Monday, February 5, 2018

2018 Rainbow BOM

This year, we're hosting a low-key, low-stress block of the month we're calling our Rainbow BOM. Here are all of the details:
  • There will be 10 months total.
  • Each month, we'll assign a new color. They will not go in rainbow order, just to keep you on your toes.
  • To participate, you must post an image of your block to Instagram or email a picture to before the next meeting to earn a point for that month. On Instagram, use hashtags #stlmqg and #stlmqgrainbowbom.
  • You will earn one point for finishing a block in the assigned color and submitting the image before the next meeting. You will earn five additional points if you finish at least 9 of the 10 blocks by the November meeting. Each point will be worth one ticket, and we'll draw for prizes at the November meeting.
  • Feel free to "make up" missed months after they are due, but you will not receive points for those individual months. (However, all blocks will count toward your nine-block total for the five additional points in November, regardless of when they are made.)
  • You do not have to create a finished item with your blocks (although we are planning to have a separate prize raffle next January for finished projects).
  • Blocks can be any size and design -- it's totally up to you.
  • Each month’s block can only use the assigned color plus neutrals (prints and solids are fine).

Color #1 (January):
The color for January is pink (interpreted however you like, from baby pink to fuchsia)! The color 1 block images are due before our meeting on February 10.
Color #2 (February):
The color for February is yellow-orange (it's not yellow, and it's not orange -- those will come in future months -- it's yellow-orange. Think cheddar or mac and cheese). The color 2 block images are due before our meeting on March 10.
Color #3 (March):
The color for March is green (save your citrons and teals for future months; we want true green here). The color 3 block images are due before our Shannon Brinkley workshops on April 14.
Color #4 (April):
The color for April is blue-green. This includes everything between green and blue -- think aqua, teal, turquoise, and the like. The color 4 block images are due before our May meeting on May 12.
Color #5 (May):
The color for May is orange. Red-orange will not be a color we use this year, so this month can include all shades of orange other than yellow-orange (which we've already done). The color 5 block images are due before the Latifah Saafir workshop on June 9.
Color #6 (June):
The color for June is yellow-green -- think your lime, citron, chartreuse, and pear shades. And take heart, this is our last "in between" color, so you should be smooth sailing from here on out if they confuse you. Check out this site for some helpful examples of yellow-green. The color 6 block images are due before our July 14th meeting.
Color #7 (July):
The color for July is violet. For our purposes, this includes every shade of purple, so have at it! The color 7 block images are due before our August 11th meeting.
Color #8 (August):
The color for August is red, easy peasy. The color 8 block images are due before our September 8th meeting.
Color #9 (September):
The color for September is blue, another easy month. We're taking it easy on you here at the end. Just one more color to go after this! What could it be? The color 9 block images are due before October 13 (this is the date our monthly meeting would normally fall, but we will not have an October meeting due to SewMeSTL).
Color #10 (October):
The color for October is yellow, an easy one for our final month. The color 10 block images are due by November 3 (that's a week before our November meeting), so we can get the final numbers tallied and the raffle tickets ready for distribution at the November meeting. Since we're announcing the color early, you should have plenty of time.


If you're having trouble identifying colors, we highly recommend checking out this post on Shannon Brinkley's blog, which is all about color cards. The post also includes two color cards (one with a 12-color wheel and one with a 24-color wheel) that you can download for free. In addition to being helpful, they make cute artwork for your sewing room. We'll have a copy of each available for reference at future meetings.

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