Getting Ready for Coming Home

It was quite exciting today as this year’s Sarah Fielke Block of the Month started. It’s a gorgeous quilt of houses, cottages, trees, as soon as I saw the design I signed up. Sarah was the designer of Down the Rabbit Hole quilt which I’m quilting at the moment, so I know her designs are wonderful and her instructions are great. I tried very hard to veer away from my usual quiet palettes of colour, I went to a quilt show with a completely open mind…and came home with a subtle collection of fabrics in teal, grey, adding a little purple (of course!) and peach. I found my background fabrics later with the trees on together with a couple of plains in light teal and grey.

Coming Home Quilt

As a lead up to the start of the BOM, Sarah suggested we made a fabric block book to store both our finished blocks and work in progress too. She released a video to show us a simple way to make one. I finally got round to sewing mine yesterday, just in time!

Sarah used an orphan block for the front, I haven’t got any orphan blocks so I raided my stash for some sewing themed fabrics. I bought these ages ago on a whim and then wondered what on earth I was going to do with them, this was the perfect project to use them. I even had just enough of the tape measure cotton tape left in my stash for the ties.

Quilters Block Book

The book was very straight forward to make with cardboard inserts front and back and pages of batting which acts like fuzzy felt for work in progress and finished blocks. My main difficulty was trying to persuade my twenty year old sewing machine that it could stitch through six layers of batting, necessary to make the spine. It flatly refused at first – I got that STOP IMMEDIATELY FOR SAFETY sign! I lengthened the stitch and tried it with just three pages, it stitched OK. I did two sets of three and then put one on top of the other and it happily stitched all six together!! It didn’t even complain when I added the two layers of fabric for the cover – I think it was just feeling it’s age at first!

Quilters Block book

The only change I made was to add two handles to the book. It measures about 13″ square and I can see myself using it to carry work to sew at Embroiderers Guild or when visiting my mum. Handles will make it a lot more convenient.

Quilters Block book

I’m really pleased with my book, I’m actually tempted to make another one as I’ve now got three BOM’s on the go and another one would help keep things organised.

So now I need to choose the fabrics for the centre of my quilt and make the first eight houses.

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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16 Responses to Getting Ready for Coming Home

  1. tialys says:

    That block book is a good idea for both storing and transporting blocks.. Is there a link to the video or is it just for those who have signed up for the BOM?

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  2. claire93 says:

    very pretty & practical

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  3. katechiconi says:

    I don’t think anyone will ever persuade you to use bright warm colours, will they? πŸ™‚ I had a little bet with myself about what you’d pick, and it didn’t feature reds and yellows… It’s going to be lovely, it’s definitely in ‘your’ colour palette. The block book is lovely, and a perfect use for fabric you like but won’t use anywhere else. A friend of mine made herself something similar, but she bound the page edges, as she said she was worried about the batting catching on things and pulling apart, and she didn’t use card as she wanted to be able to roll it up. I like the crispness of the firm covers, myself.

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Now I did make a yellow and red quilt last year, though it wasn’t for me πŸ™‚ Bright colours just wouldn’t work in our house, I admire bright colourful quilts hugely, just don’t make them…one day! For many years I did have a red room, I loved ‘the red room’ but even that was a luscious ruby red, rather than a firey orange red, it was my quiet room full of books and my piano.

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    I love your sewing prints, and what a great way for transporting your projects!

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  5. prue batten says:

    Oh, clever book! So impressed. You need to do a book for people to purchase, on making fabric books!

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  6. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Excellent fabric for the carry all book. Your add-ons always makes enhance a project.

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  7. KerryCan says:

    That’s a very nifty book! It could be useful for so many sewing projects!

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  8. Jane M says:

    Love the different sewing print fabrics and love the tape ties too

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  9. Jane moir says:

    Ethics again, I’m finishing DTRH too and excited to be starting Coming Home. Just for interest, I used Bozal instead of cardboard and it works well. Love all your colours. Good luck. I am going to add some of my precious Liberty fabric. Best of luck.

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  10. Jane moir says:

    Should read “hello again”. Ethics????? Predictive text!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. rosejasm says:

    That’s awesome! I love the ribbon and button fabric!

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