The last few days have been full of sewing, stitching, and playing catch-up. I sewed together the snowball centre of Darlene's Mystery Quilt that I told you about HERE.
The monthly quiltalong is just perfect for me. I will admit, though, I am pretty anxious to see the next step. Darlene has set up a Flickr page HERE , so make sure you have a look and maybe join us? The next part of the mystery comes out on February 1.
I also caught up with my Grandmother's Choice Blocks by Barbara Brackman. Blocks 18 and 20 were a piece of cake, but block 19 was a little challenging for someone who sometimes sews too fast and has to dig out her seam ripper many times...just saying!
Block 18. Cheyenne:
Block 19. Old Maid's Ramble
Block 20. Memory Wreath
So now I have 20 blocks done of the 49. I took a quick picture of the blocks...the colours are not quite accutrate, but it gives me a bit of an idea of how the quilt is shaping up so far...
I think I'm liking these blocks. Barbara gives us the yardage needed for the setting and the borders HERE, but I think I'll wait 'till my blocks are finished before I choose the fabrics.
The Country Charmer Quiltalong is getting a lot of attention. Several of you have contacted me or quilt designer Lynn at Sew'n Wild Oaks to let us know you will be joining us to make this gorgeous quilt. This is a very easy going QAL...the goal is to have the pattern purchased and fabrics cut by the end of January and monthly units to be pieced after that. If you missed the info, check it out HERE.
The other day a package arrived for me from Green Fairy Quilts containing fabric that I had purchased during one of their recent sales, and they have a lot of sales. I purchased a fat eighth bundle of Barbara Brackman's Metropolitan Fair. (It's still on sale as of the writing of this post). This is what it looked like online...
but of course I had to open the package ...
I decided I am going to use this fabulous fabric to make my Country Charmer quilt blocks. In fact, I may have to change the name of my quilt to Civil War Charmer, and I think Lynn may also be using CW fabrics. That is the beauty of Lynn's pattern- there are so many options. I've also decided that I'm going to make a few more blocks so that this quilt will fit a queen sized bed.
I want to thank a few folks for some wonderful giveaways. Jen, who hails all the way from New Zealand and blogs at Jen's Crafts and Quilts Scrapbook sent me this gorgeous bundle of black and whites...
I was one of the random winners of Michelle's Quilting Gallery's Christmas show and won a $25 gift certificate to Fabric.com. I added just a little of my own money and this arrived last week. You know I love chocolate, so I just had to get some Double Chocolate-two charm packs and some yardage so I have lots of options!
I was also the proud winner of a giveaway from Rita at Red Pepper Quilts. The giveaway sponsor, Susan, of Moona Fabrics, sent me this awesome collection of ten fat quarters of Art Gallery's Rock 'n Romance by Pat Bravo. The fabric is so soft...I see a very modern quilt on the way!
Oh my, it's a great day for quilting!