I had fun choosing fabrics that were bright, and cheerful, and summery, combined with a bright white Bella cotton solid.
When I finished making the two blocks, I hung them out to dry, or I should say, hung them on the clothesline so I could get a picture.
Quilt Jane has started a Nested Churn Dash QAL that runs from June 1- July 30 and has invited us all to quilt along with her and ten of her "favorite quilters who will be making their blocks into a mini-quilt". It is not too late for you to start! Jane has also provided directions HERE if you want to make larger versions, maybe a pillow, bed runner, mini-quilt, table runner, or bed-sized quilt. The PDF pattern for the NCD block is available in her shop HERE for a very reasonable price of $2.00.
I had been watching the QAL with interest and was being inspired almost daily by the NCD blocks that I was seeing popping up in blogland. But when I saw Pat Sloan's block HERE with the wavy machine quilting, that was my "A ha!"moment, the moment I knew that I had to make this little quilt sooner than later.
The blocks are so much fun to make. I chose to finish each churn dash section before choosing the fabric for the next. Once the quilt was sandwiched, I quilted it using a serpentine stitch on my Pfaff. Here are a few closer looks at the quilt and the back, which finishes at about 24" x 24".
I don't usually sew down the binding much by hand anymore, but this was too cute. I wanted to look at it even longer so I chose some matching thread and off I went to my quilting chair.
I used a Lori Holt fabric for the back, put on my label, and it was complete.
The schedule of designers and their blocks can be found HERE. Jane has started a Flick page HERE so you can see everyone's progress, showing us their versions. Jane is also offering the chance to win Aurifil thread packs or other prizes if you display your block on the Flickr page before the end of July.
Where is my quilt today? It is in the Artisans Collective shop at the Port Hastings Museum, located at the entrance to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Yes, our seasonal shop opened this week, with the works of thirteen local artisans now available for purchase. Each of the artisans volunteers one day every couple of weeks in the shop and my day was today. This was my view from my desk...
and over in the corner...
The best news of all, is that today a quilter came in to the shop all the way from Spain! She also writes a blog about her quilting. So of course I had to take a picture of Estefania in front of my cottage quilt.
I was thrilled to meet Estefania, a fellow quilter and fairly new blogger, who is also passionate about quilting and writing about it. She is having a wonderful time in our area visiting quilt and fabric shops and buying as much fabric as she can fit in her suitcase! Please visit Estefania at her blog HERE and let her know I sent you. She has that wonderful "translate button" on her blog so you'll be able to read about her quilting in the language of your choice. She is making the most adorable Japanese doll quilt. You can find more of the dolls HERE. It was wonderful to meet you, Estefania, and may you have a wonderful vacation here in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
It's a great day for quilting!