2016 Quilting First(s)...by Andrea Kelter on 01/12/16
Over the past few years, I've had the following projects on my quilting bucket list:
a) Do a BOM project
b) Go to a quilting retreat or classes taught by one of my quilting heroes
c) Join a sew-along
d) Make a quilted bag
To that end, I've acquired patterns, fabrics, stabilizers, etc. - all just waiting for me to find the time to actually tackle them.
But life seems to always get in the way - limiting the amount of time (and energy) I have to actually quilt. I did finish 27 projects last year - but none of them were the projects on my bucket list.
So, for 2016, I made only one resolution. And that is to let only one life get in the way of my quilting projects - that one life is MY LIFE. No more excuses.
Right after I made that resolution - cool things began to happen.
First, I joined Pat Sloan's Mystery BOM for 2016. She is calling it "My Secret Garden", an intriguing title given that Pat loves country fabrics and applique - two of my personal faves as well. Each block will be released on the first of every month - Block 1 is out now, and the instructions are fantastic. Very concise and clear and easy to follow. The blocks finish at 16-1/2 inches square - and the final layout also calls for sashing and cornerstones. If you're looking for a fun, interesting, pretty quilt project to start the year - this might be of interest to you. Here's the link if you'd like to read up on it...
And here's my interpretation of the first block. I'm going for a soft, warm, shabby-chic look which I hope will flatter the lovely blocks that will make up the final quilt.
Second, Whirls N Swirls Quilting in Oshawa, Ontario announced that Judi Madsen will be teaching there for three days in May. I saw the course list - EVERY COURSE I EVER WANTED TO TAKE FROM JUDI IS ON IT! I used to live in Oshawa, so not only would I get to learn from one of my favourite quilting heroes, but I'd also get to retutn to my old stomping grounds for a few days!!! The courses are perfect for quilters using their domestic sewing machines to finish quilts, as well as mid-arm quilters. Courses are $75 per class, and consist of 2-1/2 hours of lectures/demos/practice each. Dates are May 23-26, the height of spring in Ontario! For Americans, this is the opportunity of the year to learn from Judi - because the Canadian dollar exchange is around 40%!!! Oshawa is a pretty short drive (and a very pretty one) from both the bridges in Kingston, Ontario and Niagara Falls, Ontario if you're coming from the US. For me, it's only a 17 hour drive, and a chance to quilt with the best - PLUS - my brother lives in Burlington, about a 45 minute drive from Oshawa - so I'll get to see him, too! Interested in learning more? Click on Judi's name above for a link direct to all the info.
Just think - it's January 12th and I have two checkmarks on my bucket list already. It's amazing how good that makes me feel!
I recently got hooked on QAYG (thanks to Samelia's Mum's blog) - and ever since I finished my first project, I've been playing around with ways to blend QAYG with FMQ. My current experiment is a set of batik placemats - the first one of which is nearly ready to bind. This is one of those odd projects that looks pretty in real life, but does not photograph well (mostly my own fault because I used my phone instead of my Nikon). In actuality, I find the fabrics blend very nicely together - in the photo, I don't care for the mix at all. But the combination of straight line quilting and swirls is pleasing to my eye. Think I'll have to finish squaring this one up and bind it before I decide if I'm going to continue with this set, or make some modifications. I need a table mat under some display dishes, so all will not be lost if this mat becomes an only child!
Linking up with Connie over at Freemotion by the River (she's always got something cool and fun happening), and with Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts tomorrow!
Can't wait to see what everyone's working on...