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Slowly but surely I’m still picking away at the blocks for the Dr. Who Along.  I’ve found that I really need large chunks of time to work on these blocks – I can’t put 5 minutes in here and there.  They take a lot of concentration.  I’m still enjoying the quilt along, I just haven’t been able to carve out the time I need for this recently.

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A bundle of Fort Firefly from Birch Fabrics made its way to my house this week.  I bought it with no specific plan or pattern in mind – just the thought that I will use it one day this winter while it’s snowing and cold outside.  I really, really love the prints and the colors in this line.  I don’t think I’ve been this is excited about one line of fabric for a looong time.

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I’m working my way through the Dr. Who Along slowly but surely.  This was a fun block!

Not much sewing has been happening.  The spring cleaning bug bit me (better late than never…although it’s technically still spring for another week).  The gardens are mostly all planted and weeding has begun in full force.  For me, sewing is a winter time thing mostly, but that doesn’t mean I don’t keep up on sales and the acquisition of pretty fabrics  🙂

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I bought a charm pack of Lotta Jansdotter’s Glimma line and a charm pack of Shelburne Falls by Denyse Schmidt.  I’ve never sewn with anything by Denyse Schmidt, so I’m very excited to give it a go.  I don’t have any specific patterns or projects in mind for these…maybe a super simple patchwork baby quilt or some sort of improv-y type thing.

I also bought a spool of Aurifil thread.  I had never tried this thread before until I won some in a giveaway.  And, I must say, all of the rave reviews are right on from my experience so far.  So, I’m slowly expanding my collection.

I’m linking up with Thursday Threads!  Stop by and see what everyone else is up to!

Whew!  I put together 12 Caldonia blocks this past week or so.  After the first couple, I started sort of chain piecing them and had an assembly line style thing happening and the rest went together quickly.

The top is together and basted, but not yet quilted.

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I’m pretty stumped on how I’m going to quilt this.  Possibly some sort of echoing lines for each star?  The areas between the stars create such cool shapes that I’d like to highlight that as well, but not distract from the blocks…decisions, decisions.

The top is 36″ x 48″ – a perfect baby/crib sized quilt.

This is my favorite block!  I love how the stripey print worked out!

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And this block is a close second favorite:

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I didn’t have enough yardage of the prints and had to substitute some solids from the stash.  If you’re thinking of making this I used 8 fat quarters of prints and (this is a very, very rough guess) about a fat quarter of solids.  Of course, I’m pretty new to paper piecing an end up having quite a bit of waste fabric to trim off my blocks.  I like to use a piece of fabric wayyy bigger than what I actually need because paper piecing is still somewhat mind boggling to me.

I’m linking up with Thursday Threads at 627 Handworks today!  Head on over and see what everyone else is up to!

I recently taught myself a new skill – paper piecing.  And, oh, the possibilities!  There are so many great blocks out there and fun quilt alongs to join!  I couldn’t help myself…and started two new projects!

First of all…I found this great Caldonia block and decided to make a baby quilt!  The fabrics are Charleston Farmhouse by Felicity Miller that I won in a giveaway from Sew Memphis!

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Those are my first two blocks and I have the pieces cut for a bunch more!

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And I also decided to join my first quilt-along ever!
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I’ve completed the first block and have the pattern for the second one in hand!

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I might end up remaking this block later on.  It was my first rather complicated paper piecing block and I mixed up some fabrics and the right/wrong side of what goes where.  While teaching myself to paper piece, I came across some great youtube videos here and here.

And today, I’m linking up with 267Handworks and Thursday Threads!

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I decided to quilt up every single flimsy I have lying around.   I have six done and three more to go.  Not sure where this urge came from…I think its an aversion to spring cleaning.  Why wash walls when I have UFOs lying around??

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The “finish-it-up” bug bit me earlier this week and I have spent almost every evening since basting or quilting.  This pic shows the pile I’m currently working my way through.  Ahh, its such a relief to finally make progress on these tops, some of which have sat around for a really long time.

Well, it seems I’ve caught starter-itis and haven’t finished much of anything.

I started a scrap quilt:

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I’m on the fence about how it’s going. It’s my current leader-ender project, so I think I’ll make enough blocks to at least get it to throw size.

And, I started a giant churn dash quilt:

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Using a fat quarter pack of The Birds and the Bees by Tula Pink.  I have to say that I’m really loving this one 🙂

I’m linking up over at Freshly Pieced today!

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I started this the other evening just because I wanted to sew something, and nothing else held my interest.  I’m not entirely sold on it, though. I don’t know if I should sew more blocks and hope it grows on me or just abandon it and start another new project.  Decisions, decisions…

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