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Celebrate the Year is the 2013 mystery BOM designed by Shabby Fabrics! This darling calendar style quilt features lots of hand embroidery and sparkly embellishments. Please read the FAQs below before getting started.

What size are the blocks and the finished quilt?
The blocks finish to 10” square. The final quilt will finish to approximately 42 1/2” x 53 1/2”.

How do I know how much fabric to buy?
As this is a mystery quilt, you won’t see the whole quilt until it is nearly completed. However, we understand that you need to know the yardage for the full quilt at the beginning of the program. Yardage requirements are listed in the General Instructions available to download as part of the Block 1 pattern..

What do I do with these patterns?
You are only limited by your imagination! You can use the blocks to create a quilt, or use the block designs individually for wallhangings, pillows, tote bags, and more. Please note that you cannot sell products using these patterns.

Can I purchase the fabrics you used?
Yes! Our Block of the Month program is now closed, but we do have Full Kits available..

Can I print multiple copies to give to friends?
We’d love for you to encourage your friends to download the pattern directly from us. However, we understand that this is not always possible and therefore we allow you to give away copies of the pattern. The only thing we require is that you do not sell the patterns.

When will the blocks be available and for how long?
The General Instructions, FAQs, and Blocks 1 - 12 will be available through March of 2014. We will keep the Finishing Instructions up through May of 2014. Starting in June of 2014, we will have the pattern set available for sale.

How do I download the pattern?
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or another program which can open PDF files. You can get a free copy of this software at

How else can I participate?
We encourage you to join our Celebrate the Year Flickr group so you can share your blocks and get inspiration from others! Signing up is free. Head to to get an account, or use the link on our blog. If you have a blog, Facebook, or Twitter, we’d love to have you talk about the blocks and link back to us.

What applique method did you use?
We used a combination of methods. For the wool felt, we used the fusible applique method. For the cotton fabrics, we used the spray starch method. View our video tutorials on the spray starch method of applique on YouTube. The supplies needed for this method of applique can be found here. If you prefer, you can use fusible applique (or any other method) for the entire block.

What embroidery floss colors did you use?
You will need a skein of DMC 844 or another dark gray for the lettering. Additional floss colors will be mentioned in each block pattern.


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Celebrate the Year - Finishing Instructions
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