Thursday, October 20, 2016

TGIFF: A finished BOM sampler

Welcome!  I'm Alla, and I'm so glad you are visiting.  I have been blogging about my creative passions since 2011; these days, it's pretty much all about the quilting.

Today's finish is a sampler quilt made from black-white-and-bright BOM blocks.  I hosted/taught this BOM last year (September 2015 - August 2016), and made a commitment to the students to stitch it up as soon as I could.

New skills for me:

Wonky/twisted setting for blocks (based on tutorial found at; click ahead to step 3).

Placing blocks in a non-grid pattern, which involved partial seams everywhere.

Curved piecing on some flying geese in the background (learning about/practicing my curves in this year's BOM).

Quick shot of the reverse, a giant B&W print from the stash of amazing art quilter Jonathan Shannon.

Not sure if the fabrics and the setting managed to break this traditionally-pieced sampler out of its stuffy past, but I like to think that 12-inch star blocks can aspire to a modern sensibility.

Thanks for reading about my quilt!

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  1. Love your offset blocks and what a great finish, worthy of all that piecing effort. Thanks for hosting TGIFF this week, Chris :D

  2. What a great finish - I love how you decided to set the blocks. And thank you for hosting this week. :-)

  3. I love the setting for your blocks! Twisting them really added movement to the quilt. Thanks for hosting this week :)

  4. This is fabulous! I love the wonky settings and all that yummy negative space. Great use of color and I love the smaller blocks you added to the neg. space. What a great quilt!

  5. Alla, that is a fantastic setting for those blocks - well done!
    Thanks for hosting!

  6. Wonderful sampler finish. The wonky setting works really well. Thanks for hosting!

  7. What a fun way to display sampler blocks, I especially like how you used different colors to "twist" the blocks. Thank you so much for hosting TGIFF this week!

  8. I like the wonky offset of the blocks. It looks great.

  9. What an interesting sampler. I like it!

  10. Black, white and bright - that is such a great idea for a scrappy palette. I think I may put that on my list of ideas for next year's scrappy projects - I do one or two each year. I really like the look of yours.

  11. Fabulous finish Alla, and so many new powers to your quilting elbow :)

  12. thanks for hosting! I love how you've offset the blocks!

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    1. Thanks so much. I always try and learn something new with each project. The wonky set was definitely worth learning.