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Finished Quilt // Skill Builder BOM

Well folks today is the last day of the 2013 Skill Builder BOM. I must say it is a little sad, but of course there is next year, which I am very excited about.

The 2013 Skill Builder BOM was the first time I spent an entire year working on a quilt. I found it so rewarding. It’s fascinating how much of a roller coaster the process of making a quilt can be, especially when you are working on one for such a long time. Throughout the year, I had moments where I was discouraged with my skill and wrought with frustration. But this week I felt so proud and excited while I held my finished quilt up for the first time to show my family.

I've learned and grown so much as well. There is a big difference between my first block and my last one! This week, I was having tension issues while quilting the borders but unlike a year ago, I was able to adjust my tension without guessing, knowing full well what I was doing and how to handle my machine.

Dedicating myself to share this experience with you has also been so rewarding! Hearing and seeing how much you have learned and grown during this BOM has been a huge blessing and fuel that has driven me to want to continue to learn, teach, and share the joy of quilt making with others around me.

Now, for the moment you have all been waiting for. My finished quilt…





Quilt Details

Lesson Download

In this lesson you will find yardage requirements, piecing instructions, and quilting instructions to make the additional keyboard borders and finish for your 2013 Skill Builder BOM quilt.


Linkup and Giveaway

When you are done with your Skill Builder quilt link up a photo using the link tool below. Doing so will enter you for a chance to win a Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Jelly Roll. I will randomly pick one of the finished participants on January 19, 2014.

Thank you so much for quilting along with me, I really hope you will take time out to finish your quilt. Some participants have been worried about how stiff the quilt is with all the dense quilting, but once it's washed it will be super cozy and I promise it will be so rewarding!


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  • Marta says...

    Hi! I am still plugging away at the 2013 BOM. :) I hate to leave projects undone! I am getting ready to buy my fabric for the borders. You have listed that we should be buying 5- 1/8th yd cuts of fabric in two colors. Should it actually be 5 of one and 4 of the other? Thanks for creating this quilt. I have learned sooo much!

    On September 22, 2014

  • Erin Marie says...

    I think I love the back more than the front! Which is saying something because I love the front, too!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs says...

    This is gorgeous, Alyssa! I love the border, too – ties it together so well. And the back – LOVE!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Taryn says...

    This quilt is gorgeous! I love the border, it ties it all together nicely! Your quilting is stunning!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Jackie says...

    Alyssa, it turned out just beautifully!!!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Gemma Jones says...

    Oh Alyssa it is gorgeous. Really gorgeous. I cannot wait to finish mine. Gxxxx

    On August 21, 2014

  • Debby, Chester NY says...

    I enjoyed making this quilt but due to personal issues I am only up to completing the June blocks and probably will not get around to finish the rest until the end 2nd half of 2014. Will all the info remain on your blog so I can continue working on it in 2014?

    On August 21, 2014

  • Teresa in Music City says...

    It’s just simply gorgeous Alyssa! Thanks for sharing this with us. I didn’t get to sew along, but I have downloaded the lessons and hope to do it this year :*)

    On August 21, 2014

  • Michelle Holloway says...

    What a wonderful work of art and lesson! Wish I had time, maybe when I retire! Thank you so much for taking time for the lessons.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Jennifer Dale says...

    Absolutely Awesome quilt Alyssa….those colors are so vibrant I just love them….thank you for all your hard work and effort this year and can’t wait for BOM 2014 :)

    Perth Western Australia

    On August 21, 2014

  • Christine Sherman says...

    It is stunning, just beautiful!!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Cathy Kizerian says...

    Wow, that is one of the most impressive quilts I have ever seen! You did an outstanding, job. It is so beautiful and striking. Congratulations!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Pam Arbour says...

    Alyssa, you did a wonderful job. Thank you so much. I really enjoyed your Skill Builder. I have gotten a lot of FMQ practice along the way. I am anxious to get mine put together and bound.

    Thanks again for a wonderful and thorough job of presenting this quilt-a-long.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Laura says...

    It’s gorgeous. I’ve been working so hard to catch up and hope that I do have time to finish it by mid-January. Thank you for all your hard work and time devoted to this quilt. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Lori Smanski says...

    wow this is stunning, I love how you utilized the colors and putting them on black really made them pop I also love the FMQ you put throughout. Thanks for sharing

    On August 21, 2014

  • Kathleen says...

    WOW!! I am awestruck! I so enjoyed watching you work on this, and the finished product certainly does not disappoint! Just Beautiful!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Andrea Franklin says...

    Simply stunning finish! You should be very happy and proud!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Vera says...

    It is absolutely beautiful. Well done. Thanks for sharing all your tuts. You are an inspiration for sure!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Marta says...

    It is so cool to see your vision in reality!!! Very nice! I don’t think mine will be done by January but hopefully sometime in 2014 :) Congratulations and hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! Thank you for all you do.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Ramona says...

    This quilt is just beautiful, Alyssa! You did a wonderful job. And I love the fabrics on the back.

    On August 21, 2014

  • GrannyTo8Boys says...

    Oh my. That is one of the most beautiful quilts I have ever seen. I have enjoyed working along, but got lost somewhere along the way. I still have a few blocks to complete. Thank you so much for this QAL. I have learned so much here. I haven;t finished so am not eligible for giveaway but good luck everyone.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Marcia R says...

    You did a fabulous job! And I love the back! Just more inspiration for me to finish!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Kim says...

    That is so awesome. I’ve been saving your posts as you go along, in order to tackle this one day when my time is less crazy! Thanks so much for teaching so thoroughly such a wide range of techniques, particularly the FMQ and QAYG methods.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Christine Slaughter says...

    Your quilt is stunning! I wish I would have had time to do the borders on mine, but I had to ship it out ASAP to get it to its intended recipient in time for Christmas. Thank you so much for a very inspiring, educational, and challenging BOM. I LOVED it, and am excited to join you in the Skill Builder BOM 2014!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Eva Leisure says...

    Amazing Quilt – especially the bright colors. I love the smashing orange and lila. Also your Quilting is wonderful. Eva

    On August 21, 2014

  • Glenda Edwards says...

    Thank you so much for your inspiration and talent that you have shared with us. I still have about 6 blocks to do but hope to do them in the New Year. Your quilt is divine and so encourages me to finish. Thank you for this opportunity to learn so much along the way. xxxx Cheers

    Renmark, SA. Australia

    On August 21, 2014

  • Malini says...

    WOW! This quilt is stunning both from the front and back. Amazing quilting!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Sue Hart says...

    Your finished quilt is beautiful and the unique border adds so much to the total design. I love it!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    I am so glad this was such a learning experience for you. I can’t wait to see your quilt!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Regina Conner says...

    Thank you for a very challenging quilt to make. I learned so much throughout this process and your quilt is gorgeous! So is mine! I will be working on the boarders next. The quilting experience taught me not to be afraid to do your own quilting. It’s all a learning process..and one I really enjoyed every month. Thank you Alyssa!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Judith says...

    I just tumbled across your blog a few weeks ago and found your bom. I have downloaded it for the future. Your finished quilt is just so lovely, very eye-catching. Hope to get round to making this soon. . Merry Christmas and a happy New year. Judith

    On August 21, 2014

  • jody deschenes says...

    oh ya -the back is so fantastic i think it would be fun to just do an entire QAYG quilt with squares of fabrics i like that are quilted, with no pieced blocks at all! this is truly a 2 sided quilt (even tho the one side required effort 1,000 times the other) – the back is a 2nd top in its own right!

    On August 21, 2014

  • jody deschenes says...

    Alyssa, your finished quilt is great, & what an ambitious project this was – wow! i just came back to check things out as i just finished my 15th block (Strip Triangle, finally)…i will add either 5 or 10 more, then sash and longarm. this one will be so nice to complete! thanks for the learning and hope you are enjoying your new project this year!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Karen Arens says...

    a big thank you Alyssa , love your work. I have really enjoyed every aspect of making this quilt and indeed learnt heaps along the way. thank you for your wonderful generosity sharing your knowledge, talent and time.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Nancy D. says...

    Your’s looks fabulous! I ran out of fabric, time and energy so I was unable to make the border like your lesson shows. I really wanted to. But I did get a scrappy binding made and sewn on. Woo hoo! Thank you so much for this BOM it has been wonderful.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Kelli says...

    This looks so amazing! I’m very much looking forward to 2014’s quilt!! :)

    On August 21, 2014

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