Bakers Dozen BOM #6, #7 and #8

Dear Friends,

Bakers Dozen BOM #6, Willow Block, is available.


The instructions for the Willow Block can be found on pages 12-13 of the pattern booklet, Bakers Dozen by Jen Kingwell. This month you will be making 8 blocks; using templates T7, T8, T9 and T10 found on page 37 of the pattern booklet.

Please note the side dimensions for T10 are the same on two sides, and longer on the side opposite the point.  If you try to assemble the block with the long side of T10 to the side of T9 the pieces will not match. Also, please note that several of the blocks were made using the ‘alternate idea’ on page 13, 2nd column.

As always, be sure to use a scant 1/4 seam allowance. Your unfinished blocks should measure 7-3/4″ x 6-1/2″.

Bakers Dozen BOM #7, Jewel Box Block, is also available.

The instructions for the Jewel Box Block start on page 14 of the pattern booklet, Bakers Dozen by Jen Kingwell. This month you will be making four blocks in total. The block instructions begin on page 14 use the following templates: T3, T4, T5 & T6.

Please be sure to take a look at the instructions and diagrams for this block. The diagram on page 14 appears as a square; this may be deceptive when you are trying to construct your block from the template pieces. But, if you look at the sewn block on page 21, this block is not a square block. The block measures 8″ x 6-1/2″ unfinished.  Template T6 is reversed on two opposite corners to form the 90 degree angle required for each corner.  In the diagram, T4 & T5 appear to be the same size; but, they are not!  Make sure the two pieces of fabric cut from each T4 & T5 are placed in the appropriate positions as in the diagram.  Again, you may want to refer to the sewn block on page 21 for proper placement of your cut pieces before attempting to sew the block together.

If you are making the “Alternate Idea” block on page 15 of the booklet; you will use T2 for the four pieces of fabric to construct each of the scrappy four patch units that replace each unit otherwise cut from T3.

Karyl suggests that you continue to use a scant 1/4 seam allowance during the construction of each block.

We are excited about how this quilt is coming together and love selecting the fabrics for this BOM.  You will note that we are including reproduction fabrics as well as funky color and textured prints to “Moose It Up” for this quilt.   We hope that you are also including some special fabrics of your own in this quilt.  This is an opportunity for you to ‘experiment’ and step outside your comfort zone with your fabric choices.  That’s one of the reasons we adore Jen’s quilts.

Bakers Dozen BOM #8, Checkerboard Block instructions can be found on page 15-16 of the pattern booklet, Bakers Dozen by Jen Kingwell. This month you will be using your scraps from previous months’ fabric packets.  To be clear, there is not a fabric packet that you will need to purchase for this month’s blocks construction. Karyl was able to make all the blocks from her “leftovers” of previous Bakers Dozen fabric packets.

This would be a perfect time for you to “Moose It Up” with your month #8 blocks and include scraps from some of your current or previous projects. I am starting to notice that other designers are recommending you add some fabrics from your other projects to act as a textile journal.  Each of our quilts has a “story” and memories associated with it.   Make this quilt unique to your story!

Happy stitching,