February QOV

No!  I’m not going to show it to you yet but if I were you, I’d hurry up and finish everything so I could do this one!  I’ll give you a little info about it and heck, because I’m such a nice girl, I’ll even show you my fabric choices.

Here’s the hint:  Because it’s a free pattern and you can use it however you’d like, though I’d love to see some QOVs made from the design, I’m going to give you an optional pieced border design if you want to use that instead of plain border strips.  In order to get the QOVs to be the right size, it’s pretty hard to use a pieced border and multiple plain borders like I like to use but when you see it, I think you’ll agree that the pieced border really changes the looks of it.

My quilt, and the pattern, will be shown using a background fabric, a red, a light blue, a dark blue and a gold.  There is enough red leftover from the January QOV that I’m using that same fabric.  In the photos, it looks orange but it’s really a nice red.  My original plan was to not use Dimples anywhere in the quilt.  It isn’t that I don’t love Dimples . . I do!  But, I keep using them and the rest of my stash sits so I’m going to concentrate on at least incorporating other fabrics in with the Dimples.

The first fabrics I pulled were these:

This is what I get for taking pictures after I’ve turned off half the lights in the room.  The orange is really red and the background on the left isn’t nearly so tan.  I like this combination but the yellow is mostly going to be up against the background and I don’t think it’s going to stand out enough.  I switched it for for this yellow.

That one’s way too bright and . . it is a Dimple!

This one works!  Even though it’s a Dimple, it’s the perfect shade I was searching for.

Now you know the fabrics I’m  using but you’ll have to wait to see the design.  Get everything finished so you can play along in February.


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    Donna says

    Nice fabrics but what I want to know is how are the kids and what do they think of your paradise?

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    Barbara says

    Just a note that since the AQS newsletter came out, I have spent the week reading all your blogs — since 2004! While that has taken me many hours, I want you to know that I have enjoyed every minute. I’ve been inspired, I’ve learned, laughed and cried. You are so generous with your quilts, so lucky to be able to do all that you do, and seem like such a genuine person. I have never lived in a small town and still don’t want to, but reading about Nevada (I grew up in Springfield) and Brownwood (live in Fort Worth now) I could connect. I will continue to follow you and the other blogs I have connected with because of the threads on yours. Thank you for being you!

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      I can’t imagine going back through 7+ years of my posts! My blog is a whole lot “diary” and it’s fun for me to go back and read — Chad’s high school years, our move from KY to MO and then from MO to TX, but I can’t imagine that you sat through the whole past 7 years of my life! 🙂 Glad to have you as a new reader. I do have a few city readers who stick with me and am glad there’s a place for all of us to feel happy and complete.

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    Now that your sewing room is complete, it is SO neat to see you posting more about quilting! I’m new to your quilting, so I’m pretty interested to see what you do. So far, I’m loving it!