What a great inspiration your message has been. This site has been amazing and everybody is SO helpful. I have only done one and have learned alot with it. Can't imagine doing three!!!! WOW. Will go look at your pictures later today when I get off work.
Well, Karen, I must say that you are absolutely amazing!!! A relatively new quilter and you did 3 of the BOM's!!!!! And here I've whined my way through doing one. I am going to Show & Tell next - have you posted pictures there yet?
Taking on this BOM was a new venture for me, as I am a fairly new quilter, begining in 2006 . . . sewing machines frightened me, so I stuck to cross stitch, rug hooking and needle turn applique. Anyway, I thought I would jump into this enormous project with no rope! I have made a few quilts over the past few years and figured it was time to join a group where I would be challenged. It was my understanding that the directions would be clear and to the point. Boy, was I ever surprised at what my memebership bought. . . .
I chose to make three BOM quilts - one in Kaffe Fassett fabrics, one in civil war repro fabrics, and one with the purchased kit. I used the kit to begin each month, as I figured my skills would increase with each block I made . . . . . I will say it once again - Boy, was I surprised at what my membership bought! Sue Garman's pattern and directions were amazing, Margo's tutorials were key, and the questions and answers that you all submitted and replied to were instrumental in making this a joyful quilting year!
So I thank you all for your posts, which helped me to grow as a quilter. My Kaffe-style quilt is now complete, as I finished it as a twin quilt and it is now ready to be sent to the long-arm quilter. My repro quilt will be made into a queen, and I am right on target with it. The kit quilt will be made into a king quilt, and not surprisingly, I am a bit behind on it. . . . . . I managed to keep up with the other quilts by having everything organized and grabbing spare time here and there . . . . it really kept the project moving forward. Any yes, I do have a full time job I will try and figure out how to post my pictures later today.
I learned . . . . pinning is my friend, practice, practice, practice and patience, patience, patience. Each stitch has it's own story, as so much of my time went into these quilts . . . . or maybe I learned patience, patience, patience, practice, practice, practice and then pinning is my friend! Either way, I thank you all for unknowingly helping me to grow as a quilter