Thursday, November 12, 2015

Classic Yuletide BOM - Month 8

Woo Hoo!  I am all done with the Christmas blocks for this month anyway.  I will have to do four more blocks?  I am not sure but I am looking forward to putting it all together.  I love the red, green and white fabrics and most of the blocks.  I saw a sneak peek from Joanna sometime last week and this quilt looks amazing.  

Block #15 is called the "Flying Geese."  This was a fun one to put together.  The hardest part for me was deciding where to place all of the flying geese.  It was fun but I had to pin so many of the geese to be sure that the "wings points" matched at the seams. 

Block #16 is called "Rolling Stones."   
Again, this was a fun block to sew but matching points is difficult without pinning.  I consider myself a "pinner" but lately, I have tried not to pin as much as I usually do.  

There are a few applique additions that Joanna asked us to  do this month.  I have not started it yet but I will post before and after photos (if they look good) when I post month 9.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Classic Yultide BOM - Month #7

Phew!  I am now caught up with this BOM!  I have the current month's Yuletide block of the month to do now.

Block #13 is the "pineapple" block.  It was fun sewing this together.  I like the red and green fabrics.  The green is not quite as good as the real thing.  I don't know why I can't get the green to come out well.  I guess I will have to find out how to do that by reading the manual or something online.

Block #14 is the "bearpaw" block.  I love this block in the smaller version but I must say that sewing it in the 16" size was so fast and I really enjoyed sewing it.

Both blocks are 16 1/2" unfinished or 16" finished.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Classic Yuletide BOM - #6 - Catching Up

I am finally catching up with the Block of the Month projects!  I decided to start with Fig Tree's "Classic Yuletide BOM because I am the farthest out with this one:  two months behind with a current month, #8 just arriving for me to sew.

This is block #11 called "Birds in the Air."  Joanna asked us to leave the four parts unassembled because
"There are different ways that they can be put into a block."  I photographed one of the options that are shown to the right.  She added, "We will make that decision later in the assembly process." 

Each smaller component block is 8" finished or 8 1/2" unfinished so the entire "Birds in the Air" is 16 finished or 16 1/2" unfinished.

The second block of month #6 is Block #12  called "Milky Way."  Joanna made this block easy to assemble because she made one of the side pieces from two half square triangles.  Thank you, Joanna

Each of the smaller component pieces are 6 3/4" finished or 7 1/4" UF.  Sewn together the entire block is 13 1/2" finished or 14 1/2 UF. 


Lastly, I neglected to post a photo of the three border pieces of the "Flock of Feathered Stars" BOM from last week.  I don't know if I mentioned that this block of the month is 18 months in length.  There are 48 blocks in the border.  We sew 3 of these blocks each month so at the end, we will have 48 blocks for the border. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Flock of Feathered Friends - Month 4

The first Tuesday of each month is our class meeting for the "Flock of Feathered Star."  Not many of us showed up--only five out of twelve.  It was fun getting to know four of the other members because when all twelve are there, it is noisy and difficult to get to know everyone.

This block is called "Feathered Star No. 5."  This was fun to sew together but so far, my favorite was last months feathered star.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Month 4 - Arcadia Avenue BOM

Wow!  I finally finished something since my last post!  I had to work at the local high school last week.  I subbed for a woman that was sick!  There was some kind of fever, headache and general coughing making its way through the student population as well.  Needless to say, I became sick also with the same symptoms that I mentioned earlier!  It was horrible! 

I cannot believe that I finished one block of the Arcadia Avenue BOM.  The name of the block is "Spiderweb."


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A Flock of Feathered Stars - Month 3

I came home from work and decided that I needed to finish the 3rd month of "A Flock of Feather Stars" block.  I just love paper piecing!  Here is the block for this month and it is called "Feathered Edge Star."


Working on "Threads of Time"

Last month was the end of the Block of the Month (BOM), "Threads of Time."  I made all of the 36 blocks but only 35 of them are needed to complete the quilt.  I did all of the flying geese that the pattern wanted us to make and that was quite a few....over 300 of them!  

The pattern suggests that we sew all of the flying geese in column 1 together.  That is 40 flying geese!  Next we are told to sew the second column and sew it to the first!  Well....I am easily frustrated by trying to match points.  Instead of doing that I decided to go with another plan.  

Each 8" block has a four flying geese to the left and four flying geese at the bottom with the exception of the last row.  The last column of 8" blocks has a row of flying geese to the right also.

What I decided to do was the following:

Sew four flying geese together and sew it to the left side of each 8" block.  

I sewed on the six flying geese:  two that are sewn in the same direction as the first column and four pointing to the right.

I had to do this to 30 of the 8" blocks and the bottom row only had the four blocks to the left, no flying geese to the bottom of the blocks.  I had to sew 6 flying geese to the right sides of the 8" blocks of the last column.

I laid the blocks out this past weekend.  I selected which blocks I wanted in each row.  I stacked the blocks by row (see photo to the right).  It took me so long to sew the flying geese on that I need a bit of a break from matching all of those points!

On the bottom of each stacked row, I placed the last block with the flying geese to the right.  You can see them hanging out.  

I plan on sewing the first block of row 1 to the first block of row 2.  The second block of row 1 to the second block of row 2.  The third block of row 1 to the second block of row 2.  This will continue until I have just a few blocks to sew together.  

I haven't even started the outer blocks yet!  I will post a photo of the blocks when I get back to the quilt.