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Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love a wide variety of styles and techniques encompassing both machine and hand work. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

Sunday, February 25, 2018

BOMs Away - "Forever My Valentine" & Blue Bear


Welcome to the link-up for BOMs Away Mondays!
Where we share what we're doing on a BOM-type project 
so they don't stall out in UFO-land!
(Linky at the bottom.)


Here's my block 1 of "Forever My Valentine", which arrived a couple of days ago - all stitched up, even. I am determined to keep this BOM quickly assembled. 



Apparently 2018 is the Year of the Pre-Fused Kits. I really wanted to do this BOM, but although I really don't prefer pre-fused kits (for several reasons), that is the route I chose so that I'd actually be able to do this. It cuts the time down tremendously. 

I'm using blanket stitching on this one, and doing that with 40wt threads. I know most people prefer the ease of invisible thread, but I didn't choose it for 3 reasons. 1) My machine is extremely fitful when I make it work with it. 2) I really don't like the way the holes look in fused pieces - colored threads fill the holes, but invisible thread lets them keep showing. 3) This is a flannel project, and the edges of most pieces are white. Colored thread greatly minimizes the white rims around them, so that only the tiniest bit still peeks out instead of remaining highly visible. The edge of white on the red was particularly noticeable against the underlying pink before I stitched it:



The blocks for this quilt will have 3D wool flowers and pearl beads added after the quilting has been done.

One of the reasons I don't like pre-fused projects is that the fusible spans the entire fabric piece, instead of being "gutted" on larger pieces. This not only adds the layers of fusible where you have many stacked pieces, but also prevents you from cutting the background away. There are 8 layers in some places, (which would actually be 16 with the fusible, thin as that is). 

So before I fused this block, I laid the largest pieces down and traced their outlines with chalk so I could cut away the underneath layers, using a 3/8 inch margin. That gave me these large pieces that I can do something with in the future:



That's 2 layers of flannel and 2 of plastic that are kept out of the block. HOWEVER, if you do this, you need to be aware that the fusible will be exposed on the back. Here you see the open space where the black and pale pink were cut away before assembling, and the shiny surface of fusible covering the entire back of the red spotted heart that I'm about to put in place:



You really have to ***make sure*** you lay that applique ironing sheet under the block at the ironing board so the exposed fusible sticks to the peelable sheet, not to your board!


Just let it cool a bit and peel off.
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I also put together my February blue bear for Dione's 2018 Beary Colorful BOM. He's the bear of high hopes:



This project is being done applique-as-you-quilt style, so this is just fused, not stitched yet. I'm taking a breather for Feb and not doing as much as last month. I hope to do the stitching/quilting for this at the same time I do the March bear. 

~*~ Linking my blue bear up at Jen's February Color Linkup


How about you? Did you get any BOM work done recently?


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Kate over at Katie Mae Quilts has joined me in hosting this meet-up,
and linking up from either end puts you on the party at both sides.


Sunday, February 18, 2018

BOMs Away Monday - "Night Watch"


Welcome to the link-up for BOMs Away Mondays!
Where we share what we're doing on a BOM-type project 
so they don't stall out in UFO-land!
(Linky at the bottom.)


It has been a crazy busy week for me! Good work on my challenge UFO is happening at the longarm, I got some serious workouts in at the dojang, and while I've frequently helped out at the bi-monthly color belt tests, I put in my first sesson as a test judger Friday evening (normally I help in the belt-award room). That was intimidating, but actually very enjoyable. That was at a sister site. Working on test days takes many hours and is exhausting, though rewarding.


I'm the farthest left.
I also helped at our own site Saturday, working in the awarding room, and boy did this one little girl melt my heart! Her session was particularly large, and her entire family of 8 trains together, so her parents were both busy tying their own belts. I was helping the young sibling on her mother's other side, and when her mother turned to help her, she blurted out sweetly, "Oh, but I want the Blackbelt Hero to help me, please!"  Awwwwww   :)   I remember that feeling of awe, and it's kind of funny in relation to how you feel when you actually *are* a Blackbelt.  


Before I share my BOM work, I have to share the amazing package Selina of Selina Quilts sent me! She really went all out with her giveaway of a rice heating bag (which turned into two!), and it's already providing comfort on some muscles I used differently while pushing equipment around!



But you can see that she also sent this adorable zip-bag made from a laminated M&M bag (fabric lined, very nice), with some of my most very favorite chocolates inside since M&Ms would get smushed during shipping. She also made a cute card with a printing of the Valentine's rice bag fabric. I was so very tickled!!


This is the coolest zip bag!

Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU, Selina!!!!

And now, here's my BOM sharing for the week:



This is more of a "Quilt of the Month" than a BOM. It's the first of the six that Scott asked me to make for his offices. I told him I'd do one up each month. 

I got the block and base pieced over the past couple of weeks during morning time that couldn't be spent at the longarm, and this weekend I hit it in earnest. I've finished all but the quilting in the outer border.

I decided to try a layering approach, so I could quilt the block and background pieces without a gazillion start and stop points. It worked well! I was focused, and didn't think to take many shots during that process. First I put some trapunto pieces behing the moon and the center of the block. Then I quilted the block, stitched down the moon, and put in the "air" lines. THEN I fused the trees on, and here I was stitching those down:



After that, I just worked one more layer at a time, fusing and stitching, fusing and stitching.

You can see that I cut the backing/batting large enough
to accomodate future border work.


Until I finally had everything added in and put in some snow details at the bases of all the trees. Then I checked how the squaring may have been affected before I sewed on the borders, and adjusted the seam allowance the wee bit it needed to keep everything from skewing. It worked well, so I'll use the same approach on the companion quilts.



I had hoped to completely finish the quilting and get the binding attached, but that'll be ready for a TGIFFriday share.  :)   Assuming I can get it away from Navarre. . . 




~*~ Have you done any BOM work recently? ~*~

Kate over at Katie Mae Quilts has joined me in hosting this meet-up,
and linking up from either end puts you on the party at both sides.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

BOMs Away Monday - Kittens :)


Welcome to the link-up for BOMs Away Mondays!
Where we share what we're doing on a BOM-type project 
so they don't stall out in UFO-land!
(Linky at the bottom.)


I got my February work done on "Wind in the Whiskers" - 5 fun little kittens for the bottom left panel. They make me smile.  :)  



I'm not sure why only one of them has pupils. I'll put all the others in when it gets pre-quilting stitchery work. The next batch of work includes making the 3D butterflies these cuties are all playing with.



~*~ Have you done any BOM work recently? ~*~

Kate over at Katie Mae Quilts has joined me in hosting this meet-up,


and linking up from either end puts you on the party at both sides.