American Made Mystery BOM Quilt: Block 3- Diamond Deserts


Photo Credit: Sparkling Thorn by Thangaraj Kumaravel, Creative Commons License

I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps 

To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts; 

And all around me a voice was sounding: 

This land was made for you and me. – Woody Guthrie

The “In Every Desert Hides a Well” block is a perfect place to start thinking about how you might embellish your finished quilt. What could be more beautiful than beadwork to evoke that sparkling quality of a desert landscape at dawn? Or perhaps your cactus needs a few realistic needles you can create with embroidery. The time to add these touches is at the end, when all your blocks are sewn together and you’ve created your quilt sandwich with batting and backing. But no harm in planning now!

We’ve uncovered two great tutorials that cover beading and embroidery of quilts. If you plan to bead, check out the embroidery link as well, since she covers handy tips on how to work so that the back of your quilt is still beautiful after you embellish the front.

For the beading tutorial, follow this link.

For the embroidery tutorial, follow this link.

If you’re just tuning into the Our Land Mystery BOM here on the Works, please find all 3 current blocks in the links below:

Find Block 3 “In Every Desert Hides a Well” here.

Find Block 2 “The Most Perfect Hill” here.

Find Block 1 “View From the Shore” here.

For a chance to win some great prizes, be sure to share photos of your finished block on Instagram with the tag #AMBmystery, or email your picture to: info at Clothworks dot com!

Speaking of sharing photos of finished blocks, let’s take a look at the most recent entries we’ve received so far…

Mary Sekula shared her Block 2 on the left and Block 3 on the right:

Mary Sekula Block 2 & 3 Collage

Anne Miro:

Anne Miro Block 3

Patty Dudek of Elm Street Quilts shared her Block 3 on Instagram and in a very witty blog post.  Read it here:Patty Dudek Block 3

Donette Backlund:

Donette Backlund Block 3

Donette Backlund is the owner of Little Cottage Quilt Shop in Medina, TX.  She’s currently hosting Our Land , the AMB Mystery BOM Quilt in her shop.  Here’s a great pic of her display featuring all 3 Blocks that have been completed so far:

Donette Backlund Little Cottage Quilts store display AMB Mystery blocks v2

Thanks to all for sharing your lovely blocks!  Keep up the great work and looking forward to seeing more block entries.



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