The other day I shared with you that I had given myself a challenge for the next twelve months, and the inspiration for the challenge came through Sarah Fielke's latest book of gorgeous quilts, "Quilting from little things..."
This book is not just a book of 12 amazingly creative and funky quilt patterns, but it also teaches techniques. Before you make any of the larger quilts in the book, Sarah shares a pattern for a mini-quilt as a practice of the techniques she'll be using in the main quilt.
There are 12 large quilts, and 12 mini-quilts - all different, all lovely, some incredibly gorgeous!
As I am a self-taught quilter and stitcher, this book offers me 'classes' in new (to me) methods and diferent blocks that will gradually challenge me as I work through the levels.
The first mini quilt is 12 inches square, and consists of four, 6 inch pieced blocks. Every square in the block is a mere 1" completed, so this particular challenge is one of patience and care with tiny piecing.
One finished, only three more 6" blocks to make!
The finished 12 inch mini quilt will look like this...
I intend making 1 mini-quilt per month, and perhaps next year I'll make on the large quilts?
If enough time can be found next week I'll finish this and show you.
Just a thought, but if you also have the book perhaps you'd like to join me in this (ad)venture?? Leave me a comment if you can. :-)
The reason my time is scarce has more to do with some deadlines I have than with home and school at the moment. I have basted my newest quilt design, "Circles of Life"...
...finished the machine quilting...
...and begun the hand quilting.
The plan is to have it finished for June. I can't wait to show you!
A few other things taking my time are this sneak peek of a Christmas project...
...and finishing all the available blocks for "Things We Love" BOM previously shared by myself and the other former Gum Tree Designers.
This one is Dawn's...
...and this is Fee's.
I have done my borders and sewn the two top rows together...
When it is finished it will be a lovely remembrance of our time together. Don't forget, the blocks will only be available from the Gum Trees blog until June 1st. You can get them all HERE.
It's constant rain here today and tomorrow so Mr E and I are lamenting a no-riding weekend. Bother. Bother indeed.