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Bernina Block of the Month#2

It has been a few days since the Second Bernina Block of the Month(BOM) came out, and I finally finished it today.  Since I am buying my fabric as I go, it has taken me a while to find anything that I like.  I am roughly using their color suggestions.  I am trying to use my scraps and buy new ones along the way.

This month they called this the Shoofly block. It uses squares and half square triangles to make a simple 9 patch block.  I found myself at Craft Warehouse yesterday looking over their truckload sale.  I originally went in thinking that I would purchase 3 gray fat quarters, 1 blue fat quarter, and 1 yellow fat quarter.  I found some beautiful fat quarters, but soon realized that I was going to spend twice as much and get less fabric than if I bought a quarter yard of each fabric.  So I reluctantly put back the beautiful fat quarters and searched for a yellow, gray and blue fabric that I liked.  After a half hour of searching, I came up with the following fabrics.

When I got home, I put Abigail down for a nap, and began cutting the fabric into the needed squares for this month’s BOM.  I got all of my squares cut, then began cutting the larger squares into half square triangles.  I was not watching what I was doing, and on the last square I messed up cutting the triangle properly.  The worst part was that I did not have any extra fabric to just cut another triangle.  I guess that is the risk I take when I do not buy extra fabric and only buy what is needed.

I then began assembling the triangles last night.  Some how I managed to use the messed up triangle.  When I messed up the cutting, I managed to cut it in a way that still left me with a little bit of room to make my quarter inch seam.  Before I get too far on this quilt I may think about seeing if there is a product out there to secure that seam.  Whether I use some sort of iron on fusible webbing or a glue of sorts that will not let the seam fray.

This morning I put the three blocks together per the instructions and this is what I ended up with.

Quilt Labels

I got brave and decided to finally work on labeling my quilts.  Since my machine came with an embroidery attachment, I decided that it would be fun to use it on my quilt labels.  Right now I decided that I will just put my name and the date that the quilt was finished.  Later on, I can get more creative and add more wording.

 

Princess Pillowcase

While I was in Arizona a couple weeks back, I managed to visit a couple of quilt shops.  One of the places that I visited was Bernina Connection in Phoenix.  This store is a very small store for what they have to offer.  I could have spent a long time in there, but my daughter always has other plans.

While there, looking for new inspiration and fun colored thread, my daughter found the Disney Character section.  Between, her, my mom and some of the store staff, I could not leave with out getting something Disney related.  Besides, my two year old asked me to “cut it mommy!”  How could I say no to that?

I quickly decided that I would make her a pillow case.  I managed to find a fun pink and purple fabric to match for the cuff of the pillow case.  I used my mom’s serger to stitch it together, 30 minutes later…. here is what I created…

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I would say that she likes her Pillowcase a lot!