It is no secret that I really enjoy hand work, and although I have a lovely old Bernina, we are not the best of friends :( In the last couple of years I have tried to challenge myself by choosing to make quilts that stretch me and take me out of my comfort zone. This year's BOM by Sarah Fielke has certainly done that and I have loved every minute of it so far!!
We started the year by machine piecing the central wedge, a challenge indeed, but with patience and excellent instructions I managed.
Next came the lollipop flowers and leaves, much more to my liking - lots of wonderful needle turn appliqué, I raced through February and March :) even adding a couple of little insects
Then came April and the paper pieced house border - I ground to a halt, whilst I love the accuracy of paper piecing I really don't like it! The fabrics sat on my desk all summer while I jumped ahead to the appliqué for May, June and July, telling myself that it was really too hot to sit at the machine. This week the weather has been a lot cooler, and as I really love this quilt, I needed to piece this border so I could move on. I decided to simplify the houses, omitting the pieced windows and choosing patterned fabrics instead, I did paper piece the roofs and I happy with the end result.
I had already appliquéd the corner sunflower blocks, so I was able to add this border fairly quickly
The next border contains the rest of the sunflowers and dresden plates, again I had already completed most of the appliqué so these went on fast too
It is now too big for my little design wall, so I have it draped over the banister
I just have to appliqué the sunflower leaves and I am all caught up ready for 31st August and the next machine pieced border (!)