The Glitter Ball Quiltalong - On Demand - Self Study (previously the 2022 BOM)

Sew along with me to make this quilt top. Learn lots of new patchwork techniques. Quilt Size: 76" square.
  • Did you miss out when we ran this as a LIVE block of the month program?
  • Join now to learn new techniques whilst making this modern contemporary quilt.
  • The step by step videos will help you progress steadily, at your own pace, to make sure you finish the quilt and feel super proud of yourself!
The Glitter Ball Quilt was my 2022 block of the month (BOM) program that concluded in August 2022. It's now available right here as a stand alone self study course for those that missed out in 2022.  Sign up now and you will get all the printable PDF instructions, templates and access to the video classes. 

The idea for this 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.  You will learn various techniques 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 you go using the question boxes inside the teaching portal.

"This is an excellent BOM. The pattern is innovative with an interesting mix of techniques. I have learnt a huge amount along the way. I learnt some basic beginner techniques years ago, but then never really followed up. Lockdown brought me back to quilting , but I really needed to improve my skills.

These online lessons and videos are very professional, with plenty of guidance and tips. Nothing is taken for granted and individual learning styles are also catered for. So whether you learn best by watching/ reading and or hearing, the opportunity is there. Best of all this is an interesting and stylish design with just the right amount of challenge, so I didn't get bored and was motivated to persevere even when I struggled."

Ruth - Glitter Ball BOM Participant

Why trust me with your learning?
  • I've helped many students over the last three 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 over ten years.
  • I've been creating video tutorials for the last five years.
  • I love quilting, I love learning new things  and I love teaching!


"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."

Alison P - Glitter Ball BOM Participant
"I love the Glitterball quilt design and that drew me into the BOM but I was amazed month after month of the work and detail Jo put into the instructions and videos. I loved that she consistently showed more than one way to do things (because in quilting there is ALWAYS more than one "right" way) so it expanded skill sets even when it was a piecing technique you had done before. I am usually not a fan of video training, it is just not how I learn, however I loved that Jo breaks down the videos into short components that align to one part of the process making it easy to find and review that piece again without having to find that part in a longer video. I loved the BOM with Jo and would recommend her courses for anyone wanting to build skills."
Rob - Glitter Ball BOM Participant
"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."
Cathy S. - Glitter Ball BOM Participant
What's Included in the BOM?
  • Piecing Instructions - these clear and easy to read sheets are downloadable and printable.
  • Video lessons 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!
  • Immediate access to all instructions and video lessons so you can make it at your own pace, no need to wait each month like a traditional BOM.
  • 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 is 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 £57 for in-depth tuition consisting of the: Instructions; Video Lessons; and an online community! Absolutely AMAZING value! (Equates to approximately US$72 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).
Check out some of these ideas for fabric choices!
Colonel Mustard
Professor Plum
Reverend Green
Mrs Peacock
Court Jester
Emma's Choice

"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."

Jo F. - Glitter Ball BOM Participant

Ways to Pay

  • Glitter Ball Quiltalong
  • £57

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  • Drunkard's Path Units
  • Improv Piecing
  • Quarter Square Triangles
  • Strip Piecing
  • Foundation Paper Piecing
  • Improv Curved Piecing


Yes we have.  This was the 2022 BOM that ran Jan-August 2022.  It was so popular I've brought it back as a self study quiltalong course that people can join any time!  

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.   You'll then be able to access all of the teaching.  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 lessons 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! This is an self study course, which means you can sew at your own pace.  I suggest a monthly schedule but you can choose a pace that suits you best.  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.  I don't actually put a time limit on your access to the videos on my website in my stand alone courses. You will have access for as long as I have the website open. I have no plans to close the website as my business is going very well. If that ever did become a possibility, I have committed to giving customers 6 months notice. 

No problem! Under each video tutorial there is a Discussion / Question box that you can type your question into.  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 course 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, it's most likely just been caused by a typo in your email address.  

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 can't say enough good things about Jo's teaching and her thorough treatment of every element of the process. The video lessons were essential for me being able to complete each step - I'm almost there! There were some challenging and difficult elements which is good for building confidence and skill! If you have a chance to learn from Jo you should definitely take it!"

Bonnie - Glitter Ball BOM Participant

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Cathy Hiscock

Glitterball On Demand

Once I started this course I couldn’t stop! The advantage of it being on demand meant I was able to lose myself completely for about 10 days as I worked through each of the columns. It certainly pushed me out of my comfort zone/s and made me think very hard. Jo’s teaching is brilliant - so thorough and clear. I love that the videos are in short bites so that you can really focus and not get overwhelmed by the enormity of the whole thing. The improv curves were very challenging and I know mine were a bit uneven in length but I learnt so much and am so glad that I attempted something so unlike anything else I’ve ever made. It was very exciting and great fun, and I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to undertake the challenge, knowing that they’ll be in good hands with lots of support available.

1 year ago

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 :-(