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. Here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.
Roughly a million years ago I started a quilt. Okay, not quite, but it was over a year ago when I first posted about joining Craftsy’s 2012 Block of the Month class. What I wrote then was that this quilt was for “my unborn, unconceived child”. Well, said child has now been conceived. Maybe. If it’s a girl. You see, even though I thought that this quilt would be great for any child a year ago, in the interim I’ve decided that it is destined for a girl. I feel weird saying that since I know it’s because of the pinks and flowers and such. I’ve tried hard to convince myself otherwise, but it seems that this quilt has firmly become a girl’s quilt in my mind. No matter. I’ve already started planning a boy’s quilt just in case. (And, the fabrics for this second quilt may already be in the mail, a potentially rash purchase since I need to be saving for things the baby actually needs right now! Oh, and a house. I should also be saving for a house. Oh my.)
Anyway, for some reason the quilting bug came back this summer, and I’ve been cranking away at the March, April, and May Block of the Month squares bit by bit in between garment sewing binges. In the March class I learned foundation piecing, and I made one square where all of the strips were sewn onto the background fabric…
…and one square where the strips were just sewn onto each other.
In the April class I learned English paper piecing. I followed Amy Gibson’s directions very closely for my first block and made a string of 1 1/4″ hexagons…
…and then broke off and did my own thing on the second square with a single 3/4″ and lots of 2″ hexagons.
Finally, in the May class I tackled wonky log cabins. I made a modern frame log cabin…
…and what was supposed to be a wonky five-sided log cabin but seems to have developed into a super wonky many-sided log cabin.
Together with the January and February blocks I’ve already made, I now have half of the blocks for my quilt top.
If my excitement over quilting continues, then my hope will be to finish the remaining ten squares for this quilt and then start on the second, fabric-should-arrive-any-day-now quilt top. That way I’ll have two quilt tops ready, one for a girl and one for a boy, before the little one arrives. Considering that it’s taken me a year to make half the squares for my first quilt, I wouldn’t recommend holding your breath in anticipation of my achieving that goal. That said, I am a very goal-oriented person, so who knows?! Maybe I’ll be able to pull it off!