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ALYofF – April Goal & a Quick Thank You

Vintage Embroidery Monday will return next week with another vintage Workbasket pattern.  The last few weeks have just been so busy that I forgot that my last scheduled Monday post was last week.

I’m also looking into adding something new starting next Monday that I hope will be fun for everyone who loves embroidery… whether it be vintage or more recent patterns.

Today I thought I’d share my A Lovely Year of Finishes goal for April.

Back in November when we unpacked all our stuff that had been in storage for three years, I discovered several UFOs/WIPs that in some cases I had forgotten even existed.  Over the past four months, I’ve managed to finish all the projects that were hand-basted; ready to quilt and bind.   Those included my Trellis Quilt (aka Scrappy Nine Patch,) the Flying Zebra Quilt, the Paper Pinwheel Quilt and matching Bed Runner, the Hens and Roosters placemats and the Chefs placemats.

When I write them all out like that, I realized that I really have managed to check a lot of items off my list of projects I intend to finish before we have to move again.

Now I’m going to begin working on the quilt tops that need to be sandwiched, hand-basted, quilted and bound.  First up is this Sampler Table Runner:

Sample Table Runner

The blocks for this table runner came from the very first quilt-a-long hosted by AmandaJean over at crazy mom quilts… way back in 2008.  I had just started to learn to quilt and none of my blocks came out the same size.  So rather than struggle to make them work in a larger quilt, I took the blocks that were closest in size to each other and made them into table runners.  This is the last one that needs to be finished.

Once again, I’m going to be using this smaller project to practice free motion quilting.  I’ve found some different leaves that I’d like to try out to see if I like them better than the ones I did on the Chefs Placemats.

But before I head off to start working in the Sampler Table Runner, I’d like to thank those who purchased a pattern to make Abigail.

As I mentioned in Friday’s post, as a bonus to the first 50 people who purchase the Abigail doll pattern, I’ll be e-mailing them the pattern to make the doll quilt pictured with the dolls.

Cover for Doll Quilt PatternIf anyone who purchased the pattern has not received their free pattern, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me and I’ll resend it.



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  • MaryAnne
    April 6, 2015 6:44 pm

    Brilliant idea to do something like this with your blocks. I spent the day sewing, and then reverse sewing!, on the quilt I’m working on. There IS a reason why I’m not a sane quilter!!

  • Susan
    April 6, 2015 3:01 pm

    I love your solution to the different-sized-blocks problem. This will be great on the table, and I look forward to seeing what quilting you practice on it.

  • Mary
    April 6, 2015 1:49 pm

    I love the fabrics in your sampler. The colors are just great.

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