Tuesday, July 26, 2016

More BOM inspired quilts

Lynn over at Klein Meisje Quilts finished her Sail Boats quilt which was started after she saw my post on the 2015 June BOM.  It's a fabulous quilt check it out at this link:
http://kleinmeisjequilts.blogspot.com/2016/07/and-all-ships-at-sea-quilt-completed.html?m=1

I have finish the top to my Sail Boats quilt but it's not quilted yet.  It is such a Cheerful quilt!
I call this block a Scrap Eater!  You can take the ugliest fabric and put a bright solid fab boat in front of it and you hardly notice the ugly fabric!  I used a lot of ugy fabric. It's a good block for random scraps too because it does not take a lot of fab to make the background.
 I really like the half drop set of the blocks too. That was the set in the original quilt that inspired me to use this block for the BOM.You can find the link to my original post in the BOM tab at the top of this page.
Have a great week!
cheers, Claire W.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Great use of BOM Blocks!

My Friend Ann Gavin used several of my BOM instructionals to create this original design / layout!
 Ann picked 4 of the 8 block designs that I posted in 2016.  The sail boats from June, the squares framed in green HST from Oct, the 16 patches from August and the 9 patch variations from Feb. Instructions for all these blocks can be found in the "PVQA BOM" tab at the top of the page.  By repeating these 4 blocks she made enough blocks for a bed size quilt!
 Ann very cleverly dealt with the fact that the blocks were not all the same size by organising them into rows and colums.  The 10" blocks went into the 1st , 3rd and 5th colums and the 16 patches went into the 2nd and 4th colums with a sashing strip at the top to make them 10" in height.. 
Then the colums were set apart by 3 rows of the red and white 9 patch variation blocks. Ann made the 9 patch blocks positive and negative (red in the center and then cream in the center) so that they create a secondary pattern.
The sail boat blocks were also light on dark boats and dark on light boats for added contrast and interest!
All in all I'm very impressed with her various adaptions in the block designs to arive at this wonderful layout!  yeah, Ann!
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Cheers, CW

PS - Someone asked about the nice quilting it was quilted by Amy Jones from See Bee It Quilting in Morgan Hill, CA.  Sorry I should have included that info in the first place! 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Update on the Orphan Blocks project

I've been working pretty steadily on these orphan Blocks.  The top row seemed pretty solid from the beginning and so I sewed that first hoping that the next row would become clear once that first row was done.  And that went pretty smoothly too.
Below is my first arrangement for comparison.  I decided I needed a little more yellow on the left side for balance so I cut the scrappy puss- in- the- corner block into four pieces and stacked them on the left. 
Another trick I use to make things work is deconstruct blocks.  Four of the blue pinwheel blocks were  actually one block which I took apart so I could spread them around.  This block is probably at least 30 years old, based on the fabric, but also you can see it's hand pieced!
But now I'm kind of stuck in the middle?!  I think I may have to make a block to fill the empty space.  I've run out of blocks with Aqua or blue so I think I'll just make something that goes with...
 Here's the final configuration.  Fortunately I had a whole yard of the aqua sashing in my stash.  That really helped tie things together.  I had to make some filler pieces (lower left corner and to the right of the kite).  And then the house block on the right to fill that space.  But over all I used 25 orphan blocks donated by 16 or 17 individuals and I'm really happy with the results!
I really like these kind of projects.  It appeals to the conservationist in me on many levels and it's fun!  Kind of like a giant puzzle. 
Generally,  I donate orphan block projects to charitable programs but I'm liking this one so much I might give it to my new grand baby due in August.  We don't know the gender but I think it could be for a boy or a girl, don't you think?!
Happy Summering!
Cheers, Claire W.