October BOM - #2

Project Description

What are you most proud of? Finishing it! I was rather dreading this one as it looked so intricate. However, it was a lot easier than it looked and I shall certainly do other paper pieced projects. Prior to this paper piecing had been rather a mystery to me. A friend had very briefly shown me how it was done, but it really hadn't sunk in. Amy's demonstration was so clear and it's good that the videos are so unhurried: nothing is skimped. If I were to do this block again, I'd know how to get my head around the arrangment of the "geese" triangles and I think I would have arranged them slightly differently, so as to get a better colour balance. However, I'm happy that I finished it. I started the BOM course very late (on 4 October) and eventually caught up on 25 October. No housework done - but never mind, housework will still be there long after I'm gone, and the quilts will be there too - I know which I prefer! Now waiting for 1st November to see what we're going to do about the sashing and finishing! What advice would you give someone starting this project? Take it slowly. I found it was a good idea to print off an extra copy of the chart, cut out the individual pieces, cut out four fabric pieces for each section and pin the paper pattern on the top of each pile. That way, I'd the correct sized piece of fabric and the correct colour for each part and didn't have to fiddle around with a heap of fabric, saving an awful lot of time. There's a lot of waste in doing this block, but that can't be helped. Some of it may be big enough to salvage for future scrap projects, but a lot of small bits are only good for the waste bin!

What you will need

  • Scraps
  • fat quarters
  • odds and ends from previous projects.

Q&A with patz in suffolk

saxostamper asked:
Stunning, just lovely
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you!
saxostamper asked:
I have just done my four pieces, I did two in one background colour and two in another, but I dont' like it so having to do another two in the favourite colour or heavens forbid start the whole thing over. Paper piecing and me are not good together!
patz in suffolk answered:
I didn't think I'd take to it, but surprised myself! Don't be discouraged - it's worth all the blood, sweat and tears!
saxostamper asked:
You have done incredibly well doing all of your blocks so quickly, I think I joined back in April, mind you I do run a very busy business which doesn't give me much spare time !
patz in suffolk answered:
Ah well - being retired has so many advantages - one of them being that you can drop everything and do what you like! I do some voluntary work at the local hospital ande am a masseuse/reflexologist as well, but that still leaves lots of time. Your day will come!
saxostamper asked:
Well from your fabulous photo I would think you retired early ! It's been a super course and I have loved it, everyone is so nice and friendly and Amy is just the best.
patz in suffolk answered:
I agree entirely about the course - I've learnt so much! (No, I didn't retire early - soldiered on for years after I should have done, and still do a bit! - but thank you - you wouldn't say the same if you saw me with my face washed!!)
smittenkitten asked:
Pretty! Looks like a watercolor.
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you - the two plain-ish fabrics are sort of mottled, which is quite nice. It's from a range called "Perfect Palette" which comes in all sorts of colours and I'm tempted to buy lots of different ones (as if I need any more fabric!!)

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