I saw this quilt at Honey Bee Quilt Store, back in January, it called to me… I resisted… It continued to call for 3 whole weeks… I finally broke down and called to sign up for the program.
I’m both excited and scared, I’ve never done a BOM (Block of the Month) and while having made preparations for a king size quilt, all the material is cut out and waiting, I’ve not actually started sewing on it.
There is one other thing that concerns me with this quilt… POINTS…, I love points, don’t get me wrong, I just really get stressed working with them. So, I am actually hoping this experience will help me get past that phobia.
Ok, on to the quilt………..
It comes with all the fabric you will need to make the first 2 blocks, they will be 12″ x 12″ and 18″ x 18″ when finished in the quilt.
Of course there is a colored picture of the block and its directions. Also included are some interesting facts about the battles of the Civil War. This month we visited Fort Sumter.
I decided that I had better make a practice block, since I didn’t have ready access to lots of extra fabric. So I assembled some of my favorite fabrics, cut them out and followed the directions. This was one of the resulting sections.
It took me 3 tries to get to this point, as they stated we needed to use a “scant” 1/4″ seam allowance. Now, I use a very scant seam allowance sewing miniatures, so naturally, I started there. It was too small, so I gradually increased the seam ’til I got what they were shooting for, on my machine, a Singer Quantum Quilter, 4 worked perfectly.
This is the completed 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ block, which will eventually, wind up as a pillow, I think.
I’m now ready to cut out and sew the correct materials and hope that my points are as nice as these. Hope to get that done soon so I can post the pictures.
Ok, here’s the 18 1/2″ block
This makes me smile because I feel like I have finally begun to overcome my fear of points!