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Weekend – Day 2

Would it surprise you that my laundry still needs folding, but I have blocks to show you anyway?  It doesn’t surprise me a bit – but it is still early on Sunday.  Might get to that laundry yet.

Block 6 from Reach for the Stars is, to me, the easiest block so far.  Four HST units in the corners and 5 hour glass blocks.  I pretty much made up my own directions and used the easy method for hour glass blocks and cut my squares at 5 1/2″ (probably could have been 5 1/4″, but I wanted to be sure to have enough room to trim evenly).  I still need to add the black sashing, but here’s the last block for now – until a new issue of Quilters Newsletter arrives!  (Please, please, please ignore my ugly foot in this picture).

The outer corner fabric is from Palm Court, the two light fabrics are from Little Black Dress II and the other black/tan fabric is a new addition from Little Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings and it is called Raven Star Shower.

RFTS Block 6

While organizing a few boxes in my room (my daughter wanted one of my prized FQS boxes to paint and decorate as Ariel’s Grotto) – I came across a fat quarter bundle of Bluebird Park by Kate & Birdie Paper Co (for Moda).  I thought instantly that it would make a great choice for my ‘first’ Great Granny Squared quilt.  Here’s the unbundling on my cutting table:

BP FQ Bundle


I already had quite a bit of grey polka dot yardage from Vintage Modern (Bonnie & Camille) and it goes wonderfully with this linen-look collection.  I couldn’t wait to make my first block!

Here’s the first fabric on the ironing board:


BP Fabric 1

I asked Nora to select three more that were of different colors and got my cutting done in no time.  (not for the entire quilt mind you, but enough to get a block done and have some instant smiles)

The fabric collection has cute pictures of rabbits and hedgehogs.  The rabbits are making an appearance in my first block:


And here is the final block, squared up to 12 1/2″ unfinished.  I’m sure this would go much faster if I had everything cut now and decided on all the combinations of fabrics, but that isn’t really how I roll.  There are a total of 20 blocks in the quilt top and it calls for a few more fat quarters than I have in this bundle.  I’m going to mix in some Wishes fabric by Sweetwater.  I have two charm packs of it and many of the colors will go great.

GGS Block 1

My Avalon house block will have to wait until later tonight, or this week.  I really had to get this one block done – it is so Springy!  Plus, I have a couple of housewarming quilts that need to be made in the next couple of months and I think this will be one of them.

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend and thanks for stopping by for a visit!