I started the 52 Week Quilt Block Challenge-Checkerboard, a free quiltalong offered by Darlene at A Needle Pulling Thread. This is the 4th year that Darlene has hosted a BOW, starting in January of the new year, and my second year participating. I went to my stash for this one, using mostly fabrics from Me and My Sister Designs by Moda. Because I am a huge supporter of lap quilts, I stopped sewing blocks when I felt I had enough. I added a pieced border to the checkerboard quilt and found a sunny day to hang the top on the line. It finishes at about 52" x 66" so I should be able to quilt this myself.
I finished my Short and Sweet quilt designed by Kim Diehl that I showed you last month. I did crosshatch quilting for the centre and echo quilting around the felt leaves. This quilt makes me smile every time I look at it!
I sent a small shipment of baby bibs, burp cloths and handkerchief bibs out west. July will come soon enough and I wanted to make sure baby clothes will be well protected!
May also brought the middle of the month instructions for Edyta Sitar's Patches of Blue QAL. This time we made 2 of her Bluebell blocks. Love these!
A quick little quilt I made this month was my circle quilt. I had purchased precut batik circles from Sew Batik when I attended the Maine Quilt show several years ago. Of course, the circles sat and sat and sat. Last week I found them in my sewing closet, appliqued them to some neutral backgrounds, and "Circle of Batiks" was born. I did some curvy line quilting and it is a finish. I suppose it could be a table topper, wall hanging, or picnic quilt? It finishes at 27" square, so it's not very big. It can be so satisfying to make a quilt from start to finish in a day or two.
In between all this, I pulled out my Country Charmer project and made a few more blocks. I think Lynn of Sew'n Wild Oats has made a classic with this pattern! My first Country Charmer quilt was made in a variety of colours, but this one will be blues, creams and tans all over. Blue seems to be my favorite colour these days!
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The last project to share with you is my Third Street Neighborhood Quilt. I shared the beginning with you last time. Well, now I have it all together, sandwiched, and about a third of it has been quilted. Left over fabrics were made into a pillow and then stuffed with leftover fabrics and batting. It is my small way to repurpose my fabric leftovers and avoid sending them to landfills.
I am using a meandering stitch for the large blocks and will quilt the houses a little differently to set them off. Here is a peek of what will be under my needle today...
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And thanks to all of you for visiting me today. It's a great day for quilting!
Oops, one more thing to tell you. I attended a fabulous quilt show on the weekend with my fellow members of the Nova Scotia Quilt Bloggers Quartet. It is the annual Thistle Guild Quilt Show of which our friend Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World blog is a member. She won the Viewers' Choice Award that day for her Splendid Sampler quilt. Congratulations, Sheila! The quilt is spectacular! I actually started this same BOW hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson but stopped when so many of the blocks were appliqued and embroidered. Sheila kept at it and has produced a legacy quilt. Way to go, Sheila!