Saturday, 2 January 2016

'Hazel' my new free BOM for 2016

'Little Hazel' 62 x 62"
Well, it's officially 2016 and that means it's time for me to start showing off the next Free BOM 'Hazel' and 'Little Hazel'. I wanted to make this pattern available to everyone and I know we don't all need large quilts, so I've decided to also offer my quilts into 'little' versions whenever convenient, so no matter your time schedule, you can fit a Hazel BOM into your quilting calendar:)

Didn't 2015 just fly by? This year is going to be the busiest yet, BOM wise. I have several lined up and during the week ahead, I'll be mapping out when they will be released throughout the year. Some will be BOMs, others will be complete patterns released as a one-off. Make sure you're a member of my Yahoo BOM Group - that way you won't miss out on any free gorgeous patterns that are coming!

Here's the first BOM for 2016: Hazel is a pieced BOM which takes me down winding rivers and woodlands. Here is a quilt full of passages, connections and returning to centre - a nice reminder of life's turns and returns.

There are 2 x size options: the full size 'Hazel' BOM at 88x105" and 'Little Hazel' 62 x 62"
'Hazel' 88 x 105"
Something that I like to do whenever I design a quilt is to 'test' it to see which tones it cries out for. In my mind, 'Hazel' was always a nutty brown and muted blue kind of quilt - hence the fabrics below.

But, I couldn't help playing around with the complete opposite of my original idea and colouring it in with striking vibrant primaries of yellow, blue and red. Both are different quilts that evoke completely different moods and I must admit, they both work in their own way. This is a great satisfaction for me, it means that the pattern lends itself to a whole range of 'styles' when it comes to choosing fabrics and this versatility means everything when you're deciding on a new quilt.
I'm really excited about releasing this BOM. I've been meaning to release a pieced BOM for a while now and I'm glad it's actually happening. I already love Hazel and I hope you will too. 

For my fellow applique lovers, yes there is an applique BOM coming, I'm currently deciding which one to release :) 

Hazel and Little Hazel will be released on January 15th over in my Yahoo BOM Group. 
Membership is and always will be free. 


48 comments:

  1. I like Hazel.......the big one ;-)))))
    Thank you Esther

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  2. Esther, Hazel and Little Hazel are just beautiful! I can see already that you're going to be challenging my skills with the curves, and I look forward to your excellent instruction. Thank you for your amazing generosity in sharing these beautiful patterns with us.

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  3. Love it; having fun trying to work out how you made the blocks up, I love doing this its like doing a jigsaw puzzle. Many many thanks for a lovely new BOM Esther Cheers Glenda

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    1. The pattern looks complicated, but it really isn't - it's all in the blocks that create the 'look' without the hard work :)

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  4. thanks a million Esther for yet a nother beautiful quilt!!

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  5. Esther, Hazel and Little Hazel are just beautiful!Thank you!

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  6. I love this one and hurricane hazel it is, because it will be the big one!

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  7. I love your design. I like your original fabric choice the best. I am thinking about civil war prints, but not sure yet. I am getting excited about this! Thank you,

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  8. Are the blocks the same size so If I start with little Hazel I can switch to Hazel if time allows? This pattern is a beauty.

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    1. The blocks are the same size but Hazel is diagonal and Little Hazel is horizontal so you can't 'continue on into the Hazel quilt' after making the Little Hazel version - they are two separate quilts and Little Hazel is ideal for beginners who can't handle diagonal blocks or just don't need a large quilt.

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  9. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this quilt! I'm so excited to start it.

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  10. Happy New Year. Both quilts are gorgeous. I might start the little Hazel.Thanks for sharing the patterns.

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  11. You are amazing,talented and very giving to your readers!

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  12. So very excited for this and so very grateful for your generosity in sharing!

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  13. Gorgeous! I'm in. Thank you Esther!

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  14. Your talent and generosity are amazing. Thank you!

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  15. So beautiful...what an exciting pattern!

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  16. hello! it's fantastic! sorry i'm new in this, how can i enroll in this bom??

    thanks in advance

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    1. Join the 'Esther Aliu Yahoo BOM Group', link here
      https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/estheraliubom

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  17. I'm not very good at quilting but Little Hazel has me thinking that I will try to make it even though it will be challenging. Thank you for all the lovely patterns.

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    1. Little Hazel is perfect for beginners, take the plunge!

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  18. Gorgeous. Can't wait! Just hope I don't miss any instalments. 😄

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    1. These days I leave all the 'parts' up so members can download them anytime without issue, so don't worry, you won't!

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  19. Wow! I love it. I can hardly wait. Thank you Esther and have a blessed year.

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  20. Esther, very beautiful quilt! You are very talented!

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  21. It's beautiful -- and I love the color combination of the blues, browns and reds you've mocked it up with! Can't wait for the 15th!! Happy New Year! :)

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  22. SO exciting! I love the center. You are such a generous person.

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  23. Both Hazels are beautiful. So, excited!

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  24. Hi Esther!! I'm writing from Spain. How can I join your group? I love this quilt

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    1. Join the 'Esther Aliu Yahoo BOM Group', link here
      https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/estheraliubom

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  25. It is so beautiful--love it and can't wait for the 15th!! Thanks so much!

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  26. I love your BOM!! Tried to join the group on Yahoo, but I kept getting error saying there was a problem sending the data. I'll keep trying. Your pattern is beautiful!

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    1. Keep trying Vera! I just approved a new batch of members - 50 this past weekend with no issue. Sometimes Yahoo misbehaves. If you have ongoing issues, please contact me again and I'll send you a specific link to join.

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  27. I have loved your BOM's for a long time, and this is another beautiful one. Thank you so much for all you share with us. Can't wait to get started.
    Lisa in Alabama

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  28. Well done Esther. it looks lovely and I'm sure it will be very popular on the Yahoo group. Happy New Year from the UK!

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    1. Thanks so much, I'm looking forward to seeing what fabrics everyone opts for...

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  29. You are an amazing artist!

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  30. wow this is beatiful big or little fabulous looking forward to doing this hugs you are such a talented lady and you share your talent so sweetly

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  31. This is beautiful! Looking forward to making this with your guidance! Thank you!

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  32. Precioso!!! Como se hace para aputarse?? Me gustaria mucho hacerlo

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  33. Very pretty. Wondering if you could provide a diagram file so we could also play with different colors? Thank you!

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  34. I am interesting in joining your yahoo group, but when I click the link, I don't see a place to join. Thanks.

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  35. Am looking for the pattern, but EVERYTHING comes up for FB,and I'm NOT joining up fot that. I have LOVED your patterns now for a number of years, but if it will be like this, then I will have to miss out. You say we can still get them from your blog, but how?
    Please explain

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  36. 'Hazel' my new free BOM for 2016 mi piacerebbe partecipare a questo gruppo, ma non capisco dove si trovano i blocchi che pubblicate ogni 15 del mese.-Grazie per la vostra attenzione e scusate se non parlo inglese

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