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 just finished a busy book for my grandson which will be a Christmas present for him. I’ve signed up for Betz White’s ornament club which starts next week. I hope I’ll find a couple of interesting patterns to make.
    Thanks for the chance to win the patterns.


  2. I have too many projects started so let me see what I hope to have done before the holidays. Hmmm…tops to three girls’ quilts done and waiting to be free-motion quilted here on my domestic machine. I’d like to have a BOM from my quilt shop pieced into at lease a top.

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  3. I am hoping to finish a cross quilt for a friend and some Christmas tablerunners and placemats for my family before Christmas. I need to get busy. By the way, I love how you used different colors for each block’s color band.

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  4. The next public holiday in New Zealand will be Labour Day, the 24th October, and I hope to have the secret sewing all done ready to be posted overseas. Say no more, it is a secret. Those setting blocks, fabulous colour choices.

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  5. LOVE your Blocks!! The fabrics make it soooo Awesome!! I am working on aThrow, should be finished by Christmas.. But have a baby quilt & assorted baby items to finish, for new lil’ nephew due bout Thanksgiving. 🙂

    thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! 😀

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  6. LOVE your color choices for Maggie’s First Dance. Every Thanksgiving my brother hosts the family for dinner but also for a 5K run on Thanksgiving morning. I hope to complete a T-Shirt quilt for him using the 12 T-shirts from the each of the 12 years he’s been doing this.

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  7. My habits sound like yours. My ambitions are always too big for the time I have allotted for projects. Ideally I would like to make everyone something . . .

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  8. Loving your color scheme!! Right now, scurrying to finish a Christmas quilt for grandson and his bride. Hope to finish this week. Then, catching up on a BOM that I’ve fallen behind in….now who does that???….Thanks for the giveaway.

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  9. I am working on quite a few things – but finished before Christmas? I have two things: I belong to a charitable quilting group. We challenge each other and I am to make about 20 small (30X30 up to 36X36) Christmas fabric quilts for the children in the hospital on Christmas day. I drag a few friends in to help. The other project I need to finish is a baby quilt, table runner and some pot holders before the church bazaar in November. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  10. I have to finish a huge quilt for my granddaughter but I need the serger fixed first (and that involves a bit of a trip when I remember to put it in the car!)

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  11. I’m embarrassed to say that the project I am trying to finish before Christmas is the quilt that I “gave” my Mom for Christmas last year! Last year, the box she opened contained my colored pencil design on graph paper along with the fabric…I hope to complete the quilt this month so that she can open a box containing the actual quilt!

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  12. I need to quilt one lap size quilt and make another. The second has a horse panel in the centre and planning on surrounding with delectable mountains and bear paws in the corners. Also working on several block of the month quilts.

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  13. Your colors are great and your quilt is lovely! I’m working on a tablerunner for my Mom’s Christmas present. It’s an EPP project so fingers crossed I can get it finished.

    Thanks for a chance to win.


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  14. Love your colors!! I have so many projects to finish before Christmas, I hardly know where to begin. One of the main projects on my to do list is a batik cross quilt.

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  15. I am working on several baby quilts and working hard to finish a special quilt ( Old Abe) for my son, Shane. Definitely my goal before Christmas this year.

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  16. This year I’m only working on past-year Christmas UFO’S. It’s given me a head start on a couple of table runners.
    I too am trying to see from my stash and finish up old projects as a way to save funds. Winning a pattern selection would certainly help!

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  17. I am fairly new to quilting, so I have been honing my skills with small projects such as table runners and toppers. Each new patterns makes me feel more confident!

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  18. I would like to make a quilt for a granddaughter (family has plenty of quilts). Other things push it out of the way such as a guild challenge to benefit a children’s shelter.

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  19. I am wishing to finish a double wedding ring quilt. I am hand quilting, I love seeing all these quilting tips and wish to complete a quilt using them all. Thank you.

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