Quilt ADD in therapy

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Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love any and every style that makes me smile. Traditional? Awesome, especially with historic or family story connections. Modern? Fun! Free! Cheery! Paper piecing? How cool can you get?

Sunday, January 19, 2014

BOMs Away - Sleeves & pulling out Strolling the Block

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Welcome to the Link-Up for BOMs Away Mondays!


We'd love to see the BOM you're working on lately.
This week's link-up is at the bottom of this post.

 

I just really didn't feel like doing what I'm supposed to today - so I made 3 hanging sleeves for already-finished BOMS instead of sewing on a BOM UFO.
 
 
 
 
I really like how these sleeves hang - the extra bit you leave on the front side when you stitch it to the quilt keeps the pole from pulling the quilt around it in a weird way. I do mine almost exactly the way LuAnn shows on her blog "Loose Threads" at This Link.


I *did* pull the next Kelly BOM out of storage. It's a twin/double bed size.




After much surfing online, I found that this is the 2002 HGTV "Strolling the Block" program. It was a popular BOM again in 2006, which is more likely to be the time that Kelly had been working on this.

This quilt top has some serious border issues. See all those waves?



I'm going to have to take off both borders all around, separate them, measure and cut them down, and reattach them. That right there, folks, is why you should never just cut a strip of fabric and sew it on with the intention of trimming its length to the quilt size afterward. And she even cut the borders on the length of the fabric instead of across it (which avoids the natural stretch of fabric).  I think I'll wait until I finish the blocks, though, so all the edges will stay protected.


This BOM is an applique with embellishments. Kelly had finished Jan, Feb, and Mar:

 

 

So I'll be starting with the April block. I'm thinking "April Showers. . . " so maybe I'll add an umbrella and stitch in some clouds and rain drops. Put some garden tools, handles, and a wheel on that wheelbarrow. Tulips in the window boxes sounds nice, too, eh? oo - and a little bun-bun down in that empty front right area, maybe. I'll have to dig around in my button bins for a good door knob to go along with her first three button knobs. hmmm. . . maybe some easter egg buttons in the yard. . .

The windows make me want to put curtains on them for each month, but then I'd have to rip out and redo all the blanket stitching on them, so I'm thinking I won't go there. I can quilt in some window panes later on. . .




I think it will be fun. Just don't want to do it today.   ;D


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Have you done any BOM work recently?

4 comments:

  1. Good point about the borders. I've learned the hard way to measure through the middle before adding borders. Adorable blocks!

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  2. Thanks for the border tip! I always forget that when I get to the borders. ~Melanie

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  3. What a great quilt that will be. Your seam ripper will be smoking, as you said - they have to come off. Very cute blocks.

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