Monday, April 30, 2012

BOM Rehab 2: Blocks done!

BOM Rehab is keeping me motivated to finish my many BOMs. I just finished the last two blocks in the Fat Quarter Shop's 2008 Designer Mystery BOM.

I finished block11. This block was a challenge, but I liked the way it turned out.

I also finished block 12. I thought about changing this block, but in the interest of finishing this quilt, I stuck with the directions.

 Now I just have to finish the top. I did purchase the finishing kit and it takes a lot of cutting.

BOM Rehab 1: Ten down, two to go

Two weeks ago I finished another block in the Fat Quarter Shop's 2008 Designer Mystery BOM, but didn't get a chance to post about it until now. I started working on the 2008 BOM a few months ago, but ran into a snag with Month 9.

The pattern below is what the block was supposed to look like.

I liked the pinwheels in the block, but not the colors--it was too monochromatic. I don't mind monochromatic blocks, but this block was green and not my favorite color in the fabric line. So I put off working on this block. I worked on the next block in the BOM and I started thinking about how I could change this block.

I visited Moda's free pattern site and saw the pattern for Deb Strain's Nature's Gift line. The colors were similar to the Peace on Earth line and it also included pinwheels. I really liked the design so I decided to change the BOM block to look more like this pattern.

This is how the block  turned out.

I like it so much better. And I think it looks great with the rest of the blocks.

And that leaves just two blocks to go.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

BOM Hall of Shame

Hi. My name is Helen and I am a BOM-aholic. Maybe  it is more accurate to say that I am a recovering BOM-aholic since I am now participating in just one BOM. But it has been very difficult to restrain myself.

When Sinta announced she was starting BOM Rehab it seemed perfect for me because I am so weak when it comes to BOMs. But it also made me wonder just how many BOMs I have joined, which meant I had to count them. It wasn't easy because they are stashed in a few places. I counted 14 BOMs. They fall in a several categories:

  • Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery BOMs (2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012).
  • Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs: Le Jardin, Pumpkin Hill, Rabbits Prefer Chocolate, Baltimore Bunnies, and A Tisket, A Tasket.
  • Robyn Pandolph's With Willing Hands: Mystery Quilt, and Botanika.
  • Jan Patek's Girl Gang: Pokeberry Quilt, Feathered Star, and Sunshine on My Shoulder.
  • Fons and Porter's Scrapbag Star (my first BOM started in 1999). 
Right now I am not ready to share how much I have accomplished on those BOMs.

One thing is for sure: I am not going to start any more applique BOMs until I finish at least one.

I am looking forward to making some progress on my BOMs and seeing the progress made by other participants.