Kristin’s Mercantile BOM: Part 1

Hi everyone!

I’m Kristin, designer of the Mercantile Block of the Month. I’m so excited to be partnering with Connecting Threads for their first ever BOM project! And I’ve got a confession to make: Even though I’ve been designing and writing quilt patterns for many years now, this is the first BOM pattern I’ve ever designed. So it’s just all kinds of new for everyone! I’m honored and happy that so many of you have chosen to join us in making the Mercantile quilt over the next few months.

By now you should all have your first fabric installment and be sewing to your hearts’ content. I’ll be sewing this quilt up right along with all of you. Here’s a not so glamorous photo of my finished blocks.

I know many of you are also done with the first six blocks and are anxiously awaiting the next shipment to get started on more. Me too! However, I have a son getting married in just a couple weeks, so I may have to put off my sewing until the end of the month, after all the wedding festivities die down. Which also means, if you don’t see me commenting right away on this blog over the next week or so, it’s only because I’m up to my eyeballs in tulle and tablecloths. But it’s totally worth it because I’m getting the BEST daughter-in-law in the world! (You should all be jealous. She’s AMAZING!)

And can I say again how much I LOVE the General Store fabric that is used for this quilt? As I mentioned in the catalog, it is definitely one of my all-time favorite collections by Connecting Threads. It’s so fresh and delightful that I want to buy some more and make even MORE quilts with it. Which reminds me…

Have you bought your backing yet? I’ve got mine, and I would strongly suggest everyone does the same, especially if you want to use a fabric from the General Store collection to match the top. Five yards will do the trick. Since Connecting Threads is always putting out fresh new collections, things tend to sell out fast. So get your backing now and then you won’t have to kick yourself later.

I picked Floral Abundance, New Blue (# 92923), but any of the prints from the collection would look lovely. Honestly it was so hard to choose!

Anyway, I hope you are having fun with this quilt so far, and I can’t wait to see everyone’s progress. Happy Quilting!



  1. Diana from Toronto - June 10, 2019

    LOVE that “Floral Abundance” print… really lovely. And although I am not a fan of sampler-look quilts, I do think a quilt made using just two of the six block patterns would be stunning… Time to start planning 🙂
    Thanks for the inspiration, Kristin

  2. Test - June 26, 2019

    Please Ignore

  3. test - June 26, 2019

    Nice Blog

  4. JENELLE G. PICKETT - October 13, 2019

    Is it too late to join the current BOM? (951) 305-7215.
    Please contact me soon AS POSSIBLE. thank you, Jenelle Pickett
    1463 Camino Hidalgo
    Hemet, CA 92545

  5. Mary - December 10, 2019

    I was looking for information regarding the Stash Up Club, the “new subscription box” that I saw in Better Homes and Gardens Quilts and More Magazine. I see no mention of it anywhere else, including your site.