I am so excited that I was able to finish up my Blogger Girls Block of the Month quilt this week! As you may know, I've been working on this project since January. It is designed by Monique Dillard at Open Gate Quilts. She has the patterns on her website for free for just another month, so if you are at all interested in this project, hurry over to get the patterns.
Also, if you remember, the idea was that one different block pattern would be available each month for a total of six. You can make it once for a small quilt, or the other idea was to make a second block--altering fabric value/color placement to yield a second block that looks much different from the first. This was the "draw" that got me to do the project. I found it really fun to see how much I could change the block.
Here are June's blocks. I think this was my favorite one of all six.
This is the first one I did.
And this is the second one.
Luckily I had done the sashings already. I find that the odds are better that I finish a project if I can do so while I'm still "excited" about it. As soon as the excitement wanes, the project languishes. So all I had to do was lay out the blocks, add the sashings, and start assembling. Then I sewed on the borders and it was done!
When I finished, my sewing room was a total mess, so I spent a few hours putting away fabric, sweeping the floor, etc. I even got everything off my cutting table and scrubbed it. It is lovely to have a "clean slate" to begin to mess up again!
Don't expect another finished quilt tomorrow! I haven't begun anything new yet, and right now I'm not sure what the next patriotic project is going to be--I have several ideas, though.
Have a great day!