Shortly after I started quilting in 2007 or so, I veered into the world of art quilts and haven’t really looked back. So I don’t have a background in traditional quilting, and aside from a few very simple pieced block quilts from those early days, I have mostly made appliqued quilts of my own design.
Recently, though, I decided to join my local guild’s Block of the Month challenge, and I’ve now made three. I think that self-identifying solely as an art quilter was holding me back from doing other things that could be fun, skill-building, and broadening as an artist.
So here’s the first one:
This is a block called “Lily” from McCall’s. The instructions were to use spring-like colors on a cream background. I liked the Michael Miller fairy-frost fabric for the background, thinking it was quite spring-like both in its delicacy of color and design.
So, voila, my first BOM! I’m pleased with it. It’s not perfect; not all the pieces meet cleanly where they should, but as they say, I’m not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good. It’s done!
There’s a drawing each month at the guild meeting. Each person who made and contributed a block that month is entered, and the person whose name is picked gets all the blocks. I didn’t win! (-: Which is OK with me. While I like making the blocks for the education it’s providing, I’m not sure I need to make a whole quilt of them. We’ll see what happens if I do win sometime.