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Friday, March 30, 2012

Blessing Baskets

Have any of you been following the Temecula Quilt Company's Blessing Basket project?  They posted instructions for 5 different basket blocks (one each Thursday in March) and then today they posted the directions for finishing.  You can check it out here

I found this project to be so much fun!  No matter what was going on in my life, each week I couldn't wait for Thursday morning so I would have a little something to do.  I did each one right away and put it on my design wall.  I have to add here that basket blocks are not my favorite, either.  I love how they look but do not like all those triangles coming together in ways that are not easy to press and deal with. 

This morning, I flew out of bed and found the new posting with the finishing details and went into my quilt room (still in my pjs.)  I started digging through fabric, trying to make decisions on what to use.  (There was a kit available, but I just used my own fabric.)  I figured out what I wanted to use and did the cutting and started sewing.  Then I realized that the setting corners were not going to be big enough.  I double-checked myself--it seemed correct, so I called the shop and inquired.  Sure enough, there was a little error.  She told me what size they should be and I rang off.  At this point I was hungry, so I went downstairs to have breakfast.  It wasn't even 7:30 in the morning!

After my cereal, I went back upstairs and finished!  Yea!  I love how it turned out.  I included a border which I cut at 2.5 inches.

I enjoyed this project so much.  I'm sure it was a lot of work for The Temecula Quilt Co., but I wish they would do more of them.  A "block of the month" takes a year? or more? to do and finish, but this little "block of the week" only took a month  (although I probably only spent 3 total hours or less).  Instant gratification!