Each year, as Betty and I plan our BOM quilt, we try to incorporate as many different quilting techniques as possible, so that we can teach you new things every month. We begin with the basic techniques and continue to build on that foundation as the year progresses.
We emphasize TECHNIQUE and ENCOURAGE YOU to make the quilt UNIQUELY YOURS, rather than merely copy the sample. Betty and I do the same, and that has yielded two different “versions” of our 2018 BOM Sampler quilt this year. We are excited to share them with you!
As we sat over dinner, Betty shared her vision of making a muted background in low volume neutrals, which would then serve as our “canvas” to add a large colorful appliqué for a visual “POP” of color! We would make a new block each month, and teach a new quilting technique.
I suggested we change up the blocks from the standard squares, and make a “long block” and a square block for each row. The quilt is comprised of eight different blocks; four are 16” x 16” square blocks, and the other four are 16” x 44” long blocks. They alternate by row, with two square blocks on the right and two on the left side of the quilt. This unique pattern gives the quilt interest and balance, and allows for all techniques to be visible should you choose to place a large appliqué on it.
As we sketched on our notepads, and brainstormed our ideas together, we tried to envision it and decide what techniques to include, where they would be placed on the quilt, and whether or not we needed to add sashing. I loved Betty’s idea of using 3” strips with flying geese as the sashing! That was the perfect way to join the completed rows!
I continued to crunch numbers and calculate block sizes, as Betty continued to hash out which techniques would be assigned to each of the blocks. Before long, we had a solid plan hashed out. Now it was time to go back to Bumbletees to pick out the fabrics and get down to work!
We each went home and began our quilt. As we completed blocks and then sections, we shared them with each other. At times, our blocks were nearly identical, and other times, they ended up quite different, as we each added our own personal touches to our quilt sampler. For some blocks, we used different sized rulers, so the finished blocks reflected that. Here is a picture of Betty’s background (on the left) and LoriAnne’s (right):