Out With the Old…In With the New

I can’t believe that it will soon be 2017.
This past week has been spent getting organized and catching up with old movies.
It was all about out with the old, and preparing for the new.
Well, I didn’t pitch every thing that was old. 😉

I have also continued to study Block a Day by Lucinda Ganderton, and I decided to get started on it a day early.
The first block, Rainbow Circle, seemed very plain to me.
After I used my AccuQuilt to cut, I assembled the pieces.
Bam! I was struck by the simplicity and boldness of the colors.
It made me think of my favorite quote from Charlie Chaplin:
   “You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.”
I think this is a good message for 2017.
Life is too precious to waste looking down.

My goal is to make a block a day, but I might not do it in order.
So far, I have made the Rainbow Circle  and the Spinning Heart.
Except for the floral print and the white fabric, I have been able to use remnants.
I purchased Kona white “snow” fabric for my neutral.
I saw the floral and I knew it would coordinate with a lot of my remnants.

As I was reading through the Block a Day, I decided to make a queen size quilt.
I am calling it Tribute to Tonie, my mom.
I found and marked all of the blocks that I thought represented mom.
The book has some beautiful blocks of birds, flowers, baskets, and hearts.
Mom loved birds.
They would go to her kitchen window and she would tell them they would have to wait for their seeds.
No one could go over without getting a tour of her garden.
Her first question upon entering the house : “Did you see my begonias?”

She used to make floral arrangements in wreaths and baskets, so I chose four of the basket blocks.
One is called Grape Basket.
Mom loved to use grapes in her decorations.

I also chose a rooster block, since mom had a kitchen with rooster curtains, floor mats, and table mats.
There is also a block with a candy design.
Mom always had candy dishes in the living room.

There will be four seasonal tree blocks included.
Mom loved her trees.
The center block will be a house block.

My fabrics will include her favorite color, purple.
I will also have fabric with both floral designs and  polka dots.
It seems all of my siblings like polka dots just like mom!

20170101_041029919_ios  I posted my design and some swatches of the first blocks in my Quilter’s Planner.

I started with the four corners.
For the four corners of the quilt, I chose the Woven Heart block.
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I am looking for some 12 inch butterfly blocks.
If I cannot find any, I might try to figure one out myself.
I have seen a few on Pinterest.
If this doesn’t work out, there is a block in Ganderton’s book that is entitled, Birds in the Air.
It is a modern, abstract block that might serve as blender of all the colors in the fabric.

Today, I also spent some time learning how to use my Activeon  camera.
It was fun recording my walk.
I also attempted to record the process of making the heart blocks.
There is still much to learn about this camera.

This last day of 2016 had been busy and blessed.
Happy New Year!

7 thoughts on “Out With the Old…In With the New

  1. I am happy to have found your wonderful blog! I am just beginning the ‘Block A Day’ book, and have already ran into trouble, oy. Lol
    I am specifically working on “rainbow circle”, and none of my points are matching up.
    I obviously cut something the wrong size.
    So my question is, when cutting the templates from the back of the book, do you use the dotted line as the cutting guide, or the solid line? Also, am I supposed to add another 1/4” to those templates when I cut?
    Honestly, I botched up this block so much that I am worried about wasting more fabric until I know for certain I am preparing my cuts properly.
    If you have any suggestions, I would totally appreciate it! I see your blocks look absolutely amazing, and the tribute to your mom is so lovely.
    If you are a person who likes to text, here’s my number 815-295-2997
    Thank you so much. I appreciate it!

      1. Thank you for the super quick response! Ok, I think I figured out my mistake. I was using the 4”x4” templates in collaboration with the 5”x5” templates. Duh!
        I’m going to follow you on Instagram, and I’ll share images of my progress via DM.
        I really appreciate your help! ❤️

      2. Oh my gosh, thank you! My Instagram for the shop is mooncookiegallery
        I am so excited to share. At first I thought, oh no, I’m all alone in this endeavor! But I’m happy to see someone else has created this lovely series.
        Much love, and I’ll TTYS!

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