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.


  1. Joanna... a very big Welcome to our Block a day challenge!!! :)
    So glad you're joining us... I'll add your block to our list and I hope you are inspired.
    We've only just begun and already we're making progress most days.
    I too love the girls from the Netherlands blogs... wonderful!
    Your fabrics and your stars are gorgeous!!
    Welcome!!!!! xxx

  2. bah ha ha... I did mean your 'blog' to our list... I have blocks on the brain :P

  3. Hello from Belgium, dear Joanna ! ;>)
    My name is Nadine, and I'm part of that "Block A Day" challenge, which I think is such a wonderful idea, and I'm wishing you a very heartful welcome in this FUN team !
    Just like you, I'm handpiecing six-pointed stars (actually inspired by "Supergoof"'s ones) as well as RIA from "Treasure Quilts". I'm also adding some little baskets (another long term project that I'd like to finish).
    Dutch quilters are VERY productive and talented and they very often inspire me (actually I'm partly Dutch, as my mother was from the Netherlands ;>)

    Keep going with your cutie stars, dear, I'm sure we'll get in touch again...

    Smiles from my little corner,

    (my blog : "Friendship Threads")

  4. And a huge H*E*L*L*O from the Netherlands, dear Joanna!! (by the way: my Birthname also includes Jo(h)anna.... it's a typical Dutch girlname... ;) ....).
    Welcome!!!We are so universal, on our BaD Challenge! And that's just so great!! I love quilters from around the world unite their passion!!
    We are all a bit crazy about little blocks..... ;))
    I also have the book by Ann Moonen, she's a great authority on Dutch Quilts! I love the heritage we have on quilting; it is so inspiring!
    Enjoy your little stars! I love the fabrics!!!
    Let's all have F*U*N!!!
    Love, Ria.

  5. Good luck with your challenge. I'm going to check it out, too. Your stars are lovely. I, too, love the dutch quilts and blogs.

  6. Hi Joanna,
    I am also part of the BaD Challenge, making modern squares at the moment and then something else when I have enough of them :)
    Your stars look great.


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