Category Archives: Block of the Month

Fan Faire BOM January

I just finished my 2 blocks for January. I have now completed 8 of the 12 pieced blocks.

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Fan Faire BOM Update

I have been busy working on a very special art quilt so I got behind on our Guild’s Fan Faire Quilt-a-long.  I spent the weekend cutting and piecing and now I am all caught up and waiting for our new blocks in January


October blocks


November Blocks



December Blocks

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I’ve got all 12 blocks completed from QuiltEssentialCo’s 2015 BOM program.  They just made their selection of coordinating fabrics available, so yesterday I went and got my yardage to complete my quilt.  I’ve come up with an on-point design that should finish at about 102″ x 102″.

I’m still chugging along with the 365 Block Challenge.  Life got in the way and I got behind by almost two weeks.  I’ve spent the last 3 days working hard to catch up.  Here are my week 9 blocks which includes the big 18″ centre medallian block.  By the end of the month we should be able to start assembling the centre section of the quilt.


Linking up to:

Design Wall Monday @Patchwork Times

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

Linky Tuesday @Freemotion by the River

WIP Wednesday @The Needle and Thread Network

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I’ve got several works in progress this month.  First, I’ve got my September and October blocks done for QuiltEssential Co’s 2015 Block of the month.  Two more blocks to go and then I have to come up with a quilt top design to incorporate the 12 blocks.



I’ve been playing with layouts for my HST gift quilt:


And I’ve made a bunch of blocks for my Leftovers VI quilt.  I still have no idea how I am going to lay them out


Linking up to:

Design Wall Monday @Patchwork Times

Motivate Me Monday @Keeping it Simple

Sew Cute Tuesday @Blossom Heart Quilts

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

Linky Tuesday @Freemotion by the River

Too Cute Tuesday @Funky Polkadot Giraffe

WIP Wednesday @The Needle and Thread Network

WIP Wednesday @Freshly Pieced

Needle and Thread Thursday @My Quilt Infatuation


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I was great at keeping up to date with Quiltessentials BOM (block of the month) program until June and then I lost the handle. We are a week away from picking up August’s fabric bundle so I got my act together today and completed June and July.


2015 July BOM


2015 June BOM

Little black dress lap quilt is almost done…I am just hand sewing on the binding.
My scrumptious lap quilt has been quilted and trimmed. I just have to attach the binding and then hand sew it on the back.
I’ve made no progress on Leftovers V.

Linking up to:

Design Wall Monday @Patchwork Times

Made by You Monday @Skip to my Lou

Motivate me Monday @Keeping it Simple


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I managed to get a little more work done on my Little Black Dress-2 quilt. I sliced the rows apart and added some wide sashing between each row.  I still need to add more to it to make it finish at a decent lap size.


I also completed my block-of-the-month for May.


Linking up to:

Design Wall Monday @Patchwork Times

MondayMakers @ayliN – Nilya

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

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WIP, BOM and a new puppy

It doesn’t matter how many dogs we have had in our lives, I always forget how much work a new puppy is. I’m not sure I will be making my Feb ALYoF goal. By the time I get Spirit settled in my sewing room, it is time to take her out for a potty break. Don and I tag team who is watching her.

I did manage to finish the borders for my Quilts of Valour top. I hope to get them sewn on this week and maybe get the backing finished so that next week I can start on the FMQ before I head back to work on the 23rd.

Thank goodness the Feb BOM is a very quick and easy one so I managed to get it completed. That’s two months in a row….only 10 more to go.

Here’s a couple of pictures of my sewing room helpers.  I love that Wally is holding a pink stuffy between his paws and Spirit is snuggled up next to him.  The second pictures shows why I can’t get much sewing done.  Spirit is all wrapped up around the legs of my chair so I can’t move it to get up and shift between my sewing machine and iron.  I love that cute, fat belly (you can check out Spirit’s blog here).


Linking up to:

Design Wall Monday @Patchwork Times

Monday Makers @ayliN-Nilya

Made by you Monday @Skip to my Lou

Show and Tell Tuesday @I Have to Say

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

Linky Tuesday @Freemotion by the River

WIP Wednesday @Freshly Pieced

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2015 Block of the Month

After a two year hiatus I have decided to participate in QuiltEssential Co’s 2015 Block of the Month (BOM) program again.  Their theme this year is novels and I picked “Bridges of Madison County” which features this pretty combination of tangerine/mango and grey prints.  The blocks finishes at 10.5 inches so that will make a nice sized quilt once all 12 are done.


Here is January’s block all finished with 10 days to spare.



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2012 BOM Blues – FAL finish #9


Once again in 2012 I participated in QuiltEssential Co’s block of the month program.  We pieced a block every month and then you have all of 2013 to assemble the blocks into a finished quilt using a design they suggest or come up with something on your own.  The January 2014 quilt show will feature all the BOM quilts from 2012.

This colour way was called blues.  To read about the making of this quilt and to see more pictures, please click here.


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Opera – FAL finish #10


This is the second BOM quilt that I worked on in 2012 (this is the other one called Blues).  Although the 12 block designs are the same in both quilts, the overall finished quilts are so very different.  Follow the link to see more pictures and to read about the making of Opera.

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Four Sisters and WIP

My friend Susan has 4 beautiful grand-daughters and she is the most amazing Nana.  The girls love to spend time with her and the two oldest like to help her sew and quilt.   She let the girls go through her stash and pick the fabrics they liked best.  They cut them into small strips and then they sat on Nana’s lap as she sewed them together to make a string that was as long as they were tall.   When they were finished that had four very colourful strips.  As a Christmas surprise, Susan incorporated the strips into a quilt design.  She was running out of time to complete her gift so I volunteered to quilt it for her.  I made a few suggestions to personalize the quilt by having Susan write their names on each strip and then I quilted over her markings so that it was her handwriting.  She gave me the freedom to FMQ it as I saw fit.

We used a polyester backing with lots of loft that allowed me to quilt designs into the background.  Susan has a dog and a cat that the girls just adore so I thought I should add their foot prints.


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The two 2012 block of the month quilts might just be done in time for the annual quilt show in January.  “Opera” has been quilted and I am hand sewing the binding.   “Blues” is on the frame now.  It took me almost 2 full days to do all the ditch work to stabilize the quilt before I start quilting the background.  Still don’t have a complete plan in my head yet but I am getting there.


Linking up to

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

Linky Tuesday @FreeMotion by the River

WIP Wednesday @Freshly Pieced

WIP Wednesday @The Needle & Thread Network

WOW me Wednesday @Polkadots on Parade

Whimsy Wednesday @The NY Melrose Family

WOW Us Wednesday @Savvy Southern Style

We Did it! Wednesday @Sew much ado 


2013 WIP  Size   Current status
Pink & blue batik  King   binding
Asian Shadow Box  King   waiting for borders
2012 BOM ‘Blues’  King   FMQ
2012 BOM ‘Opera  King   binding
Kimono  Wall hanging   quilt top
Waterlily  Wall hanging   quilt top
One block wonder  Queen   piecing
Peacock  Lap   quilt top
Leftovers I  Lap   Binding
Leftovers II  Lap   quilt top
Blue Hydrangea  King   FMQ
Dragonflies  Wall hanging   Binding
Charm Square Crib  Baby (x3)  quilt top(1), binding(2)
2013 Completions   Size
Tropical Punch   Lap
Little Warriors  Twin (x2)
Xmas Surprise   Lap
2011 BOM ‘Spring   King
Blue Odyssey   King
High River Quilts   Lap (x5)
Kassidy’s flannel   Baby
Sue’s Summer Breeze   Queen/King
Star Surround QAL   Lap/Twin


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4th Quarter Finish-a-Long

I took a break and skipped out on the 3rd quarter so I am primed and ready to commit to finishes for the final quarter of Leanne’s finish-a-long (FAL).

I am going to try and finish a whopping 8 (Update 2013OCT11) 13 projects. Most of them are quilt tops waiting to be quilted .

First, I have two Christmas present projects that are in the piecing phase. Both are lap quilts that I hope the recipients will enjoy.  Can’t give too many details or pictures in case they see my post.


Next I have two quilt tops from the Quiltessential Co. 2012 block of the month program.  I did the blocks in two colour ways: Blues and Opera.  They both need to be sandwiched, quilted and bound so that they will be ready for the quilt show in early January.

2012BOMBJan Opera2

Then I have Leftovers I (trim and bind) and Leftovers II (sandwich, quilt and bind).

LeftoversQuilt1 leftoversII

My Kimono wall hanging is still waiting to be quilted.  I think it was on my Quarter 2 list but never got any attention.


I still have the first quilt top that I ever made. It is waiting for the last piece of the border to be sewn on and then comes the fun part…FMQ.


(Update: 2013Oct11) And last but not least I have volunteered to free motion quilt 5 tops for the High River Quilt Project (read more about it here).

photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 photo 4 photo 5

Boy this is a big list but I’ve got faith that I can make a significant dent in my pile of quilt tops waiting for some free motion loving.

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1st Quarter FAL Wrap-up

FALI am very proud of myself.  I finished 3 of the 4 projects that I had picked to finish in the first quarter of the 2013 quilt finish-a-long.  I wasn’t able to redo the free motion quilting on Blue Hydrangea because the 100wt silk thread I ordered hasn’t arrived yet.  I did manage to finish hand sewing on the binding and I picked out the stitching that the long arm quilter did on the blocks so that it will be ready for my attempt at FMQ when the thread arrives.

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FAL Finish – 2011 BOM

2011 BOM

2011BOMI am so happy to finally finish this quilt from the 2011 Block-of-the-Month program at QuiltEssential Co. The 12 blocks sat around for months while I tried to get the motivation to assemble them into a quilt top. Although I did enjoy the BOM experience, I really wasn’t thrilled with the end result….too traditional for my tastes. Thanks to this FAL and my commitment to get it done in time for the annual quilt show….it is finished. The really amazing news is that it won 2nd place in the show. I was totally shocked. Click here to read more about this quilt.


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2013 FAL – 1st Quarter

FALIt is time to pick the unfinished quilts (UFOs) that I am going to commit to completing in the first quarter of this year’s quilt finish-a-long (FAL).  This is my first FAL so I want to pick UFOs that have been hanging around for a while and that I am sure, ok pretty sure, that I will actually be able to complete as promised.

My first choice is the 2011 Block of the Month (BOM) with Quilt Essential.  I managed to get all my blocks done in 2011 and I even started working on assembling the quilt top in early 2012 but I never finished it.  This Sunday is the annual BOM quilt show and we are supposed to have our 2011 quilts done and hanging in the show.  I’m pretty close.   I just have to finish sewing on the binding and cut off all the threads.


You can see why it takes so long to hand sew on the binding… little, furry quilt helper loves to take a nap in the middle of my project.  I don’t have the heart to disturb the princess so that I can move on to a new section.


My second choice is my Blue Hydrangea quilt.  This is the first quilt top I ever made.  It hung around my sewing room for a year before I found a long armer to quilt it for me.  Unfortunately he forgot to use the beautiful wool batting that I provided (he used a plain cotton blend) and he didn’t quilt the individual flower blocks they way we had discussed.  It hung around for another year waiting for me to put the binding on.  I procrastinated because I wanted to use a striped fabric on the bias but I had never made biased binding before.  I’ve almost got all the binding on now but I still want to pick out all the stitching on the floral blocks and replace it with some free motion quilting that will show off the blocks.  I’m a newbie free motion quilter (FMQ) so hopefully I don’t wreck the quilt.


My final FAL for this quarter will be my Blue Odyssey quilt.  I saw a beautiful wall hanging in an old edition of Quilt Mania.  I decided to try and duplicate the design and change it from a small wall quilt into a king size quilt.  I went a little overboard buying fabric.  When all is said and done I bet I will get at least one and quite likely 2 quilts out of the leftover fabric.  I need to finish the FMQ and then put the binding on….my least favourite part of making a quilt.


Update: 2013JAN13

I’m feeling ambitious today so I am going to add one more project to the FAL.  It is a fleece baby/twin quilt.  Once again it is one of my many UFO’s waiting for the binding to be hand sewn on to the back of the quilt.  I had an emergency appendectomy a few days ago so I am not able to sit at my machine and sew/quilt for a couple of weeks.   I have no excuse not to stretch out in the lazyboy and do the hand sewing.


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An end to UFO quilts

Like most quilters I have tons of quilts that I have started but never finished (UFO).  I either get excited about a new project and start it before I’ve finished the current one…..or I get sick of looking at the current project and need a break….who really knows why we do it….but I’ve got lots of UFOs.  I’ve joined the 2013 Finish-A-Long (FAL) to help me tackle my growing mound of outstanding quilts.  Basically, participants identify and photograph UFOs that you want to finish in the upcoming FAL quarter.  The goal is the get each of those projects done and out of your sewing room.  They have to be projects that you have already started not something new.  You have to prepare your list of UFOs, blog about it and at the end of the quarter you will post links to your completed projects.  I am hoping that this will be the boot-in-the-fanny that I need to get some of these projects off my to-do list.   Here is a link to the 2013 FAL if you are interested.

Now I just need to identify the list for the first quarter.  The 2011 Block-of-the-Month (BOM) quilt that I started almost 2 years ago will be at the top of my first list.  The annual BOM quilt show is on January 14th so I really need to get my butt in gear to meet that deadline too.

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More Blocks of the Month

Is has been a few months since I have posted my quilt blocks for the Quiltessenial Company 2011 Block of the Month Club.  Here are May through August.  We are two thirds of the way through the year and only 4 more blocks need to be completed before I can start thinking about how I am going to assemble them into a finished quilt.

To see all the blocks, click here.

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March and April BOM

Finally got around to posting my Block of the Month quilt blocks for March and April.  We are a 1/3 of the way through…..4 blocks down 8 more to go. I am proud to say that I finished March’s block the weekend I got my kit and I did April’s block the day I got it.   Now that is efficiency.  I would like to say that I am always like that but I would be a big, fat liar.  I don’t know if it is aging or 20 plus years living with the King of procrastination…but I’ve become quite good at putting things off and never getting around to them.

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February Block-of-the-Month

I finished my quilt block for February.  Not bad….it is February 22nd so I made it with 6 days to spare. This one was a little more tricky.  We missed the demo class so we had to just go by the written instructions and hope for the best.  My finished block looks like the picture so I guess I did it right.  Both the January and February blocks have a lot of gray in them so I am hoping for a little more colour in the coming months. Next week we get our fabric and instructions for the March block.

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