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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Churn Dashing and Football

Have you ever loved something, and had it make you crazy all at the same time?  Well friends, welcome to college football season, and for me, that one thing is LSU football.  I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, most of my family still lives there, and I graduated from LSU.  So I'm a die-hard fan of all things purple and gold.  But goodness gracious- watching them play football just makes me a little bit crazy.

ps- for all of you fans of other teams, or those of you who don't care for football at all, I promise not to fill my posts with LSU references throughout the entire season, but for the very first game, I couldn't help myself.  ;)

It is so helpful for me to have something to busy myself with, so that I stay sane and don't bite my fingernails down to the quicks during the tight spots in games- which for us tends to be a lot.  So last night,  I was so grateful to have my churn dash blocks to keep myself busy.  I managed to get all of them finished and pressed, and today I laid them out and put them together.


I'm so glad I went with a classic quilt block with the Happy Go Lucky fabrics.  They have such a retro vibe and I think they work really well with this pattern.  

Later today, I'll be on the hunt for backing and binding and I'm hoping I can find the perfect shade of orange for the backing.  I already have plenty of Kona Navy that will work well for the binding (unless of course, I find a really awesome fabric that I like better).  I can't wait to get this one quilted and finished!

I'll leave you with a photo that I took last year of my beloved Death Valley, and I'll promise that it will be the only one this season.  :)


Happy football season, y'all!


45 comments:

  1. Love your churn dash! I'm making a baby quilt using that block today...and by the way, we are fans too! Geaux Tigers! :-)

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  2. Ooh...such a gorgeous quilt Kelly! Can't wait to see how you finish it, I'm sure it will be great as always :) Can't comment on the football, we have football (soccer) here and I can't say I'm a fan!!

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  3. Hi Kelly, I am the same way when I watch football and soccer, I have to keep my hands busy to keep my stress level in check. I love the NFL and find football Sundays to be some of my most productive quilting of the year. I am in love with the Happy Go Lucky fabric--I bought a layer cake and am saving it for when the perfect project surfaces. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Kelly - You are so darn productive! The churn dash is adorable. I am sure you will have it quilted before I get this comment even published!

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  5. Kelly, this is amazing! I can't believe you got all of that done already! (Not that I doubt your sewing abilities... but churn dashes are hard work!)

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  6. I love that churn dash and I think the Happy Go Lucky was perfect!

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  7. Love it! I like the Churn Dash block so much... A whole quilt of that block is awesome! :-)

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  8. You are amazing! I love that Happy Go Lucky Churn Dash top! Sweet, sweet, sweet! Football, er, not so much... Ha, ha! Sharing this... with a link back, on my facebook page at http://facebook.com/sewfreshquilts. Hope you don't mind!

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  9. You had a very productive game/evening!

    {Roll Tide} :-)

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  10. Churn Dash is one of my favorite pattern and I love what you have done with it. I am sharing this on my facebook page, Organic Cottons, Pre-cuts and Quilt Kits. ( Will include a link back to your blog.)

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  11. It's nice to have something to work on when you are anxious - your Happy Go Lucky Churn Dash top is beautiful! Hope your team has a good season.

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  12. Geaux Tigers! My husband is a HUGE LSU fan so I ironed fabric and cut 1 1/2 inch squares while the game was on. Just a little tidbit of info... I am from Dothan, Alabama...home of Josh Williford. We are so sad that he can't play anymore. I decorate cakes and cookies as a side business and I have made cookies for Josh and his family for every game they attened for the last 3 years... Going to be sad not to have LSU cookies in the house this year :(

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  13. Oh football season. I'm a Texas A&M grad, but we can still be friends :) Love your churn dash quilt! Super cute and a perfect choice for the fabrics.

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  14. Love the churn dash! The contrast between light and dark background fabrics is wonderful!

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  15. Absolutely love that quilt and you're right happy go lucky has that retro look. So glad I have some too and even more inspired after looking at your beautiful quilt top. Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

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  16. You were definitely right about using Happy Go Lucky for this one, just fantastic!
    Can't wait to see it all quilted up and bound. Navy sounds perfect for the binding!
    Let me know if you need any replacement whips for the gnomes, they seem to be working quite hard right now, but we can't have them slacking off to watch football ;)

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  17. I love the colors in this one. Great job. I also agree that football and quilting are perfect company. I get so much done while watching football and I love doing both together. But I live for Sundays and NFL... Go Texans!

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  18. Yea! You concurred the HSTs and busted this one out. I think your plan for an orange back with navy binding sounds great. Although we may not agree on college football teams, I completely agree with keeping your hands and mind busy during those stressful games. Happy Football Season!

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  19. Spectacular churn dash!

    Here is a party when there is a soccer,at home we are fan of Real Madrid and Barcelona so from last month till May,every week there is a soccer game,called here football game.Have a fun week and enjoying your football season!!

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  20. wow perfect combination of the fabrics and block. Nothing better than a crisp fall day at the football field with a quilt :)

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  21. Your quilt looks great!Love the scrappy feel and you have all the colors working so well.
    Carol

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  22. Make all the LSU references you would like - after all, the frustration and nerves have to appear somewhere! I too quilt while watching or listening to LSU & Saints games. My hands have to stay busy or I begin pounding on husband or cat which ever is nearness out of aggravation. Cajun thru and thru.

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  23. I love the churn dash pattern. Love your quilt. Your choice of fabrics is what makes it special. Makes me want to start one myself.

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  24. I'm dying to make this! Can you PLEASE email me at pmajors1958@gmail.com and tell me what size your blocks are and the pattern you used? Please.......... :)

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  25. Wonderful quilt and I love the football references. It's what signifies that fall is on the way!

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  26. OOO! Your churn dash turned out so pretty! I'm working on quilting mine this week :)

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  27. I love those churn dash blocks. You've selected the perfect fabric for them :)

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  28. I agree. Those fabrics look great with that pattern. Fabulous quilt!

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  29. Love your churn dash quilt top Kelly! You're right, these fabrics work wonderfully in this design.
    Amanda

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  30. One of my best friends is from Baton Rouge who now lives in Charlotte, NC. Her siblings live all around the states and they often gather together (fly) to go to a LSU game. All are diehards like you!! Your message gave me a huge chuckle. Love your happy churn dash quilt!

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  31. Wow, so fabulous! How big are those blocks, because that looks huge!!! You sew girl! I wish I was this productive while watching T.V.!

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  32. That turned out really really pretty. Good job!

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  33. BEAUTIFUL, Kelly. You are so amazingly fast! I'd still be puttering over trimming the HSTs, ha. You are so right, this is the perfect pattern for this fabric. Hope this one's for you.

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  34. Your churn dash is lovely - perfect pattern to go with those fabrics! In this neck of the woods, in the fall, we wear blue and gold (WVU) or black and gold (Steelers)

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    1. Thanks so much Cheryl! I'm so glad you like it! I guess no matter who you root for, every team has those kinds of nail-biter games from time to time!

      :) Kelly

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  35. I love how your churn dash blocks look! what are you planning on doing with this quilt?

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  36. Great blocks and neat fabric! Enjoy your football season Kelly! Thanks for sharing.
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  37. You are not alone! I am the exact same way with the Dawgs! (GO DAWGS!) I've already commented on how great I think this quilt is on another post, but let me just reiterate that here: I love this quilt! And one more thing...........SEC RULES!!!

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  38. Hi! I love your quilt! You are so right - that pattern is perfect for those beautiful fabrics! Did you notice that your quilt's colours are from the last photo?! x Teje

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  39. I love this!! I have a layer cake and a charm pack of this line. All I need is the pattern. This is the pretties Churn Dash quilt I have ever seen. Love, Love, Love!
    jlblvn@gmail.com

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  40. Would you be kind enough to give me your measurements. I would love to make this quilt, but I can't tell the size. Thank you very much.

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  41. Oh my word, I love this quilt! The fabric is just perfect--a bit old-fashioned but in a modern, cool way.
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