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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

There And Back Again - Month 01

Gandalf! If you had heard only a quarter of what I have heard about him, and I have only heard very little of all there is to hear, you would be prepared for any sort of remarkable tale. Tales and adventures sprouted up all over the place wherever he went, in the most extraordinary fashion.
~The Hobbit, ch.1

Gandalf, by Schenley Pilgram

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pieced by (L-R) Lilja Björk Sigurdórsdóttir, Michelle Thompson and Jennifer Ofenstein

Welcome to the very first month of There and Back Again, a Hobbit Block of the Month (BOM)!

Starting today, and on the first Wednesday through November 2012, we will share a paper pieced quilt pattern that will all go toward one awesome Hobbit-themed quilt! At the end of the BOM, you will have 13 unique blocks and we will share finishing instructions, which includes the layout that we have created for this completely awesome fandom quilt! Fabric choices are your own.

There And Back Again
Block of the Month
There and Back Again is a collaborative effort between four Fandom In Stitches designers, Michelle Thompson, Lilja Björk Sigurdórsdóttir, Schenley Pilgram, and Jennifer Ofenstein. 

This month's pattern has been designed for your stitching pleasure by Schenley Pilgram.

Read more about FiS Designers.

All patterns are paper pieced. A little lost? We have a full list of tutorials and other helpful information about paper piecing on our Help! page.

But wait, there's even more awesome!

You can join us on our adventure by posting your photo of each month's block to the Fandom In Stitches flickr group. The first Tuesday of each month, a winner will be chosen at random from those participants that contributed photos. That winner will receive the prize donated by our awesome monthly sponsors!

Meet our October sponsor, foxwise

In the foxwise shop, you can find hand-stamped jewelry inspired by fantasy and science fiction (e.g. The Hobbit, LOTR, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, etc). 

And what wonderful treasure has foxwise created just for the lucky winner of our very first There And Back Again drawing?

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What better than a gorgeous hand-stamped bracelet with a quote right out of The Hobbit? This lovely bracelet says "there is nothing like looking, if you want to find something," which is from Chapter 4, Over Hill and Under Hill.

Remember, to be entered to win this fabulous prize sponsored by foxwise, add your Month 1 block photo to the Fandom In Stitches flickr group! Only photos from the flickr group will be eligible for the drawing.

Need a little moral support? Join our Livejournal community to chat with fellow TaBA quilters!

You still haven't read The Hobbit?
It's never too late to start!



  1. wow looks amazing Well done Jen on pulling it all together.

  2. It's been my pleasure, Michelle! I'm just so excited that we've finally started!

  3. What a FABULOUS design! How great is this Gandalf? Thank you for another project in fandom.

  4. Thanks! We're having a lot of fun with it...it's been fantastic working with such talented designers. :)

  5. I have been looking for a fantasy quilt for my hubby for years, and this is it! I'm shop hopping today (SewOregon) and now I have an excuse to get some fabric. I can't wait to sew up Gandalf tomorrow!

    Do you know how big the finished quilt is going to be so I can start looking for the perfect back?

  6. Oh what FUN! I don't know that I can keep up with the BOM right now, but I'll definitely be saving for a future quilt -- wonderful stuff! :)

  7. Oh!!!!!! Too Totally Cool! A Hobbit/LOTR BOM! :D

  8. Yay! First block done, Hubby is SO EXCITED! I can't wait to see what comes next!

  9. I'm halfway through it but I have a doubt: will the blocks have a common background? I went with a pale blue (sky?) but was wondering if it was the right choice. I love this project!

  10. I'm so excited to hear all of your excitement!

    Gaia - each individual block will stand alone, but the overall quilt will be in a layout intended as a whole, so you will not need to worry about matching background fabrics. :)

    We will announce the layout size next month. :)

  11. I can't wait to see all of the blocks! I wish I could participate... Unfortunately all of my sewing materials, machine included, are back home on the west coast while I'm at college in the midwest.

    Maybe I'll cross stitch some Hobbit-y things soon!

    xoxo Kim

  12. This is so great!! I'm a lover of all things Hobbit-y as is my #1 son. I would love to make this for him (although I suspect I might just HAVE to make two!!). Thank you SO much!!

  13. Thank you, we're all very excited, too!

  14. DUH, never mind my other comment. Found all I needed here. THANK YOU!!!!!!! I am so excited for my son!!!

  15. Well, I'm glad you found what you needed, at any rate! I'm excited, too. :)

  16. Is is #TABABOM Wednesday yet?


  17. Do we need a countdown to November 2? ;)

  18. I loved it from the moment I saw it - and now I found the time to start on this BOM. Thank you so much for the pattern!