Monday, February 18, 2013

Block a Day Challenge

Well, maybe it's half a block a day. I figured out that I need to have a choice of blocks. I thrive on novelty so I'll consider another block to add to my block a day. That way I will have a choice. As the weather gets nicer I will be outside until late so I need to have a half-a-star goal as well. Progress is being made and I've enjoyed visiting the blogs of the others in the challenge. 

These are all the stars so far. Seems I like red. I'll need to add a little variety. Certainly greens.  I think I'm ready to add some cream as the connecting fabric.

Happy Sewing,

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Indigo Crossing

I've had a curious reaction to one of the recent national tragedies. I was starting to branch out to art quilting but have a sudden compulsion to work on things that require far less thinking. Safe. Easy. Completion. Go figure, but it is what it is.  A jelly roll and some charm packs mean little thinking about cutting. I guess there are things in life I don't really want to think about either. As I've gotten older I think that is healthy. So much I can't control so I'll focus on sewing together squares and triangles.
Thus, my Indigo Crossing precuts and inspiration from a Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial. I love the blues and beiges in this line.  I'm working on a Jacob's Ladder. The final layout will be scrappier than this. I laid these out to get an idea of what a block will look like.

Peaceful Sewing,

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Block a Day

I've been away from this blog for a very long time. What I missed was the chronicle of my projects, blooms in the garden, and what I've been learning. My ongoing goal is to spend some time each day doing the things I love doing. I still struggle with that. Often I spend time reading blogs about others doing the things I love doing.

Hence, the Block a Day challenge. I made that goal for myself and lasted about 5 days. Joining a group will hopefully help me meet that goal.

I've recently been inspired by Dutch blogs. The SuperGoof blog,, by Petris Prin was the launching place.  The magazine Quiltmania has much inspiration also. I'm drawn to the colors and the quilt patterns. They have a mix of maching and hand piecing. For Christmas my husband bought me A History of Dutch Quilts by An Moonen.

 My block a day will begin with paper pieced astericks or stars. I'm not sure what I'll do with them but I'm sure something will come to me. I bought a fat quarter bundle of French General La Belle Fluer. I need to figure out what the background fabric will be. I find I don't buy enough creams or shirtings.  

Off to make today's block and watch an episode of Downtown Abbey.

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