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Another month, another block finished for my second CC quilt. Yes, in this entire month, I made only one Country Charmer block for the QAL...but I sure enjoyed making it, and we did say this was an easy peasy, no stress QAL, right?
Before I give you my pictorial (!) update, I just want to shout out a huge "HELLO" all the way to Northern California to Lovely Lynn, CC quilt designer and blogger extraordinaire from Sew'n Wild Oaks. She is playing the "hostess with the mostest" to Quilt Sue, or "Queen Sue", as we like to call her, fellow CC participant and designer of our infamous CC button. Be sure to visit their blogs this week...they are both keeping us
Nancy Ann, another regular CC participant and prolific quilter who blogs at Nancie Anne Quilts, has also joined the duo. The wild pair is now a wild trio! You should check out Nancie Ann's CC blocks...she fussy cuts little birds in the centres of her blocks. So cool!
Because these three gals are so busy entertaining and being entertained, they may not have time to pop in for the CC update, but we will definitely forgive them. For anyone else, would love to have you link up below if you have a CC update or a picture of your quilt to show us. We also have a Flickr page HERE.
I was thrilled to see the post made earlier today by Sue of Cozy Little Quilts. She showed some beautiful pictures of her CC quilt HERE. If you're ready to hop on the CC train too, patterns are available HERE.
Without further ado, I present to you this month's "Diary of a Country Charmer."
1) Found my CC tote with my finished block, fabrics, sashing units and nine-patches.
2) Organized my ironing board/table. Pulled out my one CC block and started filling in the pieces for block two on Lynn's cool chart. It's just like making a puzzle!
4) Set up my iPad so I could sew and be inspired by the CC quilt made by Lynn's friend Barbara that was blowing in the breeze in the pictures that Lynn showed us on her blog post, Quilting in the Garden 2013. I'm also inspired every day by the creative friends that have sent their postcards my way. When I sew, I don't have a window to look through. Instead, I look at my bulletin board. I couldn't sew a stitch without that thread catcher made by my Cape Breton friend down the road!
5) Got my tools ready. Hope I'm not the only quilter who has two pin cushions in front of them and still can't find one when I need it. That little sponge, although showing lots of wear, is a terrific little thread remover.Very useful at the end of a sewing session!
6) Started day dreaming. Why not make a leader/ender project while sewing a CC block? With the piecing I'm going to do for the CC quilt, I bet I could make a small quilt in no time at all! Decided to grab my blue tote and find some fabrics to use with the 3.5" squares I found of white and blue shirting fabric.
7) Bingo! There must be something useful in here!
8) Decided on a few different shades of blue and stated cutting them to size.
9) Prepared the squares to make some HSTs. Used my super-duper sandpaper/cutting board that Woodworker Hubby made for me. He glued a fine-grit sandpaper on one side of a thin piece of plywood. The other side is a cutting mat. (I had an old cutting mat that was worn out in several places so he cut a "good" piece out and glued it on the other side.)
10) Finally ready to start sewing. In no time at all, I finished block two. I used the same fabrics, same everything. A scrappy quilt that matches...who would have thought!
11) Finished sewing my HSTs.
12) Decided to go a step further and make them into hour glass blocks. Unfinished block size is 2.5".
So that was my CC day! Thank you, Lovely Lynn, for designing this beautiful CC quilt and continuing to inspire us. You're awesome! Thanks as well to your talented sister Gail for testing your quilty designs. I always love to see what she has been up to!
I'm sure you didn't expect another post from me so soon after Sunday's Blogiversary post, but I couldn't change the calendar, could I? If you don't know about it yet, I'm having a giveaway.You can read about it in my previous post HERE and leave a comment there if you'd like your name entered into the draw. I have been so very humbled and overwhelmed by the wonderful comments that you have left for me.
It's a great day for quilting!