I've finished my Fig Tree Autumn Splendor BOM 2018
I substituted a few blocks, added a few blocks, went with my own fabric choices, and changed up the sashing here and there, but all in all I think it came together nicely. I'm not really a big BOM fan but this program was a huge success for me. Fig Tree did a great job of sending ample fabric, providing wonderful and easy to follow directions, and we also got bonus patterns along the way. If you've sworn off of BOMs because of a bad experience as I had, don't hesitate to join a BOM from Fig Tree.
I selected this program because the finishes I had seen in the past were very popular and beautiful quilts, which is exactly what I needed for my library raffle quilt. My first raffle quilt was a Fat Quarter Shop BOM, the second year was Summerville, and last year was a Christmas themed quilt. I thought a fall theme was a nice change of pace.
I worked on this BOM in 3 segments, months 1 through 6, then 7 through 10, then 11 through finish.
One block I added was the tree block in the lower righthand corner. I used the tree pattern from my Fig Tree Christmas BOM book. It fit in easily and I think balances with the large block in the lefthand upper corner.
The library likes a bed size quilt so I added an additional pieced border. I borrowed the geese border from the Miss Rosie pattern Due South. I thought some birds heading south was in keeping with the fall theme.
This is Lifetime Quilt Number 242 - my third finish for 2019
It finished at 88"x 100"
It has approximately 2,646 pieces
The majority of the fabric is by Fig Tree & Company
For those of you wondering, I have already passed along my pattern to a fellow quilter who missed out on the original signup. I'm not sure if Fig Tree sells these BOM patterns, please check with them.
I have gotten several comments from folks wondering how I could donate such a pretty quilt. And while this year isn't as easy as years past, I knew going into the project that it was not mine, so that mindset helped. Also, my hometown has a population of 6,000, last year the library collected $4000 for my raffle quilt, they work very hard at selling tickets, appreciate my contribution, and the money is a nice boost to their budget, that makes it a little easier too.
I'm currently in the polar vortex, I have heat, plenty of food, and a dog for company, so I think it's the perfect time to start a new project, maybe a red and white something for February. To all in the path of this cold streak, stay safe.