A few weeks ago, I started March OMG (One Monthly Goal) using MSQC Ribbon Dance pattern. When I started to put the blocks together, it was moving along great. After a few blocks, I was challenged with the pressing. Seams open, to the dark side, up, down yikes I was failing.
I decided to go back to what has always worked for me, Rows. So I layed the quilt out and but it together the rows together. Not sure if it was the best use of time, but it worked for me. I knew exactly how to press to get the seams to nest. I was on my way to a finished quilt top.
|MQSC Ribbon Dance piecing
We are almost there. Once I completed the top, it was on to decide on backing. I had planned on using Me and My Sisters Designs pink polka dot. Of course, I didn’t buy enough. Time to modify the plan. I had left over HSTs from the front, but decided that wouldn’t be what I wanted for the back. I wanted something light and airy. So I cut up some Kona Snow White and added to the back. Here is the back ready to be pressed and sandwiched.
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I posted a few days ago about joining the #beehivelillypad2017 and being the February Queen.
I received all the blocks and got busy on putting together my quilt. You know I don’t like to have unfinished projects sitting around. Although right now I do have a few, okay only 2.
I chose Homebase by Blossom Heart Quilts It was a simple block. I chose white on whites as the background, greys for the pieces and bright colors for the middle. This was my sample.
Before I knew it March was upon us and the blocks rolled in. It was fun to see them posted online and then get them in the mail. A got a few extra blocks from some in the group, so I only had to make one additional block to come up with 16. So it was decided a 4 x 4 quilt.
I was so please with the finished quilt. The binding is my favorite black and white stripes.
The backing was a wide back piece I had left from other quilts.
I decided I will be donating this quilt to Hand 2 Help I stumbled upon them last year and made a few quilts. They are starting 2017 right now, so this will be one of my quilts for them.
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I joined my first Quilt Bee, Swarm Lily Pad 2017. February was my month. I was the Queen.
I chose the Homebase Block – Blossom Heart Quilts. Here was my sample block.
I requested a white low volume background, grays and bright color for the middle. It was a blast to see the blocks online and even better to start seeing them in person.
After getting all the blocks, even a few extras were received I made one more block. I have a top.
It turned out great. The sandwich was made last night and I hope to have it finished by tomorrow. This one will be going to Hands 2 Help. I signed up last year, as well as this year.
Thanks to my bee mates for the great blocks. #BeeHiveLilyPad2017
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I joined my first online Bee – Swarm Lily Pad 2017. January’s block was a good challenge for me. It has lots of pieces and surprisingly went together quickly. It was Blossom Heart Quilts – Ripples When I saw the directions and pieces, it was a bit intimidated, but I did it.
Next up was February, I was the Queen. So we know that it would be a simple block. I picked Blossom Heart Quilts-Homebase.
Now onto the scary part, March. Our Queen picked a paper piecing block, Blossom Heart Quilts – Wanta-Fanta. I knew someone would pick paper piecing. So I started.
Here are the snowballs pieces with one of the X units. None of the seams in the X unit matched, not even close. I thought I followed each direction so carefully, but no luck. Second try wasn’t much better.
Yesterday was gonna be my day. Either third strike and I’m out or third time was a charm. I think it worked are pretty good. A bit off on some of the X unit seams, but good to go.
Paper piecing was on my list of things to try in 2017, so I can say I tried. I think I’ll be doing some others. They will be for myself, then I won’t be as concerned with perfect matches.
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Many of you know that I haven’t really been quilting that long, 18 months. My stash is really sad.
Yesterday I was heading across the state to have dinner with some girlfriends from high school (we aren’t really girls anymore). Go Class of 1974!!! I was going to do a slow drive and stop along the way.
I remember Pam at Mama Sparks World, who is from Ann Arbor, about her favorite fabric stops. So after an email, she gave me a few places to stop. I only had a chance to stop at one, Pink Castle Fabric. When I pulled up, it wasn’t quite the quilt shop I was expecting. It was more like a work type building. Once I got inside, who cares what the outside looked like.
Here is the fabric I added to my stash yesterday:
There is no plan for the is fabric, other than to look at it and find a way to be able to see it when it gets put away.