Back in 2014 I followed along with the Fat Quarter Shop's free BOM to make the "Wishes" quilt (those who participated were encouraged to donate to the Make a Wish Foundation).
I thoroughly enjoyed the diversion from embroidery to create a lovely quilt for our bedroom and as a bonus I was able to use up my stash of older Denyse Schmidt fabrics.
The quilt now hangs near the walk in robe, but in cooler months it is spread across the end of our bed close at hand for afternoon naps. It's one of my favourite quilts!
From the FQS's 2015 BOM "Snapshots" I only made two of the blocks but they carried a special significance in my homemaker heart so they were finished as mini quilts for display around the home. The Kettle block still hangs in my kitchen...
...and I added a verse to the pocket of my apron block (from Proverbs 31). It hangs near my pantry cupboard.
The WISHES and SNAPSHOT blocks are still available to download here on the FQS free patterns page.
I found last year was very busy juggling family responsibilities, designing, and a number of health issues so I didn't participate in the FQS's quilt along, but this year they have a new BOM, "Patchwork", and I'm ready to join in the fun and make myself a new quilt!
The blocks are a free download from their blog on the 15th of each month.
Isn't it lovely?!
I have been taking advantage of the New Year fabric sales at my local quilt shop and Spotlight to gather some pretty pastel prints to make this quilt and this morning printed up the first block instructions...
I realised a couple of months ago that my personal fabric choices have returned to pastels, which is why it was easy to pass along most of my fabrics to Blossom last year.
Actually, I've discovered that a number of friends have noticed the same thing and are slowly going through their stash to remove what is no longer attractive and use what they truly like.
Have you been through this lately?
These soft pink, blue, aqua, green and lemon fabrics are a perfect beginning to what I hope will become a very pretty quilt at the end of the year.
All those who participate are encouraged to donate a few dollars per block to the Make A Wish Foundation (it's not compulsory) and I will do that, but as I'm in Australia I will donate to my local Make A Wish Foundation. They are such a blessing to seriously ill children and teens.
To read about the FQS's "Patchwork" BOM go here.
To download the first block go here.
Will you be joining in this quilting adventure too?
What colours or fabric style is your favourite?