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Maybe the Prairie is not your theme of choice. Perhaps you live by the ocean (lucky you!) Then you could add in some cool colors and make ocean sunsets!
My husband and I climbed a big hill near our home this afternoon to get a photo of 40 Prairie Sunsets while the sun was setting. The sun goes down fast at this time of year so it was a bit of a race to the top!
Here is a close-up shot and there is the the moon-rise over my Sunset quilt. I hope you love it as much as I do! :)

In other news... Quilt Along Progress

Two major quilt alongs started this past weekend. The Splendid Sampler Quit Along and The Crossroads Quilt Along. The Crossroads Quilt Along is a fundraiser for the March of Dimes charity in the US and I was a bit dismayed when I went to the donation page (the Fat Quarter Shop is asking $5.00 US for the use of each month's pattern) and the only option was to donate by credit card. I have emailed to ask if PayPal can be set up for those of us from outside the US. I'll let you know if anything comes of that. Meanwhile, here are my blocks from this past weekend.

The block above is the first block from The Splendid Sampler quilt along. I am using Allison Harris' first line of fabric "Wallflowers" for my sampler.
The House block is the first block in the "Crossroads Quilt Along" and we are to sew four of them. I am using Bonnie & Camille's line "Marmalade" (which I have been saving for a very long time) for this sampler. It wasn't as hard to cut the Moda ribbon off that bundle of fat quarters as I thought it would be. Just one snip and it was done! ;)
The Minecraft Sew Along is going strong and I have sewn the top four blocks. My daughter is very excited about it. I am sewing the cow (second row, first block) today. The group of us who are sewing along are enjoying this and getting to know each other. You are welcome to join in anytime too.
Remember in last week's newsletter I said I was finally starting my Technicolor Galaxy quilt? Here is my "coloring page" but I chose to glue fabric swatches on instead of coloring. This really helped keep things straight in my head. I also wrote about needing to make a pressing board for this project. My husband and I did get my pressing board made that night. Here it is in the photo below.
We used a sheet of plywood, two layers of cotton/bamboo blend batting and a piece of old cotton IKEA curtains we had from a previous house. So far the red has not run or bled onto anything. I recall from washing the curtains in the past that the red is pretty stable on these. However, a natural canvas would be a better choice. We were using what we had on hand as there is no room in the budget to buy supplies right now.
Here was my project in progress on the pressing board. In this technique the pieces are glue basted to a muslin foundation.
And here it is ready to be basted and quilted. This is such a cool project. I am somewhat dreading the next set of blocks that are foundation paper pieced but I can say that I am positive I will be very good at foundation paper piecing when this is done.
On Friday night I talked myself into sewing Pat Sloan's Mystery Row Quilt that is published in "American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine." The first two rows have been released in the most recent issues. The blocks above are in the first row. There are three with the tree and two with the owls. I am using a long treasured (since 2013) fat quarter bundle of "Les Amis" for this quilt. (All of the fabrics in this issue of the newsletter are from my stash, none have been bought recently.)
As if I didn't have enough project on the go I decided to start a baby quilt on Thursday to give to my baby girl for Valentine's Day. I did get this one finished on Sunday. I needed to have a quick finish because all of the other projects I have talked about in this issue are long-term ongoing projects so one needs a finish every now and then. :) Here she is napping under her new quilt. You can read a bit more about this one in this blog post.
I have been a bit busy sewing! We had a four day weekend so I got quite a bit done and my husband was home to help with the kids.
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