Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Scared to Do This

I am going on an adventure!  But I'm kinda nervous about it too.  I have signed up for the Sarah Fielke Block of the Month.  Sarah Fielke is a quilt designer from Australia.  I just love this quilt!  But the scary part for me is the applique on it.   The quilt is called Coming Home.   Here is the basic layout of what we will be making.  We choose our own colors.  And we work at our own pace.  There is no pressure to "keep up" although I'm sure I'll be putting that pressure on myself just because I LIKE to keep up if I can.    Isn't this spectacular? This is just the line drawing with no color.
Following are some colored renderings from the Facebook group for this block of the month event.  There are almost 500 members from around the world who are planning on making this quilt or at least who have bought the pattern.   I'll share a few of them here.  I have asked each lady permission to share her version.  You can follow along on what's happening with this block of the month quilt on Instagram as well at #sarahfielkebom2019 or #cominghomebom and I'll blog about my progress on occasion as well.  

This beauty was created by Julie Kowalski Vaughan from the UK

This one was created by Ivete Tecador of Gotham Quilts in New York City

This version is from Linda Eagleton from Australia.


This one with red background colors is a fun one from Vicki Platts from Australia

Beautiful rainbow version from Joanna Martinez from New Zealand 

Created by Mandy Dunne from Australia

And last but not least, this one with a striking dark background.  
The artist said there was no need to include her name.

Aren't these fun?

I know which one is my favorite, which one is yours?

So that is my big upcoming adventure and in the meantime I have a few small finishes to report.  The first one is a leader ender project using 1 1/2" squares (they finish at 1 inch).  No I wouldn't purposely CUT squares this tiny, are you crazy???  But they came already cut this size when I joined a Keepsake Quilting Club years ago.  It was a collection of swatches.  I hated to just throw them out!  That's 320 different fabrics right there.

It was perfect because the leader ender pile was pretty small and doesn't take up a whole lot of space.  Yes, it did take forever, but here is the end result!  It's going to be a changing pad for my grand daughters and it is soft and cuddly with a flannel backing.  Oh by the way, my son and his wife just found out that baby number three is a GIRL!  Mom and dad were hoping for a boy to even things out for dad a bit but she'll get loved just like the others.  Kind of handy to already have the wardrobe ready to go.  :)


Here is mom with her Christmas quilt that my sister sewed and I quilted and bound.

and on her bed

I have a bunch of other things to talk about but this post is getting long so I'll save that for another day!  I've been reading from a lot of my blogging friends that this is the year of finishing UFO's!  (unfinished objects)  and I am so on board with that.  I'm sure there will be some distracting things that will tempt me but for the most part, I want to finish up things that I've started in the past and kind of abandoned.  Wish me luck!
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21 comments:

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That looks amazing, Janice! What a journey it will be - I would be nervous, too. But doing it at your own pace sounds good! It was fun to see all those color ideas. I'm always drawn to the rainbow version! I'll look forward to seeing what you choose!

Farm Quilter said...

Popping over from Freemotion on the River's linky party because your quilt intrigued me. That is going to be a beautiful quilt! Both the last one and the rainbow one are my favorites of the quilts shown. Is it needle-turn applique? Definite NOT in my skill set!! I would have to figure out a way to do the applique using the blanket stitch on my sewing machine! I'm going to follow your blog just so I can see how your quilt turns out!!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I had just been looking at the quilt pattern and group the other day and decided NO I have more than enough that I am doing right now but I will sure like to follow you on your journey of making this quilt. What colors are you doing yours in?

Prims By The Water said...

Oh my Janice, this quilt looks so daunting to me. Goodluck with it and will like to see your progression of it. My fa color would be the red and black...and I usually dont like those color combos. Janice

JanineMarie said...

These are so cute!! I know if I made one, I’d probably get stuck at the coloring stage. 😁 Looking at them, I can see that it’s important to decide what you want to emphasize or stand out the most. For me that would definitely be the houses. Have fun! Your baby changing pad is a wonderful way to use those squares. I use my daughter’s baby quilt for our grands when they come. And that picture of your Mom with her quilt! Adorable!! A photo like that will keep you inspired to keep quilting, for sure!

Denise said...

I love the monochrome with the splash of red. Mom looks so happy, I miss the days of pleasing my mom.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Wow...that's some quilt. Good luck. You'll be fine.

Louise said...

I really like the ones with darker backgrounds, like sleepy neighborhoods at night! Applique is way out of my league, so I'll just enjoy watching you quilt along on this one. Your little checkerboard leader/ender project turned out super cute! And your Mom looks so thrilled with her pretty quilt! It looks wonderful on her white bed :)

PaulaB quilts said...

It’s a really delightful quilt. I like the ones by Julia and by Linda because they have enough contrast in the colors to show us the design nicely, and contrast is something I always look for. I hope you enjoy working on it.

PaulaB quilts said...

P.S. your sweet mother looks perfectly happy and the quilt just is wonderful with her give her a hug for me.

Podunk Pretties said...

Popped over from a linky party, this looks like tons of fun.

Jayne said...

I don't think I can pick a favorite! They are all unique and beautiful. And yours will be too! I can't wait to see where your take you version of 'Coming Home'. What a super fun block of the month! Is there a lot of applique in the pattern?

Emily said...

Love the changing pad! Lucky baby! Looking forward to watching your progress with Coming Home!

DianeLoves2Quilt said...

That adventure sure looks challenging. Good luck on it. I myself have bought several intricate patterns that I know I will love to do step by step. It is just a matter of getting the nerve to start and deciding the colors.

Sue said...

It's too hard to pick one favourite from all those coloured renderings. It looks spectacular but I'm sure you'll keep up and blitz it. Love your change mat and your Mum looks thrilled with her quilt.

Rebecca Grace said...

Oh my GOODNESS, Janice -- how EXCITING! You will be like the Indiana Jones of Applique on this quilting adventure! I recently discovered Sarah Fielke's pattern Down the Rabbit Hole and I am sorely tempted to purchase it once I wrap up some other WIPs (and a couple of Oh-Crap-It-Isn't-Started-Yet baby and graduation quilts as well). Have you ever done applique before, and are you wanting to do machine fusible, machine turned edge, prepared edge hand stitched, or needle turned hand stitched? I'm a recent newbie to applique and I've been trying out lots of different methods. There are some fantastic resources out there for learning, both blog tutorials (Erin Russek's over at One Piece At a Time are FANTASTIC) and several books I could recommend depending on which method you're using. YOU CAN DO THIS!! What I love most about applique, and about Fielke's patterns too, come to think of it, is the way they remind me of the freedom of elementary school art classes when they would pass out colored construction paper and there would be a bin of wallpaper, catalog and giftwrap scraps to dig through and we could just cut pieces out, arrange them on our construction paper and then glue them down to make pictures. :-) HAPPY PLACE! Good luck on this awesome journey!!!

Sharon said...

Going on this journey with you and can't wait to get started! Thanks for sharing the sketches...lots of color inspiration here. I think I am going to wing once I decide on a background color.

Bernie Kringel said...

Janice this is an amazing project. I haven't seen it before but I sure look forward to seeing the progress people made. I will follow that hashtag on IG - and will hope to see you blog about it a bit. Like Janine said, choosing certain elements to focus on with color is key. I do love the dark backgrounds - very dramatic.

Love your leader ender project. It is so sweet - congrats on the new baby to come.

Happy New Year!!

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

That’s a lovely changing mat and a great way to use up all the small squares, even if it did take ages to finish. Your Mom looks so happy with her quilt, her smile says it was well worth the making of it. I’m so happy we are doing the BOM together, Ilike the dark grey with green and purple and the navy blue ones best, I love contrast. I will be hassling you about the year of the UFO, and think how wonderful you will feel this time next year when you have a pile of finished quilts, and one brand new quilt top.

Val's Quilting Studio said...

Janice you are not going to believe this....but I signed up for the BOM too!!!!! Butttttt, I cancelled my membership for as much as I love this pattern too, it just seemed to overwhelming. After attending my applique club this week, I came up with a different applique project. I'll be sure to bring it with me next weekend. :)I will enjoy watching your progress and probably be envious that I didn't do it! LOL!

Dione Gardner-Stephen said...

That BOM looks amazing, and I hope you have an amazingly fun journey making it this year. Hard to grapple with your little change mat having 320 fabrics, and how long it must have taken but it looks terrific. Congrats on your happy news of another granddaughter, how precious :)