ALYOF – March Finish

My goal for March was to design and piece a graduation quilt for my step daughter.  I was starting with some Cori Dantini panels and several coordinating prints.



I knew that I wanted some flying geese and that I wanted to make use of the smaller panels and the larger “Dare To Fly” panel.  So this was my first idea.  It was meant to be sort of a window making use of the smaller panels.


It turned out OK, but it wasn’t what I had in my mind’s eye.  And I really didn’t care for the darker solid green that I used.  I set aside the smaller panels for a bit and moved forward making my flying geese and attaching those to the large panel sides.  I really liked the way that turned out and, of course, I don’t have a picture of that stage on it’s own.  But once the geese were added to the panel everything fell into place.  I knew immediately that I wanted stars surrounding the panel.  8 wonky stars later and ……


Goal completed!  This was, without a doubt, the biggest goal I’ve set for myself and it really didn’t help that I went through almost a whole week looking for my “sewjo” (sewing mojo).  I’m very happy to have this one done.  In fact I was so happy that I was ready to keep moving and get her quilted this week, but I hit a wall when it came time to piece the backing.  I really have nothing in my stash that compliments these colors, well at least not in enough quantity.  So, I get to go fabric shopping….Finally.  I will be so happy when I get a job again and finish this fabric fast.  Until then though, I will be very happy to use one of my loopholes and buy some pretty backing for this quilt.  For quilting I was thinking an all over stipple on the white areas and maybe some echo quilting around the stars.  I’m not sure what to do on that large center panel/geese.  Any suggestions?

Thanks for reading along,



ALYOF – March Goal

I can’t believe we are already in March.  Something happened around the same time that I turned 30 and time started moving more quickly and when 40 came it hit warp speed.  Which is why I am pleasantly surprised that I have met both my January and February goals.  In fairness, I’ve probably been a little easy on myself when setting goals.  So this month I’m going to push myself a little more.



Savannah is my step daughter and she graduates from high school this year.  This may be the oldest box/WIP that I have and it will feel really good to clear this box.  Over the last year or so I have been collecting bits and pieces of Cori Dantini’s various fabric lines.  Most of what I have is from Sweet Life.  I can’t really explain why, it just makes me think of Savannah.  She’s a really sweet girl.  She’s a lot like her dad in that she see’s the good in people before anything else (a trait that is hard to find in the cynical world that we live in), and I’m quite fond of him.  I’ve also thrown in some Noteworthy, Salt Air and other assorted prints and solids that compliment the Cori Dantini panels.



That’s as far as I’ve gotten on this project over the last year (or more).  I know exactly what my obstacle has been….plain and simply put, creativity.  This will be the first quilt top that I have made without any sort of pattern.  It’s not that I’m a stickler for following patterns or anything.  In fact, most of the time I make changes to the patterns that I use in order to make it a little more “mine”.   This is just the next step for me and up until now I’ve been hesitant to take it.  We are 3 months away from graduation though so it’s time!  My goal this month is to get the quilt top designed and completed.



My plan is for this panel to be the center of the quilt with the smaller panels and other fabrics surrounding it.  Right now I am thinking some flying geese might be making an appearance.  I plan to sit down with some graph paper and colored pencils tonight and see what comes out.  As usual, suggestions are always VERY welcome.

Thanks for reading along,