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Hi – I’m Rebecca and I’m a long time lurker,  first time blogger.  I thought it was about time I started to really participate in this community of quilters. This is my first post, and I hope I can add one each week.

Several years ago one of the groups here at Quilt with us (I think it was Gifty Galore Quilt Along, but I'm not positive) started a project making fabric calendars  with a block of the month component.  I thought it was a great idea and would make a perfect Christmas present for DD, so I immediately joined, downloaded the pattern for the calendar and the January block of the month, made the calendar with a few simple modifications, but then  decided that I wanted to develop my own unique ‘months’.  And that was the beginning of about 6 months of creating!  I poured through my stack of quilting magazines and pattern books and started appliqueing each month.  January snowmen; February Valentines; those were easy – then came March.  I scoured the internet and finally found a picture of a Leprechaun that I converted to a usable applique pattern.  April rain?  My Sunbonnet Sue book came to the rescue – and I put patches on the little dog that more or less matched DD’s dog.  For May, I printed a photo of DD and DSiL that was taken on the date of their 20th anniversary in front of Mount St. Helen’s. I knew she'd like that!

I was stumped for June but then decided to order one of  McKenna Ryan’s patterns with Hummingbirds because we have so many of them here during the summer.  July was Holly Hobby – in her flower garden; August was Loons on the Lake (to remind DD of their haunting cries on late summer evenings).  September, October, November, December were easy – more magazines came to my rescue. 

I then downloaded calendar pages off the internet, printed them out and I was done.  I used small magnetic book marks to hold the calendar pages, with the non-current months stored in a pocket on the back of the Calendar.  Each 12 inch square ‘month’ has loops on the top, and they hook onto buttons. 

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Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on June 1, 2014 at 2:42pm

Thank you to everyone.  DD enjoys it very much so all the work was really worthwhile. :-)

Comment by Barbara Graham on June 1, 2014 at 2:13pm

What wonderful personalized calendar pages! Good job.

Comment by Agnes / NW Ontario on May 30, 2014 at 7:52am

Love all your calendar pages. What an incredible amount of detail. The one that really speaks to me is August with the loons. I have just moved back to lake country. If I had been asked what I had missed most it was hearing the haunting loon calls. I just love to hear that sound nightly.

Comment by Donna Sykes on May 28, 2014 at 6:17pm

I always love when you can make a gift that is so personal for the recipient and made with your own creative juices. You did a wonderful job!

Comment by Roxann on May 27, 2014 at 3:18pm

Very nice!  Can't wait to see what you come up with next!  Welcome to the bloggin' world! :)

Comment by Prairie Quilter/NE on May 27, 2014 at 11:15am

Fabulous calendar idea, Rebecca!  So personal and each one simply wonderful.  Inspiration can come from anywhere and I'm glad you ran with this idea.  What a fun project.  I'll bet your daughter loves it!  We'll look forward to hearing more from you!

Comment by Carol Wadkins on May 27, 2014 at 9:52am

Wonderful ideas and follow through! Happy you have decided to post also!!

Comment by B J Elder/WA on May 27, 2014 at 8:55am

Very nice!  I need to get back and finish some up that I'm working on too -- you have inspired me.

Comment by Carolyn Schnapp on May 27, 2014 at 7:26am

Love your calendar

Comment by Barb/WI on May 27, 2014 at 4:34am

Beautifully done!  Look forward to seeing more of your work.

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