I started a new quilt this weekend. As a member of the National Quilting Association, I have the opportunity to make a members only Block of the Month quilt. Each month, the association will post a pattern tutorial by an NQA certified teacher on their website.
The quilt is titled Galaxy. The pattern calls for assorted white prints and 4-8 different one-yard cuts of blue fabric or your favorite color. I downloaded the January BOM pattern and selected several red fabrics from my stash. Red is my favorite color and I have several one-yard cuts in my stash. I’m trying to use up some older fabrics, most purchased in the 1990′s. NQA certified teacher, Cyndi McChesney, of Colorado, designed the Prairie Star block and her instructions are easy to follow and understand. She utilized two different quick piecing techniques that made the block go together quickly. As well, the block sections were sewn larger than needed and trimmed down, for more accurate piecing.
Here is my completed block.
I certainly have several other projects to work on before starting a new quilt. But, a block of the month isn't too much time commitment. I only have to make one block each month and at the end of the year, I have enough blocks to make a quilt. How about you? Do you join BOM through your LQS, guild, or online? They are a fun way to learn new skills and all the planning is done for you. My quilting space needs cleaned out, so using up stash fabric is a bonus.
It seems that everyone has grown up and is having babies of their own. A nephew had a baby girl in May and a niece had a baby in July. I created two baby quilts: Charm Block Baby Quilt and Farm Animal Baby Quilt. Now, I have another niece that is due this month. My two sisters and I collaborated to make a quilt for her brother in 2012, when he had a baby girl. You may remember our Touch & Feel Baby Quilt that we finished. Now, we've chosen a pattern and started making the blocks for our niece's baby quilt.
The pattern is Tangerine Zoo by Brandi Frey and was published in Scrap Quilts in Summer 2012 by Fons & Porter and Easy Quilts. The quilt is made of scrappy Dresden plates with fussy-cut animal centers. Our zoo will be more green and purple, than tangerine. Each of my sisters and I contributed bright colored fabrics from our stashes. We cut out the Dresden sections and stitched them up on Monday. The easy piecing techniques in the pattern made the sections stitch together quickly. On Monday, my older sister and I worked together to stitch, turn the points, press and stitch the sections together. Previously, we had fussy-cut the animal centers and prepped them for hand applique. Next, applique of the plates to the background squares. I'll keep you updated on the progress.
The Advent Calendar project didn't get completed, but I've continued to work on the wool ornaments. Here are three more finished ornaments to oogle at.
I'll have to get it done for my grandchildren to use next Christmas.
Happy New Year!