I'm just gonna put this out here first and get it out of the way...I don't think my 1st quarter quilting list is going to happen, but I'm okay with that. I can't quite share why yet, but I believe I will get a full pardon (from myself) for not doing them. More on that later, but for now, what have I been doing? Keeping up with the QAL's I'm participating in, of course.
First up, is The Children's Library hosted by Pat Sloan. Last month was The Mother Goose Rhymes block, this month The Curious George block. You know, that crazy little monkey that was always getting in trouble. There was no way I could make this block and not pay tribute to The Man in the Yellow Hat. This block would need some yellow.
Last Friday, Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts, released the second block in her Have A Jolly Little Christmas QAL.
We can't have the Christmas holiday in our neck of the woods without thinking about snow, warm scarves and of course, mittens. After piecing these together, I was afraid there wasn't enough contrast between the mittens and background.
But in the end, I think they will work just fine. Here they are hanging out with the stocking block.
Next on my to-do list, are two things completely unplanned. My daughter is part of her school's National Art Honor Society. In March, the school will host an evening of the arts. The choir, band and string orchestra will perform and the NAHS will have a silent auction with works of art by the students to raise money for their club. Jen asked her club leader if it would be okay if her mom donated something quilty for the auction and the teacher thought that would be a wonderful idea.
Since this was also my high school, I agreed with Jen that it would be a way to give back and help. I decided to quilt up two mini quilts. I had so much fun piecing and quilting Janyne at Twiggy and Opal's Star Thistle Block when I pattern tested for her, I decided to make another.
And then I stumbled onto this on Instagram....
Geraldine at Living Water Quilter had been
teasing posting pictures of her progress quilting with rulers on this fun little mini quilt. I found myself drooling over all the quilty yumminess stitched within this one. I actually thought to myself, hey this would be perfect for the fund raiser. It was like she read my mind, because her next Instagram post was about wanting to host a Quilt Along on how to actually quilt it. YES! Almost immediately I said I was on board.
If you pop over to her post about the Star Cross Quilt, you can learn more about how this QAL came to be and get requirements and instructions to piece this easy little pattern and join in as we all quilt this beautiful little quilt together.
My version is ready and waiting to go.
I hope you will join in on this QAL too. Even if you don't have quilting rulers, I'm pretty sure a walking foot and pre-marked lines will get you through. I love this idea of a Quilt Along...it really is a quilt along...we are actually discussing the quilting as we go. When we piece a quilt together shouldn't that really be a Piece Along (PAL?) But that is a debate we can have on a different day, I suppose.
Until next time, I will be piecing away on my quilt along projects, reading up on all your posts and working behind the scenes on things I can't talk about yet, but I'm dying to share with you.