romantic involvements with the villagers. Many of them are nar do wells or Tinkers ( as her Irish relatives would say). There was that one boy, many years ago now, named Franke but he became quite the rebel ( so she has been told) and has taken to motorbikes and wearing silly dots! Of all things to wear...DOTS!

So Klare has chosen the life of minimal objects and intrusions. She focuses on real things like hand crafts and written word. Those will never let her down...not like Franke...
She often wonders where he is now...

You can see that I am more than a little taken with this entire community of Tomte.

I will be making more leading up to Christmas and I would love for you to join me on Instagram ( I am gogokim) where I post about all kinds of sewing and other things because my life is much more than sewing ( but not by much).


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fun Handmade Christmas Projects!

Christmas giving starts on Christmas Day ( the 12 days of Christmas), in the days prior to Christmas it is Advent, a time of preparation, reflection and calm.  I am trying something different this year by embracing the reflection time by being in my projects.  Everything I have been making has been purposeful in either the process or the function.

I was asked to be part of a sew along for the new pattern by Moss & Lotus.  The pattern includes fun Tomte of various sizes and attitudes.  I love them all! You can find the pattern by visiting here. These are fun and make snow outside not so bad.🎄

This Tomte is Thom.  He is fun loving and has a thing for gingham! I used a variety of fabrics to create his look and paper pieced this block using Aurifil 50wt. I prefer 50wt for all piecing but with paper piecing it is an absolute must!

I made simple gift tags with store bought canvas tags from Tuesday Morning and fabric scraps! The letter just a print out I printed on freezer paper ironed on the fabric scrap and cut out the letter. I did not use interfacing, it was small enough that just stitching it down was easy enough!

Stockings were another item I had been wanting to update and in my sewing room there were bits and pieces of a vintage quilt.  I was not sure that these would work out but they are and I could not be more pleased with them.  I have a few more to make and will share them when they are finished!

More fun with Tuesday Morning finds!  Gift bags for little things! I hoard anything Kate Spain! This Christmas fabric I keep every shred and oh boy am I happy I had! It makes for a festive simple bag!

These are so simple with fusible interfacing ( I think I used Wonder Under). The trees parts are just improv. A quick measure of the width of the bottom first, cut a triangle, make the curves with your rotary cutter and repeat for the middle and top! When you are happy with the sections, secure them with the interfacing!

For the first time in many years, I am sending out Christmas cards! There have been numerous hours spent attempting to paint trees.  The results are not professional.  The cards are all me!  A work in progress!

Wishing you are peaceful Advent in preparation for Christmas! There will be more fun projects I will be sharing in the next week and then time to decorate!  Enjoying the process again is wonderful!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Check out this great wallet I sewed!

When Sara told me that she was coming out with a Sew Sweetness Wallet that did not require hand stitching piping, I jumped at the opportunity to try it out! Her first wallet pattern Greenbacks Trio has three options but the one that seemed the most likely for me to make had hand sewing.  I am not a huge fan of stitching anything by hand.  Embroidery or binding, okay, but if I can avoid it, I will.

Sara had her first Sizzix dies released earlier this year and they are pretty fabulous! She kept telling me that the new ones were going to be even better. I cannot say she was wrong.  I jumped about 10 feet in the air when I saw one was a wallet and even more exciting ( for me) was that there is a video for how to assemble the wallet on the Sizzix YouTube channel! If you are a visual learner, this resource is invaluable!

The outer is Liberty of London Lawn cotton. The print is one of my favorites in classic and timeless blue and white. The inside of my wallet was made using some thrifted, gifted and found fabrics ( you can learn more about them here)  and a touch of Liberty for the inner pocket.  The zippered section was a pattern hack added because I have to have two things in my life...

Pockets and zippers in my bags, wallets and skirts. 

This wallet has enough room for money ( if you have some that your kids have not used), cards for Costco, and even room for your phone.  This wallet it the perfect size to hold in your hand for quick trips into the market too! 

I used Aurifil 40 wt for he construction of the bag. Aurifil 40wt is a little heftier than the 50wt.  The thick layers and high use of the project make this weight more suitable.

You can find all of Sew Sweetness Sizzix dies and hardware by visiting here. Sara has everything you need and she will also ship internationally. 

For all of my visual learning friends, check out the video that will help you create this useful wallet!

If you are looking to make a new wallet for yourself or someone you love, this one is pretty fantastic!

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