Maggie’s First Dance, Setting Blocks

Hello everyone! It’s the first Monday of the month and that means it’s time for another installment of Maggie’s First Dance Free BOM by Jacquelynne Steves. If you are looking for the Minis and More September post, go here then come back and read about Maggie’s Dance.

First, I want to introduce this month’s sponsor and guest blogger, Christa Quilts. Christa Watson designs modern quilts and she has also written a couple of books for quilting on your domestic machine, Machine Quilting With Style  and The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting with Angela Walters.


The prize this month is this awesome pack of patterns by Christa. Be sure to read to the bottom to learn how you can win.

Now onto this month’s block. It’s the setting block for Maggie’s Dance.There are five blocks, but don’t worry, they went together very quickly. Jacquelynne’s instructions are very easy to follow.


First up is my embroidered version. I decided that since there was going to be a lot more white space in the embroidered block, I would use a print in the center of this block.


I’m using Bright Sun by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda.


Here it is all together. I’m really pleased with it. The blue dot is a little bright here, but I’ll let you in on a secret, I already have the borders on and I think it looks great.


For my hand appliqued version, I went with the neutral center. I’m already thinking of ways to FMQ this.


I did a little sketching of what might go in the center. Please forgive the roughness of the design. This was the first time I played with the drawing tool on my computer. I had a Samsung Note 14.1 that I could draw on, but I dropped it and broke the screen and they don’t make them anymore and it was almost as expensive to fix it as buy something new.  If you have a feature like that on something though, it’s a great way to audition different designs.


When you put all the blocks together, the corner triangles makes a great secondary design. Something else that will be fun to quilt.




Now, for your chance to win Christa Quilts great pattern pack:

Leave a comment to tell me if fall has come to your part of the country. We are supposed to be in the mid 80’s in Georgia this week. I seems like cooler weather and fall just are not coming this year. Please leave your comments by 11:59 on October 10.


Make sure you visit all the other bloggers and leave a comment for your chance to win and see all the creative goodness that is going on with Maggie’s setting blocks.

Christa Quilts  (That’s me)

It’s always so interesting to see how everyone completes their blocks, so be sure to share your completed blocks at the following places:

Thanks for stopping by.



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92 Responses to Maggie’s First Dance, Setting Blocks

  1. Anne Hilgers says:

    I am in Hubbard Oregon and fall has arrived. It has started to rain and the temp has dropped to around 60. We had a hot and dry summer and so the rain feels good. I love your bright blue dots.


  2. Connie German says:

    It has cooled down to low 80’s but where you really feel the fall is in the early morning before the sun rises. Feels so good.


  3. Caren Miller says:

    Love the secondary patterns showing up! In the middle of Missouri in the middle of the Midwest in the middle of the country, Autumn is beautiful right now, the start of amazing color shows of leaves, finally relief from a very wet humid summer, amazing clouds and rainbows and blue skies . . .


  4. usairdoll says:

    Love your quilt! Your colors are beautiful! I’m in Northern California and we have had a taste of fall. We’ve enjoyed cooler weather lately but they say it’s back to the 80s later in the week. I’m so ready for the cooler weather to stay!

    Thanks for a chance to win.



  5. gussek says:

    Yes it’s fall here in MN the keaves are now at their peak for color. Just beautiful!


  6. Brenda Arnold says:

    Yes it is fall here in B.C., Canada. Snow was forecasted for this week. Way too early for winter!


  7. Fran says:

    Fall has arrived here in BC, sunny days in the 60s and cool nights, a little new snow on the coast mountains, as a sign of what is to come.


  8. kelleylikes says:

    Adorable patterns! Would love a chance to win! thank you for all you do!!


  9. Bonnie Hendrickson says:

    Fall is here alright. We might have a freeze this week!


  10. I guess fall has come here in Southern California – weather beautiful. Not a lot of changes, but a little cooler I guess.

    Thanks for the FMQing ideas, and the chance.


  11. Kathy Wilkey says:

    I live in Alabama so I know what you mean about the weather. Love your blocks! Thanks for the chance to win the patterns.


  12. Janet says:

    We are now into Spring in Australia, I do look forward to Autumn though =)


  13. Pat Kleber says:

    Fall is coming to South Carolina, but so is Hurricane Matthew! I’m riding the it the storm with my sewing machine and plenty of material! Now, let’s hope we don’t lose electricity!😀


  14. We still haven’t had any fall weather either in Alabama. It has been in the upper 80’s all week here. The weatherman has been predicting cooler temperatures this weekend. We will wait and see. I am ready for some cool temperatures.


  15. Susan MacLeod says:

    It’s chilly here in southern VT, the leaves are changing color No frost yet, tho


  16. Kathee Yeager says:

    So sorry you dropped you tablet! I hope you get an even nicer one to replace it–maybe even a touch screen monitor! Thanks for your great tips and giveaways!


  17. Fall is here in Vancouver, Washington in the form of RAIN!


  18. Laurie Zoecklein says:

    Fall is just starting in southeast MN.


  19. Pat Bandura says:

    we are having wonderful early fall weather. No color change yet but bright and sunny


  20. Kathie L says:

    It’s a lovely fall here in PA. My granddaughter is visiting this weekend and we’ll go pumpkin picking.


  21. Amanda Gartman says:

    Somedays it feels like fall and then it goes right back into summer! I live in Texas though so it is kind of the norm for us, lol.


  22. Rosalee says:

    Your blocks are amazing, love your colors! We are still in 80’s today but cool down coming this weekend to 60’s, love this nice weather!


  23. Sarah says:

    Fall has definitely reached central PA! The leaves aren’t changing much yet but I’m sure they will in a blink of an eye!


  24. Debbie M. says:

    Fall seems to come and go here in the Midwest. Cool temps for a couple of days and the back into the 80’s. Waiting for the cooler weather for longer than three days in a row.


  25. Karen J. says:

    Fall was here in Virginia for a couple of days, then it got hot again. I can’t wait to curl up in front of a blazing fire.


  26. elizacross2003 says:

    Here in Eastern Ontario Canada the nights have been cool time to close the windows,My street looks out over Marsh land and I’m starting to see the leaves changing colour


  27. Elfie says:

    Here in Germany fall comes with cool temperatures and some really windy days.


  28. Dee says:

    Leaves are just starting to change. Been unusually warm for us.


  29. Laurene Shewan says:

    I think we are having what we call “Indian Summer” here in Southeastern CT. NICE, although I did put on the heat today to get the chill out of our home.


  30. Judy says:

    I am looking forward to seeing both of your quilts with the borders on them. We are definitely having fall weather here in the Northwest.


  31. Leah Greenwalt says:

    It is definitely fall here in Kansas City. Thunderstorms today bringing a cold snap tomorrow. Low’s in the low 40’s with high’s only in the low 60’s tomorrow. The trees are already starting to turn. I worry about my family in West Palm being in the path of hurricane Matthew; hope all is well in the part of Georgia that you are in!


  32. Janet Crossman says:

    Fall is technically here but the temperatures don’t know it, unseasonally warm, thank you God.


  33. Katie Higgins says:

    I have to say sorry to hear that the weather isn’t behaving for you. But here in Payson, Az, it started to cool off a few weeks ago and is very much feeling like fall.


  34. Annette Saitta says:

    I am in Liberty, MO and it is cooler, but not as cool as it should be.


  35. Ruth Clyde says:

    Fall seems to have come to Western PA–it was in the 80’s most days, then suddenly it’s down in the 60’s and occasionally in the low 70’s. I see changing leaves here and there.


  36. Colleen Gonzales says:

    The weather has cooled here in Nevada, but not much in the way of colorful leaves. Still, summer has definiely ended!


  37. Susan Griffith says:

    Fall definitely has come. The trees are turning, the days are cooler and the nights are colder. I love this time of year.


  38. Rebecca McCain says:

    Fall is finally come in..the weather is in the 70’80’s; a far cry from the 100’s here in Texas. The leaves are just now starting to change color. I can’t wait for the full color scene!


  39. Sarah says:

    I live in western NY. Fall is trying to arrive but we’re still having 70’s after a very warm summer (80’s and 90’s — hot for us). Nights have been in the 50’s so it shouldn’t be too long.

    All those in the line of Mathew please stay safe


  40. Debbie Martin says:

    Here in northern Arkansas it has just turned cool. Windows still open, but went to long sleeves😁. 45 degrees when I got up.


  41. Gay says:

    I’m in North Central Texas. It’s still hot here, so I guess Fall hasn’t showed it’s face yet.


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