Saturday, March 31, 2012

March Finishes & A New BOM

It's hard to believe that today is the last day of March.  I did have a productive month and finished two applique blocks ~ one for each of the applique quilts I'm working on ~ plus got my Christmas Greetings from Elm Creek Manor quilt top sewn together.  Each month I try to get one block done for Ladies of the Sea and at least one block done for Sarah's Revival.  If I have some extra time, I work on my Roseville Album quilt.

With a few days to spare, I finished the Xebec Pirate Ship for Ladies of the Sea.

I do most of my applique using the back-basting technique and find that it saves me a lot of time.  The most challenging part of this block was both the skull and cross bones as well as doing the embroidery for the tiny port holes.  I perservered and got it done and happy with the results.  The next ship set to launch is The Elissa.

The block I finished for Sarah's Revival is shown below in a previous post.

And here is my finished Christmas Greetings from Elm Creek Manor quilt top.

In my SBS & Other Elm Creek Quilts Yahoo Group, some of the members and I got together and sewed a block-a-month beginning in April of last year.  I stayed on track with this one and finished sewing the borders this week.  Soon it will be packed up and sent to The Missouri Star Quilt Company for long-arm quilting.

The next quilt my online quilt group is doing as a BOM is Cornucopia of Thanks by Jennifer Chiaverini. 

Begins in June 2012
Pattern by Jennifer Chiaverini
I have chosen fabrics from Nancy Halvorsen's Bittersweet collection for my quilt.  Yesterday I wanted to audition my fabrics so sewed a 12-inch block that I plan to substitute for the nine patch block in this quilt.  I really like these fabrics and think that they will make a pretty quilt.

This BOM begins in June.  If you are interested in participating, you are most welcome and can do so by joining my SBS & Other Elm Creek Quilts group.  A link to the group is provided toward the bottom right of my blog.

March has been a busy month for me and I'm hoping to get as much done in April.  Part of today will be spent prepping my applique blocks and getting more blocks organized for my piecing projects. 

Until next time . . .



  1. What a good substitute for that nine patch! Your quilt will be wonderful with those fabrics.

    1. Thanks, Connie! The block pattern is from Patchwork Party 2011. I'm thinking about using all the Patchwork Party blocks but also want to make the same blocks as everyone else, so it is kind of a dilemma for me . . . time will tell what I decide to do :)