Vacation Time Quilt

Pat Sloan Vacation TimeWell I have finally finished my first BOM quilt, or Block of the Month for non-quilters! I’m so pleased with myself!! The design is by Pat Sloan and over on her website she released a block each month, starting in January. We had no idea what the quilt would look like until the end. I used it as a learning experience, and I’ve certainly learnt a lot, my blocks at the end are a lot more accurate than those at the beginning. I just used fabrics that were in my stash, many I’d had for donkey’s years. The starting point was the William Morris stripe, that’s what gave me the blue and brown colourway, ironically I used it least in my blocks as the stripes were just the wrong width! It made a nice border round the edge though.

Pat Sloan Vacation TimeThis month we had to make all the filler squares, I finally got to play with my new purchase from the WI centennial fair! I treated myself to a die-cutter, I have to say it does make a difference. As Stuart Hillard (from the Great  British Sewing Bee) said, quarter inch seams can be as accurate as you like, but if the cutting isn’t accurate in the first place, it makes no difference. The little blocks were noticeably more accurate, and it’s certainly easier when you have so many blocks to cut out, each little block was made from 8 squares and I had to make 32 blocks!!!

Pat Sloan Vacation Time

I was so short of fabric by the end (as I was determined not to buy any) that I cut out my borders first so I could use the leftovers. Some squares were even cut with corners missing as I knew a corner would be cut off anyway!

I’m really pleased with the finished quilt, the colours don’t really suit my house so it’s going to be a Christmas present, just got to quilt it now…

Sharing with Sew Can She for Show Off Saturday and Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I get a Whoop Whoop as I think I’ve earned one 🙂

Pat Sloan Vacation Time

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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3 Responses to Vacation Time Quilt

  1. corrineappleby says:

    I love this! I’m so impressed you completed it all with fabric from your stash. I can get bored completing quilt tops but I bet having a different pattern each months helps with motivation levels! I can’t believe you’re going to give it away!


    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks Corrine, my fabric stash is rather large, some of these fabrics are over 20 years old!! It was fun doing a BOM, all the comments and photos on her facebook page from others doing the same quilt also helped to keep me motivated!

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