It’s a sleeting Saturday morning here in Mid-Michigan
, but I don’t care. I plan on spending a good portion of the day sewing. It’s my last “free” Saturday until the beginning of April, as I have a Saturday morning class to teach for Eastern Michigan University
. I love teaching – but the Saturday thing gets old quick, especially when I have a full time job during the week. But, it provides money to support my (quilt) habit, so I shouldn’t complain too much.
Last night I finished hand-piecing
this block, M6, called “Simplicity.” It wasn’t all that simple, though… lots of tiny pieces to sew. Remember when you look at Dear Jane blocks that they are only 4.5 inches wide (5 inches wide before finishing).
I had worried when choosing my background fabric for this quilt that some fabrics wouldn’t show up well on it. Even though the background is tan in color, it shows up fine because of the little orange flowers that make it POP.
Why did I hand-piece
this, you ask? Sometimes I like to sit and sew while I watch/listen to TV in the evening. I felt like doing that with this block, rather than sit in the basement where it is cold and be all alone.
Today I will work on more blocks… mail out a package to my Dear Jane Secret Pal, and a fat quarter to a swap participant (Hi Barb!) from the Quilting Arts Forum
. Ahhh, it’s going to be a FUN day!
I’ve been busy and completed four more blocks!
Somebody reach out and give me a pat on the back. I’ll turn around and make it easier for you…
This time last year, I signed up to participate in a “Block of the Month” challenge on the Quilting Arts Forum. Each month, QAF features a new block, and if you participate in it all year, you have 12 blocks completed in matching colors. Well, sometimes life gets in the way, as it did this year. Each month I printed out the patterns, but they became a collection of papers – with very few blocks completed. You can see by the photo below that I was ambitious the first month, making the four corner blocks all the same.
Today, I decided I wanted to skip shopping/wrapping/cleaning/decorating and all that other Christmas preparation. (Well, I DID clean the oven… using the auto clean feature!) I did three blocks today, so the photo below shows my TOTAL number of blocks completed. Pretty sad, isn’t it? Mind you, the two applique blocks are NOT a part of the challenge, but I determined last January that I wanted a mixture of pieced and applique blocks, thus the two you see here.
Here are some close-ups:
With a little more work over the weekend, I should HOPEFULLY get them all finished and save face. I’ll post again when all the blocks are completed. Crossing my fingers as I type,