For the last few days I’ve been working on a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I feel like a ping pong ball bouncing from one thing to the next! Along with all the wonderful time spent with family and friends, putting all the Christmas decorations away and hitting the gym a few times since Christmas to work off all those treats, I’ve also worked on various quilt projects.
Post Card Cuties for Winter (by Bunny Hill Designs) – two more blocks are complete and one ready for hand work. Here are the two completed cuties:
Post Card Cutie Block 7
Post Card Cutie Block 8
Grandmother’s Choice – Barbara Brackman’s Grandmother’s Choice blog continues to be a very favorite. Each Saturday morning the first thing I do is check her blog to see what the next block will be and to read a bit more about the history of women’s rights. And I love the bright, springy, happy fabric I’m using: Good Fortune by Kate Spain.Here is this week’s block called Cheyenne:
And last but not least - Carol Doak’s Mystery Block of the Month. Carol has already given us the January block called Arrow Star:
The Carol Doak Mystery Block of the Month is available for free through her Yahoo Group.
Resolutions! I have two New Year’s resolutions related to quilting. One is to practice free motion quilting weekly. I’ve taken the class, have practice material and I have all the right tools but I never seem to find the time to practice. The second resolution is to only buy new fabric if it has a specific project. No more buying because I think it is simply beautiful. If it is that pretty, I’d better have a well thought out plan to use it! I’d like to make really good use of all the gorgeous stash I have in boxes, bins and bags throughout my studio!
So do you have any quilting New Year’s resolutions? If so, please share!
Our Bee has really challenged us this year. Yesterday we saw the Brown Bag Challenge and today is the Same Fabric Challenge. I think next year we may need scale back the challenges a bit…
Same Fabric Challenge
With the Same Fabric Challenge everyone in the Bee who wanted to participate got a yard of the same fabric in January and we all used it in some form or fashion. The fabric we all got is this pretty Batik:
I decided to use it in my Desert Sky quilt.
This is a Judy Neimeyer pattern. So I’ve been working on lots of points and curves over the last month or so!
The pattern layout for the blocks didn’t seem to work for me. It took several days on the design wall!
Finally came up with something balanced and not quite so WILD!
I’m actually loving how this turned out and can’t wait to have it quilted!
I bet you’d like to see what some of the other Bee gals came up with.
Here Suz used her fabric as a doo rag!
Judy made this pretty little quilt:
Madeline went to town on this beauty!
And Davene used the fabric in a pretty pillow case:
That was just some of what all these talented ladies came up with. Next year we are talking about a block exchange challenge – not sure of the details but I know for sure that it will be fun and challenging!
Does quilting help you through a tough spot? Or do you wait until life calms down before you can happily stitch again? Recently we’ve had some rough times with a death in the family and when I found a few minutes to be alone, working on a simple block or two has helped a lot. Picking out fabric, being creative and, as long as the pattern isn’t too difficult or frustrating, my soul has healed a bit with each block.
Carol Doak has a wonderful Mystery Block of the Month on her Yahoo Group web site. The October block is called Posey Ring and it was “easy peasy” to put together this afternoon while I watched Ellen. (Doesn’t Ellen say silly things like “easy peasy”?)
Here’s my “easy peasy” Posey Ring:
I can’t believe we are six months into this project already! A very enjoyable, low pressure project and I’ll have a scrumptious blue and cream quilt when it’s done! Many thanks to Carol Doak and if you are interested, you can still join the Mystery BOM fun – all the information for previous months is still available. Just join the Carol Doak Quilting Yahoo Group and look under Files, Block Designs for our Group, 2012 Mystery BOM.