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Fall into a Quilt Along – Hedgehog

I need to start another block of the month like I need a hole in the head.  But… this little guy is SO cute!  It only took me about an hour to make the block.  I found this blog, Quilting with Vanda, when I read a post from another quilter that I follow who is doing it too.

The good thing about this particular BOM is that I don’t have to buy any fabric or patterns.  The pattern is sent to me via email and I will make the blocks from my existing fabric stash.  That’s a good thing right?

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I printed the pattern and then I scanned it into my Brother Scan-n-Cut and uploaded the pages to the Brother Scan-n-Cut Canvas in the cloud.  The reason for this is to remove all the extraneous marks like size indicator blocks and pattern piece identifiers.  If I don’t do this, the machine will want to cut them out.

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The canvas workspace is really easy to navigate and use.  It has a ton of features that I don’t use because I’m not a paper crafter.  In this image, all I have left to remove is the 1 inch square block.  Now, there’s a step here I’m not showing.  It’s hard to see but some of the pieces have open spaces in the shape. That’s to show that they go under something else.  I used the draw tool (the one with the pencil) to draw a line to finish off the shape.  If I didn’t do this, the cutter wouldn’t cut it out completely.

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Then I downloaded the images back to the cutting machine and cut them out with the push of a button.  I LOVE that machine!  I didn’t get a photo of the mat with the fabric ready to cut (sorry), but here are the pieces after the cut outs.  I backed them before cutting with Heat-n-Bond Stretch.  See how cleanly they cut?  Did I tell you I love this machine?  I have the Scan n Cut 650Wireless version.

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I’m not a fan of blanket stitching applique on a domestic sewing machine so I used my mid-arm sit down to stitch down all the pieces using a straight (ha ha) line.  Now, it’s dang near impossible to get the stitching as neat and perfect as a domestic machine so I used a tactic I learned in my quilting class.  Use repetition to hide mistakes.  I stitched many times over a very uneven line to create a kind of child’s cartoon-y effect.  I’m going to do this for each block in the quilt and I think it will be adorable!

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Can’t wait for the next block!

 

#BOM Getting to Know Hue Quilt

My husband and I love to watch a local Sunday morning 30-minute TV show called Texas Country Reporter.  The show usually features very cool Texans (or transplanted Texans) doing very cool things.  Keith and I sometimes use that program as a guide for our road trips.  Several months ago, they featured a quilter named Terry who used to be a critical care nurse, and she gave up her professional life to open Lone Star Quiltworks in Bryan, Texas.  Of course I was glued to the episode and then had to run over to her website and check her out.

While I was surfing around their site, I came across the most gorgeous quilt kit!  It’s a Block of the Month (BOM) called Getting to Know Hue by Nancy Rink.  Oh my goodness!  This beauty is stunning!  I signed up right away and my first package came in the mail yesterday.  I’m so excited to get going on this!  Just look at that center star!  I’ve never tackled anything like this.  Such a challenge!  It comes in several colorways but being the traditionalist I am, I chose the original version.

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This month I received the book, the outer background fabric, and Getting to Know Blue.  There’s enough blue to make the four blue corner blocks.  I like that she allows extra border fabric for each block so the block is too big on purpose.  Then you can exactly cut it down to the perfect size to fit.

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Each month I’ll be posting about my progress and the fabric I get for the following month.  I need to get busy!

Are you in any BOMs this year?  Please share!