October and Maggie

Yikes! Can you believe that it is October already?! September just flew by….whoosh…..before you know it the Christmas season will be upon us! I always have the BEST intentions to get working on my gift projects early, and then decide that there is plenty of time to get them done. Then the days, weeks, and months fly by and I of course don’t get done half of what I was hoping for….you’d think I would learn my lesson *sigh*.

Well, at least I had Maggie’s First Dance on my radar last month and when I realized that the first Monday in October was just lurking around the corner I got right down to work on those next blocks! These are the setting blocks to go with the 4 appliqued blocks that were made in previous months. There are 5 to make in total, but they are easy and won’t take nearly as much time as the appliqued/ embroidered versions! If you signed up for the quilt- along your instructions should be in your inbox sometime today. If you are new here and you want to see what Maggie’s First Dance is all about, you can go here to check out details: www. jacquelynnesteves.com.

For me the part that took the longest was figuring out the color scheme! I am not using the suggested colors, partly because I am on a fabric diet this year and I am trying not to buy any new fabric, but also because for me it is much more fun to be a little rebellious and do something a little different. So these were my completed blocks so far:012036039038I really wanted to bring all those colors that I used back into my setting blocks, and after playing with some different combinations came up with the idea to keep the block colors all the same, except for the one color band ( which is yellow in the pattern). So these are my setting blocks:


I think these blocks will work well in the overall look of the quilt. This is what all the blocks look like together:

003 I am really happy with how it is turning out! I suppose I could start quilting the blocks already, because I love to quilt as I go, and it will certainly be easier to twist and turn the blocks while they are still unattached. Let’s see if I get distracted by another project first 🙂

Now for the part you have been waiting for….the giveaway for this month is sponsored by Christa Watson of Christa quiltsunnamed-2All of you will have a chance to enter to win these patterns designed by Krista. How fun are these?! Just think of  all the scraps you could use up while making these quilts! Okay, so to enter you must do this:

  1. Leave me a comment on this post telling me what project you are hoping to finish before the holidays ( if any).
  2. Respond by October 10th, midnight, EST.
  3. Leave me an email address so I can contact you if you are the chosen winner. If I can’t contact you I will have to choose someone else.
  4. I will randomly choose a winner and announce them right here on my blog, but I will also email the winner.

******Sorry, this contest is now closed!**********

You can enter to win here, at Christa’s page,  and at all the other bloggers for a total of 8 chances to win! GOOD LUCK!!

Eva Paige Quilt Design

My Go-Go Life

Lilypad Quilts

The Quilting Nook

Grey Dogwood Studio

The Crafty Quilter

Christa quilts

Have fun making your blocks! And don’t forget to share your work over on Jacquelynne’s facebook page and on her Sew Quilty Friends page too. I just love seeing all the creative blocks people are making….so inspiring!

I will be blogging again sometime later this week or early next week about other things I have been working on around here. Here is a little sneak peek:

006Oh, and I am going to have my own little give-away soon too 🙂 Because it is so much fun being able to send out a little gift here and there and because I am having so much fun with my blog and all you guys!! So stay tuned. ( If you are not signed up to receive my emails, you can do so by clicking on the link on the right-hand side of this post, right near the top. I promise you won’t be inundated with mail…I really don’t blog that often 🙂 )

Until next time~ happy creating!


219 thoughts on “October and Maggie

  1. I am hoping to finish the Christmas quilt that I started last year in time for Christmas this year. Your blocks look great with the different colors on the color band and it really does bring all the blocks together.

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  2. I’m looking to finish a paper-pieced Christmas Tree that I made last November; all I need to do is the quilting and binding. I find that the absolute hardest part. One because I have a hard time deciding the design I want to quilt and two because I am terrible at FMQ so I use my walking foot which limits me on what to quilt. I absolutely love the color way you pieced Maggie’s First Dance. I haven’t started yet as I want to use up a lot of my left over fabrics as well and haven’t decided yet which ones to use! Again, gorgeous colors!

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    1. Thank you for the compliment! And if you have seen any of the blocks on FB you will realize every color combo looks pretty amazing!
      As for the FMQ on your project…I took an online class on all the possibilities of quilting with a walking foot and there are a lot of possibilities, even just using a walking foot…good luck 🙂


  3. I hope to finish a wall hanging for my brother of an eagle fro Christmas, 15 to 30 more of the early blocks from The Splendid Sampler as they are on block # 68 of 100 and I am on block # 13 and going in order other than block # 54 which I just had to do this shell block in my bran new Halloween fabric, and of course IO want to finish my Maggie’s First Dance quilt. all on top of our moving in the next few weeks.

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  4. I have so many projects I’d like to finish yesterday that I can’t see straight. I guess I’ll be happy if I can just finish SOMETHING. I just made my daughter a Kitchenaid mixer cover and bowl covers for her birthday, but I haven’t even finished mine yet. I love your blocks–the flowers look great in them.

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  5. It’s been seeing the different color choices for Maggie’s First Dance. I’m hoping to complete some pieced and embroidered Christmas ornaments for all of my nieces and nephews in time for THIS Christmas.

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  6. I have a lattice quilt that I REALLY hope to get the binding on, but with putting up the last of the tomatoes and preparing for a family reunion at MY house🙈 For Thanksgiving… I must hurry.

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  7. I love your colors–so bright and cheery! I like quilt as you go too, and wonder why I don’t do more of it! 🙂 I will be working on a few quilts to give away for Christmas, as soon as I can wade my way through a few other projects that must be finished first! Thanks for the give-away!


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