Block of the Month (BOM)

2020-2021 BOM – Chair Barb Rubio

The new Guild Fiscal Year is starting in July and so is the new Block of the Month (BOM) plan through the newsletter and Facebook group.

The 2020-2021 BOM will start in August. Last year I focused on fabric choice and design and left it up to you to follow block instructions from a website. This year I will be focusing on one technique or skill each month. There will be two projects.

Project One –  (updated 9/12/2020) Christmas Wall Hanging/Quilt.  You will have five months (August – November) to make a tree, presents, star and border.

Each month I will teach a new technique or quilting skill. I will provide size of pieces and how to assemble one block. You can then practice making several of the same block or learn how to do math and make a larger and/or smaller block for a throw size quilt or a smaller wall-hanging. You can also make one quilt repeating the block. Just think a quilt with presents all over it.   The wall-hanging using the sizes I provide will finish at approximately 36×48.  You can make your wall hanging/or quilt any size.

FABRIC – Recommend you choose your background now to use in your block piecing and to have enough for the complete wall-hanging. You may want to choose your fabrics monthly for each block after you see a picture. 

Background fabric – white or light is recommended. Approximately 2 yards.

  • August:  Presents – Precision Piecing and Flying Goose. Needed –  5” square that looks like wrapping paper and a 5” strip and 3” square of the same fabric that contrasts against the square for the ribbon.

BOMPresent Block rev1

  • September:  Tree – String Piecing (optional) and corners. Needed – Various colors of green fabric scraps. Or a green Christmas fabric, small prints work best. Five strips.
  • BOM Tree
  • October:  Star – Paper Piecing or Diamond Cutting. Needed – Light fabric, metallic fabric, two colors for shading effect.
  • November:  Ribbon Border – Color combination and fabric choice for 3D effect. – Needed dark and medium fabric with background fabric.

Please post your blocks on Hawaii Quilt Guild Facebook or email me a picture. All posted blocks finished before the next month will be in a drawing to win a prize. Blocks can continue to be posted after the month ends but they just won’t be in the drawing for a prize.  There will be a final prize for a completed quilt using all the blocks and posted before Christmas.

Project Two – January – June, six months to make a Medallion Quilt with a star in the center and different sizes and shapes of borders working outward.

I hope to provide some demonstrations through the Facebook group. I will post pictures there and on the website.

2019-2020 Chair:  Barb Rubio

* Update from Barb Rubio (May 13) Final instructions for Gypsy setting instructions

  Gypsy setting (final)

* Update from Barb Rubio (April 5) BLOCK OF THE MONTH

Traditional instructions

Wave instructions

Gypsy wife draft instructions

* New updated information about the setting plan and filler blocks BlockPlanCh2

* Workshops (May 22, 23, 24) to work on setting design (see examples below) and filler blocks.  Sign up through Education.

Apr BOM:  The Road Most Traveled


Mar BOM:  Indian Star


Feb BOM:  Four Queens


Jan BOM:  Crazy Anne 10″  (make two)

  8CRAZYANNE (rev Jan 7, 2020)

Nov BOM:  Dutchman Puzzle


Oct BOM:  Mosaic



Aug BOM:  Antique Tile 12″


July BOM:  Clay’s Choice


June BOM:  City Street


May BOM:  Squash Blossom


New BOM Club.

  1. This block of the month club is a mystery quilt. You will keep your blocks and choose how to set them at the end of the year. There will be a total of 24 blocks.  In May 2020 we will have workshops to assemble the top.
  2. Work at your own pace and bring your finished blocks to show at each meeting. For every block shown your name will be entered into the weekly drawing. For those that can’t attend the meetings you can email Barb a picture and your name will be entered for the end of the year drawing.
  3. The 24 blocks of various sizes fit into three settings that finish at 70×82. The three settings are a sampler quilt, the gypsy wife quilt and a modern ocean wave.
  4. The 24 blocks will vary in size, the largest 18” and the smallest 8”. Some months we will make up to four blocks. This club was created for you to play with fabric choices and to build your skills and learn how to dissect a block, looking at how the fabric choices make a design work.
  5. It is recommended that you select or purchase enough fabric to complete the quilt. This is approximate yardage, not exact. Fabric Yardage: 1 dark fabric – 1/2 yard; 1 light fabric – 1/2 yard (2-3 one half yard light fabrics for the wave setting); 1 – 4 medium fabrics– total 3 yards. Background and sashing fabric 2 yards. You may want 2-4 extra yardage in case its cut wrong or want to make extra blocks or use it in borders or fill blocks. If using scraps, separate them into light, mediums and dark. Pre-cuts should be at least one fat quarter bundle and a jelly roll if you want extra fabric. See below for information on fabric choices.
  6. BOM Club Instructions rev 1

Design Tips for BOM

2017-2019 BOM Co-Chairs:  Donna Kanealii and Joanne How 

BOM participation is a wonderful and easy way to learn a new technique or block design and help Na Lima Aloha (charity quilts).  Members make two blocks and bring them to the meeting.  One will be entered in the drawing and one will go to Na Lima Aloha .   You can make more than one pair of blocks.  Each pair qualifies for a ticket to win the blocks for the month.  If you only make one block, it will go to Na Lima Aloha and you will not be entered in the drawing.   Periodically the BOM Chair(s) will offer special BOM challenges for additional prizes.  Please use good quality quilting fabric (100% cotton).

BOM instructions are in the HQG Newsletter one month prior.


  April 2019 Coconut

  March 2019 Taro

  Feb 2019 Torch Ginger

  Jan 2019 Pineapple

  Nov 2018  Delicious Papaya

  Oct 2018 Flowering Tree

  Sep 2018 Tropical Flower

  Aug 2018 Hawaiian Sun

  July 2018 Lei


  May 2018 Whale’s Tale

  Apr 2018 Hokulea

  Mar 2018 Lava

  Feb 2018 Limu

  Jan 2018 Sunrise Seashell

  Nov 2017 Tiny Bubbles

  Oct 2017 Scrappy Ahi

  Sep 2017 Tusnami

  Aug 2017 Honu BOM – 2017-08 August _1_

2016-2017 BOM Co-Chairs:  Doreen Drenner and Barbara Edney 

March 2017 BOM “Formal Footwear”.  Contest for best embellishment.

Feb 2017 BOM “Rainbow Shadows”

Jan 2017 BOM “Hawaii Print Log Cabin”

nov-2016-bom  November 2016:  “Holiday Weath”.  Contest for best embellishment.

oct-bom  October 2016:  “ACT (Already Cut Triangles) of Madness”

sept 2016 BOM September 2016:  “Scrappy Roman Coin”

Aug 2016 BOM August 2016:  “Simple Rail Fence”

July 2016 BOM July 20016:  “Old Glory”