Thursday, February 04, 2016

Aurifil BOM

Aurifil is my favourite thread - I buy it in every size available and use it every day. So of course I had to check out their new BOM. The January block looked like an interesting challenge with 40 components, and I was curious about it would be constructed. 
Because I had been sewing with a lot of blue in January, I needed a break from blue, so went with red and white. I can say that it is the most difficult block I have ever sewn, although I'm still not sure why it took me hours to make!
The cutting directions are complex and I made several errors. A lot of time was spent staring at the computer screen, checking and double checking measurements and pieces. And still, a couple of times I had to add on pieces from strips that I had cut too short. 
Then my centre pinwheel block ended up the wrong size according to the directions. I had to unsew, trim each HST by 1/4" and resew the pinwheel. 




But perseverance pays off, and here is the finished block. You can see some creative versions of the block at the Flickr group here and at Pat Sloan's link up here


13 comments:

Béa said...

Don't worry Kathy, it's not you : many mistakes in the pattern writing...but at the end it's a very beautiful design.

Lesley said...

Stunning block! Good for you for mastering this challenging block!

Kathy S. said...

I did it in blues. LOVE your red. Nicely pieced.

Gretchen Weaver said...

That is a nice block. Is your whole quilt going to be red & white?

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

WOW! This looks like one challenging block--glad you did not let it get the best of you

SandraC said...

That's beautiful! Too bad it's so difficult as it would be stunning for the RSC!

Janet O. said...

It is "eye candy", to be sure, but I don't think I need that stress in my life. : )
Congrats on conquering it!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I was almost tempted to make that block too because it looked so interesting. Your version turned out great!

Remnant Quilter Kimberly said...

Love the red version. Took me SIX HOURS to make this block due to pattern errors & the writing style wasn't user friendly either, imo. But I'm sure the designer is aware by now & will learn & improve. I'm more frustrated that Aurifil/Pat Sloan did not sew-test the final release of the pattern. /rant Thanks for blogging about it as a sanity check for the rest of us.

Mary said...

Better you than Me! I like your Red version. Perfect for February. I wondered how the pattern broke down.

Robin said...

You have amazing perseverance! The block turned out great.

Lisa J. said...

It's a really beautiful block so well worth the effort. Do you have somewhere that you get the 12 weight?

Kate said...

That's one of those blocks you wonder how it was made. Beautifully done!