Maggie’s First Dance~ June block #1

Woohooo, it’s FINALLY time for block number 1 in Maggie’s First Dance! I trust that you have all received your first instructions and are now eagerly off to start your own block! If not, click here.

I decided to make my version of Maggie’s First Dance with wool applique. Because I am on a self-imposed “fabric diet”  this year, I knew that I would have to work with fabrics that were already in my stash.( Luckily I have a healthy stash….can I admit here that I might have stocked up just before going on my diet because the idea of NOT buying any new fabric for an entire year was very scary and daunting?)

I had originally picked out these fabrics. The wool choices I was quite happy with,

but when it came time to construct block number 1 I started second-guessing about my cotton choices so I played around with the fabrics a bit, until I came up with a combination that made me happy….now I just have to keep my fingers crossed that I have enough fabric to make ALL my blocks! If not, it will become a very scrappy version of Maggie’s First Dance ( which would be totally cool too!)

The way that I like to work with wool is to use freezer paper to transfer the pattern to wool, cut it out, and then applique by hand. I always add a layer of thin batting to the background square too. I like the way the fabric handles that way, and the batting also prevents “show-throughs” of travelling threads ( although my background fabric is dark enough, it didn’t matter). Here is my applique in progress….

002And the fabrics for the block in progress…

 

And here is the finished block:

048I am quite happy with how it turned out!

I can’t wait to see all your creations! Make sure you share them over on Jacquelynne’s facebook page  ,  in her new Facebook group , or on her Pinterest page so that we can all see them. :). if you would like, Jacquelynne has also set up a Linky page where you can share and see blocks: http://jacquelynnesteves.com/maggie-bom-linky-page/. Lots of opportunities to inspire and be inspired!

Now for this month’s giveaway……I am so excited about this one..wish I could enter…..haha…

*the giveaway is now closed *

aurifil prize boxThis contest is open to EVERYBODY, no restrictions, yay, so make sure you enter!

 

  • To enter, tell me in the comments the most favorite project you have ever made and why.
  • You must comment by 11:59 pm EDT on Sunday, June 12th.
  • Your email MUST be included in your profile information or in your comment. If I choose your name and I cannot contact you, I will choose another name.
  • Giveaway is open to US and international readers.
  • I will choose my favorite answer and announce the winner here on my blog after June 16th.

For more chances to win one of these fabulous prize boxes, visit the other featured bloggers as well!

grey dogwood studio

the crafty quilter

Eva Paige quilt designs

my go-go life

lily pad quilting

the quilting nook

Good luck, happy sewing, and don’t forget to share what you make!

Until next time!

 

 

 

 

228 thoughts on “Maggie’s First Dance~ June block #1

  1. My favorite project was a handbag that I crazy quilted for my sister’s 50th birthday. It was all done with a fairy them and in Autumn colors. And it was beaded. I loved working on that bag and it came out beautiful. She loved it too.

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  2. Hi,I think that would be piecing+hand quilting a Wall Hanging with an added framed Scripture Verse for my dear Mother-in-law! Thank You for your Blog+this giveaway!

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  3. Love how your block turned out using wool! My favorite project was/ still is when I decided to teach myself to quilt about 25 yrs ago and my sewing machine was a hand me down and wouldn’t work so everything was hand cut with scissors and hand pieced by hand and of course it was a Dresden Plate quilt, and I hand quilted it and to my surprise it turned out beautiful and it is still beautiful even after all the yrs my stepdaughter dragged it around and used it til she became a teenager then she gave it back to me to put it away for her. In a few months she is going to have her first baby so I will be giving it back to her for her new baby!

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  4. My favorite project is the one I’m currently working on. It has machine applique turtles on it and is from an old issue of Quiltmaker magazine. I also love doing Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilts as they take me out of my comfort zone. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  5. My most favorite project was crochet not quilting and it was an afghan with blocks that looked like hats. It was my favorite because it was for my mother’s 90th birthday and she was called the hat lady at church. She had over 35 hats and wore them with such style. She was so pleased that it made me happy to have made it.

    My most favorite quilt project was a pillow sham I made with my oldest granddaughter when she was around 10 years old. I had taken a quilt in a day class using Eleanor Burns log cabin quilt. I had extra fabric, my granddaughter wanted to learn how to do it and so together (she did most of the work) we made a block for her. She did some free motion quilting on it with my sewing machine and I put together the backing so that it made a sham that a pillow form fit in. The most enjoyable part of that experience was that she wanted ‘Granny’ to help her learn to sew. It is a precious memory I will always cherish.

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  6. My favorite project is the one I’m working on right now – a Grandmother’s Flower Garden. Why? Because everyone thinks I’m crazy for taking on EPP – little do they know I’ve got plans for many more. The Flower Garden is for my oldest daughter so my #2 daughter gets a Dresden Heart (EPP) quilt & then there are the grands – all 9 of ’em!!!

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  7. My favorite project was the first quilt I finished completely and gave to my son. The best part for me was that he right away he understood the amount of work that went into it. I love your wool applique center on your quilt block.

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  8. Only one favorite project? That’s really hard. I know it’s more than one, but the wedding quilts I’ve made for my sons and daughters-in-law, and the baby quilts for my grandchildren are the most rewarding quilts I’ve made….so much love with each stitch!

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  9. The Queen and her Court BOM queen size quilt. Having it professionally quilted really made a difference in the finished look. Although it was not cheap, I think it was worth it especially considering how large the quilt was; I could never have done it on my machine.

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  10. My favorite project I have done was my very first quilt for my grandson. I am a new quilter and it was so satisfying to see the completed quilt and it didn’t look to bad considering there was no pattern! I am now a quilt-a-holic lol. I still consider myself new to the craft. If I win ( I hope I do I could sure use the thread lol) my email is anglynn1a@gmail.com Thanks for the chance to win

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  11. I love the baby quilts i have made for my grandchildren. And i love starting a new project,so ill say i love maggies first dance quilt. Excited to get started.

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  12. My favorite project was a quilted wall hanging of a picture of my mother, who passed away 3 yrs ago. It really helped me with my grief and to get through the dark days.

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  13. About 15 years ago I made a quilt I just loved.,….yellows, blacks, blues in big and small floral prints. It has always been my very favorite quilt. But about 10 years ago I moved and the quilt got lost in the move. I’ve made other quilts that I love but that quilt has always been my favorite. I just hope someone is enjoying it as much as I did.

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  14. I am VERY new to quilting but I have enjoyed a quilting club where we make a lot of different items. The project I enjoyed the most so far was making a quilted project tote. It has a clear vinyl front and a zipper closure and handles. LOVE IT. Made my friend one also!!
    gdoty62@gmail.com

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  15. My most favourite project would be a bag I made for a blog friend so many miles away, I live in New Zealand, she lives in Colorado, I had to contact one of her friends who now lives in California to get the address. It was a total surprise, and sent as a “Little something” to lift her up after some bad months of not good health. She laughed when it arrived, seeing the “New Zealand” address, saying she knew it wouldn’t be firewood, as we had often talked on our blogs about sending firewood over there, in return for some snow to me so I could have that as a backdrop for photos.

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  16. It is hard to choose a favorite but I did love making my friendship quilt which involved several embroidery blocks and some very detailed piecing. I love the way you made your block.

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  17. I haven’t made many quilts so far. I did Row by Row last year, a 110″ table runner with free motion on it and quilted Easter baskets embroidered with names. I love the table runner as it looked so perfect on the table of the person it was gifted to…and her mother wants one too!

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  18. My favorite project was a quilt I made in spring colors for my husband’s grandmother. It turned out so beautiful and she really loved it!

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  19. My favorite project was the quilt my sister and I made together. We do not live in the same city so we met several times during the year to select patterns and fabric and get started, then to put the blocks together. We made 2 identical quilts so we would each have one. That was such fun!

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  20. My favorite quilt is made from fabric scraps from clothing I made for myself, my mother and my daughter. It hangs in my sewing corner and makes me happy! Your first block looks lovely.

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  21. My very first quilt is by far my favorite for a couple reasons. First it’s what got me into quilting which I completely love now. But most of all its because of the nature of the quilt itself. My mother and I have always been close and did everything together but they moved to another state this year and it broke all our hearts. I wanted to make her something really special so I made a memory quilt. It has all the kids and grandkids handprints appliquéd on it and every kid has their own set of blocks with their pictures and things that are just them. For an example my 11 year old son is big into space and video games so he has a space fabric block and an Xbox controller block. I did quilt as you go and every set of blocks is quilted and done to go with that kids personality. It’s not perfect cause I didn’t have a clue what I was doing but it’s awesome. She keeps it on her couch so she can always have us with her.

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  22. My favorite project was a doll quilt that I helped my granddaughter, Marlee, make as her very first quilt. She worked on it in intervals when she came to visit, which was several times a week while her parents worked. She wanted me to finish it for her, but I wouldn’t. She kept plugging away and I did help her with hand sewing the binding. We put a label on it and she went with me to quilt guild and had her picture made with the quilt she made with Granny’s assistance. She and I were both so very proud. She will be 8 on Aug 22 of this year. I have also taught her how to do a back stitch by hand and she made a pillow for her baby second cousin when she was born. Can you tell I am proud??

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  23. First I love your block! My favorite is 2 quilts that I made for 2 of my grandson’s. My mother tube painted blocks with old model cars over 25 years ago. She had passed and my daughter saved them. She pulled them out and there was enough of them to do the 2 quilts for them.. I did a border around them .. They were my very first quilts that I made in 2013. Fell in love with quilting!!

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  24. I love your block! Well done! Wool applique…what a great idea! I don’t think I could pick a fave project that I’ve done. Each is the fave at the time I’m doing it. A stuffed elephant that I made for a sick child has had the most impact for me. But a quilt that I made from my Dad’s old jeans means the most now….now that he is isn’t

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  25. It may sound cheesy but I would have to say this project (Maggie’s First Dance). I’ve been quilting for a little while but it has pretty much been a solitary thing. None of my friends sew or quilt & I haven’t worked up to joining a guild & walking in alone. 😛 Being able to join this group that Jacqueline has put together and being able to share pictures of blocks and support each other has been great! It makes the whole experience so much more fun! 😄

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  26. My favorite project was a quilt I finished for my husband’s 90 year old grandmother. I had picked up some vintage hand-stitched blocks at a yard sale. They were wonky and crooked, yet super charming with their 40s fabric! I squared them up the best I could, joined them up, sandwiched and straight line quilted. When I gave it to her, she cried and said “this is the first home made quilt I’ve ever gotten.” It was wonderful.

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  27. My favorite quilt is probably my first “quilt-as -you-go” scrappy quilt, that ended up taking me way too long to make due to sewing machine issues at the time, but it ended up being my most-used quilt!

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  28. I’ve not yet made lots of quilts, but my most favourite so far has been our quilt guild challenge last year. Took me 7 months to complete – a Christmas quilt. I quilted and bound and finished it 2 weeks after Christmas, and was the only one in the guild who did!!

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  29. My favorite project was making a stuffed turtle pajama pillow for my Grandson. I had no idea what I was doing and just kept working through all the problem. My husband couldn’t believe I could make it and my Grandson still sleeps with it every night. I’m just praying it stays together.

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  30. My favourite project is my blue and yellow quilt that I made for our bedroom…a combination of cross stitch flower panels, strip quilting and hsts. It is beautiful and I love it.

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  31. My favorite project I ever made is a sampler quilt, the Grandmother’s Choice sampler, by Barbara Brackman. There are 49 different blocks and they really ranged in difficulty so I was forced to try new techniques. The reason it is my favorite is that I worked on it with my Mom and so it is so dear to me!
    My email is: bestbelle2010@aol.com
    Thanks!

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  32. My most favorite project was a table treat I made by hand before I owned a sewing machine. The reason it turned into my favorite was because my Dad took one look at it and decided it was his as back drop sometimes mat to take pictures of his home grown Dahlias.

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