Last week, I started participating in the 2015 New Bloggers Blog Hop. The hop has not officially started quite yet, but I am slowly getting to know my fellow quilting enthusiasts and learning so much. I think most of us have been broken down into groups so that we could critique each other's blogs and provide advice on what we can do to improve our posts and pages. With the help of my fellow friends, I have successfully added labels for better searching to my posts and finally figured out how to widen my layout so that things flow better. Sometimes, it's the simple things that makes us happy.
I have also been desperately trying to quilt the Mystery Quilt I finished piecing back in April. I solemnly swear (to whom I'm not sure) that I will not let this poor lap quilt become a UFO. I'm not sure my back room shelves could stand it. But I'm showing progress. I just need to start quilting the pink blocks.
So with this quilt practically wrapping up this meant that I had a great excuse to break my "Thou shall not purchase any new fabric this year" declaration and splurge on new fabric for Meadow Mist Designs upcoming mystery quilt. I'm ready, how about you?
In my attempt to try to bring a love for quilting to the next generation, I have persuaded my daughter to give it a try. In her down time this summer she is going to follow Diane at Quilt Shop Gal's Kids Camp. The fabric for the first project came yesterday and hopefully by the end of the week she will have her first completed cuddle quilt.
The last project I'm working on requires me to call on my limited paper piecing abilities. I'm pretty sure piecing these blocks shouldn't take as long as I am making it take, but as I get the rhythm down I think I'm starting to shave my over all time down. One of my biggest questions with paper piecing is how do you know what sizes to cut the fabric to make sure you are covering the area you are working with. I can't tell you how many times I have abandoned a project because I got to the end and found that after all the hard work, I didn't have enough fabric to cover the seam allowance when I folded it over. I hate wasting fabric. In the next few days, I hope to share the process I have come up with to help me avoid this tragic mistake.