Cirrus Solids BOM Challenge Winner

I keep forgetting to share this news with you, so it’s a bit old.  First I had to wait for it to be announced by Cloud9; and then when it finally was announced, I didn’t have time to write a blog post because we were so busy trying to finish our house, pack, and move.  But. here it is… I am the May WINNER for the Cloud9 Fabrics Cirrus Solids BOM Challenge.   YIPPEE!!!!

If you haven’t heard, Cloud9 Fabrics is coming out with a new line of yarn-dyed solids in September.  In anticipation of the release, Cloud9 is hosting a BOM challenge in which they are asking quilters to design and submit blocks (including instructions) using 4-6 of the new solids.  I started designing a block last October and had it about 85% finished, but with work and other things I wasn’t able to get it finished and submitted.  And then… the January winner was announced and the block I had designed was so very similar.  Oh no!  I just couldn’t believe it!

So in February I started over from scratch.  More ideas…. more drawings… more blocks designed in EQ7.  Playing around with layouts of the blocks, and trying to figure out which one idea I would settle on and submit.  I finally made a decision and had the instructions written and submitted by the end of February.  And 4 short weeks later, I received an email stating my block below, which I call “Stuck in the Middle”, was selected for the May BOM.  🙂

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Several weeks later I received my winnings — a fat quarter pack of all the solids — and I have the say the fabric is amazing!  They are soft, have a nice drape, and the colors are bold and saturated.  I am looking forward to sewing with them… once I figure out what I’m going to make.

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You can find the directions and layout for my winning block here, and all winning BOMs can be found here.

Some alternate layouts are below:

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Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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Sewing Withdrawal

I have been having some serious withdrawals when it comes to sewing.  Sewing is a stress relief for me and cheaper than therapy — well maybe…  My job is stressful — it often requires long days, lots of overtime, and being ‘on’ 8-12 hours a day.  Our busy season started this past week and technically won’t end until September 15.  We’ll have a little bit of relaxed time around May and June, but not much.  To top it all off, honeyman was out of town this week.  That left me with working long hours, coming home and taking care of the animals, fixing dinner, cleaning, and babysitting the monkeys.  I used to be a single mom and it is very hard work and certainly not anything I would ever want to do again.  By 9:30 each night I would crash.  So, I didn’t get any stress relief in this past week; and after 4-5 days, it didn’t make for a very nice me.

But today, I have been able to spend about an hour sewing.  Just after an hour, I feel much better.  I am working on an UFO that I started last year.  This is a block of the month at my LQS and I am working on the border blocks.  I have 8 more border blocks to make and then I can start putting it all together.  So, if I don’t get sidetracked onto another project, I should be able to have it completed in about 2 weeks.  Here is a border block and one other block to wet your appetite…

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