One BOM - Two Quilts
I am a BOM fiend. Love 'em. I pick up (or get in the mail) my block for the month, spend an hour and I feel that I've accomplished something! A number of years ago, my LQS had a sweet BOM using 30s fabrics. 30s had never been my thing up to that point, but seeing the finished quilt I just had to do it. So, I dutifully picked up my package every month and made the blocks. And then they sat, and sat, and sat. In 2008 I decided that I was going to plow through those UFOs and get them done! I'd made a resolution that I'd have to finish at least two UFOs before I could start something new (that worked up until this year, but that's a whole other story). So, I pulled out the blocks for the 30s BOM. The quilt was made up of log cabin and basket blocks. Now, I said I made the blocks a number of years ago. Apparently, I've become a much better piecer since then because the basket blocks were smaller than the log cabin blocks - and not just a smidge. By like 1/2 inch!! Oh boy, I almost put the whole thing away again. Squaring them all up to be the same size wouldn't work, I'd lose too much off the baskets. But, I really didn't want to just give up. A. I'd spent a lot of money on this quilt already and B. the blocks were pretty! After much thought (sometimes it takes me a while o:) I hit on the perfect solution. I'd make two quilts! The original quilt was gi-normous and I realized If I made two quilts - one log cabin and one basket quilt, I'd still have two good size quilts. So, that's what I did. So I got a two-for-one! I love them both.
The Log Cabin (sorry about the creases):
The second didn't start out life as a quilt. I took a class to make a quilted vest. It was a fun class and I enjoyed the technique. But..I don't make clothes. I always say, I don't sew, I make quilts. I even took private garment sewing lessons about 20 years ago. I didn't like it and didn't get good at it at all. So, in class I got the panels for the vest done. Then, it sat and sat for years. I was going to make the vest for my grandmother. She passed away in 2006, and the panels still sat. They were too pretty to throw away, so I thought - I'll make wall hangings! So, another project I got a two-fer out of! I now have two of these. At least one is going into my Etsy shop.
Thanks, Sandy, for this food for thought!