By Thy Hands BOM

These patterns are very flexible! I love to get the most out of a pattern, and this set of patterns allows us to do just that. In fact, I came up with at least eleven alternate ideas!

Here are the first four months just so you’ll get an idea of what we’ve done.
April Project
Spring has sprung and isn’t this little spring chick(en) just as cute as it can be! Our chick is made from wool felt and decorative machine stitches were used on the “crazy” egg. You could do your stitches by hand if you preferred or not at all. The egg will look great either way.

March Project
March is National Quilting Month and National Craft Month. What better way to denote both than with this month’s project. The Spools block is one of my favorites and the applique section has several of our much needed tools. This was a very fun project to make! I could see making this for my Secret Stitching Sister but then it would give the secret away. I may have to wait until the end of the year to give this as a gift.

Our project for February has us making a pine tree block. While making this block I couldn’t help but think of one of my favorite movies, White Christmas, when the stars of the show are ready to get off the train in Vermont and the railway man is singsonging, “Pine Tree, coming into Pine Tree.” Our snowman would have melted there because it was much too warm for snow, but we don’t have to worry because once he’s in place this snowman will only melt your heart.

The first project is this one. The gloves and nose of the snowman are felted wool. The applique section will give you a chance to use those decorative stitches on your machine, or if portability is what you need, it’s small enough to take with you and do by hand. See what I mean by flexible!?

What if appliqué isn’t your thing. Then here’s a hint as to one of the options offered by this pattern. You could do the applique section in a backstitch or stem stitch instead. Stitchery Option
Miss Janice did the first three months of the appliqué sections as a stitchery and here’s what they look like. Do all twelve applique sections like this, add borders, and you’ll have a nice sized wallhanging or throw.

Size: Approx. 10-1/2”x15-1/2”
Cost per pattern: $8.00 plus tax and shipping if applicable


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Madelene
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 19:46:17

    January by thy hands bom size 10.5 x 15.5. has anyone had a problem with the sizes that are cut and how it is put together. I really am missing something if this is to go together without a hitch.. nothing seems to match up what am I doing wrong?


    • Hooked on Quilting
      Jan 19, 2014 @ 18:09:36

      There is a typo on the size for segment B. You need to cut eight 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ rectangles. The corner unit of A, B, and C should measure 3-1/2″ unfinished. The section between the corners (A,D) should measure 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ unfinished. The completed block will measure 8-1/2″ unfinished (8″ finished once you sew the sashing strips on either side). If you need any other help just let me know.


  2. Anonymous
    Jan 19, 2017 @ 19:53:40

    thanks, it didn’t seam right.


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