Saturday, 28 May 2016

Happy Days BOM - Months 3 & 4

With Month 5 of Sarah Fielke's Happy Days BOM almost upon us, I thought it was time to show you where I've got to.

I last left you in early April with pics of a few prepped blocks and hopes of sewing them on some car journeys.  Alas, best laid plans and all that ...  Never did quite manage them then, but I've been snatching some late night stitches and block 1 (the bird) and block 19 (the hearts and tulips) are now complete.

Poor birdie may develop a small beak complex due to my not so great positioning (it's pale pink so isn't showing very well on this photo), but look at his gorgeous clipped tail.  Thanks to Sarah for great instructions on turning inside curves and snips.

I think this block design is really pretty.  My photo is a wee bit overexposed and those tulips are not as bleached out looking in real life.  I'm pleased with how this one came together.  I'm learning a lot from this BOM and top of the newly acquired lessons is that there is a LOT of work in these blocks, but I am so enjoying every stitch.

With those two blocks ticking off Month 3, a little behind schedule, but ticked off nonetheless, it was time to get the ruler and sewing machine out again for a bit of piecing.

Block 13 is a pieced star with which I had great fun making fabric combinations.  I really do love my (mostly) Lori Holt fabric pull for the coloured prints in this quilt.  With such a host of pretties to choose from, it would be hard not to end up with a beautiful block.

More fun prints for the teacup posy in Block 3.  I admit I struggled with my fabric positioning for the teacup and the contrasting rim in this block.  I tried so many times to get them just right so they'd match perfectly when the seams were needle turned, but it just wasn't happening. I must have misunderstood something.  So, some fudging ensued and I don't suppose you'd really have noticed if I hadn't mentioned it.

Block 2 is a Hawaiian appliqué block. As you can see, I haven't quite managed to finish it before the month's end.  Hawaiian appliqué is something I have never tried before and with nice tutorial support from Sarah, I'm not finding it to be as difficult as I had feared.  It is time consuming though (or maybe I'm just slow).  Still, I'm quite pleased that I managed to make up so much ground in terms of the other blocks this month and I'm really only a teeny, weeny bit falling behind.

So, I wonder what Sarah will challenge us with for June?  I think I saw a cute bunny hopping its way on to a block on her IG feed.  Bring it on - Happy Days!!


  1. That is one cute birdie, small beak and all! I have to say I LOATHE Hawaiian applique! Hope I never have to experience it again. Jxo

  2. They're all looking beautiful. I haven't started this month's. Planning to do so today.


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