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I've been working on this quilt for four years.

I know that seems crazy but I kept getting overwhelmed with it and setting it aside. I started this Block-of-the-Month (BOM) from The Fat Quarter Shop in 2012. I signed up for it because I loved the Vintage Modern line by Bonnie and Camille that came in the kit. In my defence it was a mystery BOM and I didn't fully know what I was getting myself into. I think I needed these four years to grow into my skills. It's been worth it though and I'm glad I didn't give up on it.

I posted the photo above on Instagram today. I got the second border (the red one) on the quilt while my baby was napping. I have just one more border to go.
Progress on the Minecraft Quilt. We are only in week 2 and these blocks are really easy so if you are just hearing about this and want to join in head over the "That Looks Like It Needs Stitches" blog to find out all about it.
This is the week one block from the Minecraft Mondays quilt along. This is "Steve". My daughter is very excited that I am sewing this quilt.
This is the week two block. A Creeper. (I myself am not a Minecraft nut just to clarify. But my kids are.)
I've Got More Quilt Alongs to Tell You About
The Two Blocks above are the first two blocks of the Modern HST Sampler that Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts is running on her blog. I have chosen to sew with my Cotton + Steel stash and make it scrappy but I think I will also sew a second version that has a uniform background fabric using my stash of solids.
The fabulous Angie at Gnome Angel is still running the massive (over 5,000 member in the Facebook Group) Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Quilt Along. I am very pleased to be an official blogger of this quilt along. My next block tutorial is coming out next month. In the meantime I need to catch up! I have all my blocks that I've sewn so far tucked into the pages of my book.
 
I have found two more quilt alongs to tell you about:
The Stitchery Ditchery Dock's Sugar Block Club and The Secret Garden Mystery Block of the Month with Pat Sloan. So click over to those and see if they interest you as well. Speaking of Pat Sloan I think I have landed on a decision for what fabric to use for the Splendid Sampler quilt along that she is hosting with Jane Davidson (there are over 5,000 in the Facebook group for this one too.) I think I will go with my Wallflowers fabric by Allison Harris. (See below.) It's about time I sewed something with these.

 
I took part in a Webinar on Thursday that was hosted by Craft Industry Alliance. The webinar was with Carrie Bloomston and she was teaching us to make Vision Boards. I was feeling very energetic and inspired afterwards and when I got my baby down for a nap I made my own Vision board. A portion of it is pictured below.
I was so inspired by Carrie Bloomston's webinar that I decided to use her "Paint" line of fabric to make a quilted fabric cover for my Quilter's Planner. A free tutorial for the planner cover is emailed when you purchase a planner. The tutorial was written by Amanda from What the Bobbin and modified by her and Stephanie Palmer to fit the planner. Photos of my planner cover are below.
My planner cover. It has a zipper pouch to keep pens and pencils in.
The inside of my planner cover. There is a larger pocket and a business card pocket. There is also a pocket on the back sleeve as well.
Here are some fun free tutorials I found while searching Pinterest.
The tutorials for the above projects can be found at the following blogs: Simplify, Crazy Mom Quilts and Canoe Ridge Creations.
Have you ever thought of being a project designer on a design team?

Silhouette America is taking applications for their new design team. I found out about it on their Periscope broadcast. Click here for their blog post with application form link. (I applied and I think it's nice to share these things with others so they can have an opportunity too.)
Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed this newsletter and that it is interesting and relevant to you. Please feel free to share with friends you think would enjoy it and if they want to subscribe they can click here to do so. Past issues of the newsletter are linked there too.
What I'm reading right now: "The Little Spark" by Carrie Bloomston and "Little House on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder (bedtime story time for the kids.)
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