Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February Already?

I'm not sure how January went by so quickly, but since it's winter, that's okay!
One month of 365 Challenge blocks down--only eleven months to go! 

At the beginning of the month, the blocks were very easy. Now they are beginning to live up to the name of the sew along--Challenging!!
These are the parts of block 34 before piecing--keep in mind it's going to be a 3" block!
This is what I've learned so far while making these blocks:
1) Starch the fabrics like crazy before cutting
2) Press the seams open
3) Check the measurements after sewing each segment in the block
...and then maybe my block will end up at the right size!

I spent a couple afternoons last week doing this....

....and managed to get to this on Saturday.
After auditioning what seemed like dozens of fabrics, I finally settled on a blue homespun from my stash. 

 The backing will be another piece of lighter homespun. I'm also using a third homespun for a hanging sleeve. It feels good to clear some fabric out of the homespun bin--eventually I may be able to snap the lid closed!

The binding was made using the fabrics leftover from the triangle sashing.
 Stacy had designed a spool block for a blog hop, and I really wanted to use it on my quilt front, so my extra block will go on the back for the label. 
 This will be my February UFO to complete. I'm hoping there will be few other UFO finishes  as well--I need to clear off my design wall! 
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  1. Your blue 365 blocks are beautiful!
    Your BOM quilt top looks fabulous...congratulations on a wonderful finish!

  2. Congratulations on getting all those tiny 365 blocks pieced and good luck with the next month's blocks! I love your Buttermilk Basin quilt and I shall look forward to seeing your finished quilt! Christine x

  3. Love what you have done with your BB mystery. Including the spool block was a nice touch. It is a real winner, Karen!
    Oh, good luck with the "challenge"! Looks plenty challenging to me! : )

  4. Your challenge blocks are awesome! Hard to believe those are 3"!

  5. That's a lot of pieces in a 3" block. THe challenge quilt is going to look fabulous though! I love your applique quilt as well. The triangles in the sashing and the blue border pull everything together.

  6. 365 three inch blocks would definitely be a challenge for me easy or hard. Your blocks look great. Your BB mystery is fantastic with all those hst's. It makes a nice finish. Snapping the lid on any bin would certainly be an accomplishment.

  7. Karen, your blocks are gorgeous. Love that dark theme. I just love your quilt!
    You are well ahead of me. Happy February!

  8. Those triangles are so wonderful in your sashing! Love it! And such beautiful blues in your 365 Challenge. (sigh) My patience does not extend to that many 3 inch blocks this year. Too many UFOs to finish. lol

  9. Love your BB blocks and the sashing triangles. Love your 365 blocks too...I'm doing it as well and have learnt the same lessons lol.