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My 1st BOM 2012 considering layout

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The actual blocks - this is probably it!

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Craftsy Block of the Month 2012 taught by Amy Gibson

In Craftsy's first-ever Block of the Month, Amy Gibson brings you 10 specific quilting techniques - appliqué, string quilting, paper piecing and more.

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Whimsical, Funky, Casual
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What materials did you use? Cotton fabrics, thread

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What are you most proud of? Finishing all 20 blocks! Although I have substituted a couple of blocks I sewed all 20 patterns. This picture is for layout only. I have gone back and changed the red fabric in a few blocks for a more consistent look. I am considering using the same red for sashing and a black/red print in a border.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Be open minded about all the blocks even if you don't like them at first. Be creative! You can always alter them and sew your own variation. Choose a background color up front. Take a photo of your layout and sleep on it to help decide how you want your finished quilt to look. At this point I'm still deciding. This picture is a compilation of photos taken over time in different lighting and with different cameras. I'm going to try and take a picture of all the blocks themselves and add to this project.

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Jean, I have the top of the Christmas one almost done. I am adding a resting strip and then a border. Figuring out what fabric to use for the border has been a challenge but finally figured it out a few hours ago. Love the way you quilt top is looking. You have come a long way. No one can call you a newbie anymore.

11/08/2012 Flag

Yeah! Look forward to seeing them.

11/09/2012 Flag

Jean -- I have a question! I still have one block to go (one of the curved piecing blocks) -- but I've been playing with diagrams and my 19 blocks -- what do you think about 4"sashing/borders? Is this something you've considered? On the diagram (8-1/2x11 paper with .33" grid) the 12" blocks with the 4" sashing and borders looks really good. Is there a reason that woldn't transer to real life? Oop. Maybe I'll ask this question on the general classroom board too. But I'd really like your opinion. ;-)

11/10/2012 Flag

Hey Alyx - Well - my 1st thought is the sashing and border don't have to be the same size. Nor would they have to be the same color/fabric.... You have some large elements in your blocks which i think would work very well with wider pieces. The word that comes to mind is "proportional". I think a solid for sashing would stand out more than a print. Yes, I considered wider pieces but after doing the math & figuring out how much fabric I have to work with I couldn't do it. Time to get creative! Do ask the class. I'm sure you'll get some great input. I just LOVE the Craftsy community!

11/10/2012 Flag

PS: When I actually put the blocks on the floor to have a look I was surprised in the difference in how they look on paper vs real life. I fully intend to use the floor again to see if/how sashing changes things. My point - don't rely on just your computer!

11/10/2012 Flag

And BTW fellow BOMers - If you've had surgery in the past (2 replaced knees) maybe you were given one of those long handled grabbing sticks. They work great for moving blocks around without having to get down on the floor :D

11/10/2012 Flag

Nice! They look great the way you have laid them out!

11/10/2012 Flag

Thanks Gloria - I got hubby involved today after sashing the blocks and changed the layout one last time. I'm determined to proceed now. NO MORE changing around :D

11/11/2012 Flag

Hi all- Just want to let you know I decided on a final layout again and sashing too. I've named this quilt Black, White & Red in 3D! and will quilt it one block at a time. The 3D blocks (mostly sashed) are posted separately. Hope you like it.

11/12/2012 Flag

I should have said I decided once and for all the final layout :D

11/12/2012 Flag