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The Glitter Ball Block of the Month Quiltalong 2022 - January to August

Sew along with me to make this quilt top. Learn lots of new patchwork techniques. Quilt Size: 76" square.

COMING SOON  as an On-Demand Course!

The Glitter Ball quilt was my 2022 Block of the Month program (as detailed below).  As we come to the end of the program, I've been receiving emails from people that missed out and want to make their own Glitter Ball Quilt.  So in the Autumn I'll be making it available as an On-Demand course.  This means you'll be able to access all of the written instructions and video tutorials from the whole BOM and make it at your own pace.

 Sign up to the wait list below to find out as soon as it's available

I'll drop you an email when the course opens for enrolment.

  • Would you love to learn new techniques whilst making this modern contemporary quilt?
  • Have you bought a sampler or block of the month (BOM) quilt pattern in the past and just felt too overwhelmed to finish it?
  • Did you wish you could have asked the pattern designer some questions when you got stuck?
  • Would you love to be sewing along with like minded people, making new friends, even if you can't be in the same room as them?
Join us for my next block of the month programme. I'm so excited to share my new sampler pattern with you: The Glitter Ball!  My 2021 BOM members helped me name this one!

The idea for this new BOM quilt design originated from my Window to the Waves quilt that I made a few years ago.  I wanted to keep the illusion of the circle, but add some columns featuring different patchwork techniques.  There are six different column designs that I will show you how to piece during 2022.  You will learn various techniques during the year including: Drunkard's Path; Improv piecing; Traditional Quarter Square Triangles; Foundation Paper Piecing; & Improv Curves.

I'll break it down into manageable steps for you so you don't get overwhelmed.  You'll be able to download instructions and watch video tutorials.  You'll also be able to ask me any questions as we go through the year inside the teaching portal and also in monthly LIVE Q&A sessions on Zoom.

And best of all, you won't be sewing this project alone.  There will be lots of others joining in with us that you'll be able to connect with in the online community or Sewing School Facebook group.

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 "I am thoroughly enjoying this BOM, excellent video instructions that I can watch as many times as I want, as well as written instructions and the Zoom get togethers. I have improved my seam allowance, my pressing for flatter blocks and I am looking forward to joining more of Jo's courses as I have learnt a lot of new techniques. Love all the videos which I can watch as many times as I wish, written instructions too which I like, and of course the zoom call to join and chat with Jo and others and ask questions.

Pat A. - 2021 BOM Participant

Why trust me with your learning?
  • I've helped many students over the last two years create beautiful sampler quilts.  For some of them, it was their first quilt and they were thrilled with the results!  
  • I've been successfully teaching adults to sew for the last ten years.
  • I've been creating video tutorials for the last four years.
  • I love quilting, I love learning new things  and I love teaching!


"I love this BoM - the written instructions are so clear and the accompanying videos are incredibly useful. Jo takes the time to explain the importance of an accurate 1/4" seam, when to sew a scant 1/4" seam, which way to press each seam and why - in fact all the details that other designers overlook. Each month, after the pattern has been out about a week, there is an online Q+A session, where you can ask questions. There's also the Portal to query anything, and Jo replies very promptly.  One of the best BoMs I've ever done, to be honest!"

Judy - 2021 BOM Member
"I signed up three months in for this BOM and have had no problem at all in catching up. The instructions and videos are very clear and thorough, and can be revisited as you go along. Even though I wasn’t there for the Q & A sessions, I am sure Jo would help me out with a query even at this stage. I am so looking forward to the rest of the blocks. Top notch online teaching - and great value."

Nancy - 2021 BOM Member
"My very first BOM which I am following at my own pace, both video and written instructions are clear and easy to follow and make this possible. Jo provides detail on how to cut, sew and press each block. She will often give additional guidance for instance the 'scant 1/4" seam', been doing quilting for a few years now and Jo is the first person I have come across to describe the process so clearly. With added backup on live Q&A session each month what more could you want. Anticipate with pleasure each months instruction and enjoy the process enormously. Thanks Jo"
Ellie - 2021 BOM Member
What's Included in the BOM?
  • Monthly Block Piecing Instructions - these clear and easy to read sheets are downloadable and printable.
  • Monthly Video tutorials for piecing the blocks for each column and introducing new techniques - you can watch these as many times as you need to, pressing pause and play as often as you like!
  • Monthly Live Q&A Webinars on Zoom - your place to ask me any questions you might have.
  • Online Community for: sharing photos of your blocks, fabric pulls, finished quilt tops etc with other BOM members; asking for advice; sharing ideas about which fabrics to use; making new friends; and being inspired and encouraged. 
  • List of Fabric Requirements (fabric NOT included).
  • Cutting Instructions, Diagrams & Colouring-in sheet.
  • The finished quilt will measure approximately 76" square and is made up of blocks of various sizes.
  • All of this for just £47 for 8 months tuition consisting of the: Instructions; Video Tutorial; Live Q&A with me; and online community! Absolutely AMAZING value! (Equates to approximately US$55 but this will vary depending on your credit card currency conversion rate).
NO FABRIC is included in this BOM. You'll need to purchase that separately. 
Fabric Requirements
NOTE: Directional print fabrics are NOT recommended for this pattern. Solids, blends, and ditsy prints will work particularly well, and are recommended.    Cutting instructions assume a solid, blend or non-directional print fabric is being used. If using a printed fabric that has a specific orientation you may need to buy more fabric and cut the pieces differently (extra instructions will not be provided for this).

Fabulous offer for early birds!
Pay just £40 if you sign up before the end of the day on the 29th November 2021!

Offer ends in ...

Check out some of these ideas for fabric choices!
Colonel Mustard
Professor Plum
Reverend Green
Mrs Peacock
Court Jester
Emma's Choice
Fabric Requirements

"I've done a few BOMs over the years and this is the third of Jo's courses I've been on during lockdowns. I'm really enjoying the Dashing Dutchman BOM - Jo's instructions and videos are brilliant. If I don't get it first time, the portal lets me revisit the lessons and ask questions. The live sessions are so much fun - seeing everyone else's colour choices and being able to share both our struggles and our finished blocks is very encouraging. Thank you so much, Jo - you set a very high standard for online teaching."

Penny - 2021 BOM Participant

Ways to Pay


Yes! Absolutely!  I'll keep sign ups open until Spring 2022.  When you sign up you’ll have access to all the blocks that have been issued up until that point.  You can catch up in your own time or just join in with the current block and do the ones already done, later, totally up to you! You'll be able to watch the past LIVE session recordings and attend the remaining LIVE sessions if you choose to.  Once enrolment is closed you can't sign up.  

Once you’ve paid you’ll be asked to set up a log in.  Once that’s done you’ll be able to access the sewing school portal.  You’ll automatically be emailed a receipt and log in link to my Online Sewing School (Portal), so if you didn’t set up the log in when you paid, you’ll be able to do it using the link.   In the same email you’ll also see a link to the Facebook group that you can request to join.

Some security systems are causing a glitch in the system and not registering the click on the Buy button.  If this happens you have various options to buy the course: try buying on a different device; contact me to arrange a different payment method; go into your security (e.g. Kaspersky) and allow data collection for this website, that seems to resolve the issue.

Yes! Absolutely!  The video tutorials and downloadable instructions will be hosted in my Online Sewing School Portal.  Plus we have the added bonus of a Community Page right here in the portal.   So you do not need a Facebook account to access tuition or support.  However we have found that lots of our customers like to use Facebook and so we also provide a Facebook group as well.

I wouldn't say it was aimed at absolute beginners, no.  However a confident beginner who can sew an accurate scant quarter inch seam allowance should be fine.

No problem at all! Go at your pace, it’s not a race.   Whilst I try to keep the pace manageable, sometimes life throws you a curveball and you just can't get it all done in time.  I totally understand and it's completely ok!  It happens to everyone once in a while.  You’ll still get the instructions once a month but then they are yours to keep and refer back to and make whenever you like!  The important thing is to remember that this is fun! It's your hobby and should never make you feel stressed out!  You'll be able to download the instructions sheets to keep forever and you'll have access to the videos for a minimum of 6 months after the end of the BOM.

No problem! You have various places you can ask for help.  Under each video tutorial there is a Discussion box that you can type your question into.  Or you can ask me a question during one of the LIVE Q&A sessions on Zoom using the chat box.  If the time doesn't suit your schedule or time zone then just be sure to email me the question ahead of time and I'll answer in the LIVE anyway.  I'm planning to record the LIVES and load them into the portal for you to watch when convenient.  

Alternatively post your question in the Community Page or Facebook Group.  Either myself or one of our other lovely members is sure to be able to answer it for you. :-)

Fabric Requirements are specified in the table above

Sometimes the technology decides not to do what it should!  Very frustrating!  Sorry it's happened to you.  First of all, just double check your junk/spam folder.  Also make sure to add jo@thecraftynomad.co.uk to the Safe Sender list in your email settings.  Next go to the Register Page and sign up.  Once you are in, you'll be able to click on the My Courses tab at the top.  If your enrolment was processed then the BOM will show up in your courses.  If it's not there or you have problems registering then just drop me an email at jo@thecraftynomad.co.uk.

Eight in total this year.  We'll start in January with planning and then start sewing in February. I'll show you how to sew a different column each month right through until July 2022.  Then in August I'll show you how to piece the quilt and we'll also discuss quilting options.  

That isn't an option for this design.

It is not possible to issue refunds for digital products for immediate download and customers lose their 14 day right to cancel.  This is because it is not possible to recall digital content.  By continuing to purchase digital products the customer is acknowledging that they have waived that right.

"I am thoroughly enjoying doing the Dashing Dutchman block of the month. This is the first time I have ever done anything like this, therefore, I was a bit nervous to begin with. I needn’t have worried! The course material is excellent and easy to follow. The monthly zoom calls are terrific where I can listen to Jo explaining what’s coming up and/or answering our questions. I strongly recommend this course to you"

Irene - 2021 BOM Participant

What are you waiting for?
I can't wait to sew with you in 2022!



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Carole Johnson

Highly recommended

I have been dabbling with patchwork and quilting for a long time but this is my first BOM. I was drawn to the striking design butwould have struggled with some of the elements were it not for Jo’s meticulous instructions, especially the ‘bite size’ videos. I’m really enjoying the making process and have learned lots, especially about accuracy , which I know will ensure better results in the future. Thank you, Jo.

2 years ago
Joanne Fisher

Easy to navigate

This has been my second BOM with Jo. She uses the best platform to host her online classes. I have all but given up on another BOM because of the poor presentation and difficulties accessing content. The videos are of excellent quality. The live sessions are a great way of getting extra help with anything you are finding a bit tricky and are available to view if you can’t make the live meeting. I have grown in confidence in my quilting abilities. I am really looking forward to the next BOM.

2 years ago
Jill Forbes Forbes

Glitter ball

A well paced thoroughly enjoyable course. Enough challenge to really value the videos and a lovely design. So so enjoying seeing it come together. Thank you.

2 years ago
Alison Peters

Just amazing and so clever

I have not been quilting for long or had many classes so was a bit apprehensive as to how I would get on but it’s coming together and it’s looking good! Jo is so clear with her teaching videos and instructions and breaks it down into easily followed instructions. So good to be able to view it over and over when you get to a bit you are unsure about. Jo is also very responsive when you have a problem. Highly recommended you won’t regret it and excellent value for money. Will definitely be joining the next one.

2 years ago
quilter.dursley9@gmail.com Dursley

Best Christmas present ever

My son bought this BoM as a gift for me…I’ve had my hand held all the way through, and enjoyed being stretched at times. So much support, absolutely brilliant.

2 years ago
Cathy Stoddart Stoddart

Best BOM ever

I am a pretty regular BOMer so I have been exposed to lots of different teachers using different platforms and teaching techniques. I have to say that Jo's combination of course notes, pre-recorded videos and live Q & As are the best of all of them. Apart from anything else it is amazing value for money. I can't imagine how many hours of work it must have taken her to put all that instruction together. The clarity of explanation of sometimes tricky techniques is wonderful. I'm sure everyone who has participated is a better quilter now than they were at the start. Thank-you Jo. I will definitely be back for the next one.

2 years ago
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Disclaimer: I promise to show you how to sew the blocks together and will impart lots of useful nuggets of information along the way, adding to the experience.  So you are sure to pick up lots of new tips and tricks.  But, like anything in life, you only get out what you put in.  
So if you don't do the work, a quilt you will not have :-(