Let’s talk about the materials you’ll need for the Trailblazer BOM!
So excited to be sharing this quilt this year and seeing your finished tops come together at the end!!
Trailblazer BOM Materials Chat:
Size: 79” X 79”
Get the pattern by joining the Patchworkers Plus+ quilt group here.
Scrap lovers dream!!!
Featuring the techniques:
- No Y or L seam lemoyne star
- Dresden plates
This quilt will give you an incredible opportunity to use your stash!!
There is no special kit or fabric required – saving you money after you join (but we won’t argue with you if you buy new fabric for this either!).
Even with a scrappy feel, you can control your scraps – like my center lemoyne star block… see the repeating fabrics? So never feel on it being too busy.
At times I struggle with the names of quilts that are sewn. But I thought this year that the name Trailblazer would be a good one for this.
Not only in the idea that there are a few techniques in here that aren’t super popular with quilters –
45 degree cut lines
60 degree triangles
But that there is also a little bit of Trailblazing that I’m going through at the moment.
The past few years have been full of changes – both in the business and in the home.
My family moved twice in two years. I thought I had a record when we first got married with 11 moves in 9 years… but those for some reason weren’t as disruptive as the past two.
The first move found us 5 hours away from our previous location. One where we had lived for most of our married life. The move also landed us in a tiny town of under 1000 in population, so pretty remote and everyone knew everyone kind of deal. I loved my time there, but breaking out and meeting others was not easy (I’m a Airforce Brat, so I am pretty good with jumping in with two feet in new places / friends).
After a year, we found an opportunity to buy a larger home in another town. So, we moved. Again.
The town is larger, but we are still remote ( one and a half hours from Walmart or any other large shopping).
But, even with the moves – I am finding myself without a sewing room again. I’m trying to be patient with this, but it’s a difficult adjustment!
I do have a room that I’ve claimed that’s not going to be redone for a bit (we are working on the other spaces while living in the finished basement – grateful I don’t have to live in a construction zone!).
I’m excited about the new sewing room, but it will be awhile before I get to actually move in.
So, at the moment – I have a machine set up and and few piles of fabric. The rest is in boxes tucked away from our first big move 2 years ago.
So this year for me is a bit of a Trailblazing year – beyond the quilts… it’s time to reach out and make some more in person connections.
I’ve been tucked away in the house – working on the business and tending to the changes.
What I haven’t mentioned yet is that there were major changes in the family as well.
The youngest daughter Eliza has moved out.
We – my husband and I are officially empty nesters. This is definitely a time of Trailblazing for us as well.
We are adjusting to the quietness. To add to this, at her last visit she took the cat Raya with her. (it’s her cat) So, now – it’s just me during the day and then us in the evening.
What I’m also excited about Trailblazing in the year 2023 – learning a few new things in quilting.
Over the holidays I treated myself to an embroidery machine (never had one before!!) as well as an AccuQuilt Go!Me. The small but mity fabric cutting machine.
These are part of my Trailblazing this coming year – learning these machines.
Exploring what the embroidery machine can do and new projects that will be using it.
Nervous a little bit about digging into this – but there are quite a few members in the Patchworkers Plus quilt group that are seasoned pros and I look forward to learning from them! Being the student instead of the teacher in this case sounds really quite nice.
I’m also making more time for sewing this year.
It’s been awhile since I’ve even had the sewing machine set up in a semi permanent place and I am liking it again!
I’ve made all kind of excuses to not sew – not cut the fabric, not sit down, not design and not share.
This year, I already have a list building of what I’d like to sew and the goal is to finish (of course).
The Trailblazer BOM is just a small representation of this years goals and wishes for myself.
It’s been awhile.
Time to begin Trailblazing again.
The pictures were taken in the new home – backyard area.
We have a beautiful view and it’s so different from where we had been living until moving down here. Colors are red and white rock instead of forest and mountains.
But I’m loving it.
What’s on your year of Trailblazing this year? Mind sharing it….
*feel free to join me here during 2023 and sew your own version of the Trailblazer BOM here.