The difference of a year and a BOM

So far I’ve managed to keep up to date with the new Splendid Sampler quilt-a-long, though it’s less arduous this time with only one block a week at the moment. It’s a quilt-a-long organised by Pat Sloan and Jane Davison, with 80 other designers each designing one block, so there’s lots of different styles and techniques. I made the first Splendid Sampler and learnt lots, so I decided to try and make this one too.

I’m aiming to make two throw size quilts to go in our dining room, I seem to have acquired a large selection of soft blues and greys, so that’s what I’m using. I’m aiming just to use this stash and not buy any more, or at least use it all up!

I showed you the first block a couple of weeks ago. It was a pretty straight forward pieced block. I decided to sash and quilt it as I go, keeping the sashing a simple log cabin design. I’m also using the same fabric that a block is sashed with to back it too. Last time I had a mix of pretty floral backs and plain cream, I really ike the effect but it was tricky placing them all as not only did I have to be happy with the front arrangement, the back had to be correct too! This way should be easier as they are both the same.Splendid Sampler 2

It’s amazing the difference a good block of the month can make, I usually choose my BOM’s around what I want to learn, particularly if I’m paying for it. After making the Splendid Sampler last time and also Lynette Anderson’s quilt, I wanted to learn how to do applique, so I joined Sarah Fielke’s Down the Rabbit Hole BOM.

The second block is by Rebecca Bryan, it’s called Milk and Cookies, though in my colour scheme I think I’ll rename mine Summer Moon! It’s a Dresden circle appliqued on a pieced square. Before the DTRH quilt I would have bondawebed the centre circle and buttonhole stitched round and I would have been in a bit of a tiz over the Dresden circle. Twelve months later and I did needle-turn applique without thinking about it!

I finally managed to watch all the Leah Day tutorials on my Craftsy account, I was very impressed, learned lots and now I’m going to practise on my little squares. I finally got the hang of bringing the bobbin thread up so I don’t get a birds nest underneath! I also like the way she travels along stitch lines so you don’t have to keep stopping a starting, this is also helped by using the fmq foot even for straight lines. For this block I just quilted in the ditch around the moon and the sashing and then did a meander over the rest.DSC_0002 (2)

The third block was a bit more tricky, clam shells! Well I’ve done them, I used Sarah’s method of tinfoiling the fabric round a template for pressing and then appliqued them all. It’s not perfect and I can’t say I’ll be rushing to do them again, but I’ve tried it. The little embroidery at the top was definitely the easy part.

I quilted this with two patterns I learned from Leah’s class, a meandering clover around the flowers and an echo around the clam shells. Hopefully my stitch will improve as I get used to the different patterns. This whole block was quilted in one continous line which also means less threads to hide, so hopefully I’ll be a bit better at not leaving threads all over the place.DSC_0001 (2)

The next block is out tomorrow, so we’ll see what that one brings πŸ™‚


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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13 Responses to The difference of a year and a BOM

  1. kathyreeves says:

    That is quite a lovely fabric collection, Margaret! I opted to pass on SS#2, but I am still thinking about using some of my favorite SS#1 blocks of a Christmas throw, we’ll see. This quilt(s) will go together quickly with you quoting each block as you finish…that must be a GREAT feeling. πŸ˜„

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks Kathy, I’m not surprised you passed on SS2, you’re already doing half a dozen BOM’s aren’t you?? If I can keep up with all the quilting it will be a big help.

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      • kathyreeves says:

        At the worst of it, there were seven quilt projects going, but I’m in the final stages or finished with three, and two that are left are only monthly, so I’m in a good place now. πŸ™‚ I think I got it somewhat out of my system!


  2. Melody A. says:

    what gorgeous blocks!! I love the summer moon block !!! love the color scheme, so soothing and calm, Happy 4th of July and Happy Sewing from Iowa

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  3. Barbie says:

    Your color scheme is soothing and soft! I love the idea of quilting the blocks as you along. Do you know how you will join them together? The idea of having the top together and quilted by the time you get to end is very attractive. πŸ˜€

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  4. nanacathy2 says:

    They are lovely. I am beginning to think you don’t actually sleep!

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  5. tinaor says:

    I like the idea of a BOM (though I couldn’t work out what it stood for before I read your post!). I tend to be the type who launches right in, makes a few blocks,then gets overwhelmed by the greatness of the task – maybe a BOM is the way to go to pace myself another time.


  6. nikkibnb says:

    Those blocks look lovely! Very impressed, i wouldn’t even know where to start!


  7. tialys says:

    Love those colours – if we do another F2F block swap next year, I might steal this palette from you.
    It’s a good feeling when you can see how your work has progressed isn’t?.


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