Mandolin BOM Club

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I’ve had the honor of joining Jodi from Tales Of Cloth and Martina from Ava and Neve for this years Mandolin Block of the Month Club. When they first asked me if I would like to play along I was a bit hesitant. For one, I had never done a year long project (at least not one that I finished!) and two, we are moving this Spring/Summer and life has been very busy to say the least. I had some encouragement from dear friends and I am so glad to be making these blocks! It’s the perfect hand sewing project to take with while our house is being shown and most nights it’s really all I have energy left to create at the end of a long day. The blocks are BIG (I think about 12 inches across) and all the pieces were a little overwhelming at first, but they do come together quicker than I thought and it really is so fun working with these GORGEOUS fabrics!

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Since we are trying to keep our house spotless, I’ve been keeping all my EPP pieces rather organized and I thought you might like to see what I use and how I keep them (since I myself love seeing this type of thing from others!). I tried using Elmer’s glue stick to glue baste my shapes but found it much too sticky, especially working with such fine Liberty Lawn fabrics. Clover has been just the right amount of stick for my liking, however my biggest papers have been coming out from all the folding and handling, so I added a bit of Elmer’s on those pieces only after they were sewn in. The Richard Hemming and Son milliners needles are from Sunny Day Supply and have been great! Just the right ballance of thin and sharp. A trusty Needle Minder from my friend Cheri, AKA Tinkerellen. Aurifil 80 weight which I double up for extra strength. I tried a 50 weight but it wasn’t a good fit with the Liberty fabrics. And of course a scissors all packed in one of my favorite zipper bags from Lisa Ann.

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When my first three months of Liberty fabrics came I sorted them into groups of five, cut them up into their shapes and put them in zip lock bags for safe keeping. Now whenever I’m ready to start a new block, I just grab a bag and start. I suppose I could also glue baste them all, but I prefer a little change of pace as I work on projects.

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Jodi makes these really great templates which made cutting fabrics SO easy. Such a great tool to have on hand for future projects as well.

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Each months papers come with shapes for two Mandolin blocks and one joining block. This Cotton & Steel fabric was such a good choice to pair with the classic Liberty fabrics that are bright and bold, thank you Jodi! I’m still debating whether or not to make the center of the joining blocks a Liberty print as I’ve seen some others do. Also make sure to check out the #mandolinquilt hashtag for loads of inspiration!

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Well I think that’s all for now, it’s been a while since I had the time and brain power to blog (not to mention take proper pictures!). I do manage to post on Instagram though so make sure to follow along over there. It’s also not to late to join in and start your own Mandolin quilt! I’ve included links that are highlighted to make it easy for you to find any products or further information (I do this because I personally don’t like hunting for something I find on a blog, it’s just helpful).

Now back to my Mandolin block which is coming along nicely =)

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2 Responses to “Mandolin BOM Club”

  1. G. Says:

    Hi Faith! – the blocks look gorgeous! This kind of quilts turn out always awesome and I admire so much how organise you all are with all the EPP- work involved. – Nice pictures btw! the hexie-scrappy-bag is lovely! – Hope everything is going well with the moving plans!!

  2. Michelle Says:

    Oh, I love your blocks! The Liberty is so fine, isn’t it? I’ve been using Wonderfil 100 wt thread for sewing all my EPP – it’s super fine but strong too! Look forward to seeing what you do with your joining blocks – I’m hoping to put a different Betsy in each one 🙂

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