A few months ago Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter hosted a churn dash quilt-along. I was so excited to join in because a churn dash block is one of my favorite blocks.

If you’ve read this blog for very long you know I’m not comfortable with choosing fabrics that work together. But, armed with encouragement from Amy’s instructions and a vague idea of what I wanted the quilt to look like I headed to my LQS.

This was the first time I’d really heard of low volume fabrics but I tried to choose fabrics I thought fell in that category and paired them with some soft (read pastel 🙁 ) fabrics.

Ooh la la…….what a mistake! I made all the blocks but when it came time to put them together, ouch! No layout looked good. Seriously. Even my sister couldn’t find a way to make it work – and she always finds a way to make stuff work!  I finally got disgusted and packed those blocks away for another day.

Churn Dash squares on the wall.  Trying to decide about the colors to keep.

So, here I am again. I really want to make a churn dash quilt, so I’m trying it again. Only this time I’m using a fat eighth bundle (a story for another day) I purchased on sale while shopping earlier this year with my Sis. At least I know the prints will work together this time.

I have all the pieces cut and am ready to start sewing so I’ll let you know how it goes. Hopefully this time it will work out. My Dad always told me “if at first you don’t succeed, try again.” I don’t know where that saying originated but it’s a good one. So, I’m trying again. Wish me luck!

In other news, I found a local class on FMQing at a sewing center in our town.  I’m so excited to be able to take a class in person.  I’ve been watching lots of video’s and and have taken a Craftsy class (which I really liked) but attending a class in person is going to be so helpful to me. The class is on the 18th and I can’t wait.

I finished Floral Whimsy and will write a separate post on it since this one is getting so long.  I had fun quilting it; so cute!

I was also able to finish a quilt — start to finish — this week but can’t show it to you just yet.  Don’t you hate when someone says that?? It’s kinda like playing “I’ve got a secret…” when we were kids.  Anyway, I’ll be happy to share it with you later.  I really like it and I hope you do too.

Happy Sewing,