For those of you who are curious, Yes, I am still working on my Christmas BOM quilt. I haven't posted any pics of that lately, because I've been making kit bags for the blocks.
Making kits is a fun way to approach a quilting project. Above, see the kit bag for the Sun Ray Star block. I have to make 2 of these, so I made a note of that on the little paper tag that I slipped in the bag, along with the name of the block for easy reference.
This can be done using a thrifty approach. I'm using recycled plastic bags for my block kits. You can see I received this bag when I purchased something for $1.50. I saved the bag to make kits. Above is the Visions of Sugarplums kit. I cut out all the pieces for fusible applique, plus the backing fabric. When I'm ready to sew, I can just peel off the backings, fuse them to the background, and stitch tiny zig-zags around the edges. Fun!
Here's the kit for the Variable Star block. Very simple, it's going to be all half-square triangles made from squares.
Mistletoe block kit. One advantage to making kits when you are doing a quilt made up of many different blocks is you can coordinate the fabrics and do all the cutting at one time. This ensures your blocks will all have a similar look and feel to them.
Candy Cane block kit. This one reminds me of the candy cane cookies my Mother used to make. They were so good & peppermint-y at Christmas time.
These blocks are teddy bears wearing tiny red bow ties. I'm fusing these. I can't imagine doing needle-turn applique on the tiny bow ties.
So, how do you approach a project like this? Do you make kits? Buy all the fabric at once? Enjoy making one block at a time and choosing fabrics from your stash? I'd love to hear some opinions on this.
Until next time...please visit the Curlicue Creations Shop...and have a super day!
Jennifer Schifano Thomas