Last year I spent a good part of my time looking at all the lovely things people were making and instead of buckling down and trying different things I just plodded along and wasted so much time.
This year is going to be different. I want to make all the things I should have done last year so I joined a few sewalongs to make sure I didn't stray.
Here's what I've been up to since the beginning of the year. After a couple of secret gifts were finished, which I'll show you when they've been received, I started The 2014 It's a New Year Sewalong. The sewalong started on the 1st Jan with the picking of fabrics and the deadline for showing finished projects will be 29th Jan.
After taking about three days to choose some fabrics I finally chose pinks and greys and started sewing them up. This is the first time I've done log cabin blocks and was surprised how quickly they came together. I've now finished 35 blocks measuring 4 1/2 inches square.
Not all the fabrics are quilting cottons, in fact most of them are polyester cotton which means care has to be taken when ironing them. I usually iron my fabrics before cutting them just to make sure they don't shrink or have any other reaction to the heat.
All that's left to do now is square off the blocks. There's still loads of time to make some more before the deadline so I may just carry on with these blocks for a few more days. I still don't know what I'll be making with them. I guess that will depend on how many I have.
Next WIP is the Wishes Quilt Along. There are 12 sampler blocks to this quilt, one every month.
This is block one that I made this afternoon.
The third quilt along that I'm taking part in is being hosted by Moniquie Dillard of Open Gate Quilts and runs for 6 months. I haven't made a start on this one yet because as usual it takes me forever just to choose some fabric. Maybe I should just go out and buy some more fabric especially for this project. LOLLL
Happy sewing to all of you.
~ Maria ~