Every month I go to Quilt Essential Co and pick up my fabric and instructions to make the block for that month. At the end of 2011, I will have 12 completed blocks and then comes the task of designing a finished quilt.
We had 3 colour options to choose from: red/green Christmas theme, an earthy/fall bali batik collection or one called spring/summer. I chose the spring/summer group. Although I am not a big fan of brown, gray or beige, I thought it would be good to challenge myself to try something outside of my comfort zone. Here are the 6 fabrics that I will be using all year:
Each block will be constructed using the Lazy Angle ruler. I’ve never used anything like this before so I’m looking forward to learning new cutting/piecing techniques.
There is only one rule for this club. You have to finish your block for the current month and bring it to the fabric pick-up for the next month to prove that it has been completed. If your block is done you get your next bunch of fabrics for $3.50….if not then you have to pay $5.50 for your fabric. Just a little incentive to help keep you on track.
This a slide show of the 12 completed blocks:
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I worked on assembling the quilt top on and off in 2012 but I never really fell in love with it. I tend to lean towards more modern quilt blocks with lots of negative space. The good news is that because I wasn’t it love with it, it gave me so much freedom when it came to the quilting. I wasn’t worried about wrecking something I loved so I just went for it. I tried combining feathers and swirls and somewhat more intricate/complicated designs. It took the 2013 FAL (finish-a-long) to light a fire and get me to finish the quilt in time for the annual BOM quilt show at QuiltEssential Co. Much to my surprise I won second place.
Here are some pictures of the finished quilt and the FMQ:
Here is the quilt hanging up at the show: