The fabric is all packed up and ready to go. I will be taking them to the post office tomorrow, so hopefully you’ll all have your packages in the next few days.
In my haste and excitement to get them all ready to go, I failed to enclose a note or instructions. Here is what the note would have said had I not been my usual batty self:
Thank you for being patient while I took my sweet time getting my behind in gear. I’ve enclosed 4 or 5 pieces of fabric. This should be enough to get you where I’m asking you to go. I made up a test block using only 3 similar cuts, and even with a miscalculation I was able to make a 12.5″ block. It may involve a slight bit of clever cutting for the longer pieces, but still should be fine.
The plan is to use Kaffe Fassett’s Jewel Squares as inspiration. That should be a link to a flickr search so you can see what I mean if you don’t know already. I would like to have blocks that are 3.5″, 6.5″ and/or 12.5″. (Thanks again for that math help, Nichole!) So, ideally, I’d like everyone to make 1 big one, 4 medium ones or 16 little ones or any combination there of. The idea being that you’ll be able to make some combination that is equivalent to a 12.5″ piece. I’ll leave it up to each of you as to how you want to do it. If everyone sends one big one, that’s perfectly fine. If you don’t have enough fabric, please just do what you can with what you have, and I’ll supplement. And if you have large chunks of fabric left over, would you mind sending some back? I am aiming towards a larger sized quilt and don’t want to come up too short.
I’m not going to include instructions on piecing these as I assume it is pretty straight forward. I just improvised mine for the most part, just making sure that I reserved enough fabric to make the outside borders. If you want or need more detailed instructions, let me know, otherwise, just have fun!
p.s. please just take your time. I’m not on any timeline for this quilt. I imagine it will be a work in progress for quite a while.
p.p.s. if I owed you a finished block, I’ve put it in with your fabrics!
I bought this fabric for my month–
It should be here shortly. And then I will pick out a few solids to match, and then I will have it all to you (including the finished blocks I have that haven’t made it to the post office 😦 ). Um, as soon as I settle on, and figure out a design. Which will be by the time the fabric is here, I promise. I’m thinking of something Log Cabinish, or something that is squares in squares…Have you seen this quilt along? Obviously my plan isn’t for the paintbox idea specifically, but I like the block layouts. Or maybe different sized squares inspired by the Kaffe Fassett Jewel Squares pattern. Here is a picture of what I’m talking about. What do you think? I’m open to suggestions. I just can’t wrap my mind around this right now for some reason!
Hi everyone. January is my month, and I’m sorry to say I’m falling a bit behind. With the holidays and the new puppy, the funds and time (and mental clarity) have been at a minimum. I’ll be purchasing fabrics this weekend, and hope to have them in the mail by the end of next week.
Here’s my block for Meagan.
If you read my blog about it, you might know that I was holding on to it because I wasn’t sure about it. But it’s grown on me, and I hope, Meagan, that you like it and it works. I’ll be putting it in the mail tomorrow.
My name is Theresa, I’m 28 (almost 29), and I’m from Maryland. Born here (well, technically in DC), raised here, and still living here. My husband and I, and our 2 cats, live near the University of Maryland, just outside of DC.
As far as the sewing history: I have always looked for a creative outlet, but nothing ever seemed to fit just right. I crochet and knit occasionally, but rarely finish things. I made jewelry for a while, but never had the space. I dabble in photography. I have a dozen or so counted cross stitch things lying around. Painting, writing, and let’s not forget the brief foray into soap! Ha. Basically, my basement looks like a craft wasteland.
Sewing just seems to fit in a way that nothing else did. I really got into it a year or so ago, and haven’t stopped since. We moved out the guest room and made it a sewing room. Having a dedicated space definitely makes it easier to work on things. Mostly, I make bags of different sorts and quilts. Pillow covers and other odds and ends have made there way in there too, and I’m about to tackle some clothing. I’m not sure how that will go.
I have a blog here: http://asimplestitch.wordpress.com. It’s centered around sewing but life gets in there too.
I’m really excited about this bee process, and while I’m a bit nervous I’m really looking forward to being challenged creatively, and to getting to know some new people, and learning more about quilting.
Oh, and I tend to be wordy, so sorry about that in advance 🙂