Thursday, 28 October 2010

The Amitie BOM

In the summer, Rita (Red Pepper Quilts) put this photo on her blog and, although the idea of a BOM programme ("block of the month", where a fabric shop sends you a block pattern and the fabrics to make that block each month) had not appealed to me before, both the fabrics in the quilt and the challenge of all those different circles really appealed to me and so I signed up.
The programme is run by a fabric shop in Melbourne called Amitie and the quilt designed by the shop's owner, Jennifer Kingwell, and the whole thing is shown in this blog post of hers.  For months one and two, we have been sent the fabric for three of the circles.  The first involved curved seams and meeting 8 points in the centre which I struggled with for quite a long time but got (nearly) there in the end.
Amitie Textiles BOM
For cirles two and three I made a right mess of piecing the small inner circles.  I machine pieced them and they were a right mess so I took them apart and hand sewed them and they were an even worse mess  so ended up appliqueing them in the end.   I decided to throw in a few of my own fabrics to circles 2 and 3, not because I don't love the ones Amitie sent but to see how I do with mixing them up a bit as colour combinations are not my strong point.  Hopefully November's fabrics and instructions should arrive soon.  If anyone reading this post is also doing this BOM, I'd love to see how you are doing too.
Amitie BOM blocks 2 and 3


19 comments:

  1. Wow! I was floored when this picture popped up in my reader. Love the fabric, love the circles and they are all perfect. This quilt is just amazing!

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  2. Beautiful and quite challenging! Love the mix of fabrics.

    Carol

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  3. Woohoo this looks like a fabulous bom. I'm not doing this one but I love to visit Amitie (I live about 50 mins away). It will be fun to watch yours grow. xo

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  4. How amazingly beautiful! Very nice!

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  5. You did a great job! I think they turned out gorgeous!

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  6. these are stunning!!! and look really really hard!

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  7. Lovely, thanks for the reminder of how lovely these are! You will inspire me to open the last mailing (hermetically sealed by the USPS because the envelope was damaged...) and GET BUSY! What a fun quilt, eh?

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  8. Well done Lynne, circles are really hard, but these look great!

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  9. AAK! Just looking at that first block makes my head hurt! I'm new to quilting, and I definitely want to be able to do things like that at some point, but I'm just not there yet.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your progress...oh, and the colours in the other two blocks are great!

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  10. Those blocks look great Lynne. I'd love to do that BOM but cant commit the time just yet - may be in the New Year?

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  11. LOVE that first circle you made. I've never seen anything like it. Thanks for commenting on my new blog. I had forgotten to hook the comments up to my email, so I couldn't reply, so I'll reply here. Thanks for your kind words, and contrary to your own opinion, you are a very interesting and lively writer!

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  12. Amitie has a stall at our big Quilt Show and they're always one of the best stands! They really know how to use not just colour but busy patterned fabrics, as you can see from your photos. If I ever do a BOM it'll be one of theirs. I like the way youre playing with the fabrics, they look Amazing!!!

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  13. Man, do you ever make anything easy? Keener.

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  14. What a stunning quilt - you have made a fabulous start!

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  15. I'm also doing this BOM. The first block was much easier than anticipated, but Block 2 I made a hash of as well - nothing a bit of spray starch and steam couldn't fix though...lol
    3rd Block all done. Now awaiting the next lot!

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  16. Ooops! I meant to add that your blocks look pretty good from where I'm sitting!

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  17. I also love your Union Jack blocks. Just spent a month in UK and thought I should attempt some for the those family members of that persuasion

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  18. Well done... I think the idea of appliqueing them I might have to steal! I saw the quilt at the quilt show last year and thought it was wonderful and signed up. Now I am thinking that maybe it is way beyond me. I am doing it as english paper piecing to try and get corners right. Sometimes they are right, sometimes not. Oh well. Four circles are done as of last week, and way behind with the rest!

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