If any of you haven't seen the 2012 Christmas Quilt Show - head on over by using the linky button on the left. We have some amazing creative people out there. I don't know about you, but seeing some of those quilts has added about 67 new projects to my list....
Which brings me to my current project...
As I mentioned previously, I am fairly new to all of this. I was like a kid in a candy store – “I want that, and that, and that,that THAT!”. One of those “That’s” was learning to applique. A wise woman (in a quilt store) said “if you want to learn to applique, you should join our BOM class. I did, so I did.
The quilt is Stitcher's Garden designed by Lynda Howell. Finished design
Block 1 – Yeah, I am on my way.
Fast forward 10 months – and I had fallen pretty far behind. Since each block was a QAYG and a new technique, I found it a tad difficult to keep up, especially when more than 1 block a month was required. But I was determined to catch up.
My biggest difficulty was (and is) picking colors, as I couldn’t envision the finished quilt because:
- I never thought about auditioning or choosing fabrics at the start (this particular BOM runs continuously, and people join throughout the cycle.
- I had no clue what I was doing
- I kept finding gorgeous fabrics – I couldn’t help myself.
So here is my first audition (on the bed)
That helped a ton – I started picking colors and moving forward. 2 months later, I had converted my hallway wall upstairs into a design wall. Much better than the bed, and guests are with invited to use my upstairs bathrooms in the hopes that they will tell me what colors will work.
Second audition (on the wall
Still not sure I like the position of the blocks, but it’s time to start picking sashing
Final Placement, Sashing in Progress
I think I like this arrangement best – It moves the concentration of yellow around. But Yikes – what is that big greenish block at the top. Jack (as in – Jack the Ripper” ) will have to be doing some work on that block.
So, little by little, I have been trying to figure out how to add sashing that will combine all the blocks I made.
I am happy to be joining the BOMS Away linkup. I think it’s going to keep me from turning this into a UFO.