At the beginning of the year, I decided that I wanted to follow my own
ideas and create my own quilts, or at least finish projects hanging around
from last year. I did start off the year well but it seems that I am adding
more projects onto my ever increasing list.
At Guild, this past week, Mary,my friend, mentioned a free online
challenge called “The 365 Challenge.” When I checked
out the site, this is what I saw.
“Are you kidding me?” was my response.
But Mary’s enthusiasm and encouragement prevailed. She mentioned
that it only took 5- 10 minutes to complete each 3″ block. How could
I resist? Do you ever find yourself in this boat?
Well, I started the challenge and to be quite honest, it is fun. And
it really does only take 5-10 minutes to complete each block. The
hardest part about the whole thing is picking out the fabric for each
Here are my 29 blocks completed for this month. I am hoping to
have gradated colors going around the whole quilt. For the month
of January, I have picked dark blues. There are lots of color
combinations on their website, so you can pick what colors you
like. You should check it out.
This is a glimpse of just how small these blocks really are. It seems
that each day, the difficulty increases.
Again, the total number of blocks, at the end of the year will be
365. And the completed quilt will measure 90″ x 90″.
Darlene saw Kerry’s, “Friends of Baltimore” Quilt and decided that
she would like me to quilt hers as well. It arrived at my house a
few weeks ago, so I have been diligently working on the SID work
Today, I finished the ditch work and am moving onto filling
in all the background areas. This is always an exciting part for me
as the fun can now begin. I love working on the background fills.
Darlene is quite the appliquer. I can’t even find the stitches that
are holding the applique pieces down. These quilts really are an honor
and privilege for me to work on. I am amazed that people actually
have that much patience to create one of these masterpieces.
Personally, I think that these quilts are not quilts but actually
works of art.
What do you think?
Switching gears, before Christmas, I was asked to create this cut
baby quilt. The print has monkeys all over it.
A swirl panto was chosen for the quilting design and this
shows up beautifully on the backing.
The backing is comprised of grey minky fabric.
I worked on a purple quilt before with purple minky on the
backing and the purple minky migrated to the front of the
quilt. It actually came up through the stitches. So, be careful
when you use this on the backing of your quilts.
A close up of the stitching. Also, be careful with how you load minky
onto your quilting frame. In one direction, the minky is really
stretchy. And in the other direction, it isn’t. Ask me how I know?
I made a baby quilt and the minky on the backing stretched horribly.
When I took it off the frame, it had bunched up in some areas. Needless
to say, I was not happy at all. And I ditched the quilt. Some lucky person
will now have the job of picking out all those stitches.
And lastly, this one of the last blocks that I completed
from the Oceans BOM from last year. I am trying hard
to keep on track but some days, I think to myself “Are
you kidding me?” Maybe,just maybe I have bit off more
than I can chew. At least, I am not bored.
Have a great week!