Last years free BOM was snowmen and I intended to get it done, but never started. I am sure if I had I would have enjoyed it just as much. I visited the web site and printed the pattern each month but December. Now I am lacking just the one pattern. December just was such a busy month
This new Block of the Month is called Henrietta's Whiskers. It includes patchwork and really has touched my heart. I finished the piecing and have my block ready for the hand embroidery. With my Boot Bash BOM in the making for this year I will be hardpressed to get it, along with Barbara Brackmans block of the week done, but with your help, maybe I can. Keep me pumped now, ya'll. I am depending on you. Here is my first block.
The hardest part for me is the fabric selection. It takes ma a long time, it seems. I love all scrappy (I love how Sandra Bullock says this in Ya Ya Sisterhood) , but even scrappy has to have a rhyme or a reason, as they say. I use to need a focus fabric to help me along, but I have learned to use a color scheme and stay with the same shade or tint. Here are the fabrics I ended up chosing for this quilt.
One more little tip I want to share. You know when you are using a fusible web for applique and you have to trace in reverse to make the pieces face the right direction? Well, I get confused everytime. I hate to admit it, but it is true. This is what I have begun to do and actually enjoy the process now instead of dreading it. I fuse the web to the back of my fabric and trace the pieces the actual direction they need to go on freezer paper and press to the top of the fabric.
Freezer paper on top.
Fusible web on back.
When I use this method, it works everytime.
Maybe this will work for you too. That's what it is all about--finding what works for you.
Until next time---