Fill Your Cup Block of the Month for 2021


Slow down and practice some self-care with me!

This is a Block of the Month program for 2021 (though you can purchase and start on your own at any time).

As a society, we faced so many challenges this past year and were burdened with feelings of stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Here we are, about to enter into a new year with continued uncertainty. I designed the Fill Your Cup Block of the Month to serve as a monthly reminder to take care of yourself so that you can then help others. Each month, we will sew a block that represents some aspect of self-care. My friend and expert, Erina White PhD, LICSW, MPH, will join me each month with a short message related to the block design and how it corresponds to your mental, emotional, or physical health. I hope that these messages encourage you to take a little time for yourself. I know that I need to constantly remind myself to do that and I bet you do too. Fortunately for all of us, sewing is an amazing stress reliever so by sewing the block, you are improving your well-being. As we sew these blocks together throughout the year and share them on social media, we will be building a community of support that always helps me feel less isolated. Use the hashtag #fillyourcupbom and join the Fill Your Cup BOM Facebook page for members only.

Additionally, these block designs are just plain fun! You will be sure to find uses for many of the patterns for other projects. Do you know a friend who camps? A friend who gardens? An artist? These blocks are versatile.

The 13 unique, foundation paper pieced blocks in the BOM are large scale, set in an alternate grid, modern layout. They can be sewn using mostly bold solids to create a more modern quilt, or with your favorite prints, and there is room for plenty of fussy cutting and intentional piecing too. The finished quilt measures 60” x 72” which is the perfect size for cuddling on the couch while practicing self-care!

New block designs will be available on the first of each month throughout 2021. But the best part is, you don’t need to wait to get started! Between now and January 1st, you can plan your fabrics, precut your background fabric, and sew your bonus block.

Basic paper piecing instructions will not be included. It’s assumed that you know the basics of paper piecing.

A Welcome PDF is available at the time of purchase. It will get you started planning and precutting. You can also download the Bonus Block today!

Yardage Requirements:
Background Fabric: 5 yards (solid or non-directional print)
Binding Fabric: ½ yard
Backing Fabric: 4½ yards

I worked with Moonlight Quilters to create some listings with background fabrics, the black and white accents, and starter bundles of FQs. Find them here Join the FB group once you join for a discount code on the fabric.


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Designed by Amy Friend of During Quiet Time LLC.