Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ostrich Block of the Month

I finished my Ostrich Block of the Month a while ago, and thought that it was about time that I showed it off!

This BOM was organized by Myra (at Tactile Fabric) through a local quilt group. Thanks Myra! This was one of the most enjoyable projects I have ever made.

This was a BOM that before we started we all made suggestions for blocks, then each month one was picked. We were able to make the blocks and project any way we wanted to. It was called 'Ostrich' because we had the option of 'putting our head in the sand' one month, and not making the chosen block (I made every block suggestion).

They weren't necessarily blocks chosen each month, sometimes they were shapes -




Sometimes they were techniques - 


Seminole Patchwork

Paper Piecing 

But of course, there were blocks -

Churn Dash

Square in a Square

Flying Geese

Nine Patch

Piano Keys

Bow Tie

Dresden Plate

Plus this block - we were told to start the BOM with our choice of block -

I chose a large star. 
I originally thought I would make a medallion quilt, but I quickly realized that that style of quilt needed lots of planning.

Instead I made a bed runner to go on my anniversary whole cloth quilt. It is 23"x90". I used wool batting. I decided not to quilt any feathers on it (a real challenge for me), because it would be on a quilt with lots of feathers, so I tried quilting all different kinds of lines, continuous curves etc.

The last time I blogged there was snow on the ground, now the vegetable garden is planted and growing-

the flowers beds are doing well -

incredibly windy in the photo

And I have finished lots of projects -

I made a pillow using the HexnMore ruler (the small size hexagons and triangles) - it was made to go with my whole cloth quilt and is in the photo of my bed, behind the other pillows.

I pieced a Storm at Sea quilt top,

using this ruler by Creative Grids - it was such an easy quilt top to make. The blocks are 12", and I used fat quarters in two different colours. The top is 64"x78".

I have been practicing free motion quilting (practice, practice, practice!).

I have also been knitting -

I finished a lace scarf

and a pair of socks (the pattern is Skew from Knitty).

I made a couple of shawls - 

Sweet Dreams for a dear friend

and Out of Darkness, both Boo Knits (as well as the lace scarf above)

I spun some yarn,

to make some colour work 'glittens' (gloves with the fold over top).

Lots of catching up!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Radka said...

Your runner is absolutely stunning!

Lesley said...

Your table runner is fabulous! I love the variety of blocks.

joan said...

Hello Joanne... So long since we connected but your work is still exquisite. I am still drooling over your free motion. Wow! and more wow!I love your bed runner. I love this type of projects with a variety of different patterns. That piece is perfect for just that, of course your color scheme is perfect! 5 stars+ in my book♥

PaintedThread said...

Wow! Keeping busy! The runner is so pretty. And I'm a sucker for storm at sea. I'm intrigued by the ruler.

The shawls are so lacy. Thanks for sharing!

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

Joanne - welcome back! Always miss your inspiration and creativity. Your Ostrich bed runner is perfect. Love the block and the quilting. Thanks for sharing that, and your other wonderful projects with us. Hugs, Karen

Raewyn said...

It is lovely to see all your projects - wow you have been busy. The Ostrich bedrunner looks great on your bed, with your fabulous wholecloth - what a challenge to quilt it without the feathers! Love all your lacy knitting too - of course :-)

Sharon E said...

It's good to hear from you again! Thanks for sharing your wonderful projects. Don't be a stranger :-)

Sheila said...

Your bed runner is fabulous as is the storm at sea quilt , you have been very busy :-)

Susan Hook said...

Your runner is amazing, such lovely patterns!

Ruth said...

I love your bed runner! It looks great on your bed and looks like it was a fun project to work on. You have been busy - the shawls are gorgeous!

Helen T. said...

Runner is stunning! All of your projects are amazing!!

Cathy said...

Joanne, you make my head spin with all your projects. I love the bed runner. So much talent. Hugs

Joan said...

Love what you have been doing..and your quilting is fantastic..I miss catching up..mojo gone but coming back slowly

Sylke Feldhusen said...

So many beautiful things you have made - love the runner and the shawls!

Ann said...

So many lovely things to look at! Thanks for showing them.

Myra said...

Oh Joanne! Your Ostrich Project turned out awesome!! Love it!!
Your Storm at Sea is lovely, as well as your shawls! You are a busy woman!!

Brenda said...

I like all the projects you have created!! That ruler for the storm at sea quilt is one I have never seen before - hmmmm - might have to see if I can find it. (like I need another ruler!!! ;) )

I enjoyed this visit. Good finishes!!

Lucy said...

What a wonderful gloves you started here. I think they must be finished yet. Do you have a picture of it? would love to see them :-)

claudy said...

bonjour, félicitation vous avez des mains en or et tres talentueuse bonne continuation .claudy

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