Block of the Month: January and February
This year I’m sewing along with Amy Gibson from Stitchery Dickory Dock. A bunch of other talented seamsters and I have joined up to make a quilt using Craftsy’s 2012 Block of the Month class. This post marks the beginning of the saga.
Back when I declared my addiction to Craftsy, I mentioned that I’d signed up for their free 2012 Block of the Month class. I was excited to learn how to quilt with the confidence that I would have a finished quilt within the year. Then the SWAP got in the way, and I never got around to starting. Now that the year is almost half way over (where does the time go?!), I really want to catch up.
To begin I needed material. I thought about using scraps from all of the garment sewing I’ve done over the last year and a half, but I wasn’t quite sure how well it would all go together. I decided instead to use the same fabrics that are being used in the video lessons so that I don’t have to worry with scraps when I don’t even know what’s coming up next. Plus, I plan to make this quilt a gift, so I actually want it to look nice.
Who’s the quilt for, you ask?
My unborn, unconceived child.
Hold on, there’s a backstory. I have a talented scientist friend who has a talented athlete sister (talented as in she is a gold medal Olympian). Talented athlete sister is gearing up for this summer’s Olympic games and happened to be interviewed about her training. Towards the end of the interview, she admits to enjoying cross stitch. Then she admits to cross stitching a Christmas stocking for talented scientist friend’s daughter. Now, this sounds normal and all, but I was in shock because I didn’t know talented scientist friend had a daughter. Where had she been hiding all this time? When pressed by the interviewer, talented athlete sister admitted that talented scientist friend was not married and did not yet have a daughter. Instead, and I quote, the gift was for her unborn, unconceived child. I died laughing at this point, and I didn’t stop laughing for days. I shared the interview with my husband and freaked him out by telling him I wanted to make this particular quilt for our unborn, unconceived child. After a few more days of laughter, it just stuck. And I kind of became excited about it. It’s not so creepy now that you know the backstory, right?
I’ve finished January’s and February’s quilt blocks so far. In January we learned how to make slashed blocks. The first block was the asterisk block…
…and the second block was the wonky pound sign block.
In February we learned two methods for making half-square triangles. This month the first block was the Balkan puzzle block…
…and the second block was the chunky chevron block.
I need to get moving since I’m still eight blocks behind. I want to be caught up at least by the time the class shifts to putting the quilt together. I imagine those steps will be a little more time consuming, especially with my being new to the whole process.
On to March and April!