26 November 2013

Another BOM Finish

Hello after a very long absence!   I have finally finished my interpretation of the 2013 Block of the Month which is given by Craftsy.  Laura Nownes was the instructor this year.  Overall I felt that this was a course more suited to the more advanced quilter as opposed to last year where the beginner coped without too much trouble.  It was great learning new techniques for traditional blocks and I felt that Laura put her classes across very well and in just enough detail.

I did not take photos along the way throughout the year as I sewed my blocks in little bits of spare time I had during the day amongst my other sewing projects!  Here is the finished quilt.

2013 Block of the Month Sampler

I used fabric from my stash as well as a few bought fat quarters.  I chose autumn colours this time as opposed to the "brights" I used last year.   Note to self:  Please concentrate next time on the orientation of half square triangles when used in a border!  I had to unpick 2 of the borders as I had the dark half on the wrong side.  Those of you who have used HSTs in a border will know what I'm talking about.  Grrr!

I have recently watched Angela Walters' class on Dot to Dot Quilting and decided that it would work quite well on this quilt for the quilting.  Straight lines were the order of the day here with a few figure eights in the narrower strips.  Mmm sewing straight lines took a bit of practice but I must say that towards the end it was a piece of cake.  Haha!  Here are a few close-ups.

The Fan Block
Flower Basket
LeMoyne Star
Economy Block

I used left-over fabric for the binding which I sewed on by machine and hemmed by hand onto the back.  This was a fun project but I'm not sure if I will do another sampler next year, if there is one.

Thank you for stopping by.  My next project is a dress for Tyla, my granddaughter who is going to a family wedding next month.  I will post pics if she is agreeable!

Happy quilting,