With the new year, I got to thinking about resolutions. I went back and read my post from January of 2013 where I said I knew better than to make resolutions. But I also committed to a goal to find the perfect project for a beautiful piece of fabric I had purchased some time ago.
I didn't find the perfect project in 2013; however, I did find it in 2014 and I have already gotten started. One of the young women in my guild, the Oklahoma City Modern Quilt Guild, started a quilt along using Tula Pink's City Sampler blocks book in February. She set a goal of 11 blocks per month so we can get all 100 finished in November so we can sash, finish, etc, by the end of the year...yeah, right! I really didn't think I could do it, but I am proud to say I got 10 of the blocks made in February. So technically, I didn't do it, but I got pretty darn close. I also have the next two cut out. Unfortunately, I have done nothing in March....yet....
I am using a bit of this red fabric in each of the blocks (assuming the fabric goes that far). I think I can pull it off - I have two yards and I am using as the primary fabric in some blocks and just as a minor player in other blocks. One of the quilt calculators said I could get more than 100 5" squares from the two yards so I'm thinking if I am conservative I can make it work. However, I'm not going to worry over much about it. I am also using some purples, greens, yellows/golds, and several low volume fabrics.
Here's a picture of a couple of my blocks...I'm really liking them...and I'm sewing all of them on my sweet little Featherweight Pippa. It seemed like the perfect project for me and Pippa. I hadn't used her much so this is helping me get to know her a little better. Totally different feel from my Janome MC6300 Kate. And I am using a Tula Pink Aurifil variegated thread sampler I purchased last year (ironically, from the same young woman who is running this QAL). I love buying thread, but I am bad about hoarding it and not using it. It's just so pretty! I am trying to get over that so I broke it out and am loving it!
Is anyone doing Melissa Corry's "Happy Quilting" Star Light, Star Bright Quilt Along? I am doing one large 32" star, but she has instructions for multiple sizes and layouts. She has been publishing a new step each Wednesday and we are almost finished. Since I am only doing one big block it has been easy to keep up with so far, although I haven't done this week's step yet....I am still optimistic I will get to it....
I will probably make a baby quilt with it although the colors aren't really nursery colors....oh well.....
I'm also going to start The Sassy Quilter's Quilt Along later this month - a triangle quilt. I have been wanting to make one of these for a while so I am going to make a small one - probably baby quilt sized - with low volume and muted fabrics....This QAL starts March 21st. If you are interested, please join us. I found this blog through a posting on the Happy Quilting QAL and am really glad I did. Paula has a lot of interesting information and fun things going on.
I hope everyone has a great week!