BOMs Away - Eternal Bloom Center, Block A

Oooh - finally getting back on track with this one! I haven’t worked on Eternal Bloom since…oh my, May 2018. And of course, I couldn’t find the in-progress Block 10 anywhere. I checked the Pam Bon scrap box, the Pam Bono to make box… I found the Pam Bono finished box, but it was buried under another stack of boxes behind a cabinet. And it’s not terribly likely that I put an unfinished block in there anyway, so I left it be and moved on.

Eternal Bloom by Katie Mae Quilts (Pam Bono pattern)

Instead of just moving on to something else completely, though, I pulled out the center section and made the two Block As. Which did take most of the afternoon, but they look great! (I always say that about the red blocks.) I wish the two reds had a bit more contrast, but I didn’t want to go digging again for another scrap.

And bonus - if I pulled out a color, I cut everything, so all the green and yellows are ready for their next spot! This section has six separate blocks, so it will take a while. But, I’m pretty hopefully that I can get it together this year if I keep it in BOM rotation each month. Given that it’s the reason I started co-hosting BOMs Away with Lyn, I should really keep at it! (And find Block 10…eventually…)

So… Did anyone else work on (or start) a BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Or a few blocks for someone else’s charity project? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

BOMs Away - Eternal Bloom 10A

Hoo boy. It's never a good sign when I open one of these packets and see this -

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Forty steps! Just in the first of four sections! And that's not forty pieces - as you can see, there's almost always an A and sometimes a B and even sometimes a C. Repeated in Sections A, C, and D. Sigh.

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So I got to cutting, and just for fun - this is what it looks like before any sewing occurs. Definitely pretty abstract at this stage.

Oh, and this was the first error that I found in my former LQS's packets - there were only three pink fabrics and the pattern calls for four. Not problem, I'm saving everything till the end, so I just borrowed from the pansies

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And after a few hours of cutting and sewing, we have....one partial Section A. Sigh. The good news is all the cutting is done, so the next few attempts will go faster. Hopefully. It is summer after all - and it's too hot to be in the sewing room after 3 pm!

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

BOMs Away - Eternal Bloom 9C

Finally! It's done! One whole...block...

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Whew. 207 pieces. In an 18" block! That's...hang on, let me check with my SEVENTH GRADE ACADEMIC TEAM STATE CHAMPION (woo!)...1.5 pieces per square inch.

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In case you ever wondered what they look like on the back. A lot of seams! 

Also, I guest blogged over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict yesterday, sharing a tutorial for a fun little quilt I call Color Wheel. I'll have the finished quilts here on Friday!

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Link up here or at What a Hoot! 

BOMS Away - Eternal Bloom Block 9a

Oh, thank goodness - it's a red block for Eternal Bloom.

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Never mind the usual complaints - no pressing instructions, terribly wasteful piecing techniques, impossible to match seams, angles sewn crooked, 7/8" pieces...

They're red and they're gorgeous. Poppies, I believe. 

Of course, there's still four buds and the center leaf block, but that's for next month.

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Link up here or at What a Hoot! 

BOMs Away! - Eternal Bloom #7(A)

Well, I finally buckled down and worked on Eternal Bloom this weekend. But, only worked...

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...and worked...and worked... For what seemed like forever, and I still only managed to get the bluebells done.

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They are the outer ring of a complex leaf center, and I just gave up on getting that done, too. To be fair, there's 134 pieces in the bluebells alone, and another 116 in the center. There's only so much I can do in a weekend! 

Next month, I'll do the center and get it together. I don't have a deadline for the project, so there's no point in staying up all Sunday night just to finish one block. Heck, when I finish the main blocks and I have to work on the center of the quilt - that's just going to take a few months right there!

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Or a BOM broken into {slightly} more manageable pieces? Link up here or at What a Hoot!