Friday, 13 October 2017

A Month in the Country BOM Quilt - Ta dah!

I'm so delighted to be able to share my finished A Month in the Country quilt from my year long Block of the Month in Today's Quilter!

It's in the new issue, number 28, which came out yesterday. Unfortunately my copy hasn't arrived yet but I can share some of the lovely images from the mag.

Stitch Gathering attendees got a special exclusive viewing at the event on Sunday. Here it is hanging behind our pop-up shop.

This is a very personal quilt for me as it charts our life here at Shangri la Farm through the four seasons. There is also a lot of hand applique in the blocks so I wanted to give it a proper heirloom treatment when it came to quilting.

I didn't think my poor old hands were up to hand quilting the whole thing so I began by FMQing a selection of leaves over all the sashing strips (Kona Snow).

I then hand quilted all the blocks as much as I could with Aurifil 12wt threads in subtle shades, mainly by outlining the motifs.

I love all the birds depicted, I feel inspired to do a bird applique for a workshop next year, what do you think?

I used a Heather Ross Mendocino print (with fishes) for the backing, which seemed appropriate with all the wildlife on the front!

Action shot below of me finishing the binding.

I didn't manage to get any decent outside photos (but luckily the magazine did that gorgeous styled garden shot above!) before I had to send this off, but I did take this one on our bed.

Jonathan says this is his favourite of all the quilts I have ever made - praise indeed! It's definitely a bit special to me too.

And I'm hoping to turn this into a series of course at myBearpaw Studio next year, so watch this space!

Did you sew along with this BOM? Do you have a finished quilt to share? Please send me an image if you do, I would love to feature it here!

Meanwhile I have news! I will be following this Today's Quilter BOM with a new Block of the Month that starts next month!!!

And this time I will be running a Quiltalong too! Look out for more details next week!


  1. It's beautiful Jo. I love the soft colours, but I can't believe that's a year gone and I've not started 😱 Hopefully next year !

  2. This is certainly an heirloom work of art. x

  3. Your appliqué looks beautiful! Lovely to see your hand quilting too.
    Look forward to seeing your next block of the month.
    Barbara x