Sunday, July 8, 2018

100 days and 100 quilt blocks—can you do it?

Sew-alongs are excellent sources for motivation, inspiration and assistance for completing a project. A little peer-pressure and daily, weekly or monthly deadlines don't hurt, either, in keeping one "on task."
"Block 1" and "Block 2" out of 100 blocks.

I've decided to take part in the #100days100blocks2018 Sew-Along hosted by blogger, Angie Wilson, of GnomeAngel.com. There are tons of quilters from around the world engaging in this daily, 6-inch block-making activity from July 7 to October 14, 2018.

100 quilt blocks in 100 days?
Not that I need another project... but a recent Instagram "reminder" post from a new quilting friend, Angie, at Stitch Morgantown said that the First Day of #100days100blocks2018 was nearly upon us. I didn't analyze it or debate it with myself... I just jumped right in.

The guidelines and materials needed to participate are outlined on Gnome Angel's blog. So, outside of downloading the Kindle version of the book, "100 Modern Quilt Blocks" by Tula Pink (you need to the book to make the blocks), I had everything to get started. You probably do, too.
"Block 1" will finish at 6 inches.

My "100 Days 100 Blocks 2018" 3-point Plan
  • I'm using Majestic Batiks to make my blocks
  • I can "sew ahead" (as time permits) to keep up with daily #100days#100blocks2018 Instagram posts [I'm veronica.fiberantics on IG—come and follow me]
  • and... it's OK if I don't post daily... or maintain the pace... or finish all the blocks... 
The plan is to enjoy what fellow quilters post, send out supportive energy, and be inspired by everyone's creations.
Note: even though the title of the book has the word "modern" in front of the words "quilt blocks," it doesn't mean anything. Use your fabrics of choice and make a quilt that suits your tastes and speaks to your quilt-making vision. Check out the Instragram feed to see the variety!

For now, I'm having fun picking the colors to make these little 6" blocks. Cutting and sewing with the Majestic Batiks has been easy—especially with the little pieces used in these blocks. And, I have two quilt blocks more than I had yesterday.

Hey, to my blog stalker... have you ever done one of these kinds of sew-alongs?

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Mindful patchwork with Bumbleberries blenders

Welcome July! It's gonna be a hot and humid Summer Sunday here. So, with a caffeine boost from my mug of Kaldi's Dog coffee [from Etcetera Coffeehouse], I'm headed to the studio for some mindful sewing today.
The disappearing 9-patch is as great pattern for mindful patchwork.
Fabrics are Bumbleberries blender [Lewis and Irene] and
a black/white print from Spices Fusion [Art Gallery Fabrics].

An assortment of colorful Bumbleberries fashion blenders from Lewis and Irene prompted a browse through their website's selection of pattern downloads where I found this one—the Sew Mindful Quiltthat uses the disappearing 9-patch technique.
Bumbleberries blenders from Lewis and Irene are the focal fabrics.
A black/white print from the Spices Fusion collection from Art Gallery
is the background.
The disappearing 9-patch is a cool technique! It's efficient, forgiving, is easy to piece and it has multiple layout possibilities. Here is an in-progress snapshot of the design wall with blocks in a straight set layout.
Disappearing 9-patch straight setting.
Or, you can set the blocks on point.
Disappearing 9-patch set on point.

My pile of fabrics earmarked for garment patterns is on the back burner while I do some mindful patchwork.
A navy pintuck from Diamond Textiles (left).
Yalke from M&S Textiles Australia (top right).
From the Aligned collection by Art Gallery Fabrics (bottom right).

On the web page for the Sew Mindful Quilt pattern are these words:

In our increasingly busy lives, full of noise and occupied thoughts, it's good to give your mind some "time out."... Time for reflection and to find a little peace.

A good idea indeed! I hope you find time today for this.
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