Created by: patz in suffolk
Project

Finished 2012 BOM

What are you most proud of? Soldiering on and eventually finishing it. When I started the BOM course in October, nearly all the blocks had already been published. Had I started in January and made each block as it was revealed I don't think it would have seemed quite such a huge undertaking. As it was, I found that the project was more or less taking my life over, as I wanted to catch up with everyone else so much - even sometimes dreaming about it at night! Leah not only gives instructions for FMQ-ing the quilt as a whole, but also for the "quilt as you go" method, where each 12-inch block is quilted separately, and then the twenty blocks are sewn together when they are all done. I am so very glad I decided to go with the "quilt as you go" option, as I'm not a very experienced free-motion quilter and have difficulty in sewing in more than one direction as yet, although I'm working on it. Some time ago I vermicelli-quilted (stippled) quite a large project on a tiny machine without too much difficulty, but I thought this more intricate quilting would be a problem for me and I'd end up throwing the whole quilt out of the window in frustration! The "quilt as you go" method involves quite a lot of extra hand-sewing and makes a slightly larger quilt, but Leah also gives directions for machine sewing between the blocks if you want to do it. I used the hand-sewing method and was glad I did as it looks very neat and I quite enjoyed sitting peacefully, sewing away in the knowledge that I was on the "home straight". An added bonus is that the back of the quilt is interesting as I used different fabrics for the back of each block. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Don't be daunted by the apparent size and complexity of the project (the quilt isn't an enormous one anyway), but take it a step at a time and watch your work of art gradually taking shape before your very eyes. You'll be surprised at just how easy these two very skilled and reassuring tutors make it for you. They're reassuring about mistakes, encouraging about new skills and altogether "stars". Lots of people have completed both courses and it's so encouraging to see what they've done. Although we've all more or less done the same quilt, everyone has put an individual "spin" on theirs and it's wonderful to see how very different everyone's "take" on the BOM has turned out to be. Go for it - you'll be SO glad you did!

You Can Make This

patz in suffolk made Finished 2012 BOM with:

Free Motion Quilting a Sampler

Online Class

Free Motion Quilting a Sampler

with Leah Day

  • Cotton fabric - mainly Fabric Freedom's "Pure Velvet" and "Perfect Palette" ranges
  • but odds and ends from my stash as well (mainly the fairies and the lime green bits); cotton thread for piecing; polyester thread for free motion quilting and Hobbs Polydown wadding.

Project Description

What are you most proud of? Soldiering on and eventually finishing it. When I started the BOM course in October, nearly all the blocks had already been published. Had I started in January and made each block as it was revealed I don't think it would have seemed quite such a huge undertaking. As it was, I found that the project was more or less taking my life over, as I wanted to catch up with everyone else so much - even sometimes dreaming about it at night! Leah not only gives instructions for FMQ-ing the quilt as a whole, but also for the "quilt as you go" method, where each 12-inch block is quilted separately, and then the twenty blocks are sewn together when they are all done. I am so very glad I decided to go with the "quilt as you go" option, as I'm not a very experienced free-motion quilter and have difficulty in sewing in more than one direction as yet, although I'm working on it. Some time ago I vermicelli-quilted (stippled) quite a large project on a tiny machine without too much difficulty, but I thought this more intricate quilting would be a problem for me and I'd end up throwing the whole quilt out of the window in frustration! The "quilt as you go" method involves quite a lot of extra hand-sewing and makes a slightly larger quilt, but Leah also gives directions for machine sewing between the blocks if you want to do it. I used the hand-sewing method and was glad I did as it looks very neat and I quite enjoyed sitting peacefully, sewing away in the knowledge that I was on the "home straight". An added bonus is that the back of the quilt is interesting as I used different fabrics for the back of each block. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Don't be daunted by the apparent size and complexity of the project (the quilt isn't an enormous one anyway), but take it a step at a time and watch your work of art gradually taking shape before your very eyes. You'll be surprised at just how easy these two very skilled and reassuring tutors make it for you. They're reassuring about mistakes, encouraging about new skills and altogether "stars". Lots of people have completed both courses and it's so encouraging to see what they've done. Although we've all more or less done the same quilt, everyone has put an individual "spin" on theirs and it's wonderful to see how very different everyone's "take" on the BOM has turned out to be. Go for it - you'll be SO glad you did!

Q&A with patz in suffolk

NanaJeanFL asked:
Magnificent Pat!! Congratulations all 'round!
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you Jean! I heave a large sigh of relief at finishing this at long last!
4bird2 asked:
This is absolutely gorgeous, I'm very partial to purple. AND, it's reversible. The back is simply the best. I like the unique take on some of your blocks. It has been very enjoyable following along with everybody that has posted. Thanks for being there, I appreciated your support while I tried my hand at finishing too.
patz in suffolk answered:
I'm not sure if you'll have noticed, but one of the fairies is upside down! I'd arranged the blocks very carefully so that no neighbouring ones would be the same on the back, and then managed to sew them in the wrong order! I'm very tempted to cut out another fairy (I've still got one or two) and put it over the first one! Once again, I managed to get something wrong! I'm so glad that you've found my efforts helpful - I've found yours helpful too and that's what we're all here for - to help each other!
gmhnQuilts asked:
beautiful!
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you! It was fun to do!
Darns asked:
Oh, Pat, this turned out so wonderfully!! I LOVE that you used different prints on the back! You should be so proud! And, of course, it's PURPLE!! I'm going to have to try the QAYG method just to have a back like yours.
patz in suffolk answered:
QAYG is well worth doing - makes it so much easier. Thank you so much for your kind comments.
desna asked:
Woop Woop..... congratulations Pat on finishing:) And boy it is a stunning quilt both front and back! Love the back it is really fabulous too:) Mine is layed out on my sitting room floor still deciding whether to do all in one or QAYG, then there is the sashing and borders.... decisions have to be made soon!
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you. I'm now toying with the idea of perhaps burrowing in through the backs of the fairy bits to pad them out, "trapunto-ing" them, with a bit of applique on the back to cover up the burrowing. What do you think? Would I be over-gilding the lily? I've stopped myself putting Suffolk Puffs (yo-yos) all over the place, and have rationed myself to just the one!

Skill Level

Intermediate