Good morning everyone!
On this 1st of February, I woke up and immediately checked my email. See, I’m participating in my first online Block of the Month (BOM) through one of my favorite website, Gen X Quilters, hosted by the lovely AnneMarie, and the pattern to this month’s block should be arriving within the next few hours!
Being in Quebec City, a place that seems to have forgotten about sewing in general, I’ve found it hard to find individual that quilt. I’ve had friends that have approached me, wanting to learn, which I’m so happy about. I can’t wait for us to sit and share in our crafty ventures. But to find others to simply sit around with, learn from and sew with is something I long for. My mother-in-law and her sisters are so far away. It’s been a challenge to keep connected through email.
So I thought a BOM quilt along would be right up my alley. We have a community page on Flickr and we share our blocks through pictures. We comment and critique, we encourage and quilt together and by the end, we will all have a beautiful quilt.
One pattern a month seemed reasonable since I never know how much time I will get with the kiddos running around, but now, I’m finding that I’m truly working on my seed of patience. I got excited when the first pattern came and was done with the block in a few hours. Others in the group have mentioned belonging to more than one BOMs to avoid this waiting period, and maybe I’ll choose to do that next year as my children grow up and become a bit more independent, but for now, I’m kind of feeling like a kid at Christmas and that is just the loveliest feeling. And if Christmas was everyday, wouldn’t the magic of it fade away?
In the mean time, I wanted to share my project as it unfolds.
So, from left to right, you will find my flannel backing fabric, yellow for the binding, chrysanthemums for the sashing and border, and then my 5 solids and my white for the blocks themselves.
The point of the Vice Versa quilt is to make 2 of each blocks, a classic block and its inverse version, and then quilting together in a modern quilting pattern, created by AnneMarie. If that wasn’t clear, here are my January blocks so you can get a better idea :
To all my quilting friends : Do you participate in BOMs or Quilt-alongs?
To everyone else, what kind of crafts fill your free moments?