Monday, April 30, 2007

BOM fever

This seems to be my year for block of the month quilts(or BOM for short). I don't know why they are appealing to me so much lately, but I have several in the works. My applique blocks are being made as a block a month as part of my class. And I joined a buck a block program at another local quilt store. In addition to these two that I am doing I also am making two others that are being run on websites on the internet. All are very different from each other and I really like the variety.Plus I don't feel too much pressure as I need only make one block each month. But, I wonder if a year from now I will have four new quilts or simply four sets of completed quilt blocks. Or possibly four incomplete sets of blocks. Time will tell, I suppose.

Today I will share the blocks I have completed from Debbie Mumm's website. The quilt is called garden favorites. This first picture shows the blocks for January, February, and March. The second picture is the April addition. This quilt wont be very large, so I imagine I will probably add some type of borders or maybe add some sashing strips between the blocks.

And if you are interested in making this quilt, here is the link:

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Making progress!

In my last post I mentioned the hand work I have been doing in an applque class. I am happy to say that I have finally completed the first four blocks of the series. And if the truth is being told, I will admit to enjoying the hand stitching for a change. I may even consider trying some different applique projects in the future-shocking!
The pattern I am using is designed for using wool, for a really primative folksy feel. I am using thirties reproduction fabrics for my version. I think it gives the blocks a cheerful look.

I have decided to be truely brave and share pics of my blocks with you. They are not perfect, but I am happy with them. The first block I did is the Rose, followed by the Sunflower. My third block was the Lily pad and my most recent is the Morning Glory block.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Applique projects by default

Three weeks ago I had surgery, so I have been very limited in my activities. I have not been able to sit at my sewing machine, so I have not really had anything to post about. The only quilting projects I have been able to work on are some applique blocks. My progress is slow, as I really am not normally patient enough for hand work. But at least I am working on a quilt.
I am taking a class at a local quilt quilt store to make a floral applique quilt. I am the only student in the class, so I have my own personal instructor! I only go once a month, but I am happy to say that I really am improving. Carol had been so sweet to to do this for me. I am sure anyone else would have just cancelled the class due to not enough students.