Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Guild BOM

I was in charge of BOM for my guild during 2014.  Members were given directions for a star block each month.  You keep your blocks.  For our January meeting participants are to bring in their top that uses all 10 blocks.  They can add additional blocks, but the 10 given through the guild must be present.  My directions were for 9 inch blocks, but the size could be changed.  Here is my result.
51 x 51 inches
The center block uses a stripe to make it seem
that the fabric curls around the star.

The 10 star blocks.
The blocks were constructed during the year as samples.
All I had to do was set them in a design for the January meeting.
Another guild had a similar program last year.  It was supposed to be a row by row quilt.  When first presented to the guild a sample was shown, but in order for everyone to see, the quilt was held up side ways. That caused confusion among many present, "Is it rows or columns?".  The discussion became so comical I decided I would do the blocks but with the rows all mixed up.  I collected the patterns all year but didn't start construction until after Christmas.  The blocks are 3, 4 1/2, 6, and 9 inches square.  There are a couple of coping pieces, but surprisingly not many.  My quilt got 2nd place in the popular vote at the meeting.

55 x 66 inches
The outside border is a border print.  The upper left inside
border is a section of the border print.  I have no idea 
how I'll quilt this!!

I have all the required "rows" but the blocks are set on point
and the rows go in many directions.  It was somewhat 
complicated to sew it all together, but amazingly it did work.  
I had the ribbon have a start and end.   I'm not quite
satisfied with the corner but I think you get the effect.

Thanks for checking in.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery - Top complete

I had a hard time with the Grand Illusion Mystery this year.  I wasn't happy with my choices then I got sick and fell behind with Christmas sewing so I had to put the mystery on hold.  The past 4 days two friends visited and we've been sewing like crazy.  One of them was also participating in the mystery.  When Bonnie gave the big reveal we checked it out before retiring New Year's Eve.  By the time we got up the next morning there were already completed tops on Facebook!!  My friend is finishing her's as directed, but I made some changes.  The big change was not completing all the blocks and leaving off the border.  I do like my finished product.  This is my first quilt top of 2015!!
The outside border is a border print I used to select fabrics.
I was surprised at how much it "calmed" the inner piecing.

If you participated in the mystery, you should notice I reversed the
orientation of the hour glass block and omitted the four patch center.

I've finished another top (actually I need two sides of the outside border) but I can't show it yet.  I have to reveal it at our guild meeting Wednesday.  Check back later.

My friends and I have had a wonderful time and got 2015 off to a great start.

Thanks for checking in.
Happy 2015.