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Modern BOM

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I received patterns for a modern quilt block of the month from our Sewing Saturday group.  They got permission to distribute this collection of patterns from the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild. The other women have already started, which leads me to think about what color palette I want to use.

bom sampleI decided on my fabric collection for this modern BOM.  I’m intrigued by Amish style quilts with the contrast of black and solid color, so I’ve taken that up a notch to become more modern.  Bright, saturated colors and a black/gray print background are going to pop!  Thanks again to Deb at the Quilter’s Corner Store in Beaverton for her advice about fabric selection.

The January Block created an illusion of woven strips.  Making the February Block was my first time making chevrons, using paper piecing for precision.  Then for the March Block, the center block wonky star is from another online tutorial.  I like how the colors I chose turned out looking like the sun.

(3/15) Last night at the Sewing Friday in North Plains, I cut up the fabric for a few more blocks, and today finished sewing three of them!  A paper piecing block is also started.  I decided to color on the paper pattern to make sure I get the colors in the position I want (so it doesn’t look like a rainbow but includes all 6 colorful fabrics).

(3/16) The flying geese around in a circle block is complete now.  I think this is my favorite block so far.  Hopefully I have enough fabric at the end to make another one like it for a table runner project.  I’ve started planning the next paper piecing block and asked Aaron to color in the pattern.  It’s a helpful way to see how the block will look and plan out where to put all the pieces.

The next block is made with 25 2″ squares, then I need to figure out how to cut out a circle and then set the circle on top of another circle (red fabric) and then both on top of black.  To make the grid, lining things up carefully and strip piecing made it a quicker easier process.

(5/25) The final few blocks are now complete!  Next step is to decide about how to connect them into a quilt top.  The challenge from the guild is to have it ready to show in September.

Now that all the blocks are finished, time to put it all together and create a back.  At the September Sewing Saturday, I finished placing the 12 blocks, 11 on the front and one on the back with some scrap pieces.  At the October Sewing Saturday, it all sandwiched together with black batting (purchased off the roll at Sharon’s Quilt Attic).  I used a technique my mom showed me on youtube that uses two boards to provide the tension to flatten it out and not need pins. Instead, it’s basted with black pearl cotton and ready to machine quilt, perhaps I’ll practice free motion quilting.

Free BOM at Quilt Guild

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Each month at the Westside Quilt Guild meeting, there’s a free BOM (block of the month) pattern you can pick up to try.  If you make a block (or two or three) using the pattern and bring it back the next month, there’s a drawing and one person walks away with all the blocks.  I like participating when it’s either something I would like to win, would teach me a new technique or block style, or is a color scheme I already have in my stash.  My goal is to only use stash fabrics to complete these blocks.

At the Feb 2014 meeting, I picked up the Rocky Road to Dublin block, published by The Quilter’s Cache by Marcia Hohn.  Her website offers lots of free blocks that guilds and others can use to learn traditional block designs. We were asked to use dark green, light green, and white on white fabrics.  Here’s how my block turned out:

rocky road to dublinNext up is an Amish quilt block. Amish style quilts remind me of visiting my grandparents in Ohio who live near enough to an Amish community that we often visit the shops and restaurants there.  The plain bright colors contrasted with black background is a very traditional look. We were asked to use black background, bright yellow star, and another bright solid for the other parts. Thanks to Deb at Quilter’s Corner Store for the fabrics. I like the puzzle piece part…make the components and then line them up like in the picture before sewing into rows and rows together into the block.

amish star in process

For the June 2014 guild meeting, we’re making Scrappy Mountain Majesty blocks in white/cream/tan and blue/green/brown color palette.  Here’s how mine turned out (second try after a mistake measuring on the last step).  I like how easy the block was and only one matching seam.  Also, it’s fun to be able to find pieces from my stash to use for these blocks.  Wonder how they’d all look placed together in a quilt?  Looking at the pattern maker’s explanation, maybe I wasn’t supposed to sew the halves together.  I suppose whoever wins the batch can decide how they want to arrange all the blocks.

scrappy mountainFor July, it’s a 4th of July Star block in red white and blue (the photo doesn’t show well the tone on tone but the polka dots pop!) This one would be fun to put into a patriotic quilt or table-topper.  I ended up making two of them to add to the stack at the guild meeting (but I didn’t win yet.)

Here’s the one for October’s meeting and check it out included in a charity quilt that the winner of all the blocks that month created:

For November, we’re making neckties:

neckties

In January, I made this block to contribute.

multiblockIn April, I made this block — first time trying a log cabin!

log cabin bom

Here’s the block for May. Not my favorite color combo, but using all fabrics from my stash.

 

And the pattern for the one for June is at this  link http://www.azpatch.com/bom/bom2002/08aug02/bom02aug.htm.  We’re to use white on white and a bunch of bright colors, so I’ll see if I can get that done in time for the June meeting.