I’ve made a bit of progress of 10 Shades. I added the month 8 border to the bottom. There is one more side border (months 9 and 10) and one more bottom (11 and 12). There also is an optional bottom border, but I want to get the rest of it together before I decide if I want to add that.
I’m getting ready to start on the Star Gazing BOM so I’m trying to get this one closer to finished (or, gasp, actually finished) before switching projects.
Hi everyone! I am back from Asia and ready to get back into quilting.
To kick it off, this is Star Gazing. I’ve mentioned this once or twice but this is the first picture. A few years ago, I worked at a quilt shop and we did sampler after sampler BOMs before we said “I can’t do another sampler quilt!” which was when we (mostly Swan) started designing our own BOM. Typically, Swan designs, Kathie figures out how the heck to construct what Swan came up with, and then I do the graphics on the computer. Here is our newest, Star Gazing.
Right now, we have draft 1 for all of the patterns written up with pictures. While I was gone, Kathie and Swan were testing and editing. Swan’s version is limited to 8 colors since it’s easier to kit a BOM with fewer colors. But since I’m just doing my own for me, I have no color restrictions, so this is mine in all of its 16-ish color glory. I’m primarily using American Made Solids with a few Kona Cottons when I needed a certain color.
I will be posting pictures of each block. The pattern will be available through either Swan Amity Studios or possibly Quilters Market in Tucson… I’m not sure what the plan is; I just do the technical bits.
I spent yesterday evening working on 10 Shades and am now through Month 7.
It seems like lately I’ve been doing a lot of designing (and shopping) and not much actual construction of anything. So last night was a construction night. I finished attaching the two pinwheel rows to the right and bottom. I then made a bunch of HSTs for the snakes on the right and made the bottom stripes.
There are 5 months worth of blocks left. There’s also an optional bottom border. So I’m halfway finished!
Happy New Year!
Not much of an exciting update today. I’ve been working on 10 Shades and have added month 3 to the center (since it was originally designed as a BOM, each of the rows are months or parts of months). Month 3 is the right and bottom border of flying geese.
I am starting to assemble the rows for months 4 and 5. Month 4 is on the right and 5 is on the left. I’m a little concerned it’s a bit too much white, but we’ll see. I should have those assembled and attached this weekend!
I have an exciting announcement! I will be doing the graphics for a Block of the Month pattern series!
When I worked at Bella Quiltworks, two of my coworkers, Kathie and Swan (of Swan Amity Studios) designed a Block of the Month (BOM). We were tired of the traditional BOM sampler quilts where you make 12 blocks, maybe add some sashing, and tada, quilt (some examples here). They’re all well and good, but we needed something else. So Swan took some graph paper and designed Sense of Direction and Kathie figured out how in the heck to construct it. I was responsible for doing the computer work and making the graphics for the patterns. Here is my finished Sense of Direction quilt:
For the next year, Team SwaKaCa designed and put together another BOM for the shop named Star in the West. The quilt starts in the top left and then each month a border is added to the quilt. This is from Swan’s website where she sells the completed BOM pattern.
For mine, I’m doing it in greys. I love colors and patterned fabric and for the last year or so, I’ve been going through a grey phase as well as a solids phase. It’s been a bit odd, especially for those who know me. I picked out 10 white/grey fabrics and am using the black Moda Grunge fabric (not pictured) for the background. And the quilt’s name is 10 Shades of Grey. Someone suggested it as a joke and it stuck.
Since I’m getting ready to work on the new BOM, it seemed a prudent time to finally start on 10 Shades. I spent a few days cutting all of the black background for the whole quilt (benefit of having the whole pattern!) and assembled the “center” star.
For the new BOM, I can’t post the pattern since it’s a work in progress and not my property, but it is really awesome. It involves a lot of interlocking stars which is how it got its working title Star Gazing. I will be doing my version in American Brand Solids. They’re made in Seattle and the colors are yummy. Plus Fabric.com was having a December sale and I got them for 25% off – score! I have a few more greens coming, I already own some purples, and the background will be a few shades of grey, but everything is solid.
Now that I have the gift quilts finished and en route to their recipients, I can work on other projects. First up was making the last few blocks for GenXQuilter’s Vice Versa BOM. For this BOM, each month we made 2 blocks – 1 with the “standard” color placement where you have a white background and colored fabric making up the shape, and then reversed with the white in the shape and then the background is the color. So every block in the quilt has an inversed buddy. This was really fun to make and I’m looking forward to exploring inversing (it’s a verb 😀 ) blocks more in the future.
If you’ve never participated in a Block of the Month (or BOM) I highly recommend it. I’m doing Gen X Quilter’s Vice Versa BOM. The provided patterns are incredibly well written and descriptive. She provides instructions for both 9″ and 12″ finished blocks.
I have done my blocks through June, so I’m only a little behind! I chose to use some bright Kona Cottons. I’m currently going through a solids phase.
*Update* I finished July and August tonight, so they’ve been added to the pictures. All caught up and ready for September!