Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Adventures with BOM

In my last blog entry I showed my attempts at recalling how to free motion quilt.  I used a leftover scrap block and thought I should show the quilt from which it was an extra block and tell the story behind that quilt.  Here is that quilt.

The quilt top is made entirely from Jo-Ann Fabric's 2006 QuiltBlocks Collection titled Rhythm & Blues. Finished, the JoAnn version is designed to be 78"x90" and looks like this.

Mine finished 70"x"94. The challenge was that I had no finishing kit and not all of the twelve blocks. A fun part was collecting the blocks from the bargain bin at a bunch of Jo-Ann's stores for $1 each. I visited three Jo-Ann stores within my area on a Saturday road trip with my husband, the farthest being a 50 mile roundtrip.  (Gas costs were not then what they are now!) My sister in North Carolina and my daughter in Oklahoma checked the bargain bins in their local stores too. Some of the blocks, ones that I had two or four of, I made as is, but others I raided for the precut fabric pieces and made flying geese or bar inserts such as in the middle of the four edges along the border.

Here the the individual blocks I had to build from.

I had no block 2 (strange, because I could get block 1's) and I had one block 6, the center block with applique petals, which I raided for some last bits of dark navy.  Since the pieces were all pre-cut I could just pick up and sew a few minutes at a time, no design planning nor possibility of messing up the cutting out part.  My youngest son was stabilizing after some pretty serious heart health issues at the time I worked on this quilt (he is doing great, now) so it was a good sewing outlet and stress reliever.  Tracking and finding the blocks were a good bonding mini-adventure and distraction for my husband and me, too. I finished my quilt in 2008, finding time to back and bind it as critical issues with my son diminished. It is so true, "Every quilt has a story..." and I associate each quilt with what was going on in my life at the time I worked on it.  This one has fond associations since Alex was getting better throughout its making.

New memories are being made now.  My daughter is expecting a baby girl in October so here is a sneak peek at a quilt in the making for my first grandchild.  Just a peek though, since my daughter reads my blog.

Completed projects:
  1. Restocked closets and reassembled four bedrooms after emptying for new flooring- Whew... what a job!!!
  2. Attending middle son's MBA graduation from UC Irvine
  3. Took youngest son to special needs camp and back
  4. Nothing quilty this week- unless you count the quilt finished in 2008.
Ongoing projects:
  1. Little witch girl quilt to be
  2. Duck, Duck, Goose - completed binding- will send out to quilt I think
  3. Doll quilt - with free-motion quilter, binding is made
    No progress (but re-listed here so I do not forget and leave buried in closet):
    • Hexagon Mask Quilt - layout begun but overwhelming
    • Fire and Ice Quilt- sitting in closet awaiting decision on backing
    • Grinch Quilt - ripening on the design wall
    • Pumpkin/Iris/Blossom square wall hanging- needs backing and binding
    • Bug baby quilt - not started - decided to do little witch girl instead
    • Chicken quilt - planning to spray baste with 505
    I want to start:
    • Presents with Bows quilt kit
    • The Ghastlies- strip quilt
    This week's stats:
         Completed  projects - 0 
         New projects - 0 
         Currently in progress - too many to count

    WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


    1. Awww! That witch panel is like, the cutest thing ever. And I have to admit, I saw that you were making a quilt for a grandchild, and totally teared up I was so happy for you... to the point where I momentarily forgot who was actually producing said grandchild even though you'd just said it! It was like "Oh, my mom is so excited and her grandchildren are so lucky, I wish *my* baby could have something so sweet and made with such love, *sniff* ... oh, wait!" Pregnancy brain is awesome. But... That sneak peek is so exciting and adorable. Those greens are completely spot-on in the photo, too. And I'm amused that both of us are making Halloween quilts first.

      Also, I love how different that BOM quilt turned out! I still remember looking for those blocks.

      Finally, I think you need to post pictures of your new sewing space! This is one of the few moments in your life it will be organized and not covered with projects so... carpe diem. Putting it together was definitely a work in progress!

    2. Update on doll quilt: it's no longer at the quilter.

      Mary Ann, the quilter.

    3. That is quite a challenge picked up BOMs from the discount bins! Good job making a go of it!
      I, like you, know what I was doing when, based on what quikt I was working on. Now as long as I dated the quilts, I'm all set! Otherwise my memory is shot, LOL!