Giveaway winner and new project

I did the random number generator thing on Friday morning and Annette is the lucky winner of the kit. I always felt like I was at a disadvantage if I was the first commentor on a giveaway but Annette’s win proves that fear baseless. She was the first to leave a comment and she now gets the kit. For the rest of you, look for another kit giveaway soon.

“Stars and Sprigs” by Kim McLean
Today I was sorely tempted to order yet another block of the month program. Fortunately, that little voice in my head asked, “What? Are you nuts?” There is a U.S. shop that stocks a great variety of reproduction fabrics but is notorious for their high prices on block of the month programs. The “Stars and Sprigs” pattern by Kim McLean is so appealing in 19th century reproduction fabrics and the siren song of fabrics for six blocks/month was strong. At least until the ‘little voice’ slapped me around a bit and I saw the $18.95/month (for 18 months!!) price tag. The little voice also boldly pointed out that my stash contains plenty of such fabrics and if I wanted a block of the month I could make my own with fabric on-hand. So, that’s what I am going to do. I ordered the pattern today and am headed to the stash to start pulling some of the boldest repros I own.

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  1. The bom is such a good money maker, you should see the price of them here. I do get it if you have no fabrics like what was on offer but I bet you've got some great fabrics in the stash that will be perfect. I hope you love the pattern as much as I did.

  2. I cut out and prepped some applique blocks from this quilt in brights MONTHS ago and have not appliqued them yet. I think that is a sign that I need to do this quilt in repro's instead…

    Well done on starting your own BOM!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

  3. I plan on starting Stars and Sprigs after my guild show in October…like you I plan on using my repro stash! Since my favorite part of quilting is selecting the fabric BOM's take too much of the fun out the process for me…

  4. Good for you!! I've never done a BOM and the price is exactly why. You will love being able to use your own fabric and have a unique quilt!

  5. I saw the e-mail about that BOM, too, but I completely disagree with the idea that the shop is notorious for high prices on BOMs. I subscribe to many (way too many) BOMs and that shop is by far the most reasonable. No sign-up fee ( which all the others have) and monthly kit fees as low as $10 for some. I don't think I've found any other places as cheap!

  6. Well I was driving home yesterday from Indiana (lots of thinking time) and decided I have to make this quilt, its next on my list and YeS I will be using my brighter repros (just like for the flower garden quilt) for this one too but will be using some of my favorite repros as well.
    Lets cheer each other on and maybe even set goals for so many stars and applique blocks done each month? week? you pick…

  7. So true about those BOM's – one series I saw a couple of years ago would have totaled over $1000 when all was said and done…it did include the wools but still…

    What a fabulous Kim McLean design Thank you for the link!!

  8. OMG Taryn I did the same thing! I have so much fabric that I don`t need to do a BOM and really wanted this pattern so I ordered that one and 2 others from Glorious Color, the other 2 patterns are from Kim Mclean as well. I will not be using the Kaffee fabrics but searching through my stash as well. I am sure there are some great Asian fabrics that would do just as well
    now to wait to see some pictures of your blocks when you start.

  9. What a wise woman you are. Sometimes the inner voice gets squashed and we hit those " buy" buttons, and then we feel over whelmed.
    I am anxious to see your Stars and Sprigs, it is a pattern that I have so far been able to avoid the temptation to buy, even though I love it.
    Good luck!

  10. I know how you feel about the price of BOM's… Used to be addicted myself:)

    I like your idea of buying the pattern and using your own stash. Can't wait to see your progress.

    I would love to see your work on – a new website for quilters! (full-disclosure, i am a co-founder!)

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