I’ve just finished the first block of Sarah Fielke’s 2019 BOM, it’s called Coming Home. It’s a gorgeous design with lots of cottages and trees on. It’s the second quilt I’ve made of Sarah’s, the first being Down the Rabbit Hole, which I am still hand-quilting. Sarah’s quilts are a great way to learn needle-turn applique as it always features quite heavily on her designs.
I’ve started with a box of fabrics in soft teal, grey, purple and peach, I’ve also got background fabrics in light grey and teal, though I’ve already had to add to them!
It’s a medallion quilt so we’re starting in the middle with eight pieced cottages. It took some careful cutting and sewing to get those windows square, they’re pretty small!
Our applique homework was five circles. These can be quite tricky to get neat but Sarah’s method of using tinfoil wraps works a treat. I fussy cut mine to have a sprig of flowers in each one and then hand sewed them round.
I was originally planning to use one of the background fabrics next to the houses but it just looked too dark. I tried plain fabrics in cream and very pale blue but they look too stark. Then I remembered one from my Splendid Sampler stash, it’s ivory with a tiny soft grey sprig, perfect!
The block went together fairly easily, it just needed concentration and plenty of time when I wouldn’t be interrupted or rushed. I found my block book very helpful in holding various components safe whilst I worked on another area. I’m pretty pleased with how the colours have worked out so far and my points look OK too…and even more important, it’s exactly the right finished size, ready for the next border.
It’s now sat patiently waiting in my quilt block book for part two to be released at the very end of the month.