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!
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