July -thru- November, 2019

This BOM project will meet meet monthly, started in July 2019, and continuing the third Tuesday of each month through November, 2019.  The project is using:

• Quilt Kit including fabric: A Poinsettia Winter by Jason Yenter for In The Beginning Fabrics and the Pattern Book “A Poinsettia Winter Quilt” by Jason Yenter

We will be updating this BLOG once in awhile – and, as our BOM projects have short-lives (for now: Through the November 2019), perhaps this BLOG helps us all interact. We look forward to hearing from you and to your joining us in the BOM once a month at Bernina World of Sewing in Raleigh.

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  1. Webmaster says:

    July, 2019
    Hello – (From the Webmaster)
    We have started this Weblog with the intent of providing the BOM participants with a “sounding board” for their use.

    Please remember that all Weblog entries are audited by me – however, this Weblog is NOT monitored by the store’s staff. Any technical questions, etc. are not meant for store’s-staff members: The BOM meeting is not a class – and, this Weblog is not a place to ask store staff questions!

    Normally, you would start a “Reply” thread using the “Leave a Reply” box at the bottom of this Web page. Alternatively, you just click on the Reply button at the bottom of some existing entry.

    Some reminders:
    – To place a photo related to your efforts worked-on for the BOM project, just send an eMail to me with the picture attached/included. I will figure out where you intend the photo for your particular Comment.
    – Contact me by eMail if you have any problems / concerns with ANYTHING related to the Weblog. Thank you.

    I wish you a GREAT BOM 2019.

    Good luck with your projects and
    David – Webmaster at Bernina World of Sewing

  2. Sonja says:

    Hi, everyone!

    I am glad that you found the BLOG. To make this work, it would be great if once in awhile you make a comment here or send in a photo for the BLOG. This way, we will all be “kept up” with each other’s progress – and problems/successes!

    We will meet for five month – once a month (third Tuesday of the month) at 5:30pm at the store.

    If you are aiming at a completed piece for this Holiday Season: Perhaps now is the time to get a quilting date at your favorite quilter if that is necessary?

    Have fun!

    (Click on a particular month’s event’s collage, below, to see some of the images in clickable, larger-sized images)

    October 2019

    Thank you all for your work – and Thank you Amy for taking the time to bring your completed center less-borders. I wish you all success, now, with the borders. We “wrap it all up” for the Holidays – showing such in our final meeting in November. I look forward to the meeting!

    (If you have not been there yet, click on the “Projector Reel”, below, to view a movie of this session’s discussion about Border Corners).

    September 2019

    Progress is apparent, now. We wish us all a good Fourth Month; see you in October.

    August 2019

    A lot of discussion and brain-storming. Good! We wish us all a good Third Month; see you in September.

    July 2019

    We had a great start; with excitement about the beautiful fabric and lots of keeping-attention and “keeping up with the program”. It will be a busy, fun few months. Good luck to us all!

  3. Sonja says:

    Hello! I will be putting here (once in awhile…) photos of my “Desgn Wall” showing some progress – Heading to November.

    If you have some photos/comments: Don’t hesitate to comment on this BLOG or send your photos to our Webmaster (David) and he will put them on the BLOG together with your comment.

    See you at our next meeting.

    (Clicking on an image, below, will show the image larger-sized)

    July 31, 2019
    Month-1 – All together

    August 9, 2019
    Month-2 – Ready for Discussions during August meeting.
    I am sure you can spot the one block not-together yet: Ready for Discussion!

    August 10, 2019
    I mentioned that I had been surprised that the Block Size (s) were not mentioned directly in the pattern. The following shows/confirms the first month Center Block is 6.5″ finished (7″ with Seam Allowance).
    (Clicking on an image, below, will show the image larger-sized)

    August 30, 2019
    Well… I am sewing the Dots onto the Center Block. It had to be done…..
    (Clicking on an image, below, will show the image larger-sized)

    October 17, 2019
    Ready for the Quilter! David thinks it will be great on the Wall over the holidays. He is happy.
    (Clicking on an image, below, will show the image larger-sized)

    The Back Fabric I Chose

    November 2, 2019
    Back from the Quilter – BInding is Finished – Done!
    See you on November 19 if not before.
    (Clicking on an image, below, will show the image larger-sized)

  4. Amy O says:

    August 13, 2019
    I finished the blocks for the first month. I found these blocks to be challenging. The center section measured a little shy of 7 inches. I think perhaps I didn’t press aggressively enough because of all the bias- always intimidating to me. I was careful to sew accurate quarter inch seams and my finished blocks came out fine.
    (Clicking on the image, below, will show the image larger-sized)

    August 29, 2019
    Hello Mystery Solved Sewing Friends,
    Well, after getting really frustrated last evening with this crazy paper piecing, I was in bed and came up with a hybrid approach to the techniques we discussed at the meeting. I made a sample piece and it worked and I personally found it to be very easy. In case you are interested, here goes:

    I cut all of my foundation strips 2.5 inches wide instead of 2 inches. Personally, I’d rather be way over than a little under, and I am a bit dyslexic about these angular things. I’m hoping the fabric in the kit will be generous enough to allow this. If not, our fearless leader will have to dole out some from her private stash!

    Go ahead and sew in piece #1 as you normally would, trim.

    Take your background piece and cut the end to a 45 degree angle. Match it up to your center tree piece at a right angle. The right angle is VERY IMPORTANT . Sew. Flip. Press.

    Take your next piece of tree fabric, cut at a 45 degree angle, sew it on at the right angle, flip and press.

    In preparation, I took the one end of each piece and cut it to a 45 degree angle, which matches the angles on the templates. When you are doing this, make sure you are cutting it so the angle is going in the proper direction.

    I did no more cutting at this point – I started sewing and pressing and trimming, using my long strips, sometimes having to recut the 45 degree angle when I get to the end of a template. I just keep using the same strips of fabric until they are too small to use anymore, going back and forth between the background fabric and the “tree” fabric.

    Here are some pictures of my sample strip when under construction. Hope this helps, feel free to email or text me if you have any questions. (Contact our Webmaster or see me at the store/meetings/classes for the phone number).
    (Clicking on an image, below, will show the image larger-sized)

    (In reply to Amy O about PaperPiecing).
    Great method Amy. Once I was able to follow it ( with a little help from you) it works just great. Thank you for sharing.
    September 3, 2019
    Hello Mystery Solved Sewing Friends,

    My tree blocks are finished. While at first I feared that the paper piecing would be the most difficult, it was the border strips that almost did me in. There are a whole lot of bias edges to sew together.

    After making some of the HSTs using the method in the instructions which yielded wonky results, I diverted and used the two at a time method with much more success.

    The “crown” portion was really confounding. While my finished rectangles measured properly, there was no way I could get a quarter inch seam allowance on the bottom of the crown. Once again, lots of bias edges.

    Overall I’m happy with how the blocks turned out. I chose a concentration of red around the edges of each block to set off the green in the trees.

    See you soon !!! Amy
    (Clicking on the image, below, will show the image larger-sized)

    October 2, 2019

    First block finished. I cut and sewed very carefully, strict 1/4 inch seams. Turned out a perfect 7.25 inches. The busy work of cutting, marking, and pressing is done. The rest should go together quickly. Amy O.
    (Clicking on the image, below, will show the image larger-sized)

    October 3, 2019

    Looks great, Amy!

    Did you Press the Diagonal Seams open? Just curious.
    No, I pressed them out according to the instructions.

    October 6, 2019

    Hello Sewing Friends,
    My blocks are finished and I’ve started sewing my quilt together. I also started on my corner blocks, I figured that as long as I had all of my fabrics strewn about I may as well make these blocks.

    I decided to make them using the square in square ruler and the wing clipper rulers. The in -process measurements that worked for me are as follows.

    Square in square unit 4.5 inches x 4.5 inches unfinished
    Flying geese measurements 2.5 x 4.5 unfinished.
    Corner block, when assembled, should measure 8.5 inches x 8.5 inches unfinished.

    I decided to make my corner blocks identical with just two fabrics, maybe to calm down the busy look of the many different fabrics in this quilt. I’m looking forward to doing the borders.

    I have plenty of fabric. I plan to use the green trees for my binding.

    See you soon… Amy

    (Clicking on the image, below, will show the image larger-sized)

    Going quickly, now!

    October 21, 2019


    My quilt is finished. The borders were easy to put on, thanks to the video and to the fact that the fabric was high quality and printed straight. I’m very pleased with how it turned out. This quilt was more challenging than I expected, but it’s always good to build new skills and gain confidence in things you haven’t done for awhile, like the mitered borders. Thanks Sonja and BWOS for another fun project.

    (Clicking on the image, below, will show the image larger-sized)

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