Monday, 9 September 2013

Bits and Bobs

I've got a whole bunch of little things to write about and none of them are really worth a whole post on their own so here is a little brain dump!

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

First off, the winner of my 100th post giveaway!  I've struggled and struggled in the past to get the random number image in my blog with the number visible.  So this time I went old school.  I asked my husband to choose a number between 1 and 31 (the number of comments) and write it down on a piece of paper.  Then I had Ella hold it up for a photo op!

Congratulations to RobotMomSews!  You should have an email :)


Well that's a mouthful, isn't it?!  If you haven't heard about the Molli Sparkles Broken Herringbone Quilt A Long yet, color me shocked :)  And immediately head over to read about it.  As soon as he began hinting about it, I knew I would be partaking.  Those broken herringbone blocks are so pretty and this way I actually tackle them instead of pinning them for years LOL.

I had a definitely plan to make a rainbow quilt from this block with each block representing a different color of the rainbow.  I'm honestly not really sure why I pulled these fabrics for my test block but I love it.  It will either become a cushion cover or a quilt LOL.  The tutorial by Play-Crafts is easy to follow.  It took me an hour to make this block but I'm hoping it will get easier as I get more familiar with it and don't have to read each step.

Churn Dash in Details

A few folks asked questions about my Jumbo Churn Dash so I thought I would answer them here in case others had the same question.

The finished quilt measures just under 44" square.  Some asked about my process for making the quilt.  Here it is :)

1. Decide how big I wanted the quilt.  I knew I wanted a baby size around 36".  So each block would be 12" sq finished.

2. Dig through my stash for appropriate fabrics.  Quickly realize that I didn't have enough blue or orange 12" square fabrics.  Choose the biggest ones and figure out how big my starting squares could be for my HST corners.

3. Make HSTs and measure to determine the size of my connector blocks.  Real precise LOL.  I'm just not very good as calculating HSTs so I tend to wing it if there isn't a pattern.

4.  From there I just assembled the churn dash and added a scrappy border to beef up the size.

I'm sorry it's not more precise than that.  I tend to not spend a lot of time thinking things through or calculating when I get an urge to make something RIGHT NOW.  And fortunately this block is pretty basic and forgiving :)  Here is a good tutorial for a 6" square if you aren't sure how to make one.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend that was less wet than mine!  I'm looking forward to getting back to a regular blogging schedule.


  1. Yay me!! What a cute picture of Ella too! :) Love it and I love your churn dash. You inspired me to make one over the weekend. I'm linking my blog to you. Thank you!

  2. Your daughter sure is a cutie! Love your "relaxed" tutorial for the churn dash!