BOMs, BOWs and Blooms

While I was on our wonderful bee retreat this week, I worked on several projects including the Carol Doak Scrap Scamble Block of the Month (BOM), a new Barbara Brackman Block of the Week (BOW) called Austen Family Album and a very bright flowery churn dash quilt.

First – the Scrap Scramble BOM.  Actually, it is once again more than one block – but very cute and scrappy:

AprilThe Barbara Brachman Austen Family Album just started this past Sunday with the first block called Bright Star for Jane Austen.  I decided to use Barbara Brachman’s  Modernism line of fabric.  It is simply gorgeous and I love that she has brought us so many BOMs and BOWs with thoughtful related historical context.  Here is block 1:

Block-1---Bright-Star-for-JAnd, now for something completely different – this churn dash quilt made with a Kanvas New Bloom layer cake:

cookie-bloomsThe pattern came from a Better Homes and Gardens publication called Perfect for Precuts.  It was such fun to work on each of these blocks during the retreat and put them up on the design wall for all to see.

I also worked on some hand applique and a new quilt using my hand dyed fabric, however, neither of those are ready for any kind of sharing – yet.  Stay tuned!

On the way home, I had to stop and get a picture of this hillside covered with bluebonnets – spectacular!

bluebonnet-hillHave a great weekend, y’all!

Easy Peasy March Scrap Scramble

No whining about the Carol Doak Scrap Scramble block this month!  Yes, it is a large block but it is basically one block not thousands like the last couple of months (I’ve never exaggerated in a million years!).

Here is the March Scrap Scramble:

March-blockI’m using 1930′s reproduction fabrics, but had to add in some dark greens from other fabrics for the trees.  The house definitely needed some whimsy, so I have kitties playing in the windows:

March-HouseThis was a super fun block to make!  Can’t wait for April – even if there are thousands of blocks instead of one!

Snow Day = Sew Day

Snow in North Texas is rare so when we get barely an inch of white powdery stuff – we officially call it a “Snow Day“.  And for me, that means a good chance to sew all day!  No grocery shopping, no running to the gym, no errands, oh, and no housework either!  ;-)  A “Snow Day” is a holiday!

So Thursday I sewed all day – and since there was still a bit of snow out in the woods on Friday, I sewed all day Friday too!  The biggest accomplishment was the February blocks for the Carol Doak Scrap Scramble.  I’m no longer calling this a block of the month, since this time there were 9 paper pieced blocks…

February-BlocksThere are eight 6 1/2″ heart blocks and one large 12 1/2″ block.  Can you see why I needed two whole “Snow Days” to get these done?

Here is a close up of the large block:

February-Big-BlockI also worked on the hand applique Album quilt.  I started on my second block but I don’t think I’ve shared my first block with you yet:

Block-10---1st-blockThis is actually block 10 but had no stems and I wasn’t quite ready for stems when I started.  But thanks to my friend Barb, I’m ready now…

stemsBarb told me about this clever gizmo – the Clover bias tape maker.

Clover-Bias-Tape-MakerSo, I’ve been busy making the perfect stems for my applique.  I could make stems all day!  They are that much fun!  Thanks Barb!

So today – the snow in the woods is gone, the pantry is bare and my “Snow Day” holidays are over.  I hope you have some time to carve out a “Snow Day” now and then!

January Scrap Scramble and Return of the Civil War

Carol Doak’s Scrap Scramble seems not to be just a Block of the Month but a Blocks of the Month!  Yes, this month we had one block but repeated nine times – one large version and 8 smaller versions.  OK, I’m not complaining (really ;-) ), but this took me several days to complete:

JanuaryI’m taking the name scrap quite literally and have tried to choose lots and lots of different 1930′s reproduction fabrics for these stars (and for the entire quilt).  I’ve repeated a few fabrics a few times, but for the most part – they are all different.

Here’s the large block:

January-Large-BlockI’m starting to run out of my reproduction stash!  Sounds like a shopping trip or two are in order!!!

While I’m shopping, I’m also want to select my fabric for the next Barbara Brackman Civil War Block of the Month called Threads of Memory.  This will begin on January 25 on her Civil War Blog!  I want to use Civil War reproductions and will keep you posted on fabric selection and the first block.

And, finally, I want to wish y’all a very Happy New Year!

2012-happy-new-year-wallpaper-11

November BOMs Away…

I can’t believe we are well into the month of November already!  So it must be time for some Blocks of the Month.  I have two going right now, Carol Doak’s Scrap Scramble and Barbara Brackman’s Dixie Diary.  I miss the Grandmother’s Choice block of the week, but not sure I’d have time right now to keep up with a weekly block.

Here is the November Scrap Scramble block:

NovemberFour cute flower blocks joined up to create a larger block with a nice graphic impact. Here is a close up of one of the flowers:

November-close-upIt’s hard to fussy cut tiny paper pieces but it’s nice when it works.

And here is the Dixie Diary block called Just Hominy:

DD11---Just-HominyThis is the 11th Dixie Diary block – which means we have one more to go!  This will be fun to put together!

Now I can work on some exchange blocks for my Bee – the December Bee day is approaching quickly so I’d better get to work!

Have a great weekend, y’all!

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