Like any quilt made from a pattern, it's ultimately up to you to decide how you want to interpret it. That's true for this year's Block Of the Month, Garden Party Down Under, and Barbara Black has got little tips to help show you how to make this month's blocks your own. She says, "This month there is a striking appliqué vase. The vase can be cut from a single piece of fabric, or cut the handle from a different fabric to add interest. Your quilt, you get to decide."
It's the beginning of July which means we're on to the second half of this year's Block Of the Month, Garden Party Down Under. And since it's the start of the month, Barbara Black has her monthly tips and tricks blog to guide you along. She says, "Moving on to the second half of this year--we have a new, beautiful applique block and another ShooFly block."
Barbara has some great tips for this month's Shoofly and Appliqué blocks for Garden Party Down Under, including ideas on piecing and measuring along with some alternative ideas for the center of the Shoofly block.
We are almost halfway through the year, which means people are almost halfway down with the 2022 Block Of the Month, Garden Party Down Under. Barbara Black has posted some in-progress photos of some of her students' work on the BOM and they are just wonderful. And guess what? It's never too late for you to start their own 2022 BOM if you haven't yet because you still have half a year to go!
For Month 5 of Garden Party Down Under, Barbara Black guides you in making two different blocks. When finished and added to your quilt, you will begin to see the fruits of your labor come to life. She says, "This month we make TWO Applique Blocks. And when those are done you can sew BOTH the top and bottom rows to the center of the quilt, seeing progress!"
As we arrive at Month 4 of the 2022 BOM, Garden Party Down Under, Barbara Black has got the scoop on how to make the two blocks that lie ahead. She says, "It's Month 4 and once again we have an applique block and a pieced block."
Barbara Black has an update for Month 2 of Garden Party Down Under. The current Month 2 pattern is missing two leaves on the Basket Corner page 2, also page 1. Barbara has updated her Month 2 blog and created a Forum Topic on MONTH 2 PATTERN CORRECTION. She will also discuss the correction in her LIVE on March 5, 2022. We will be working on getting the pattern corrected as soon as possible.
For Month 2 of the 2022 BOM, Garden Party Down Under, Barbara Black has some helpful tips for you to get TWO borders attached (that's a lot of two's). She says, "This month we add a vine applique border to the center made in Month 1 and then surround it with the matching Dogtooth Border on the outer edges."
They say that the third time's the charm, and in this case that means the last set of tips from Barbara Black for completing Month 1 of Garden Party Down Under. In this blog, Barbara shows you an alternative technique for doing a paper pieced border instead of the needle-turn hand appliqué method that Irene Blanck uses.
It's time for part two of Barbara Black's three blogs to get you going on Month 1 of the 2022 Block Of the Month, Garden Party Down Under. In this blog she will help you understand process in making the flowers, leaves, berries, and vase after completing the stems.
To start the year off right, Barbara Black has made the first of three blogs to help you with Month 1 of the 2022 Block Of the Month, Garden Party Down Under. This month you'll be making the first appliquéd vase and dogtooth border, so get going and get Barbara's first round of tips for Month 1.
We love this tribute from TQS Member HelenW that was found in the Forum. She pays homage to our BOM Queen, Barbara Black.
With the patterns made, the quilt assembled, and the long year almost over, what is there left to do on Color My World, the 2021 BOM? Quilt it, that's what's left to do! And who better to show you some ideas for quilting your spectacular new quilt than the BOM in Chief, Barbara Black.
With the Month 11 and Month 12 patterns of the 2021 Block Of the Month, Color My World, now available, some of you may be ready to start assembling your quilt top. Well, Barbara Black is here to help you with just that. She says, "Once all the many Small Houses, Tall Buildings, Mariner's Compass center, Little Houses and Skyscrapers are made, it is time to assemble them into a beautiful quilt top."
Since you've got your patterns for Month 12 of the 2021 BOM, Color My World, early, Barbara Black is back early too with some tips and tricks to help you construct the Eiffel Tower and Centrepoint Tower in your quilt. As Barbara says, "The last two Skyscrapers are here! We are so close to the end of this year-long project."
The Quilt Show was in attendance at the Rim County Quilt Roundup show in Payson, AZ, last week and you'll never believe what we found. Not one, but TWO versions of our 2020 BOM, Afternoon Delight, designed by Sue Garman. Both quilts were award winners, with Jan Pederson's Afternoon Delight winning Third Place Mixed Technique, and Marilyn Giblin's Lockdown Afternoons winning Second Place Mixed Technique and the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ) Award of Merit For Outstanding Achievement in Quilting!
With the arrival of a new Block of the Month pattern comes a new blog from Barbara Black to help you her useful tips and tricks. For Month 11 of Color My World, Barbara says, "Finally, we start to make the Skyscrapers for Color My World. Even if you are not making this quilt, seeing how to create your own Skyscraper can be helpful for a future project."
This month's patterns for the 2021 BOM, Color My World, are versatile and can be used for many quilts beyond this one. Barbara Black is here once again to show you how to put your houses together. She says, "It's Month 10 and we've got an easy month: 4 Little Houses in the City. Even if you are not making Color My World, this is a terrific little house for other projects."