Sunday, January 19, 2014

Quilt Doodle Doodle Blog Hop Day 3

2013 was a great year of growth for me thanks to some wonderful BOM programs I participated in.  While I have been quilting for many years, I get stuck in a rut and like to stick to my preferred method of paper piecing.  Do you ever get stuck in a rut?  Find yourself doing the same thing because it's comfortable???  Traditional quilting is wonderful but can kind of drive me crazy with it's requirement for exact 1/4 inch seams...without which it is almost impossible to get the correct finished size blocks to piece the quilt together as the plan goes.  Cindy from Quilt Doodle Doodles hosted one of my favorites projects from last year.  Each month she posted a free pattern that centered around a very classic 12 1/2 inch unfinished block.  I loved it because unlike some of the other programs I participated in each month the pattern consisted of 2 pages of wonderful and concise instructions.  The blocks were clearly designed and fun to chose colors for.  She has a Flickr account and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing each month and checking in on what other group members had produced and watching their progress, too.

I was sincerely hoping and still do hope to get this top finished this month to get the year off to a great start.  Preferably I would have liked to have it done by now but the year started out with throwing me on the couch sick last weekend and slowly recovering this week.  But I will prevail...I have the top assembled and love how this is coming together so far....

I know I'm a trend follower but love the aqua and red combo and decided to use it as the color scheme for this one and am thrilled with how it all looks together.  My husband thought it looked ideal for Christmas but know it will be enjoyed year round.  Today I was able to get the top pin basted which is half the work of FMQ  so it should be a snap to complete in January for the 2014 Lovely Year of Finishes I have linked it up to as my January goal.

 and here is what the back looks like today
 I must say thanks to Cindy for organizing this BOM last year.  I appreciate all her work involved in getting sponsors and keeping us all on task and encouraging us!  I must also say I loved how she was always so prompt on posting the next month's pattern and that is part of the reason it was such an easy choice to want to participate again this year in her new BOM.  Plus have you seen it!!!  If not you must hurry on over to her blog and think about joining in the 2014 BOM she has in store for us this year.  It is a bit of a mystery...not my favorite part as I love to plan my colors ahead but she has clearly shown us her choices and I'm sure you will agree from the first month's row of blocks that this one will be a winner, winner for all who join in.

What a fun row of happy snowmen!!!  Can't wait to see what February brings and that is what is so much fun about participating in these BOM programs,  plus the chance at some great monthly prizes and who can deny the big win at the end of the year when you have created a project along with a group of great people and made some friends along the way.  Win, win all the way around for me!  Thanks so much for the great project last year Cindy and the opportunity to participate in this year's Mystery BOM :)

Be sure to check out all the other Participants who are linking up on this blog hop:
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Keep Stitchin'


  1. your quilt looks great .. like your colour choices too ... OOH! snow men xx May just go and have a look xx

  2. Your quilt and your snomen blocks are lovely! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I like the red and aqua together. Your quilt looks very nice!

  4. Really terrific finish. Yeah to you.

  5. I love the colors you's beautiful! I hope you feel better soon!

  6. I like your choice of colors. I want to do the 2014 BOM, so I better get started on the snowmen.

  7. Aqua and red are a favorite combo of mine. Love how they look in your quilt.

  8. Your quilt turned out beautiful! I love the colors and really love how you backed it!

    Happy quilting,

  9. I love your quilt and the colors you used! So pretty!

  10. I love your quilt and the colors you used! So pretty!

  11. I love your quilt and the colors you used! So pretty!


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