Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Riley Blake Mystery BOM

Hi Everyone! :)

Riley Blake's Mystery block of the month came out yesterday, and perfect for Valentine's Day coming up, too!

The foundation paper piecing went much smoother this, my second, time around.  No fingers sliced with the rotary, and only one area where I didn't quite cut my piece big enough.

This still intimidates me a little, though, to be honest.. and there was a moment of why won't this heart come together?!  I soon realized I was missing an entire section.. one of the paper pieces had fallen into the floor under my machine.  I was about to print out the templates again when I finally spotted it.

It is designed to be reverse appliqued or you can top stitch it on.  Since I'm still trying to master FPP, I decided to top stitch mine on, instead of trying to learn another new thing.  Someday I will learn reverse applique though, I will!  Just not with this block. :)

So I pinned it on, and top stitched.  After pinking the edges.

And then I decided to try out one of the embellishing stitches on my machine.  Flowers.  So I straight stitched around the edge as close as I could get, and then stitched on the flowers.  It was pretty easy, and I like how it turned out.  I'm not very experienced with any stitches other than straight and zig zag, so this was a fun variation to the normal routine.

I think this is also the first applique block I've ever done.  That's what I'm liking about these BOMs, they are pushing me to try new things.

And so the collection grows.. looking forward to next month's BOMs.

In other news, working on my third envelope of Taking Names swap blocks with these fabrics:

They are coming together nicely..

That's what I'll be working on today, had to take a break yesterday for the heart.  Couldn't resist. :)

Off to get the little mister off to school.

Happy Tuesday!!!

Linking up with: Design Wall Monday, Craftastic Monday, Make it Pretty Monday, Bombs Away Mondays, Cowgirl Up, More the Merrier Monday, Make the Scene Monday, Masterpiece Monday, Fabric Tuesday, Sew Cute Tuesday, Show and Tell Tuesday, Little Quilt Monday, WOW~WIP on Wednesday,We did it Wednesday, WIP Wednesday, What's it Wednesday, A Crafty Soiree, Transformation Thursday, Things I've Done Thursday, Artsy Corner Thursday


Marit said...

Smart move to change the method for the applique! You saved yourself a bunch of time - reverse appllique is slow and painful in my opinion;)

Wendy said...

Your blocks are gorgeous Kelli, love the heart block and the flower sewing is very sweet!

quiltmania said...

A Sweet idea for a heart block!

Erin Quinn said...

This is going to be such a lovely happy quilt! All sunshine and vibrant colours. Good work!

Kate Brown said...

You did a wonderful job on your heart and I really love the flower stitching you did on it!

Melody said...

Such a gorgeous heart block.

And doesn't it look great! Love the heart block, it's beautiful! I can just see a whole quilt top of these in my stash fabrics, what a treat that would be!

Lynette said...

Hey, that heart block is really cool! Just love the fabrics you're using. Thanks for linking up at BOMs Away - I hadn't seen it yet, and I really *really* enjoy the fresh modern colors when I'm working on duller BOMs of my own. :D

Aww, cute with the wee flowers!

Anonymous said...

wow kelli your heart is awesome ,love it,you are so clever,well done.xx

Lisa Lisa said...

Look at you go, girl! Lovin' the blocks! You've made me a little nervous about starting the paper piecing, though! I just need to DO IT!!!

sunny said...

Love the heart! and the flower stitching is just the perfect touch.

Your heart came out great! And the flower stitching is a good addition!

This is so cute! All of your blocks look brilliant! I love them!

MsMidge said...

I have those Riley Blake Bom's pinned to do.....but still haven't started!!! Love the heart!!!

Elaine said...

Love the Heart, such pretty fabrics

jjthor said...

Heart looks real nice.!! You did good I still haven't mastered pp can't get my head around it. They say it's easy but I don't think so!!!

jjthor said...

Heart looks real nice.!! You did good I still haven't mastered pp can't get my head around it. They say it's easy but I don't think so!!!

Kelli said...

I actually love paper piecing because even though I have to concentrate I get such lovely points and accuracy. I just make sure to do it when I can focus. :)

Amy said...

I love the heart block and how you decided to applique it down.

Judy said...

Really pretty! Thanks for sharing!

Lovely heart. I do like the fancy stitch you used. These blocks are going to make a great quilt.

Caroline said...

Love your heart block and love the stitch you chose for it too, adds a little extra!

Paper piecing gets easier, the more you do it. Cute stitch pattern you chose. Nice job!

Erin K said...

Love this heart! Looks amazing! Visiting from Artsy Fartsy Mama linky party.

Unknown said...

That is just darling! I think I need to try it... thank you for the inspiration! :-) Happy Hearts Day!

John'aLee said...

That heart is adorable. The quilt is going to be one darling quilt!

This is really cute, I love the fabric. Thanks for linking up to Artsy Corner :)

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