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September BOM - #2

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Beachballs!

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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 Classic, Traditional
patz in suffolk on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Cotton leftovers from previous projects plus fat quarters.

patz in suffolk on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? Getting most of the joins (but not all, I'm afraid) to match - there are an awful lot of them! I used three fabrics (two patterned and one background) rather than the two suggested by Amy on the course. This gave loads of different possible permutations for the finished block and I've posted pictures of some of the ones that were considered. However, in the end I rather liked the one that reminded me of the beachballs I played with at the seaside when I was a child and sewed that one together for the quilt.

patz in suffolk on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? Have fun playing "jig-saw puzzles" with the 16 three-and-a-half-inch squares that you end up with before you decide on your eventual block and sew it all together.

patz in suffolk on craftsy.com

WOW! Your block is stunning. Well done, thank you for sharing.

10/23/2012 Flag

Thank you.

10/23/2012 Flag

Wow, this block looks incredible! Great job!

10/28/2012 Flag

Thank you - this one was fun, despite the curved seams.

10/29/2012 Flag

Wow, looks great. So many circular blocks would do my head in and I don't have the patience. Great job.

10/20/2014 Flag

I was surprised to find that the curved seams were easier than expected - matching the joins neatly was more of a headache. Give it a go - Amy Gibson's demonstration and instructions make it simple!

03/19/2016 Flag

Hey there Pat - haven't spoken in a while - your projects are looking good - nice to see you are still quilting away - as I am - embroidery and quilting..........nice piece

03/18/2016 Flag

Hello again! I haven't done any quilting at all for about a year! I had some sewing machine trouble (despite the machine being a new state-of-the-art quilting machine!) which has discouraged me somewhat. However I will get down to it again once I have got it back from the workshop. I think I may do the 2012 BOM again in a different colour from my purple one as I learnt so much from the course that I need to revisit. Glad to know you're still sewing with enthusiasm!

03/19/2016 Flag

Yeah - I go thru slumps too especially when our machines act up - but then jump right back in............my happy place making things for others

03/19/2016 Flag