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First Finish 2017

I have a baby shower to attend this weekend so of course that means baby quilt!  I seldom use a standard pattern, I like to create my own sort of ‘design as I go’ thing.  It can be time consuming, and the result not always what I envisioned.  Then there’s that problem of running out of fabric that you need to make it somewhat cohesive (insert necessary trip to my LQS). Anyway, my absolute favorite block is the nested churn dash.  I. LOVE. IT.  It’s fun and simple and finishes at 24″ square. Big.  I like big blocks and I cannot lie . . .

I had this little bird in my stash that I decided to fussy cut and went from there. img_1911-2My original plan was to just keep going on the churn dash until it became a size I liked, maybe 42X42?   I hate math though, so I decided to just add more churn dashes of different sizes.  Of course, geese are welcome in most quilts and I saw this tutorial for migrating geese while scrolling through Pinterest and gave it a shot.  Not perfect (my work, that is, not the tutorial!) but I’m not a perfectionist.  Since I’m new at this blogging thing I haven’t yet figured out how to post links, hopefully that worked.  If not you can copy and paste this 🙂 http://janeweston.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/rainbow-migrating-geese-tutorial.html

I love scrappy backs.  My norm is to make some sort of block for the back so the quilt seems more personal or maybe even two-sided.  Time-crunch here though, needed to finish up. I cut up what was left (and added a small bit of scraps for good measure) and I’m satisfied.img_1918-2  I just did some organic straight line quilting and then used a scrappy binding. Finished size is 40″X 44″.  The soft colors make me smile.  I hope it brings this beautiful new life lots of warm snuggles.

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I’m A Blogger?

So here I go, a little late to the game.  I’ve decided 2017 will be my year to blog all of my adventures.  I’ve loved reading different blogs over the years and since I’ve never been able to keep a journal or organize photos I figured I’d give this a shot.  So if anyone actually decides to read this, welcome to my 2017!!

I’ll keep this short and simple for my first try instead of being long winded as I usually am. Last year I decided to try a quilt-along hosted by Pat Sloane and Jane Davidson called the Splendid Sampler.  Two blocks a week with some bonus blocks thrown in.  Easy peasy!  Then we sold our house in May (in 6 days, eek!) and were basically homeless until the end of September.  Needless to say, not much sewing happened.  Then we found our perfect home built around 1870 and in need of much love.  Months of renovations began.  Now it is January and our home is quite comfortable, but still a loooong way to go.  That’s OK, we do the work ourselves and really enjoy it.  It’s a hobby, sort of… Anyway, not much sewing going on here.

We are taking a reno break in January and I’m sewing again.  So many projects, but I hate leaving anything incomplete.  I picked up where I left off with the quilt-along back in May.  I know I won’t complete all the blocks, I decided to pick the ones I know I will enjoy making.  And that works, right? Isn’t that what it’s all about?  I’m using a grey background for each of my squares and scraps for the main part.  I think it will be sweet when complete, but who knows when that will happen!  Here’s the pics of what I completed last week, not quality photos but I’m taking this blogger thing one step at a time 🙂img_1908img_1906

 

 

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