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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Blogger Girls BOM for February

I have been eagerly awaiting the next block for Monique Dillard's free block of the month, called the Blogger Girls BOM.  There seem to be many free projects lately, and while I don't have the time or desire to participate in them all, I do enjoy reading about them and doing what I can.  This is one project that I decided to participate in because I love the second block.  What do I mean about this?  Each month there is a block pattern.  If you just want to make a smaller quilt, you make one.  If you want a larger quilt, you make two, but in the second block, the idea is that you change the value placement or otherwise manipulate the fabric choices to make the same block look totally different.  I love that idea!  Let me share my pictures so you can better understand the process.

Here is the first block, using two fabrics and a background.

And here is the second block, made from the same pattern, but looking much different:

The center fabric here is my focus fabric and I knew that constructing this block would be tricky because the center square has to be made from 4 triangles and I was afraid the focus fabric, being so large-scaled and busy would look messy when peiced together from 4 different pieces.  So to try to alleviate that, I fussy cut four different motifs--one for each triangle.  Luckily, the eye seems drawn to them, more than the seams, so I'm fairly happy with it.

Here are both of them together:

And here they are with January's block (done twice as well.)

I think they are so much fun to make! 

Have a great day!


  1. The bummer about moving at the beginning of the year is falling behind on all the great free quiltalongs. In spare moments I pick up my iPad and peek in on my friends. It's fun to see your blocks coming together! Did you see that Country Threads is doing a BOM free too? There was so etching else I wanted to point out to you and now forgot! I want to say it was in the new Ap&Q April issue...it's packed! I can go look....

  2. Wow! those two blocks sure look different. Great job on matching things up. I must say you are a very prolific quilter...you whip things up so quickly, that you really make it look easy.

  3. I love the blocks, the colours you have used have made them look so different. Looking forward to seeing the next one. Melanie xx

  4. These are great! And your idea to fussy cut those triangles was genius! You're right....the eye is drawn away from the seam! Brilliant! :o)

  5. Wow! Amazing how different the blocks look with different fabrics! And your fussy cutting looks fantastic... I thought the center "square" was one piece of fabric until I read you fussy-cut it!!!