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Title: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Iminei on October 01, 2017, 10:48:51 AM
Well Ladies and Germs,

'Tis October and we can no longer deny that Christmas is coming,
so in preparation I have devised a stand alone BOM with which to Deck your Halls this year....

https://photos.app.goo.gl/sWuEg7Fxx3qfcAVE2 (https://photos.app.goo.gl/sWuEg7Fxx3qfcAVE2)


The technique can be applied to most anything,
at the end of the Tut are a couple of pics showing a Heart
that I twisted into a Valentines gift for Imself last year
and Im pretty sure it can be applied to Lettering too.

Have fun Everyone, I look forward to seeing the pics!
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Sandra on October 01, 2017, 14:08:00 PM
It looks complicated.  -<

I'll be ok until I get to the 'cutting at angles' part, but I'm definitely going to give it a try. I've found some greens and a red but I'm missing a suitable background fabric in my stash. I'll find something online to use for that.


I've had a couple of strange coincidences.

Yesterday, I found a lovely Christmas Dresden Plate wreath, which I kept for future reference on my Pinterest Quilt Ideas board...and today, you give us this ?!
Also, my friend visited yesterday and asked if I'd ever watched The Stepford Wives. I hadn't, but last night, by coincidence.... I spotted it was available to view on iplayer...so I've seen it now.

Hmmmm.....I wonder if these things come in threes?....my brother mentioned that the only hope for our family to make a large sum of money is by winning the lottery.  I'd better check my numbers!

Sandra.
xxx
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Iminei on October 01, 2017, 14:46:53 PM
Its really not complicated Sandra ...... just line up the template lines with seams on your top and cut a 3 1/2" square!

Looking forward to your pics, grab a background fabric and off you go...

and as I say, If I can do it ... you can do it ... really!
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Pearl on October 01, 2017, 14:57:21 PM
I have a template that I bought from crafty-uk at a show but having seen this, I wish I'd saved my money.
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Iminei on October 01, 2017, 17:08:32 PM
No problem Pearl, you can skip the make the template part and use yours ... Enjoy!
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Iminei on October 03, 2017, 16:23:50 PM
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/kTyPQ7e1g-KXYb0TngaIWbcbBlzvFemx7I2ZFiaYhL7MoXHzF-19aYFeYvMgBdkeQoz-SDdjql2RSWC7QttK04IFaov4BnciZ2UCJ7dlKYftVEzzTnO_iCscZcR_f2ebo7f0tmcfd-NZnOqcO1gDjl-UWL5mX9Ehj-mZd5zBNreDp5RL6zgeUpzISALyAWYUaKhiKa2MMc8U37CEipAEBmmtihofgF0vRLFjakydF6sRqWSYu_rFsF4OLSom09LuG3x1kSwXjNloChmZSg2lacnOKCpjs5dTqZJ0Ma9oCh8PnIU4yxd1k5UV8WVMpQWXj6yD88PjE5l3s-D9-vpsCX_qHKdLGiVLTyQbJ79Fbgrpq-DJzFDEfjKvyVRg5j1JmdL1q_ebjQCW1RWzaiDm8VLlsWbSjDeJzjuaW_G-Ic0QFcDlRnq1IulsWDwaEldxiAB48XP8pZfbKXKgqJNvYqH79BXHxDesIdNy-kGG_yWQvH9engGT--rL4Z4bbD7zmkKpogcXYDdCXNpKPkg2A8OABNKXzzDbmPEtpVz36hdf_EDNp6X9EFUPIKSLG5Ar58xhkKJ1GVV5GkCCwFYsCc8mdz4CxGdSeQf6vrwNErJdsoBnB3rzHv3WsgLvzUsezJbAtujTbKKeMQMu1Ub0x5BuruKpWw=w589-h788-no)

Quilted, ready for binding ...
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: maliw on October 03, 2017, 17:40:07 PM
You make it look so easy!!!!!! Now I have to dig out the Christmas fabrics but I haven't got anything shiny so does this mean a trip to buy something?? I'm soooo tempted but I won't just buy that >:)
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Cheesecake on October 03, 2017, 17:56:03 PM
I'm excited to try this one and Christmas fabric is something I have a lot of (I don't have any red or green fabric).
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Iminei on October 03, 2017, 18:51:48 PM
It is easy Mali, give it a go ... you'd be surprised!
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Pearl on October 05, 2017, 14:02:08 PM
When sewing the rows together, before using the template, is it best to press the seams open?

TIA
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Iminei on October 05, 2017, 14:06:37 PM
Finished with a subtle hint of bling ...

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/q7FK2qqiBNHTBKA4FRGxyBWe4YP7tAQdoO1MY4h8uMhmN9oHUJ9cGFXBWl67C6dxovb8eIjW7Sd181w5hLDehBBE9uofE-zBFbQudHK80bbk_QvE9vvwtu1Li1RPrlX89CVq65UDxsapHkoYyeZfD_SiSbCrWIp7s97N-0f05Eu5VLS63zuS5u8sBQ9-JfQIifa8UJBtAKWavBbQ9a2k-rJnH0C5alRahY9wf1ah9lg1eTJ8nh8XStMy8LSjGaGQj4ugsHrDalBXk2otSJVIfFHQhu4a5zjcWk-Fd8_trIecJsDgdnrF219vKDlcR8basECsTrXACJYJY0Q6DRsFOlp0WFXMBuU0lsUHxa7lQaC4UIYN2E0zGhDgEHQouY1vimbGcY78gsHprcYK76Ixg60jztOysr-c6y-VYzj9p9FCgJKbiFLAqL2lbEU5vq3eFukOLeAL4ggi7WvCevn0k0zwtNMYkOVtA4vtVvQU7p9a-30doO3BHhh_SnOjI0gPliW3as0uP_k2s94Eb6NDH3nFGbGtwffRsWBk9c6yMyJAlxaUC6xACNBFIodYLyPEYwWEBx-sj8stdjvGAOaYvEtojYvKcoqg3vSUzUl3890GZuT63b2ZuLwvdFlRQ7OiYGFR0WHotD6jumE5jnLhtWty-gC_Xg=w1055-h788-no)

Its very, very, very subtle as I hadn't added the eight green and the one silver rhinestones at this point!! hahahhaaa

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/KfYLJWNsVkZTBfMqsmoXZKPbfPy07fbHZL_TX7p1JvE8pqHG9dHyggpoH99khgSaxph9oRMfj2gVNIFfuVBvazdpRn5_9h_3245LH0hVeqTjU0yShEJeGIAB4Qb1PDNcq1cLMLgm2GxkUbIIHqEKhqJ4JCNMRV3GPvLdM0urXjAP2r039blc609RLy9jj1R4hEsCinA_WE3NMdCbpEpRJheLruQLkNII5wC7t2oe7MzSKUrOCKBaDerdyqFTy2bpVYGecSmHZagK--p9MDWkdcflxnH_dkM85KehYUHwSu8Xa1SobnsFXXpcScxexXlsBal9ZsyiScGCHgCQuGGgjLSqyOcR45AAAfIEYfdSJILht1pP4FQ0QUz_3p9b6tv5kOG5UGzVMz5WQkHerhD9ENgaR6K5-yVp1yzocLAqXGt1TQ_zOl0z8FinVYeNhkGy2K7YDuq4SPI3gJiVo8AYWEuynrf3Fb7CxgH9dQOdaZKUWlQC1cZEZnAorqZ9Xu9py96rZFCPznNjJzm9w0SGCCc3hJYPzpxWsOSmetR7NjXoDOh0Khmwj7_wnn2MV4L1-XGQEWjUB4iq_aZHFYTzjszTUVNFLZlqztdGxKVf26T-rG2h4OpaLCmGQ_8wgkqisecetHiW7ggO2IygHcuzRrkUf_v2ZQ=w589-h788-no)
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Iminei on October 05, 2017, 14:10:40 PM
I pressed them to alternate sides so I could get Perfect Points, Pearl   

http://thesewingplace.org.uk/index.php/topic,12.0.html (http://thesewingplace.org.uk/index.php/topic,12.0.html)

but you do whatever you feel happiest with, there are an awful lot of seams at some points.
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Pearl on October 05, 2017, 14:38:24 PM
Thanks, Imi.  I did that within the rows (one row to the right, one to the left).  I just can't see what is going to happen after I've cut the twisty parts out.   :)

Oh, my!  I've just seen your finished work.  If mine is half as beautiful, I think I'll keep it up all year!
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: maliw on October 05, 2017, 17:33:28 PM
Well I went to sort out some fabric from the Christmas stash, I knew I didn't have any white bling BUT I don't have three different greens either - I've got two. I've got other greens like lime green and lighter ones so I feel a shopping trip coming on. Oh dear ;)
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Pearl on October 05, 2017, 17:38:44 PM
I went shopping for greens yesterday, Mali but I made the rookie error of not reading the whole pattern before I began.  I don't have any background fabric for the border.   I may have to go and finish August's BOM while I decide what to do.   :(
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: maliw on October 05, 2017, 17:41:29 PM
Oh dear Pearl, I don't like cutting out unless I have everything ready to go.
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Cheesecake on October 05, 2017, 17:59:37 PM
Here is mine, my template lines must have been a bit off as the pieces are uneven, but I still like it.  Unfortunately I was a tad short of the red fabric I had so the bows are a bit too close to the background in colour.
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Iminei on October 05, 2017, 18:06:04 PM
Oh My Cheesecake, that is wonderful!
I cant see why the template is off, if you cut them all from the same template they will be alike and fit!

Superb work, Run along now, Into the BOM HOF you go .....

 
:angel:
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Sandra on October 06, 2017, 09:48:04 AM
My background fabric came. It's STOF fabric with metallic gold strands print....(I think it's called 'Brilliant Christmas').

 I ordered half a metre but mis-calculated slightly and had to piece it to get my border on the bottom edge.
I thought I'd worked it out properly, but even with Iminei saying it would measure about 36 inch square, I was surprised by how big 36" square is... ><

I cut my border at 2 3/4". I pressed all my seams to one side and didn't feel it was a problem with bulk.

(https://i.imgur.com/aWa0D2Jl.jpg)

My daughter thinks I've gone mad. I'm a bit of a 'Bah! Humbugger', when it comes to Christmas. She can't quite believe I've made this. :P

Sandra.
xxx
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Snowgoose on October 06, 2017, 09:57:07 AM
Wow!  That is stunning  :) will you make it into a cushion, it's beautiful - I can just picture a lovely plump cushion, with green and gold piping around it  :)
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Iminei on October 06, 2017, 09:59:49 AM
That is beautiful Sandra ... Very well done, and what a lovely addition for a Quilty Christmas!

Run along now, you know the way ...

The BOM HOF awaits....

 
:angel:
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: fajita on October 06, 2017, 13:27:00 PM
Oh dearie me, I have so gone wrong somewhere. It's sort of sober on the left, merging into drunk on the right.

Don't think I'll bother sewing them together.

Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: fajita on October 06, 2017, 14:03:16 PM
Having reviewed the instructions I think I have discovered my error.

At the beginning you line up on the seam and cut. I did this. But then I placed the template in close to the cut to do the next piece. What I should have done, I think, was to line up the lines on each seam, not squishing the pieces in close.

Lesson learned :- read the instructions!!!
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Sandra on October 06, 2017, 15:45:51 PM
Oh, Fajita  :(  That's such a pity.

It's a lot of fuss and faffing on this one, with all the piecing and the odd cutting, to have gone wrong.

Sandra.
xxx
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: maliw on October 06, 2017, 20:15:42 PM
You girls are so organised, all I've done so far is think about what I'm going to do.
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: supergran on October 06, 2017, 20:28:22 PM
I haven't got any sparklies or nice greens, but I know a lady who has. Another trip to Kate's I think.  :D
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Sandra on October 06, 2017, 20:48:10 PM
You girls are so organised, all I've done so far is think about what I'm going to do.

I've been hoarding FQ's for ages but have lacked imagination to know exactly what to do with them. I've bought what I liked...( they're so pretty aren't they?)....with no project to use them in.

I have 'quite a few'  :[ ahem, in a decent selection of colours, so am lucky enough to have a good range to hand when needed.
Iminei's BOM has been the perfect opportunity to use some of these up.

Sandra.
xxx
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Iminei on October 07, 2017, 08:20:06 AM
Oh Fajita,

I am so sorry if I didnt make the destructions clear enough but how brave are you to post a pic!!!

Everyone has problems as they go along with their projects but few are honest or brave enough to own up to them ...

For instance in this project ... After I had finished sewing the first part of the wreath together and had a clear board,
I got distracted by a phone call half way through the cutting and laying out of the second set of pieces .....
when I had finished all the cutting and pinning to my board I had a great big hole in the 'jigsaw' right in the middle!!

I searched high, I searched low, I sifted through the waste, I moved pieces around ... an hour later I gave up sewed four more 5" blocks together and cut a replacement and carried on.

As I cleared up for the evening and loaded the ironing board in the corner up with the sweat shop I spied, proudly pinned to the 'design wall' i front of my eyes, the errant block, quietly laughing at me!!!! GGGGGGRRRR !!!!!!!!  :angry:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/WoE2ECFxVKf-QRFsWHOtVOcaUoVgjhzrDIRzVnb_aAdMj3zWAUJq7FZvoBOwFLxd_s_3Eq5eB-HEpod2zDIG4msXjWE3IxZnjjb-8WXIK_dMhKnFmfMQloYW_ppSn2nnUlLI9nfcUqZo9jhaUaocikCDqOo69RRo7a8_dkj2Mpfa8gTZUmhiaRN4uUfDDGwkW-12Jce9KX7-7Y2YRcKps73wUBxSTP2KyqUdT4ZNYUPLnqDpHLkatxXC0hKFtmuJOKYzI0q1cTjwyzQGzQ5ElT41EhEolmhElf8gdEMshXRqKYAG_Di_CIoFtNG7aXitTK1kr7A_yfmx9uvg1rkuwl2aPs46_eyYBCildCNaoju8epRRqvQ2fcDgygX_ICbINqoQeozPRFFmJRAtmV6H8qJlyeCglmzUARzGfSrBFwtwz8-DUQ48UvJqipslEGYEoie4R7tMSXl-Y2P0EHZ78o8eQSOlMIT6cSFf2sCcyoe8FD5xTzIi4_KOVm_dX5Crh5_nsH3BiayqznI_46lRxtFdxm2a3GYi4TiIgTBvRPuc2Sba7rYjzcK1jsVOH2xAvR4YVCza7lIXS3PLCCz5uf18v88u4F4VVU2LnEwjd2ZCAN1RXp5m8mp5xpnDzobmtlNXLN1qNPWat7_U4GKwYS6ahJezrg=w589-h788-no)

I hope you haven't been too disheartened and can maybe come back to this 'block' afresh next week or so ... you have a lovely range of blocks in the BOM HOF and it would be a shame to miss one!
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: fajita on October 07, 2017, 08:28:14 AM
Ty Iminei, but don't go taking on the blame for me not reading your instructions properly. If your instructions were wrong everybody would make the same mistake.

I might have another go soon, I just need to shop for fabrics again.
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Pearl on October 08, 2017, 07:48:59 AM
You and I could make up that special group that sits close to the teacher's desk, Fajita.

Yesterday, I unpicked the three squares on each corner to replace them with the new background fabric.  I wasn't going to replace the five in the middle, but you know what it's like, if a job's worth doing... 
I'm going to use the squares I removed in the backing.   :)
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: fajita on October 12, 2017, 21:31:06 PM
Two for this one. One with my own fabrics, and one with iminei's donated fabrics.

Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Iminei on October 13, 2017, 08:33:29 AM
Wonderful! Wonderful!!

Now get them layered, quilted, bound and embellished and you have at least one beautiful Christmas gift for a friend, and one for yourself !

Off you go Fajita, into the BOM HOF ........

 
:angel:       :angel:
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Sandra on October 13, 2017, 09:58:45 AM
Well done, Fajita.
They're both lovely.

I admire your perseverance. I think I'd have had to have left it for a while before I'd have been able to face it again.

Sandra.
xxx
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: maliw on October 13, 2017, 14:29:50 PM
Good work ladies, I'm half way there, all squares cut and sewn, now for the cutting and resewing. I won't be able to do any next week so this is another block that is probably going to be late.
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: fajita on October 13, 2017, 15:30:19 PM
Well done, Fajita.
They're both lovely.

I admire your perseverance. I think I'd have had to have left it for a while before I'd have been able to face it again.

Sandra.
xxx

I wanted to clear the decks. I have things I want to do, and hate having several jobs on the go at the same time.
Tidying the machine area, today, lots of scrap page from October.

Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: maliw on October 23, 2017, 20:00:43 PM
I actually had an afternoon to myself today - unexpected and so I completed this. After several false starts with the second cutting, patching and reapplying borders it's finished.
Please miss can the next two blocks be a bit easier - please? This was one big block.
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Pearl on October 23, 2017, 20:13:49 PM
This is so pretty, Maliw.  A very special addition to the Christmas decs.

I've been working on mine today and seeing yours has given me added incentive.
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Iminei on October 24, 2017, 08:17:06 AM
That is spectacular Mali ...
l had a close up look at those points and the quarter inch gaps between points and edges and they are immaculate ... very well done.

and into the BOM HOF you go ........

 
:angel:
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: maliw on October 24, 2017, 15:04:01 PM
Go for it Pearl, you will get it done.
Thanks Iminei for the comments, you obviously didn't look that closely ;)
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Ploshkin on October 25, 2017, 15:58:35 PM
Finished!
Actually, I really like this block and can see myself using it again (non Christmassy).
The hiccups I had with it were because of my sudden inability to measure anything.  I cut 4" strips for 5" squares so went for 4" squares instead.  Then on the first green fabric I cut 3 1/2" strips for 4" squares and then had to find another fabric because I didn't have enough to cut again.  That then meant I fiddled about for ages with the template (which my printer refused to print) to get the maximum size without wasting too  much fabric.  I then cut the second block in the wrong place and had to stick the errant piece back on with a bit of fusible interfacing.  I ended up with a 2 3/4" template so my resulting blocks are 2 1/4".  The overall finished piece measures 19" square.
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Pearl on October 25, 2017, 16:50:24 PM
That's beautiful, Ploshkin. 

I'm thinking of making some as pressies for my mum and my sewing buddy, but that will probably be for next Christmas.
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Lowena on October 25, 2017, 16:55:40 PM
All the blocks are magnificent.It's not a block I'm actually fond of personally, which is probably just as well as I'd never get the hang of something so fiddly. Bravo to you all  :ninja:
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: maliw on October 25, 2017, 19:50:33 PM
That is beautiful Ploshkin, I really like the light fabric with the berries on it.
How are you doing Pearl - nearly finished?
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Pearl on October 25, 2017, 19:59:48 PM
I finished the cutting last night while I was watching the Bake Off.   :)

I've sewn the first two rows together.  Maybe tomorrow.   :P
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Ploshkin on October 25, 2017, 22:01:58 PM
I was surprised at how easily the rows went together.  All those off grain cuts give the edges plenty of give which makes it easy to match the seams.
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Lowena on October 26, 2017, 08:54:27 AM
All those off grain cuts

I'm glad I didn't attempt it then, I have never ever taken any notice of the grain in fabric  :| One of the many reasons I could never attempt to make clothes  :D
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Iminei on October 26, 2017, 09:43:48 AM
Clever, clever Plosh ... working out the correct ratio for smaller squares and continuing on to make a beautiful Twisted Wreath

You know the way Plosh, into the BOM HOF with you ......

 
:angel:
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: maliw on November 04, 2017, 16:08:27 PM
Pearl - where are yoooouuuu?
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Pearl on November 04, 2017, 19:56:56 PM
 :o  :D

I may have been distracted by August's BOM.
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Pearl on November 19, 2017, 13:15:58 PM
Here it is, at last.
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: maliw on November 19, 2017, 17:11:43 PM
Yeh, that's lovely, well done.
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: supergran on November 19, 2017, 18:50:28 PM
That's lovely Pearl.
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Iminei on November 20, 2017, 10:27:44 AM
Beautiful!!!

Off you go, you know the way by now Pearl,
Off into the BOM HOF  .....

 
:angel:
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Pearl on November 20, 2017, 17:33:44 PM
Thank you, all.   

This will be brought out every Christmas from now on and will be a lovely reminder of the support and friendship I have found on this forum.   <3  However, I am going to piece the backing so I will probably be sewing the binding on on Christmas morning, not for the first time.
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: maliw on December 01, 2017, 17:02:25 PM
All finished, quilted with a bit of bling and bound with red. I need some dowelling or a cane to hang it.
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Sandra on December 01, 2017, 18:58:12 PM
That's a lovely finish, maliw.

It's at times like this that I wished I'd got some fancy stitches on my sewing machine.

Sandra.
xxx
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: twopence on December 19, 2018, 16:02:14 PM
Just a little over a year late.
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: Iminei on December 19, 2018, 17:00:59 PM
Well worth the wait ...
I dont now if you can jimmy the lock for last Octobers BOMHOF but have a go now ....

:angel:

linky to 2017 bomhof (https://goo.gl/photos/ru4PBusmmTajGt9G8)
Title: Re: Block of the Month - October
Post by: wrenkins on December 19, 2018, 17:18:05 PM
You're well ahead of me @twopence! I chose my fabrics yesterday!!!  :|  0_0