12 Months, Many Blocks, That’s My Plan

With Penny Sampler underway, what’s on my mind?

The next project of course!

I mentioned in the last post that I’m probably going to buy Stitched in Colors Handstitched E-Book – but I don’t think anything in there is my next project – maybe, but I’m really buying it now because she’s probably not going to make it available again. So that doesn’t count. Really.

Between doing Danielle’s quilt, and planning and starting the Penny Sampler, I’ve learned a few things. Danielle’s quilt was pretty easy. I picked a fabric line that included all the colors she requested. I went with easy to cut and piece precuts (a Layer cake), and the pattern I used wasn’t something i had to read and figure out, rather it was from one of my Craftsy classes, and I had already watched someone else make it. On the other hand, Penny Sampler is a learning experience on every level – from studying color schemes, to picking fabrics to work with my color story, to actually starting on the quilt, and learning all of the new techniques. I’m completely out of my comfort zone.

But, I am completely engaged.

And, I’m not in a rush. At all. During the period of time that I knit like a fiend, and was pumping out a sweater a month, I dreamed in knit and purl. Knitting was almost a frenzy, and part of it was that I couldn’t wait to wear whatever I was knitting. To this day, 90% of the sweaters I wear on a daily basis are handknit by moi, and knit during that period shortly after I learned to knit. I don’t feel that way about quilting – and it’s not that it’s not a passion, it’s that it’s not product motivated – I don’t even know what I’m going to do with Penny Sampler when it’s finished. It’s probably going to be folded up and thrown over a chair in our living room. Working on the Penny Sampler is just slow, and contemplative. It’s all about the process. Danielle’s quilt was fast and furious, and all about the product.

While I’m a product knitter, I’m a process quilter, and that’s where my enjoyment lies.

So, in 2014, I’m all about projects that are skill building. And that’s where Block of the Month clubs come into play. There’s a bunch of them out there – where you sign up through either a website or a store or a blog – and every month you get a block to complete for the month. Some, that also send you the fabric, are pretty expensive. Others, you just sign up to get the pattern, tutorials and in some cases, a Flickr community to share your progress. That’s where my head is, because again, picking the fabric is part of the process.

Interested? Here’s what I’ve signed up for:

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This BOM is from Elizabeth Dackson from Don’t Call Me Betsy and it’s all about stars – 12 months of stars. 12 inch stars or 6 inch stars, you take your pick.

Next, another traditional block piecing club:

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This one is from Amy Gibson from Stitchery Dickory Dock. Amy hosted the Craftsy BOM in 2011, and while I didn’t make the blocks, I did watch all of the videos, and most of the techniques I learned I’ve incorporated into other things I’ve made. Each month you not only get a surprise block (unlike the Stars blocks, which has a preview for the year), but also a yummy dessert recipe, and this year, she’s doing some kind of “Be” theme – digging deeper than creating a block, and she’s going to have creative challenges and prompts on her blog. I’m not sure what this is about, but I’m willing to keep an open mind and give it a shot. I can always just do the blocks.

That should keep me busy, right?

Right. So I haven’t signed up for anything else, but do have my eye on two others, one is paper piecing –

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This one is made up of 12 paper pieced, kitschy kitchen blocks – totally looks like fun. We’ll see.

And lastly, this one isn’t a BOM, it’s a quilt-a-long with Leah Day at the Free Motion Quilting Project.productimage-picture-building-blocks-download-quilt-pattern-75_jpg_480x480_q85

This quilt-a-long is designed for the beginning quilter to not only learn piecing, but quilting. Most quilting patterns you buy have detailed piecing instructions, and then say, “quilt as you desire,” leaving you hanging. Not this one. Every Monday there’ll be a piecing tutorial, as well as quilting one, and it will wrap up with how to join these piece as you go blocks. By the way, I had never been to Leah Day’s website – well, let me put it this way – I read the blog through feedly, but hadn’t visited the site – so I didn’t know until today that if you buy her Craftsy classes through her blog, she has massive discounts – so generous! so awesome! I’m definitely going to take one of her classes next year. And . . . I’ll probably try this one too.

So I’m going to be busy busy!
And this coming from a girl who can’t complete a 30 day project – and now I think I’m going to do monthly projects – more than one?
Yes, I am.
Yep.

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