Saturday, August 15, 2009

Progress, of a Sort

Today was Quilt Day at church, one of this semi-annual adventures where 12-20 women with sewing machines invade Fellowship Hall and each works on her own project with lots and lots of input from those gathered. We serve a nice breakfast and a nice lunch; everyone does a chore and we have a jolly good day.

Mindful of my vow to tackle those dratted languishing BOMs, I left Bernina to home and took the packets for the BOMS for the two series. For the pieced series, I've got ten of the twelve packets. With the one block done, I spent the morning cutting and marking the remaining nine packets. When I got home, after a pleasant nap, I returned to the system of sewing the Neopolitan blocks together and using the pieces for one of these blocks as leader-enders. Another block is finished! Hooray! You can see it on the design wall -- erm, husband -- to the left! I'm about ready to open the next packet.

Now as to the two that I can't find, here's what I'm thinking. There are pretty many good sized pieces in the scraps. I will see if I can make two different 12" blocks from those scraps and use them where the missing two might have been. If there isn't enough fabric to piece two blocks, I'll pick up a FQ or two of the line of fabric and that should yield enough to piece two. I've found yardage on Ebay and at Hancocks, and I think I should order a bit so I can get these blocks set once they are finished. I've got an idea in my head of how to set them (No, I didn't order the finishing kit so I've no idea what the mystery design set actually is). My quilt won't be like those that others who subscribed to the BOM make. I'm liking the blocks so far. This one today was a challenge!

Now as to the applique BOM, I have eleven of the fourteen packets (are you getting some sort of an image of my filing system?) and friends, when I opened up the first one after lunch, I was filled with dismay. I don't want to make this project! It is one of those impulse purchases that seemed a good idea at the time. It will require hours and hours and hours of time and, you know what, I don't want to invest my time in this project. I'm not sure while I'll do with 11/14ths of a quilt project, but I'll ponder that while I'm working on the first BOM!


8 comments:

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Oh, how I can relate! I thought I was the only one who can't keep track of her blocks and could kick herself to town and back for not labeling the ziploc bags month to month and keeping each set of instructions with said bag. Groan. Misery loves company, as they say... it's good to know that I'm not alone (like that does us a lot of good). Your block model looks chipper, though!;)

Chookyblue...... said...

oh i have not done this one yeat but I am replacing the light blue to a darker green........everytime I see it it bugs me so I HAVE to change it.........

Gretchen said...

Great block!!! And a mighty fine design wall :)

WV: salipluc
what happens to BOMs when they age too long????

Little Mysteries said...

Block is looking good. I love your design model - very handy.
I too don't label my blocks, can't wait to see it all finished.

Micki said...

The block looks great, but i couldn't get Joe to hold a block like that for a pic.LOL
Micki

Lorraine said...

Looking good Nancy!...as is your "design wall/block model"....!! I have been in the sewing room this afternoon making sure my BOMs are together and that I had most (all) of them.....LOL....I also have a couple of BOMs that I know I will never make so will be donating them to someone who will....and I have stopped buying anthing for now...I need to save for an attic conversion for my new sewing room!

*karendianne. said...

I like the block the DH is holding but gosh, it looks like maybe you'll have something for the orphanage there, ha?

Judi said...

Wow Nancy! That's a fabulous block! And a pretty fabulous design wall too!