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Northern Lights block of the month: reservations are open!

Join me and my fearless travelling companion Andrea from the Willow Cottage Quilt Company as we embark on our latest block of the month adventure: -

Northern Lights is our fifth Block of the Month programme and will run for nine months, from January until September 2024. Block of the Month participants will receive an exclusive early access pattern book and beautifully packaged kits containing everything they need to create nine original Northern Lights sampler blocks and our dazzling Maelstrom setting, with my tried and trusted techniques, including simple machine-piecing, creating angles with placement templates and adding some subtle sparkle with trims and embroidery. We include any little extras you will need and, as always, a few lovely surprises, just because.

The quilt will finish at 65" square and the reason we're starting a little later this year is because we wanted to wait for Crystal Manning's radiant Cadence collection for Moda Fabrics to arrive...

The prints combine the deep blues of the Norwegian Sea, the shimmering teals of the aurora borealis, the rich reds of Lofoten fishing cabins, the creamy whites of winter fur and a dash of yellow to add sparkle. They glow against an inky blue Linen Texture background, which is a delight to sew with.

This year's quilt takes its inspiration from the aurora borealis that trip the light fantastic across the ink blue skies of the arctic circle. The blocks explore the folklore of the far north, fictional forays into the unknown and the fabled journey of a Venetian merchant.

The programme also includes special password-accessed blog posts, where I'll explore the tall tales that inspired the blocks and explain the techniques we use, plus - new for this year and, frankly, pushing us to the very edge (appropriately) of our technical abilities - FILMED tutorials to guide you through piecing your blocks.

Another lovely new feature this year is the option of a full kit, rather than monthly parcels, which will be delivered at the beginning of the programme.

If you'd like to join us on our latest expedition, here are all of the important details: -

Please note that there are limited places available for the Block of the Month.

There is a £19.75 reservation fee which is non-refundable and commits you to participating in the nine month programme. Reservations are available here.

For the Month by Month option, the remaining nine payments will be made by PayPal Subscription and will cost £19.75 plus postage (postage will be £3.25 within the UK & £6.75 to Europe/Australia/New Zealand*).

The full Quilt Kit, which will be invoiced through PayPal in January, will cost 177.75 (postage will be £4.45 within the UK & £22.50 to Europe/Australia/New Zealand*).

*If you are elsewhere in the world (excluding North America) please contact me for postage.


Andrea and I always look forward to sewing with our adventurous and friendly block of the month friends - and many of you have been sewing with us since year one, you truly are friends - so we're excited to share this exciting new adventure with you. We very much hope you’ll stock up on hot chocolate and travel along with us! Nicola xx


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