Friday, 17 May 2013

You Don't Bring Me Flowers...

And so the new Amitie BOM Bring Me Flowers (which in my head is You Don't Bring me Flowers) has kicked off (places still available if you email the shop on amitie@amitie.com.au).  This is my third Amitie BOM and is a bit of a mystery as I haven't seen a full image of the final quilt yet but Jen Kingwell is a quilt designing superhero so I know I will love it.  Month one in these BOMs is always an easy one to lull you into a false sense of security.  This month came with instructions that this is a hand pieced BOM but I ignored that.  Working backwards from the blocks being 8", each square would be 4" so each smaller square would be 2" which gave me what I needed to know to cut and piece the windmill blocks on the machine.


I did the same kind of calculation for the corner sections.  And then came the tricky bit - small applique circles (I drew around the base of an Aurifil spool) and bias strip stems (3/8" wide).  


So I enlisted some online help from Sarah Fielke to make both the miniature applique circles:



 ... and the bias tape and hey presto, month 1 of the BOM is done and under my belt without too many tears.  



If you want to learn more from Sarah, check out her Craftsy class here:

16 comments:

  1. So tempting! Well done on the first block!

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  2. Definitely tempting - your first block is gorgeous and no tear stains in sight!

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  3. Sarah's class is excellent, I've gone all the way through. Not made anything from it yet though apart from attempting those applique bits you mentioned. Have you considered the back basting technique for hand appliqué? It sounds perfect for me, might be worth googling it.

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  4. Blimey, that has me sweating with the difficulty of it. I'm so glad my sister quilts for me. I think if I needed bias i'd pop out and buy it, but then I never need bias. Like the tinkly guitar though.

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  5. so perfect, just love the block and fabrics! I love figuring out how to machine piece blocks like this as I am machine piecing my late-to-the-party sweet tea and green beans.

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  6. I love it! Just looking at your first block (and knowing that Jen designed it) tells me that this is going to be a fantastic quilt. Did your sister really watch the videos or just listen to the first three seconds?!

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  7. You should try hand piecingt these little blocks, sure does slow you down but they look good. Might just perfect the circles by the end of this quilt!

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  8. It looks great! I'd have totally hit the machine for these too!

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  9. Every time I see your fabulous blocks I kick myself for not joining in this BOM. I also saw a pattern from her on Pinterest today - Midnight at the Oasis - and LOVED it. Maybe it's a sign that I should finally commit already and do one - or both!!

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  10. Now I know how small those blocks are my admiration triples!

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  11. I really like this block and your quilt will be a stunner for sure. Amitie has such cool designs

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  12. I'm so glad I signed up for this one! Now I'm motivated to get on that first block! :)

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  13. Ah, I'm so glad you machine pieced the pinwheels - I have been considering machine piecing what I can, but feeling unnecessarily guilty about it ;o) Thanks for the links too - will definitely be referring to them!

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  14. Now I've got that song stuck in my head too!!! Beautiful first block x

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  15. I don't need any more projects but I would love to do one of Jen's quilts and this one is just devine. Amitie is my local quilt shop afterall. Thanks for the tips/links too.

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