My friend, JoAnne showed us a project she was working on before she left and I fell in love with it. I became obsessed with it and then just bit the bullet and joined the block of the month (it is more like four blocks in a month – so I will be perpetually behind for a long time!). Because I joined late, I was shipped both months one and two – so I started off behind – a very good candidate for BOM REHAB!
They ship the pattern and the red fabrics, and you supply the backing or purchase it from them. One of the backing choices was Moda Bella Snow… something I generally keep on hand in my stash anyway. I try to keep about 3 yards each of Snow, Ivory, and Bleached White in my stash. I happened to pull out Ivory because it was the one that was labeled (so that I knew exactly which one I was using to order more since it requires nearly 9 yards of fabric for the background)
I followed JoAnne’s tips she showed us at the last bee she was able to go to (the one that convinced me to order the BOM though I am very new to applique) and prepped my backgrounds and back-basted the red on the top and even started to applique it down. I hated the red fabric. It frayed, badly and for a new appliquér – it was not a good situation. That night as I lay in bed, I was thinking a nice batik would be good and I even got up the next morning to look for batiks online. But I really didn’t want to spend any more on the fabric for this quilt, I was already spending enough! I happened to remember, I have 3 yards this great extra wide batik batik that I knew would be enough to make the quilt top and then some. I bought it from a friend’s wholesale fabric party and she ended up washing it before I got it because it stunk badly. I really don’t like to prewash my fabrics so I had just put it aside and forgot about it. It is a great blue/teal/purple batik.
Here is my block one. Yes, I am definitely new at applique and you can tell. But I figure that I will never learn unless I don’t just jump in there and do it. Most of the applique is practice, practice, practice. If I get better as I go along, then I may redo some of the earlier blocks – I may not. Considering just 6 short months ago, I had no clue how to applique, I feel I am doing pretty good.
week morning, I managed to work on my Designer Mystery 2012 Block one Block. This was such a beautiful, but simple block. I love the lines in it. And look ma! My points are perfect! Despite the numerous flying geese.
I did something unthinkable, I used pins to hold my squares in place. Maybe there is something to using pins (on occasion).
So now I am officially caught up with this BOM project. I vow that I will try my best to keep caught up on this project. I may not get the blocks done the first week they come out, but at least try really hard to get the block done before the next one comes out.
Here is Month 11 – I just noticed that one border is wrong…
April has come and gone, and it was the first month, I didn’t complete my goals for the challenge. I did manage to piece the backing, sandwich the quilt and also quilt it. It didn’t get bound. That is on my list of things to do this weekend – maybe.
Why haven’t I done it? After I sandwiched the four tops last week, I quilted three of them, including Sparkling Gemstones, which was my UFO for April. While I had the tables set up, I had decided I would quilt all six tops I had sandwiched – which are: Sparkling Gemstones, Bali Pop Quilt, Summer Day, Autumn Star Struck, Star Crazy, and Paris in the Fall. So I will be quilting all of them and putting binding on all of them while the extra table is set up in my sewing room.
Currently, Star Crazy, is under the needle; May’s UFO.
Today I set up a 6’ table in my sewing room and sandwiched a few quilts.
First up was Sparkling Gemstones, my April UFO. I know… I am running a bit late on this one. Especially since all I had to do was piece a backing, sandwich, and quilt it.
Since I had the table and boards out, I figured I should get a few others done.
Autumn Star Struck came out to play and get sandwiched.
The new schnibble, Summer Day, got sandwiched too. I really love the way the two reds look when they are together. It is a good thing to get this one sandwiched, since the baby was born and is now home from the hospital.
Last of all, my Bali Pop Quilt got sandwiched. As you can see, a young Mel Gibson is on the TV. Lethal Weapon (1) was on and I had it on in the background while I was sandwiching. I usually have music on my ipad on playing on Pandora through my dock, but I was in the mood for a tv show. Something I didn’t have to watch constantly; something I have seen many times. Lethal Weapon fit the bill.
I now have a stack of 6 quilts to quilt that are sandwiched and ready to go. I hope I can get them done soon.