At yesterday's final meeting for the pieced block of the month quilt for 2007 at the Golden Triangle Fabric Center , we were treated to a preview of the pieced BOM for 2008.
Thangles was the name that elicited appreciative comments from almost everyone. There were a few ladies, like me, who had yet to learn what the others were so excited about!
It seems Thangles is a system of piecing a quilt that produces precise points and consistent blocks.
Once again, those creative quilt leaders in Starkville, Mississippi, lured us with their beautiful examples!
Once again, Lou Ann Vasek hid behind her quilt, the blue and gold or yellow version, so that I could not snap her photo!
This is the color version I signed up to make in 2008!
Saturday I bought some of the blue dotted fabric in the Dick and Jane fabric line from Michael Miller Fabrics. I want to to practice with Thangles and machine piecing after the porcelain deadlines are satisfied. They have an online (free) video.
Mary Wallace made the purple - lavender - lilac version of the Thimbleberries BOM from Golden Triangle Fabric Center for 2008.
Mary, if you read this blog post... is the darkest fabric in your quilt a dark purple or a navy blue? I can't tell from my photos, and I don't remember from seeing the quilt in person yesterday. Gloria tells me Mary's quilt is all different shades of purple. Beautiful!
So many beautiful fabrics and quilts just overloaded my short-term memory banks!
Gloria Reeves showed us how one can use Thangles to make one of the beautiful free patterns offered through the Golden Triangle Fabric Center (with purchase of the inexpensive Thangles paper templates).
One of the ladies sitting near me commented on Gloria's penchant for fun fabrics. I agree completely!
I've fallen in love with that Dick and Jane Bubbles fabric from Michael Miller, and I adore the fanciful fabric Gloria chose for the quilt back!
Thanks to Gloria, I can be more brave in my fabric choices in quilts to come, especially for the quilt back!
We have to wait until January 2, 2008, to pick up the fabric for our first block.
Some brilliant person structured some incentives in the BOM program. It's called Buck a Block.
If I finish my block in the month in which it is assigned, I can get the fabric for the next block for just $1! If I don't finish my block in its designated month, then I pay $3 for the next block.
S-M-A-R-T motivation! It is still an affordable project if life overwhelms us and I cannot get one block finished in the same month.
Gee, I can't wait for January 2nd to arrive!
Mary, Lou Ann, Gloria, Dot and Everlyn, you have no idea how much energy you gave me from your quilt show-and-tell Saturday! Thank you!