Bloom Bloom Pow, in progress

The Bloom Bloom Pow Quilt Along from Freshly Pieced looked like so much fun, but there was no way I could keep up with the schedule.  I tried to resist the lure, but the versions popping up in her flickr group kept calling to me.  I decided I could justify it if I used fabric I already had.  Below is what my home shopping trip yielded.  I debated the white background, and decided to go with grey.  I just pulled this piece until I could order a solid grey, but over time that design grew on me and I decided to just use that as my background for the quilt.  

Next came the cutting.  I will admit that cutting a 25 inch strip of fabric 2.75 inches wide is annoying and slow.  Luckily, I order my fabrics in half yard increments for the most part because if I was a fat quarter collector, this quilt would not have happened.  It was also while I was cutting that I realized if I make just a couple more rows, I could expand this to a twin size quilt.  That could help justify this quilt as a future bed quilt for the little girl, as opposed to yet another throw sized quilt that I already have enough of.  Some of my ideas are better in my head than in reality (work wise, not common sense wise) 🙂  This is also when I realized that for as many blocks as I needed, I was going to have to add some more fabric to the pull.

As stated before, the 25 inch strips take a lot of cutting and patience.  The stack of strips for 29 blocks is shown below.  Only 4 more to go!

Next step is the half block assembly.  I can only do about 9 at a time because of the number of pins I have free to use.  It is slow going, partially due to my time available and partially because I am doing other projects in-between.  

I now have 33 halves complete.  This is slow-going (even with strip piecing), but I think I am going to really like the finished product.  

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