Sunday, October 14, 2012

Craftsy BOM - July, August, September, and October

Once again, I'm caught up on the Craftsy Block of the Month class.  This has been a great learning experience for me.  The class is completely free and you can still get in on it.  All of the blocks are illustrated and each one has a video.  The instructor is Amy Gibson.  You can throw a little of your own creativity into the blocks to make them your own.

 July was a study in Dresden:

Craftsy BOM - July

The first Dresden plate was traditional.  Of course I messed it up, but I love the way it turned out.  I was supposed to use the 4 inch template and didn't realize I had used the 4 1/2 inch until I was trying to put the center of the Dresden plate on and it wasn't big enough.  I was going to redo it, but I had used charms from a charm exchange and I loved them.  I don't think the BOM police will get me....

Traditional Dresden Plate Block
For the modern version of the Dresden, I hand stitched the wheel onto the background.  I hadn't done that for awhile, so it was a challenge nice change of pace.
Modern Dresden Wheel Block

August was star month:

Craftsy BOM - August

I'm not a big star fan, but I lived through it.  I struggle through points every time....

Ohio Star Block

I did this one twice.  I hated the colors the first time.  I ripped out the outside points and added the lighter aqua color.  This is much better that the tan star fabric I started with....
Double Star Block

September was Drunkard's Path month:

Craftsy BOM - September

The first block was my favorite of this month.  I love working with curves.

Chain Block

The next block was Cleopatra's Puzzle Block.  I thought it was great, until I took a picture of it.  Wow, the bottom is a little wonky.  It's amazing what a picture does for my sewing....ugh.

Cleopatra's Puzzle Block

October is the month of foundation paper piecing...YEAH!

Crafsy BOM - October

The first block was the biggest challenge of the whole year.  I printed the patterns, made sure the scale was right, and went to sewing.  The block was 13" finished.  I went back and measured the templates and found out the scale was for a 12 1/2" FINISHED block, not 12" finished.  UUUGGHH.  I went on the discussion boards and found out that I wasn't the only one frustrated.  I ripped out the four squares and cut them down on the inside so I wouldn't loose my points on the outside.  I still love this block.

Friendship Circle Block

The hardest thing about the last block was that it was the last block.  :^(

Circle of Geese Block
Next month will be the beginning of putting the quilt all together.  I can't wait to finish.  I have learned a lot of cool things about all of the techniquies in the blocks.  Great class!

There are 20 blocks.  You can take a looksy at the others if you want to follow the links below...

Past BOM posts:

I've been busy sewing and not blogging, but I plan to post a few more finished projects real soon,
Linking up with:

The Girl Creative


Candace said...

Your blocks are beautiful, it is going to be an awesome quilt. I went too crazy with mine, I like the calmness of yours.

Carla said...

Thank you Candace. This has been such a great learning experience for me. I'm excited to put it all together. I would like to explore some craziness in pattern and color. I'm just not very brave...yet. :-)