The Cookie Exchange is completed.  This was my April One Monthly Goal.  I started this quilt with one layer cake and one Frivoli tin.  I didn’t mean to  buy two of the same fabric, but sometimes that happens.

The Frivoli fabric was 42 squares of 7 x 7.  Of course the layer cake is 42 squares of 10 x 10.  My simple mind came up with a great plan, cut the layer cake to 7 x 7.  Sewed them up and thought I needed it a bit bigger.  So I added piano keys.  It makes me feel so “experienced” to say piano keys, rather than add fabric to the edges.

But I did think ahead on the piano keys and adjusted my seam allowance to keep them all the same, rather than cutting the end pieces to fit the quilt.  I was pretty proud of myself for thinking of that ahead of time.  Ahead of time means before I finished them all, no I thought of it on the second set.

This quilt measures 64 x 64, nice size for hubby and me to use.  This one is staying at my house.  So far it is staying here.

 

I decided to quilt in a cross hatch pattern on the blocks of the quilt.  Once I started what was I thinking.  It took forever.  But I do like how it turned out.  Then I quilted the piano keys edge to edge, which made nice cross hatches on the corner blocks.

I had read somewhere that someone ironed their binding flat and then over.  I thought I would give it a try, since I am working to improve my binding.  It only took about 15 minutes to iron.  The corners really laid nice after the ironing.  Once I sewed the binding I think it turned out nice, especially the corners.  I think with the ironing process I may be able to make my binding thinner.  May try to start with 2.25 wide binding next time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Linking up with Elm Street Quilts – OMG

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April is coming to a close and we are more than half way through the Totally Triangle Quilt Along blocks.  Sheila at Mystery Quilter.  There are a total of 25 blocks in the pattern.  Through April we have 17 completed blocks.

I am thrilled that I have been ahead on getting blocks done.  Here is a peak at the April blocks.

Gold Medal 4/1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hexagon Delights 4/8

Down in the Valley  4/15

Soccer Ball  4/22

 

True Love 4/29

Stay tuned for May, where another four blocks will be completed.

 

I am linking up with Freemotion by the River

 

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Our March queen picked Blossom Heart Quilts – Wanta Fanta.  This was my first paper piecing block, no make that anything.  So I was bit nervous, especially because it was for someone else.  But I made one attempt and no seam lined up.  Second attempt was good to go, not perfect, but sendable.  

 

Then we moved into March.  You guessed it the March Queen picked a block that was paper pieced.  It is Blossom Heart Quilts – Houndstooth.  This didn’t have as many pieces to match up, so it went together much easier than the last block.  So I made two.

 

 

That is all the updates for our Bee Hive Lily Pad.

 

 

 

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Just a quick post today.  I am binding my April One Monthly Goal today.

 

 

I remember reading somewhere on the net about ironing your binding.  Of course, I can’t find it now.

If I remember right after it is sewn on they pressed it twice.  Once to the side and then once over the back.  I’m gonna try this process to see how it works.  I’m always looking for ways to improve my binding.

Anyone else iron their binding that many times?

 

 

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Welcome to the second week of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. It was great fun seeing the first week of bloggers and their stories. Everyone’s starts are so different, but still there are many similarities. Let’s kick off week number two.

I am Jan, living the retired life in West Michigan.  I am part of Beth’s Hive, she is over at Cooking Up Quilts.  Be sure to visit Yvonne  @Quilting Jet Girl and Leanne @She Can Quilt.  There are giveaways at the host sites, so be sure to stop by and visit their Hive mates too.

 

Be sure to visit each of my hive mates.  They are introducing themselves and have been working on updating theirs sites in our process.  I have found this is how quilters do it.  Help each other, have fun and enjoy the process, so hop over to each and check them out.

Sarah @9658 Textiles
Yanika @Finding Myself As An Artist
Vanda @Quilt In Piece
Abbie @Sparkle On

 

I started quilting in mid 2015 and turned to the internet for lessons, ideas and everything in between for quilting. I started out quick making several basic/easy quilts in that first year.

In 2016 I found the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. It was so full of information and inspiration. I was the school girl envious of the cool quilting girls. Then 2017 rolls around and posts show up for applications for the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. I applied and waited. I was just like that school girl, being accepted into the cool girls quilting group, excited for what was ahead. But nervous I wasn’t up for the challenge.

I knew I had to make a lot of changes for my blog to be presentable.  I also knew that I wanted to move from blogger to a self hosted site.  Wow, were there a lot of pieces to make that happen.  I have to admit my secret, I didn’t do it all myself.  I found a template and a company, https://www.pipdig.co/.  Phil at PipDig did most of the work.  Moving my blog from Blogger to WordPress, adding a new template and working with my host company.  It was great.  There were still pieces for me to do, but it made it so much easier to know that the majority of it would not only be done, but done right.

I originally started a blog when we built our house to keep friends and family near and far up to date, as well as a record for me for future needs of what was where under those walls. If you are just dying to see our house build it is HERE.

Once I started quilting I wanted to do the same. Keep track of what I was doing, plans and progress, but I knew I needed to have a better name. I had a constant companion who was always there for me, whether it was sewing, building, walking, anything she was there. Her name became our name, Cocoa Quilts.  We lost her after 14 years this past January, but here she is:

Here are a few of my favorite quilts.  You can see I haven’t strayed too far from basic/simple. I love precuts and bundles, that way I don’t have to be creative with fabric selection. which is not my strong suit. Here are a few of my favorites

 

 

 

This is my first quilt ever.  I can’t believe I picked out the fabrics and used Colorblock by Bijou Lovely for the pattern.  This was before I knew about precuts and collections.  I was so naive.  You can see this quilt HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made this quilt from a kit for my Aunt’s 90th Birthday and surprised her with a special delivery in Charleston, SC.  The details for this quilt are HERE.  Don’t think I did this quilting, no I sent it out to a longarmer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started this quilt with no pattern and a layer cake of Zen Chic Flow.  You can see the details on this quilt HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions – I have a few questions for you.

  • What one piece of advise can you give to me as a new quilter?
  • Do you enjoy link up parties?  How many do you think is too many to share on one post?

My Journey

Over the next year I hope to do all, OK maybe most of the following:

  • Improve my photos
  • Learn and Practice FMQ
  • Do more than edge to edge quilting
  • Continue making charity quilts (you can read my odd story of how I started doing charity quilts)

I hope you’ll follow along on my journey.

  • I am adding to my stash, which is very small.
  • I plan to build up my scraps so I can make some scrappy quilts.
  • I will continue in a Quilt Bee, doing charity quilts and swaps.

So follow along on your favorite platform bloglovin, pinterst, facebook, instagram and see what is happening this year.

Don’t forget to visit Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl and Leanne Hands 2 Help for those giveaways.

 

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