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Dec 13, 2017

Chocolatier Sampler BOM Finish

Dec 13, 2017
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It's always rewarding to get to the end of a Block of the Month program.  It feels like such a big accomplishment to get to show off a year's worth of work.  This year's Chocolatier finish makes my heart smile.  I mean, how could I not love this collection of rainbowy goodness.

Get your copy of the Pattern - it's now available as a sampler (receive the entire pattern all at once) here.
Choclatier BOM Close Up
The 6" blocks within the LeMoyne Star really shine.  They are a great collection of skill builders.  With small blocks, they are not as complex as some of my other BOMs.  I really enjoyed piecing these.  I used RJR's Cotton Supreme Solids to make this quilt  - with a just teeny tiny scrappy print thrown in each block.  (See the list of skus at the end of this post to replicate this rainbow.)
Chocolatier BOM Fold
The scrappy binding completes the rainbow around the quilt.
Pink:Orange Chocolatier BOM

Chocolatier BOM Binding 2
I backed this quilt in an aqua houndstooth flannel - which means my family will be chomping at the bit to cuddle up in this one this winter.  Don't mind those birthday balloons still hanging up from August birthdays at my house!  They went perfectly with the rainbow quilt hee hee.
Chocolatier BOM balloon
Thank you so much to everyone who quilted along with me this year!  I can't wait to see your finishes too.

SHOPS:  If you are interested in running Chocolatier, please contact me at  I have limited hard copies of this pattern left!
Chocolatier BOM Grey Wall
Quilt Stats.
Name: Chocolatier Block of the Month Sampler (Skittles version)
Size: 72" x 72"
Fabric:  RJR Cotton Supreme Solids
#217 Hot Pink
#181 Rhododendron
#209 Cantaloupe
#159 Mandarin
#337 Citron
#326 Sunny Delight
#249 Sprout
#347 Grass is a always Greener
#274 Riviera
#354 Horizon
#330 Tickled Pink
#333 Bougainvillea
#356 Moulin Rouge
#110 Red Wagon
#313 Carolina
#251 Anemone
#033 Optical White 
2792-02 RJR, Shiny Objects, called Flurries in Winter Storm. Background
Piecing:  Me 
Quilting: LAQ Kathy Balmert of Quilty Pleasures, Dublin, OH
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Dec 7, 2017

Hoop Quilts with Improvisational Piecing

Dec 7, 2017
Pin It Improv Hoop Quilt
I have so many ideas for Hoop Quilts, and I finally found a little time to put needle and thread together for this one.  Improv piecing.  Combining this technique with the modern black and white prints of Me+You Indah Batiks had been calling to me.

The pie shape of each Drunkard's Path block utilizes improv.  I was able to use the bright colors in contrast with black solid to make a block slightly bigger than the curved template.  Positioning and direction of the curve template on top of the block could drastically change how the pieced looked.  I was going for a crystallized look.
Matchstick Quilting detail Improv Hoop
After piecing the quadrants together, I used matchstick quilting in the solid black area.  It really gave it great texture.  Thanks for the help IG!
Improv Hoop Quilt Stitching Details
Add some hand stitching in the color areas....
Improv Hoop Quilt Hoop guts
And, poof!  It has that added pop needed to make it shine.  I love using elements in the prints as hand stitched designs or echoes in the solid areas.
Hand Stitch Detail Improv Hoop

Improv Hoop Quilt stones
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Dec 1, 2017

Chocolatier Block of the Month #12 - Quilt Top

Dec 1, 2017
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Chocolatier BOM Skittles Quilt Top
Fabric is Cotton Supreme Solids by RJR Fabrics for my version of the BOM.  Find my color selections listed here.
Here we are - crazy!  We've worked our way through all the blocks in the BOM and this month, that last pattern includes sewing the quilt top together.  This quilt has been a lot of work!  I hope you've learned a lot and enjoyed the process along the way.  The big reward is about to be seen in your quilt top!

I'm only giving you one sneak peek of my skittles version of the quilt today.  I'll be back later in December will the full finish.  I can not wait.  :)

Thank you so much to all those who participated.  You've made Chocolatier come to life!

SHARE with US!  I'd love to see what you make.  #chocolatiersampler on Instagram

**Chocolatier Pattern is now a sampler.  Receive all 12 patterns at once. Available here.**
An Introduction Guide AND all the block patterns are emailed immediately upon payment.  If you purchase the hard copy, the Introduction Guide is still emailed.  The paper patterns will follow shortly via USPS.

For all the details on Chocolatier, go here.
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