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On Ringo Lake

On Ringo Lake was Bonnie Hunter's 2017 holiday mystery quilt. I finished the top shortly after the final reveal in January, but only recently got it quilted and bound. The pattern is available here.

I started this quilt with the intention that it would go to a baby girl, though I didn't have a specific baby in mind. I'm of an age that a lot of my friends are having children, so it's always good to have a baby quilt on hand.

My friends Phil and Leesha recently had their first child, but they were expecting a boy. They were certainly surprised to discover their bundle of joy was actually a daughter! And I was glad to have just finished On Ringo Lake the night before she was born. We hurried to get some pictures so I could give them the quilt that weekend.

I had a lot of fun working on this one. Every so often, it's nice to play with little pieces. And some of these were pretty little! The squares in the nine-patches finish at just 1". I was originally thinking I might make everything at half size for this quilt. Thank goodness that unit came out first to convince me not to do it!

I quilted it with Clockworks by Anne Bright. I wanted something with circles to mirror the bubbles in the purple fabric. Clockworks is a fun design with a lot of movement.

For the backing, I used a single piece of fuschia minky. You just can't beat the texture of minky for a baby quilt, and I love the way it shows the quilting.

No quilt is finished until it's been labeled. I kept the label pretty simple on this one. I seem to lose my eloquence when I'm in a hurry, but it has the basics.

I bound the quilt with the same blue fabric that I used on the front. It provides just the right amount of contrast around the edges.

I'm really glad I had this quilt on hand to give them in a hurry. I'm thinking I may have to make a few more baby quilts just so I'm ready for surprises!

What about you? Do you keep quilts ready to give away at a moment's notice? Have they ever come in handy? I'd love to hear your stories! Leave me a comment, and I'll be sure to get back to you.

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350 Blocks Project: March Report

March was a month of zero blocks for me, but that doesn't mean I wasn't making progress. I finished the blocks for my Talkin' Turkey quilt in February, so I was able to put the top together in March. The pattern for Talkin' Turkey can be found in Bonnie Hunter's book String Fling.

Once the top was together, I was able to make a back and start quilting. The quilting design I'm using is Winds of Change by Sarah Ann Myers. I'm really liking it so far. I'm hoping to get the binding on this month and call this baby finished!

Zero blocks in March leaves me at 98 for the year thus far. Fortunately, I was far enough ahead that I won't have to play catch-up. If you are interested in the 350 blocks project, you can check it out here.

350 Blocks Project: February Report

Last month saw some serious progress on my Talkin' Turkey quilt. This quilt has so many pieces! I started it in a class last July, and I have been slowly plugging away ever since.

First, I assembled the units for 15 blocks. These blocks average 85 pieces each!

Next, I made all of the sashing blocks. There are 40 of these.

I had been hoping to get the top assembled, but that didn't happen. Hopefully I can do that this month.

My totals are 55 blocks for February, and 98 blocks so far this year. If you are interested in the 350 blocks project, you can check it out here.

Posted on March 2, 2017 and filed under 350 Blocks Project.