Wrapping up the Mini BOM that I designed for the Fun With Free Motion Quilting group this week. I showed you the previous two small quilts that I made using this pattern, a table topper and a tree skirt (pictured here). And I included the pattern for the project in the Sep 14th blog post!
This week, I am sharing the second part of the part of the pattern, Mini BOM Module #2, which includes instructions on doing the applique for both the tree and table topper as well as information on how the two were quilted. It also discusses layout and quilting options for your Mini BOM.
I also made up a third Mini BOM, because… well just because I had this cute layer cake square with cardinals on it and I could not resist using it! And then I promptly goofed and made the strips the wrong size, not noticing until I was well into the piecing process. Instead of 1.5″ strips, I cut 2″ strips. Rather than start over, I did two rounds of strips instead of 3, which made for a quick finish. All of this is explained in the Mini BOM module attached here.
These adorable cardinals are set into the center of the piece, in a window frame using applique techniques to make the frame. The frame is accented with a couple applique holly leaves left over from the first Mini BOM holly wreath. The red berries are FMQ. Metallic, Fantastico, Magnifico and MonoPoly threads from Superior Threads are used for the quilting. A double layer of bamboo batting provides the soft, deep quilted contours.
My quilting “sister”, Sandra Pearson, who lives in the UK, did this little tutorial on how she quilted her Mini BOM.
The Mini BOM have been a fun project. All based on the log cabin square; within reach of new quilters but with enough variety and options to challenge more experienced quilters. You can cut and piece one up in a day, and FMQ in another afternoon. The perfect project for last minute holiday gifts or for your own table, tree or wall (and we do tend to give our best work away!).
This wraps my holiday specific quilting for the year! The remainder of the year will be devoted to finishing my Wrapt in Love quilt for my grand daughter, hopefully in time for Christmas.
Happy quilting! Lennea