As I talked about a couple of posts ago, one of the block of the months that I’m doing right now is through Craftsy.com. The January block is actually two blocks and each one was really simple and at the same time fun and interesting. I bought two fat quarters, one for each block and I used Kona White for the background. The fat quarter was enough to make the block as taught, but then also do an inversion of the block. I love it! I’m thinking that I’ll see how many of the blocks in this I can do an inversion of and then use them in the back, maybe.
I found a tutorial from Crazy Mom Quilts that I really liked called Movin’ On Up. I loved it the minute I saw it and knew I wanted to attempt it at some point. Not only did it look fun, it also looked easy enough for me to maybe actually finish it. For N’s birthday, I wanted to make him a quilt, so in I jumped. The top was finished with time to spare. The backing, quilting and binding? Well…… let’s just say birthday came and went and so did my motivation. He got a DVD instead. 😀
Here’s the finished top. I did it in blues and greens and it’s all flannel. So soft and comfy 🙂
Here’s the partially done back…. More to come on this, hopefully sooner rather than later. 🙂 The back will be the cream colored flannel, with the strip of colors running down it. For one, it looks neat, for 2, it saves way much fabric! Instead of having to buy double the yardage for the back, I just used left over squares from the colors and added it in. I like the savings 🙂
I do plan on finishing this quilt. Maybe not before the weather gets too warm to use it, but that’s ok. We’ll have a brand new quilt ready for next year’s cold weather.
Apparently I never do anything half-heartedly. I decided that I wanted to do a Block of the Month type thing to learn new techniques, (more) practice on finishing what I’m starting, etc. Instead of picking one to try on for size, I joined three! One is good, therefore three is fantastic! Right?
The first one was through my local quilt shop, one that’s right up the road from me. That’s been a lot of fun, because they start off with show and tell and I get to look at real quilts from real quilters instead of only internet ones. 🙂
January First Saturday Block of the Month
The second one is through a group, Newbee Quilters, on Threadbias. This one is more of a bee than a block of the month, actually. I’m queen in August! The group is headed up and being run by Angela at All Patched Up. She’s been absolutely wonderful with tutorials and help for those of us who have never done an online bee before.
The third one is through Craftsy. I’m doing the 2012 one actually because, well, I didn’t know it existed before, or I would have done it then. I really like the broad variety of foundation techniques she goes over. By the time this quilt is done, I’ll have tried several new things. Sounds like a great time to me!
Even though picking three BOM to begin with might have been a bit much at first, I think it’s totally going to be worth it. For one, I’m learning so much already, primarily about the quality of my blocks. Learning to measure as I go, when I can fudge and when I should rip out, that sort of thing.
Can’t wait to share February’s blocks!