Sunday, June 2, 2013

June Country Charmer Update

Happy June, time for the monthly Country Charmer update. I'm a little late with this update as I was away for a few days to visit family. We just arrived home safe and sound after a 4-hour drive, and are now ready to head out for a walk on a glorious day to stretch the legs. But before we do, thought I would post this update.


My Country Charmer quilt is coming along well, but I did want to tell you about a little change I made. Last month, I showed you my sashings and nine-patches that I had completed HERE.  I had chosen some wonderful fabrics, made the units, and thought I was ready to start framing my CC blocks. However, I kept hearing this little nagging voice inside me that said "I like it, but I don't love it."  

The reason I wanted to make the Country Charmer quilt in the first place was because I fell in love with the quilt. Designer Lynne of Sew'n Wild Oaks had made such a beautiful CC quilt, it inspired me to want to make the quilt, see if anyone else would like to join me and we would all share the progress. That's when the idea for the Country Charmer Quiltalong was born. We started in January (read about it HERE ...it is never too late to join in) and will post our finished quilts or quilt tops in November. Lynn has been wonderful in motivating us every step of the way and Quilt Sue at Quilt Times  has been an "English Country Charmer" herself and designed our beautiful CC button. 

Back to my story...I looked at the pattern, looked at the sashing and nine-patches that I had chosen, and finally figured out that for my "like" to change to "love" with my quilt, I needed to match the light colour in the sashing with the light background of my blocks. Those who know me well are laughing now, in fact they might be rolling on the floor, because I am definitely someone who changes her mind a lot! 

On with my story again...I shopped in my stash for another blue, found enough of my original background fabric to match my CC blocks, and started over. Here is the audition for my new version...


Here is a pic of the new with the original choice...



and a few more auditions with the new.



I'm staying with the new version, the lighter background fabric just seems to work for me...




So there you have it. I am staying with the lighter sashings and nine-patches.  I know my original version would still have been beautiful, because every quilt made using Lynn's pattern ends up beautiful, but in my case, I knew I had to make a little change. It really didn't take too long to make the new units and I now have a plan to use the original  sashings and nine-patches in another quilt made with the same fabrics, maybe a churn dash, or another traditional block. Any suggestions?

I have lots of sewing to do on my CC, matching the seams on the sashing with the nine-patches. Next month I hope to show you the centre of my quilt all sewn together. But please don't ask me what colour I'm using for my borders yet, because that will be another story!

Giveaway for CC Linkers! If you are making a Country Charmer quilt or have finished it already, please link up below and leave a comment. I will be having a giveaway for those of you who link up to share a post of your Country Charmer progress or your finished CC quilt with us. To make it really interesting, I will go and look at the links from all the monthly updates since we started in January. For every time you linked to show your progress, you'll have a chance to win. If you are a regular CC linker, you'll have more chances! I'll leave the linky up for a week, make the random draw on June 9 after 5:00 EST and be in touch with the winner through email. The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to their choice of one of the following online quilt shops: Sew Lux Fabric and Gifts, Christa's Quilts, or In Between Stitches.

Another Giveaway just added! Lynn has "sweetened the pot" and has added a "select a Sew'n Wild Oaks pattern of your choice".  So two giveaways available to be won if you link up here with your Country Charmer quilt.

We have also received several pictures sent to us by quilters who don't have a blog, but are still participating with us in the QAL. We will also add your names to the draw. It's a Country Charmer day!  Thanks, Lynn.   

When you're done visiting here, make sure you visiQuilt Times today. She and her friends have just issued a 2013 Christmas QAL and Challenge! Quilt Sue, Hazel at Hazel's Quilts, and Joanna at Needle, Thread, Happiness are all working together to host this challenge, and you're not allowed to use red or green. Sounds really interesting! 

It's a great day for quilting!



22 comments:

  1. It's looking great! It has a pureness about it that, like Grits quilt, is going to really show off off the quilting which I'm certain will be as painstakeingly searched out as your sashing was!
    I had a few moments with my sashing too. Searched the internet for enough of the lighter print 'cuz it "just had to be that one" and then got it all up on the board and wondered if it was a titch too dark. I've been living with it and am now comfy with my choice and am developing a plan for the borders!
    I really appreciated the heads up that you were going to be away...I posted yesterday and have kind of felt like the Lone Ranger riding through Country Charmer Land with no Tonto! I'm glad you're now home safe and sound.

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  2. Lesley, I love the lighter fabric in the sashing. The first was lovely but this sets off your beautiful blocks. Happy quilting.

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  3. Hi Lesley,
    I liked your first sashing fabric but I LOVE the lighter version better. The quilt looks "fresher" and shows the blocks off so well.
    What a great idea to have a giveaway! Now why didn't I think of that?
    ~~Lynn

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  4. I like both! All your blocks a terrific.

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  5. Well I do love the lighter one myself. I think the sashing is just right with your lovely blocks.

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  6. They are both great settings - I actually like the first, but this is your quilt. I will post up tomorrow.

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  7. Hi Lesley. Your quilt blocks are so pretty. I really like the light fabric better because it shows off your blocks so much more than the first color. It is going to be a beautiful quilt.

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  8. I love the new version , the light background does showcase your pretty blocks so well ,great choice! Definitely going to be gorgeous!

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  9. I'm with the majority... love the light fabric with your blocks. The fabric colors of the blocks look brighter and bolder! By the way, you are not alone in changing your mind... we're women! It's our right! :)

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  10. Oh ya, the light in the sashing works for me too. LOVE the lighter fabric :)

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  11. The light sashing is perfect and the really like the lighter fabric too. OOPS! I had problems with Linky :-( How do I remove #4 ????

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  12. Lovely, Lesley - good idea to follow your heart and end up with something you love - this is such a lovely pattern you would have had a gorgeous quilt either way!! As it is now, it has a real freshness about it :-)

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  13. I have lots of sewing to do on my CC, matching the seams on the sashing with the nine-patches. Next month I hope to show you the centre of my quilt all sewn together.

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  14. I like the changes! Definitely worth doing to make it change from like to love. How many people have quilt in the closet that they haven't finished because it's not quite right? I agree with following your heart.

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  15. I love the new sashing. It really makes everything look lighter and crisper somehow.

    Sorry I'm late in linking and looking this month!

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  16. This is just so pretty! I love the fact that you made the change - it really pulls everything together and sets your blocks off so well!! Wonderful!!!

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  17. Yes! I absolutely agree with your new color choice! So much lighter and brighter and makes your blocks glow!!!

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  18. I, too, think the color choice is perfect. Those blocks are gorgeous.

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  19. I too agree with your choice. Your quilt is going to be gorgeous Lesley! I had mine planned the same way. Maybe later. Too much to do and the weather is getting hot. Have a nice summer my friend.
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  20. I like how you put it "change like to love". Glad you found the solution~

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  21. I just started the quiltalong but hope to catch up my lateness :) 5 blocks made.

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