Has anyone out there done a BOM that they didn't like?  I'm currently in one and I really will be glad when it's over.


I'm actually in three BOMs.  Two in-store that we attend, and one through the mail.  My favorite is at Common Thread in Tigard (near Portland) Oregon.  Last year we did Wing and Prayer's Rhapsody and now we are completing their Contessa.  These are beautiful, complex quilts that have a distinct challenge each month.  But they are organized!  The patterns are readable and correct and are structured so that we cut first then piece.  The product is always lovely and the quilters are helpful and knowledgeable.   Some are extremely talented.  The show and tell is always a joy.

Then there is the mail BOM.  That one is Minglewood through Carriage Country Quilts in Seattle.  I joined while on the shop hop this year.  Gorgeous little packages show up each month.  I'm a little behind because I don't have the pressure of keeping up with a group, but the pattern, again, is very good and the blocks go together beautifully.  (pics of both of these are on my site.)

But then there is the BOM from a little shop close to my home.  It's a fussy, disorganized little quilt that is extremely scrappy.  Each block is comprised of several smaller blocks and the cutting is "as you go".  It's not possible to know what cutting must be done before each of the eight or so sub blocks, so making it is frankly tedious.  But I'm sticking it out and will eventually finish it.  Sadly, I don't really like the quilt either, so this is something of a loss.

The good news is the Common Thread has once again chosen a beautiful quilt for next year, so maybe I'll just cut down to two!

How many BOMs are you doing at any moment?

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Comment by Vickie Brace on September 12, 2014 at 3:27pm

I have one in a bag I'll probably get back to eventually. The other one is going to be a table runner.

Comment by sue brigle on October 21, 2013 at 1:54pm

If you finish it and don't like it, you can always donate it to some charity, or women's shelter, etc.   Some good could come of it.

Comment by Vickie Smith on October 21, 2013 at 10:03am

Riana, good advice.  Yes, we do have permission to say I don't like this, maybe a change, maybe later.

Comment by Riana Noyes on October 21, 2013 at 9:09am

Melody, unless someone's paying you to do it, why even bother making up the one you don't like as presented? l know you've spent the $, but why not just keep the fabrics intact & add to your stash? Also the instructions ,set them aside for now...you're busy enough. At a later date, with less to keep you occupied, you may take out that pattern, and rethink it. Perhaps making changes in pattern , scale , and fabric choice will give it a whole new look,something worthy of your valuable time:)

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