BOM Quilt Design

30 05 2012

I’m an overachiever.

I’m an overachiever, and I like to take the less-beaten path.


Yes, I am insane.


Insanity, this time, led me to being determined to come up with a unique setting for the Botanical BOM blocks I’m making with the Stitch ‘N’ Bitch group.

Much easier said than done, obviously, as my mind regarded the blocks with a kind of blank pseudo-interest that said, “I’ll make you. You’re pretty,” and left the blocks in pile in the corner of my mind, nary a quilt top design to be seen. In fact, my mind then went skipping off into making scrappy blocks, no matter how much I tried to rein it in.

And then a light shone in the darkness!

The mail carrier brought me latest Hancock’s of Paducah fabric catalog! For a few days, my mental self crouched in a corner clutching the catalog, stroking each page, muttering, “My preciouses…”

I’m pretty sure had I looked into a mirror, I would have been balding and grey, with saucer discs for eyes better suited to a cave-dwelling lemur.

As I stared at the pages, an image advertising a quilt top/kit caught my (saucer) eye. The Women of Courage BOM quilt top made me stop and think.

And then I reached for my laptop.

Botanical BOM Complete Quilt Ver 2

I still need to find two more botanical themed blocks for the lower corners. I also am playing around with the idea of changing out the blocks that comprised that central ‘plus sign’. However, I’m sticking with that pop of aqua. The quilt definitely needs it.

We’ll see how much this design evolves as I stare at it!


I Hate My Brain…

30 09 2011

I’ve finished Urban Worm, gotten back on the horse with the Farmer’s Wife Sampler, and have actually been feeling creative. So, I turned my attention to the Kona Cotton Challenge once again. I’d actually designed a top for it in EQ7:

I like it. It’s very traditional, very pretty… and would have made for a crap ton of piecing, and more effective with yardage, not charms. Not exactly what I was going for.

So, my brain has been stewing on this conundrum. In my sleep. I woke up two days ago with the image of a design burning a hole in my consciousness. It would not leave me alone. So I finally got a chance to draw it out and make some tweaks to this design:

The flying geese that are all the same color – that’s just a placeholder color for while I play around with the charm pack and figure out what gradients are getting used. And now I have an almost pathological need to get a Kona color card, so that I can make up the gradients that the charm pack isn’t going to provide me with.

And yes, those are flying geese on a curve.

I am a sick, sick person.