Quilt ADD in therapy

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Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love a wide variety of styles and techniques encompassing both machine and hand work. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

Sunday, January 28, 2018

BOMs Away - Bring in the Nutcrackers


Welcome to the link-up for BOMs Away Mondays!
Where we share what we're doing on a BOM-type project 
so they don't stall out in UFO-land!
(Linky at the bottom.)


Sue Garman gave us so many fantastic patterns. My Ruffled Roses quilt top was one of hers. Her Classic Nutcrackers BOM is another good one in an entirely different style.



This pattern holds personal signifance that touches a deep vein of unfulfilled love, continuing familial dysfunction, and admiration for the talent of a mother who died in her mid-fifties, all balled together. My mother made many exquisite nutcrackers in the classical Seiffen manner. I don't have a portion of that legacy. I've wanted to make Sue's applique nutcrackers, yet shied away from them emotionally for a very long time. For some reason, it seems that it will be cathartic now to do these.

So this past week I went through the fat quarters and yardage and cut 12 backgrounds (they finish at 9 x 16 inches). Today I pulled out the lightbox and traced four of the patterns onto their panels. (I do backbasting applique any time I do hand work.) I'm almost finished with all the block 6 pieces on my Fiesta Mexico, and will rotate the first Nutcracker - The Little Soldier - into my applique tote at that point.



My intention is to have this quilt finished for Christmas 2019. I'll probably use a different layout with fewer pieced blocks, as this one works up to queen size and I'm looking for a large throw size.


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Have you done any BOM work lately? 


11 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing memories of your mother. Working on the nutcracker applique will be healing for your. I look forward to seeing the blocks. Happy stitching.

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  2. That pattern looks amazing. I hope you find comfort and healing in your stitches. It sounds like it is time. xx

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  3. I LOVE the nutcrackers! Can't wait to see more!

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  4. What a wonderful project. It is funny how sometimes we are more able to cope with emotional stresses than others... I'm sure you will find the process of putting this together emotional, but well worth it.

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  5. Sue's designs were so special. I'd only discovered her through the Quilt Show a few years before she passed. When this one is done it will be a real treasure for you and I hope you can incorporate your Mom's picture into it --- maybe as part of the label? Happy memories while making it!

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  6. That looks like quit a challenge! It sure will be beautiful, though.

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  7. Looks like neat patern for Christmas quilt. I'm not able to keep up with BOMs. Maybe if I start new BOM every 2 months I would eventually end up with mixed quilt top :)

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  8. I love nutcrackers, this will be a really special quilt :)

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  9. What a beautiful pattern, looks complex appliqué. It will be perfect for Christmas!

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  10. The nutcracker quilt is so darn cute. Yes, we have such similar taste. I am sorry you have had to wait so long to emotionally make this quilt, but it will make it a true delight.

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  11. That is a wonderful nutcracker pattern and a sweet story to go with it. I like sue's patterns ad well. You certainly don't shy away from hard things and neither do I. We just make what we like.

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