There is one thing I’m extremely passionate about … QUILTING. I love every single element of it … deciding on a pattern, picking the fabrics, cutting the pieces, stitching the blocks together, applique, embroidery … yes, I even really enjoy the binding.
This last year I started two block-of-the-months, and yes, quite sadly, I’ve already fallen behind … fortunately not too far behind, though, that I can’t catch up.
Both of these are from Fat Quarter Shop. No one, and I mean NO ONE, provides the level of excellence in order fulfillment and customer service like Kimberly and her team. Probably one of the things I like most about their BOM programs is that you get plenty of extra fabric in case you accidentally make a cutting error. And if you’re prone to being an absolute cutting perfectionist, then you definitely will have enough extra fabric to make another project or two … like maybe a pillow, or a table runner, or even a fancy schmancy row on your quilt backing.
First up is the 2012 Designer Mystery Block of the Month.
This year’s quilt uses the Vintage Modern fabric collection from Bonnie & Camille. Did you catch the key word? VINTAGE! Who could resist? It’s bright, fun, fresh, vintagey, everything me! I think this is probably the fifth Designer Mystery BOM I’ve done with FQS … love them all. And, yes, I’m already signed up for the 2013 BOM.
I just received Block 9 in the mail …
which means I’m a couple of months behind as I just finished Block 7.
The second BOM I’m working on is Pumpkinville.
The pattern is from Bunny Hill Designs, and the fabric is from Fig Tree’s newest collection, Tapestry. It’s a little bit of patchwork, a dab of embroidery, and a whole kitchen sink-full of applique. Last year was my “I’m going to learn to do applique if it kills me” kinda year, and I’m here to tell you that with lots of practice and a little bit of patience, you too can learn to love applique. It’s not hard, per se, but it’s one of those things that you just kind of have to find your own groove with. I tried every method out there and finally settled on the freezer paper/starch method. It’s a little more work than needleturn, okay, a lot, but I really like the results.
I’m a little further behind on this one … I think I just received part five and I’m not even done with part two. I’m saving all of the embroidery and embellishments until the very end. Guess I better get busy!
Can I stop here? Of course not! I’ve signed up to participate in the Connecting Threads Mystery Quilt 2013. This project begins March 4th and we’ll be making a lap size quilt. You’ll never guess which fabrics I picked!
And of course, today Moda started their “Moda Friendship Quilt Along.”
Oh dear, what have I gotten myself into!
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