2015 BOM Bridges of Madison County

In 2015, after a two year hiatus, I  decided to participate in QuiltEssential Co’s Block of the Month (BOM) program again.  The 2015 theme was novels and I picked “Bridges of Madison County” which featured this pretty combination of tangerine/mango and grey prints.

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In January 2016 I had these twelve finished blocks.

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Months before we had finished our blocks I already had a design idea in my head to put these 12 blocks to work in a King size top.  I had to wait until March when Quiltessential Co had their bolts of complementary fabrics available to purchase.  By that time I was well into the 365 Quilt Challenge so these blocks were ignored for a year.  Finally in 2017 I started piecing them together and then tackled the creative longarm process.

Here is the finished quilt:

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My inspiration for the quilting came from some of the designs in the 12 blocks.  I wish I had kept track of how long it took me to do the longarm work because it was substantial.  I am really happy with the finished product.

Close up of the centre medallion and some of the long arm work:

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I like using pieced backings on my quilts.  I think it makes for a more attractive back that gives you the option to flip it over so you have two quilts in one.

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