A Quick Look At This Months Bottom, And A Baby Cow Is Born!

For this months sewing project I decided to keep it simple so that I can practice at taking my time and not rushing/bumbling my way through. I also made the decision to change things up and go a bit old school.

Ok, here is the finished project.

Love the contrasting fabrics and the small scale. Think they will work well as placemats or maybe mini wall hangings.

Anyway, time to grab a brew and share some ramblings with you … there’s even a surprise a little later on.

Ok, first I called up the quilt block patterns on the Scan N Cut and found a design that I liked the look of.

Then set the size that I wanted the finished block to be.

Next I loaded up all of the shapes except the square, which was to be four and a half inches.

I then cut these from cardstock to make templates and used these to cut the fabric.

You might be wondering why I didn’t just cut the fabric with the Scan N Cut. Well, my dear chums, sometimes you have to know the most appropriate use of your tools in order to make best use of them.

In this case, because I was only making the one block, it just made sense to me. Do you agree or would you have cut the fabric pieces with the machine?

Anyway, onwards.

I laid out the shapes to make sure that the “flow” worked.

Then set about sewing the parts together; working out from the centre and in opposite pairs.

Pow! Block front done!

Now, I promised a random surprise … well, here it is!

You may/may not know that I live in a place that joins onto a working farm and this weeks the cows were back; they move through the fields on a regular basis making best use of fresh pastures.

Anyway, at this point in my sewing adventure I took a break and went into the kitchen to make a coffee and looked out of the window to see not one but TWO calves being born.

Now, I will be honest, nature is not a pretty thing so I will spare you the “before” and share the “after” fun/Disney-esque happy thoughts photo and mother and baby after it just took it’s first step.

*happy sigh – so cute!

After watching the live action nature watch for a while things settled down so I went back to stitching.

Before applying the backing/binding etc to the first one I decided to stitch up some alternatives. Most were rubbish and didn’t work but I really liked this, most likely because it was the opposite of the first one and therefore would like intentional.


Well, that was my thinking at the time.

So, from there I applied the batting and backing and added some top stitching.

Finally time to add the binding.

This is something that I definitely NEED more practice at.

Still, at least it went on and I then shoved both of the “mats” through the wash and hey presto, another BOTM done!

I think that next month I really need to get some colour going on.

Hope you enjoyed this little adventure.

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Bye for now.


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8 thoughts on “A Quick Look At This Months Bottom, And A Baby Cow Is Born!

  1. I love the black and white John, the first and the second project you made.
    Get well together with the new live you saw being born. I grew up with a working farm next to our place and several nearby, always a joy to see young animals. Gorgeous photo!
    Thank you so much for sharing, stay safe and have a wondeful evening.

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  2. Lovely quilting John.
    What a wonderful nature moment to share. I remember watching twin lambs born to a ewe the farmer had been told was ’empty’. They were adorable.

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  3. I love the monochrome look John… It’s a great contrast to the multi-coloured look of last month’s make.
    Quick question, when you specify 8″x8″, does the S’n’C add seam allowances on to the individual elements so that the finished block is that size? (apologies if you already mentioned this somewhere) Clare x


  4. Really like the idea of these and definitely the opposite colour combo. You make it look doable, even for me John, thanks xx

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