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A long, long time ago I started a Swoon quilt. I cut out the first blocks almost a year ago. I finished my first block and then the project moved to the back burner. I decided that Sarah's 4x7 Sewing Challenge was the perfect excuse to focus my daily selfish sewing time on my Swoon quilt. I'm happy to report that in the first week, I've finished two more blocks. These were both already in progress at the start of the month, but with 65 pieces per block, these 24" blocks take a while. You can see my progress pics on Instagram.

I've chosen my pairs of fabrics for my next four blocks. Today's "sewing time" will be spent cutting. :-)

I'm linking up to the Week 1 Progress linkup for the 4x7 Sewing Challenge.


Purple is my favorite color. It has been for as long as I can remember. At my bridal shower when they quizzed me about my then fiancé (and had his answers in advance) I learned that his favorite color is purple, too. What a lovely surprise. This means we now have a purple bedroom. The color just makes me happy, so this really works for me.

An Ode to Purple

Oh Purple,
The color of kings and emperors.
You are a feast to the eyes,
With your beautiful saturated tones
Of Amethyst, Aubergine, Violet, Boysenberry, Magenta.
I love how you appear in a beautiful sunset
and delight me in a variety of flowers.
Oh Purple,
Even the rainbow knows,
As it saves the best for last.


I was recently admiring some really excellent purple fabric pulls on IG and ran across Meg's purple fabric post on Instagram and instantly knew I had to share with my purple-loving quilting friend Jess. This led to the three of us deciding to host the Purple Sewing Challenge on Instagram. We're encouraging everyone to join us in sewing and quilting purple in February. The challenge is just for fun (no restrictions or prizes, just fun!). When you link up on IG please tag Jess (@quiltyhabit), Meg (@myteaandbrie) and myself (@sarahmgoer) and use our hashtag (#purplesewingchallenge).

Purple Sewing Challenge

I looked over my WIP list for purple projects, and the list was sorely lacking. So naturally, I started a new project. I showed it to you in my WIP Wednesday post last week. I'll be making the Royalty quilt by Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation. Here's a peak of some of my fabric pull, with my first two sections pieced.

Previous Purple Projects

Check out some of my finished quilts that featured my favorite color.

Raccoon Envelope Mug Rug

Retro Campers 1 and 2

Schnitzel and Boo Mini Swap (round 4)

Prince Charming

Purple Quilt

Stellar Wind

Purple Ninjas

In addition to my new purple quilt, my intention for the month of February is to make progress on at least one of my WIP quilt projects that is for me/my home. Atop my list are my Swoon quilt and my Patchwork City quilt. The other one that comes to mind as definitely being for me, and currently being very neglected, is the Memory House project where I'm making a house block with scraps from each of my finished quilts. The problem with having a very productive quilting year is that I'm even farther behind on this project than I was at the start of last year. ;-) I'm participating in Sarah from Berry Barn Design's 4x7 Sewing Challenge this month to keep me on track with doing some sewing for me! I hope you'll join us! Are you making something purple for yourself? Double dip and participate in both the 4x7 Sewing Challenge (#4x7sewingchallenge on IG) and the Purple Sewing Challenge (#purplesewingchallenge).


In true form, I've finished my monthly ALYoF goal on the last day of the month. A great big gigantic thank you to Sarah of Berry Barn Designs for her inspiration to do a little selfish sewing this month. This king size quilt top is for our bed, my largest project by far. My goal this month was to finish the quilt top by sewing at least 30 minutes a day. You can see my progress through the month: week 1, week 2, week 3, and the finish below!The pattern is Puzzle Box by Tracey Brookshier. The AWESOME purple ninja fabric is by Robyriker Designs on Spoonflower. I was so appreciative to Elishka when she was willing to edit her design into the correct purples to match my bedroom wall paint. Molli Sparkles helped me find the perfect background fabric (Blueprint Basics by Valori Wells) when he was at Intrepid Thread on his visit to California. Thanks to my sister Jenn for taking these pics of the quilt. I look forward to getting it onto the bed and showing it to you in place once I send it out to be quilted and finish it up. This has certainly been an "it takes a village" kind of project and I really appreciate all the help and encouragement in getting this far. Now to figure out where to have it quilted. Any tips on finding a quilter and questions to ask a quilter are greatly appreciated, as this is my first quilt that I'll be sending out to be quilted.

Linking up to 4x7 Sewing Challenge, ALYoF February finishes, and Stash Bee February Linkup.