I love a Block of the Month – I mean, I REALLY love them. I will confess to having several on the go at the moment, and one of them is Girl’s Day Out. I saw this advertised on the Villavin Crafts Facebook page, and I knew at once that I wanted to do it.

The pattern is by Libby Richardson, who was one of the designers with the Love’n’Hugs from Australia stitch-a-long that appeared on Facebook during March / April 2020. She also designed the BOM I started in August 2020, Vintage Treasures, that I have shown in some of my previous blogs.

I like a Block of the Month (or BOM), because it gives me something to work on during the month – I have a time frame to stick to, and it is usually something small that I can work on in the evenings while watching TV. I also like getting something in the post each month, and it is always a surprise as to what the block will be for the month.

This BOM is from Jo Hendy at Villavin Crafts (it can be found here), and I know that when I buy a BOM from Jo, it will be well prepared. This one is no exception. The first month arrived as a big box – it is the starter box, and contains all the main fabrics needed for the whole quilt – the background and border fabrics, the fabrics featured in the piecing, and the stabiliser and bondaweb. In addition to the fabric, there are DMC embroidery skeins for the embroidery and blanket stitch applique – Jo has included colours to match the fabric choices in the box. Also included are button embellishments and a Pigma pen for transferring the design, as well as the instructions for block 1.

A personal note included
Neatly packaged – what other treats are in the box?
Clear instructions
Beautiful buttons and lots of embroidery threads

Jo’s attention to detail cannot be underestimated. She labels each of the fabrics in the box with a small sticky label, and includes a crib sheet so you know which fabric is used in which block; this is important as her fabric choices differ from those of the designer. This use of labels is not limited to the starter box – Jo includes labels on fabrics within the monthly block patterns too; this was especially helpful for block 1, with all the different fabrics used.

Labelling of fabric in the pack for block 1

My preferred method for appliqué is back-basted needleturn – and this method can be used with this quilt. However, this time I decided to follow the instructions in the kit and use the bondaweb. This is because I want to keep up with the BOM – and there were quite a few pieces in block 1 that I could see would be tricky due to their size; that is not to say that you couldn’t use needleturn appliqué – there is enough fabric to use whichever method you prefer.

I know that when I buy a BOM from Villavin Crafts that should there be any issue at all, I can contact Jo – and that she will have an answer and will sort out my query; whether it is that I’ve used all the embroidery thread, or that I’ve managed to draw the design on the wrong side of the fabric (I’ve done that a few times). The packaging is recyclable and biodegradable too.

These are a few of my favourite things – brown paper packages!

If you are new to doing a BOM, I can thoroughly recommend getting one from Villavin Crafts, as Jo makes the whole process very easy to follow.

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