Friday, February 12, 2016

Banging out the BOM's

     It seems every blog and shop I know was offering a great Block of the Month in January and I loved them all.  There is a limit, though, in what I can accomplish in any given month.  I joined a BOM in my LQS in September because it was French General fabrics and one of my favorite Missouri designers, Shelly Pagliai.  They are coming along great, partly because of the fabrics and mostly because Shelly's directions are terrific.  I tend to scan directions and am guilty of missing an important point because of it.  It is pretty hard to mess these up, although I managed to do it on this last block.
It is the last one on the right, 2nd row,  and I originally sewed the corner background triangles to the sides.  Something wasn't right and a second glance at the directions soon set me right.  A little un-sewing and all was well.  
     The next one I started was in January.  I have followed the so scrappy blog, for quite a while, especially liking the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I have designated 2016 as the Year of the Scrap.  January's color was blue and that was fun.  February's color was brown ( I was thinking it would be red or pink and had a plan), so that was a challenge!
Here is January's blue.
This is a charity quilt, all quilted now, that will go to the guild charity project for the year.
I am also doing the month's color in Father's Choice blocks to go into a sampler quilt at the end of the year.  These are great blocks, and go together so easy.  

     Once I  got over the whole pink/red idea, I embraced the brown.  I had plenty of scraps, so decided on string blocks.  This will be a small charity quilt using Bonnie Hunter's String X pattern (free pattern on  

I'm going to look for some cowboy fabric to put them together.  Some little boy should be very pleased.  

The next BOM to which I succumbed was Westering Women on Barbara Brackman's blog, Civil War Quilts.  You may know that Barbara does great historical research as well as designs quilts and fabric, so this is always a great read.  It just started this month and here is the first block.  

On another subject, here are a couple of pictures from our guild meeting Tuesday night.  Cynthia and Kathy gave a great program on taking photos of our quilts. 

Here we are snapping pictures of each other during our program.

     What's under the needle at your house today?  I'm working on Stacked Squares (Moda Bake Shop free pattern).  I decided it needed straight line quilting, so am doing a diagonal line pattern.  Not sure if that will be all, I'm keeping my mind open to possibilities.

Regardless, I'll keep on stitching...

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