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A Lovely Year of Finishes – March Goal

March is going to be a very busy sewing and quilting month for me as I work away on my secret Tree Bird Blog Hop project. I can’t show you the actual bird fabric that I ended up choosing but I can give you a sneak peek at the other fabrics that I’m using in the project.

Fabrics for the Tree Bird Blog Hop project

Aren’t those luscious!  Truthfully that photo doesn’t even do them justice.

The one on the left is one that my new favorite quilt shop The Marsh Store just got in. It’s from a new line of blenders… Harlequin Design #15042 by Debra Lunn and Micheal Mrowka for Robert Kaufman. And while you’ll have to take my word for it… this fabric looks like it was made specifically for my bird fabric, that’s how closely the colors match even though they are from completely different lines and companies.

The black with gold dots is Times Treasures Metallic Pin Dots #CM9528.  When I showed one of the ladies at The Marsh the main fabric I am working with and asked if they had any black fabric with gold dots she knew just what I was looking for. Unfortunately when we checked they were all out. So I wondered around the shop trying to see if I could come up with another fabric that would work with what I had in mind. However, in the meantime, unbeknownst to me, she had gone to the back of the shop and searched through all of their fat quarters until she came up with the very last 3 fat quarters they had of that fabric. I’ve got my fingers crossed that ¾ of a yard will be enough.

Now you see why they are my new favorite quilt shop. They go out of their way to help you find just the fabric that you want.

That beautiful red is LB Basic Glitter by Laurel Burch for Clothworks. I managed to find that on sale at a great price from carmenjass on etsy.

This is a fairly large project that I’m going to be working on for the Tree Bird Blog Hop and it needs to be completed by the 18th so I have time to photograph it and get a post ready for my day on the 19th.

That’s why for my March goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes I’ve chosen something that I’ll be able to finish between the 19th and 31st of the month.

Chefs cooking placemats ready to quilt

That set of four placemats is hand-basted. They just need to be quilted and bound.

Once again, I’ll be using them to practice free motion quilting. I would like to try a new design but I haven’t decided what might work best for that Chefs cooking fabric and my beginner fmqing abilities. Any suggestions would be most welcome!



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  • MA
    March 4, 2015 7:16 pm

    The Harlequin fabric is gorgeous, but I have to say my eye was taken by the Chefs. Our oldest son is a chef so this would be something he would like.

  • Allison
    March 4, 2015 12:48 pm

    I love the idea of doing placemats to practice on. And I love the fabric you did give us a sneakpeak at–so lovely. So curious to see how your challenge piece comes together. Good luck on your busy month.

  • Vickie Horsfall
    March 4, 2015 11:44 am

    Wow. You have a full plate of projects this month! I haven’t done any FMQ on finished projects, but I like the loops of quilting. Not sure what the official name is, but it reminds me of spaghetti. It might work with your themed fabric on your placemats. These fabrics in your photo look so nice. Looking forward to seeing your completed project! Happy Sewing! ~ Vickie

  • Mary
    March 3, 2015 10:48 am

    Those fabrics are gorgeous! I like the placemat fabric too. Have fun with the FMQ.

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