My friend Stephanie and I are going to do a one on one block swap. I will send Stephanie my naked block to embellish, and she will send me hers. When we finish our work on each other’s blocks, we will send them home. Today, after days of trying to get around to it, I constructed the block I will send to Stephanie. I chose blues for this project…all blues. It seems to me Stephanie told me she may join in on the next color study we will do on the Crazy Quilting for Newbies board. This will be a great trial run for her first round robin. I started something new beginning with this block.
From here on out my blocks will be planned out and recorded in a sketch pad. In the past I sat down at the sewing machine with a piece of muslin and a stack of fabrics and constructed a block by the “fly by the seat of my pants” method. Rarely have I been truly satisfied with the outcome and usually ended up frustrated. Frustration was absent from this block constructing experience…and I’m satisfied with the way the finished piece turned out. Win-win. Yay! I also have a record of how the block was constructed and the fabrics used in the block just in case I want to repeat it. This planning and construction method will work perfectly for the 2013 CQJP.
Speaking of the 2013 CQJP…I’ve begun in a very small way. Last week I cut twelve 12″ muslin pieces, one for each month. I may use the fabrics I used for my Stephanie swap in my January block, because I really like them. If January were a color, I believe it would be shades of blue. Hopefully I will have a chance to get my first block made before the end of this week. I’ve got my fingers crossed. I’d love to actually begin work on this exciting project.
Oh, before I forget…Yesterday I received the final Butterflies and Dragonflies 2 Round Robin block I will work on from the Crazy Quilting International group. The block belongs to Ruby and has been worked on by three stitchers, Susan B., Candji, and Hollie. I will begin my work on it soon and send it home to Ruby. I think she will be very pleased. It is a very lovely block. The work the ladies before me have done is stitching to be proud of.
Until next time…
The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. Psalm 29:4