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Batik BOM, Block 4

Still plugging away over here. Got the 4th month done today!

The blocks are as follows:
– flying dutchman
– pinwheel
– windmill
– three nancy’s

And some comments about the blocks.

First of all, if you are familiar with quilt blocks, you’ve probably recognized that the flying dutchman is umm, not right. Not quite sure what I was thinking, but it wasn’t until I was completely done that I realized they were out of order. Oh well, so my flying dutchman are a little confused. I’m imagining they just visited some coffeehouses šŸ™‚

Second, the pinwheels. What is up with pinwheels in this project? I feel like every package has had some. For the record, I’m not as fond of pinwheels as many other quilters are.

Third, the three nancy’s. I love this block! The color placement & fabric choices are wonderful! They remind me of coffee! Lots & lots of espresso & lattes & americanos! It almost makes me want to make a quilt out of these colors! Hmmmm, maybe my next project???

On another note, the 4 yr old nephew discovered my sewing area. No disasters yet, but he did sit on my lap & learn how to guide fabric. And he managed the pincushion. 4 yr olds are very good pincushion managers :). He also found my bag of scraps & the ruler on my machine- which he then proceeded to measure all the scraps- but since he doesn’t understand inches, they were “years old”. It was adorable!

Well, know that he knows about my area, sewing tomorrow is going to be interesting. I’ll let you know how successful or unsuccessful that goes!

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Batik BOM, Block 3

Here’s 3:

Blocks here are:
– rail fence
– Arkansas traveler
– shoo fly
– clay’s choice. This block was named after Henry Clay, the politician from the 1800s. It is very interesting they named this his “choice” because that man was definitely opinionated. He opposed manifest destiny, the annexation of Texas, and was known as a warhawk, apparently being a crucial figure in leading the U.S. in the War of 1812. Yet in all of this, he was known as a great compromiser, helping draft several important treaties, such as the Missouri Compromise.

Interesting. Not sure if I meant this blog post to be about 19th century politicians, but I do find the naming of quilt blocks to be interesting.

I wonder what the woman who first coined the name of this block was like. I’m assuming she was a supporter of Clay, but I wonder if there was something particular about his policies she identified with. Or maybe she just greatly opposed the annexation of Texas. (And being a texan myself, I understand why she
maybe didn’t want this state in the Union.)

Whatever the reason behind her choice in names, this one stuck throughout the century- not a minor feat when you think that quilt blocks at that time were passed from neighbor to neighbor, with very little documentation & “hoopla” behind them.

This reminds me of the Obama icon/symbol/campaign logo that some knitters adapted into a pattern & around the election you saw that logo knitted up on everything from mittens to hats to sweaters on Ravelry.

If you’re wondering if this post is going anywhere, I’m going to tell you no. Nope. This is just some crazy ramblings of a Quilter who is sleep deprived & has an overactive mind that jumps from fabric to history to economic policy to math ratios all while assembling a measly quilt block. This is a small taste what actually goes on in my head while I’m sitting at the sewing machine for several hours at a time.

Anyways, thanks for reading to the end all- you’re great sports to keep up with me!

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Batik BOM, Block 2

Today was the perfect piecing day! We woke up to rain & it remained dreary all morning- the best weather sitting at your sewing machine & getting some quilting done.

So here’s the second block:

The blocks here are:
– flying geese
– eddystone light
– pinwheels

Let’s see, what else have I been up to?
– reading “The Mood Cure”. Very interesting book about depression & the science behind the disease.
– listening to “The Off Kilter Quilter” podcast. Frances is a hoot & I enjoy her ramblings on quilting, books, gardening & life in general.
– doodling. In my defense this is an important part of improving my freemotion quilting, however the irony kills me! I never doodled as a kid! Well, ok, except in church. But that was 1 hour a week. Basically though I never doodled as kid- not like other kids- I never thought this would be an issue & it wasn’t until I became a machine quilter when I realized that all we really do is scribble on quilts with thread!!!! Then I really wished I had spent more time drawing as a kid & not paying so much attention in school.

Anyways, it’s getting late now & there are many books to read, so goodnight all!

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Batik Block of the Month, Block 1

Situation: in Texas for an extended period of time with quite a bit of “down time” in my days

Solution: grab my sewing machine & that Block of the Month kit to keep me busy.

Some of you might be asking yourself a question- if it’s a Block of the MONTH kit, ummm how exactly is this supposed to keep me occupied for any length of time??

Well, I kinda cheated and bought the kit all at once.

My plan is to do a month a day, for 12 days, until I’m done. (you know, b/c I show absolutely no signs of obsessive compulsiveness šŸ™‚

Here’s block 1:

The blocks from left to right & top to bottom are as follows:
– wise eyes
– pinwheel
– flying geese
– bachelor’s puzzle

So month 1 is done with success, now let’s see how well I can keep up the momentum!

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Block of the Month

Last Fall I went on a retreat to Kansas with a great group of ladies. One of the happens to be a designer & she coordinates a Block of the Month (BOM) at the Prairie Points Quilt Shop in Shawnee, Kansas.

After seeing some of the women working on their blocks, as soon as I got home, I called them up to see if there was still an opening for me to join in. Luckily there was & they immediately sent the 4 blocks that were already out.

I then promptly put the packages in my studio where they sat.

Then the shop sent January’s block. And I promptly put that package in my studio as well!

Last week February’s block came in the mail. And when I went into the studio to put this package with the others, I realized I had 6 uncompleted squares! That’s half of the whole program! So Sunday I decided to spend some dedicated time sewing for myself. (This hasn’t happened in quite a while, most of the time I sew for class samples or quilt other people’s quilt tops- mine don’t actually get done very often.)

Now keep in mind that this is actual piecing. These directions make you cut 3 7/8″ squares and then cut them again to make 4 triangles & draw lines & sew on a 1/4″ of either side, cut on the line & iron, place pieces on top of each other, sew & cut again. Basically it takes about 1 hour to make 1 block. Now while I do really enjoy this level of piecing (it creates the coolest blocks), when you’re 6 blocks behind, you’ve got a good deal of work ahead of you.

After a dedicated afternoon, I now have:

September’s block:

October’s Block





I’m all caught up!!!! These were so much fun! I love seeing them all together on my design wall & I can’t wait to finish this quilt!! I’m already starting to plan the actual quilting- I’m going to do custom for each block to highlight the individual piecing.

There are still 6 more blocks to come, to look for these in the coming months. Now that I’ve gotten started, I’ll be sewing these as soon as they come in!