First Finish for March

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This morning I finished hand-stitching the binding for my March doll quilt for the Monthly Doll Quilt Swap.

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The optional theme in March was "Keen on Green" and my partner, Sher, and I decided to stick with the theme. I wasn't expecting to have this finished so quickly, but a rainy weekend meant that I spent most of my time at the sewing machine. I can't show it to you until it is in Sher's hot little hands, but I have a couple of peeks for you. Here's the one I gave you a few days ago:

But now it's all quilted and bound, and so here's the one I took this morning with a little more reveal:

Any guesses? Here's another hint: It's from this book I brought back from my trip to Ireland in June of 2012:

While I was in Ireland, I had a chance to meet the author, designer, and quilter, Nikki Foley. She was as charming as could be...as were all the people I met while in Ireland. The Irish must be some of the friendliest and most welcoming folks on earth.

We were only able to visit one quilt shop while we were in Ireland, and Nikki Foley just happens to be the owner.

There is a bit of a story behind this whole incident, and I'll just say it was truly a stroke of serendipity that we ended up at this quilt shop on this day. You can read a little about it in this blog post from when I was in Ireland. 

My trip was truly wonderful, but there were a few things about it that were terribly disorganized, not the least of which was the original offer of a kit to make an Irish quilt just for signing up for the tour. Between the time that I signed up and the time of the trip, that offer mysteriously disappeared from their website. I searched all around, but couldn't find any reference to it anywhere. When I asked about it, I was told that the kits had proven too expensive to be offered for free (excuse me, but that *was* the original offer). The tour folks would be happy to arrange for me to purchase one. Some things are not worth fighting over. What made this particular stop on this particular day so serendipitous was that a pattern for the quilt in question was included in the book. And that is precisely the quilt I finished today...for Sher! So there you go. Never cross a quilter. It won't do you any good at all.

Eventually, I'll make one of these for myself, but I sure enjoyed making this one for Sher. It goes out in tomorrow's mail, so I'll be able to show you the whole thing by next week.

It's another soggy day in Oregon today. I'm staying in and sewing. I have a few little things to do...make up a grocery list, do some mopping (ahem, can you say, "muddy paw prints"?), and get some things ready for the post office. Other than that, it's a sewing day. I'm going to make the block of the month for my guild, this "Rocky Road to Dublin" block:

and I'm going to lay out the blocks for the Blogger's BOM again and make some final decisions about what fabrics to use. You'll be sick of this picture, begging for mercy, before I get this top sewn together:

Still mulling it over, but I think I've made up my mind. I'm going to lay the blocks and fabrics out again just to be sure, and then I'll start sewing it together. As my oldest UFO, it'll be good to make some progress toward getting it off my to-do list.

What's on your list for Monday?

9 comments from clever and witty friends:

carla said...

Hi!!! Your Irish sneak peak looks pretty!!!! But I don't have a clue!!!! The book sounds interesting!!! Your oldest UFO is looking pretty too!!!!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I have the book (thank you) and I won't do a sneak peek - want to see your reveal. I helped my SIL finish up her latest quilt and then we cleaned and re-arranged the home shop for a more Spring look. Now I need a nap.

Valerie Reynolds said...

A March finish already...good for you!! Ooohhhh thanks for adding my linky party to your blog! WootWoo! :)

Junebug613 said...

Oh you are such a tease!!! I am excited to see the reveal of Sher's doll quilt. I may have to order that book. Going by your description, I must get my outgoing personality from my Irish ancestors, although us Fahy's are known to "get our Irish up" on occasion too. ;) I'm quite sure that's where my love of the color green comes from.

Kate said...

Congrats your first finish this month. I'm looking forward to seeing what you came up with.

quiltzyx said...

I will hazard a guess that there is at least one shamrock on the DQ!

Rocky Road to Dublin looks like a cool block. We haven't had block of the month for a while - fighting the apathy bug - but I am thinking that maybe next year, when I'm not the Prez any more, I'll volunteer to chair it. I think it would be fun.

Tami C said...

Very cool that you met Nikki Foley when you were in Ireland. Especially since she owned the only quilt store you visited while over there!

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Were the sleeping baby anywhere but in my arms I would have to do something besides sit here and read luscious blogs like yours. Hmm, to put him in his Pooh couch-bed to sleep on his own or hold him til my arm falls off again for the fourth time this week !~!

I love the quilt store story. There's a song in there somewhere, I think.

Lyndsey said...

Well done on your finish, I'm green with envy. Love the story of the book and meeting the author. How sneaky can you get removing the kit offer after you have bought into the trip.