2011 BOM colors

I’m a member of The Quilt Show and have been since they first started.  It has been a wonderful journey for me because not only have I learned tons but I’ve met some really great people.  Quilters are awesome folks anyway and love sharing their talents.  Each year Sue Garman has created her magic and designed a block of the month for TQS star members (trust me it’s so worth the minimal yearly investment).  This year the quilt really spoke to me and I’ve made the commitment to do the work and stay on track. 

For some reason the quilt spoke Christmas to me.  When you see Sue’s verson stitched in beautiful pastels of yellow, lavender and such, you will think I fell off the deep end.  Still I couldn’t get Christmas out of my head and decided that since I’ve never made a Christmas quilt, this would be the year.  I started shopping in my stash and looking for fabrics that looked the part.  I went shopping to fill in the holes and came up with what I think will be a beautiful Old-Tyme Christmas quilt. 

Sue’s January block is a beautiful heart applique with leaves and roses turned on point.  It’s beautiful.  When I posted my fabric selections on the forum, Dawn threw out a comment that I could change the center block to make it more Christmas — maybe add holly leaves in place of Sue’s leaves and a poinsettia instead of the roses. 

Okay, that was all I needed to hear to get my pencil and paper out and start drawing.  My first draft was so so, but didn’t Wow me enough.  It took me about a week to draw what I loved and then another few days to simplify the design and decide on which methods I was going to use to construct the block.  It was great fun, extremely hard work, and very labor intensive. 

I love the results though and can hardly wait until next month to see it grow.  I will continue to make changes to the pattern where necessary to keep with my theme, and I know that this will become a very special quilt to me.  My husband is loving it as well and has been a great supporter/helper during the design/creation phases.

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