Thursday, January 05, 2012

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed ...

Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.
This phrase popped into my head earlier this week and I realized that besides being a a wedding tradition to ensure a happy marriage, it also is a way to categorize my current set of quilting projects and plans.


Stephanie from Loft Creations invited quilters to join her in finishing Project in Progress in 2012 and  being part of her no rules, loosely connected, group of quilters supporting one another through the year as we finish up projects appeals to me.  

Plaid Flannels
 First up for me is a project to use some flannel plaid  strips that were cut before I left Michigan three years ago.  I've pulled them out, pressed them and,  after seeing the solved Planet Patchwork New Years Day mystery, decided to make a plaid flannel version of Chips and Strips.  Here's my progress so far.  


I put together a few crazy quilt blocks for others, I've never made one of my own.  I joined the crazy quilt journal project and have joined Debra's Tuesday Stitchers.  Most of the group will be following along with Sharon B's Take a Stitch Tuesday on Pin Tangle.  Some are also part of the CQJP.


Julie has organized a round robin and group blog, The Cotton Robin.  I'll be borrowing the quilt projects from three quilters and add rounds and help finish these quilts.  I cannot share photos of any info about my center block because the identity of each quilt's owners is a secret that only Julie knows.

I added a twist and made two center blocks and two quarter yards of fabric.  I'll be making a quilt of my own based on the same center and fabric and am looking forward to seeing how my two "twins separated at birth" look when they are reunited this summer.


 I know . . . when you look at this button or think about the RED & white quilts from the Infinite Variety show in New York last spring, you might not see "blue" . . . but *I* did and am making the blocks for this interesting project using Indigo and Civil War inspired reproduction fabrics.  The quilt was inspired by the Infinite Variety show and designed by Gay Bomers from Sentimental Stitches and Brenda Papadakis (author of Dear Jane), who are revealing the directions in chunks, twice a month on the website, Just Takes 2.  

Here are my first six blocks. 

My "Take" in Indigo and Civil War shirtings
Block Lotto Blog Button Quilt 

I don't know what the quilting equivalent to "sixpence in my shoe" could be . . . perhaps an original block for this year's Block Lotto to ensure prosperity and continued success?   

I launched the Block Lotto as an activity on a quilting forum TEN YEARS AGO.

We've moved to blog land and continued to grow each year–last year we made almost THREE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED blocks.  We've also outgrown the limits of group blogs on Blogger and my biggest Block Lotto project this year will be working on a new home for us ... though I also want to make a sampler quilt from this year's 9 inch blocks.

In the meantime,  anyone can join the fun--here's my four blocks for January.


Kathryn said...

I'm going to do the Just Takes 2 project also, but like you I'm not doing it in red/white. I won the red/white blocks last year in Block Lotto, and that's enough of a red/white quilt for me. I'm thinking maybe red/yellow or blue/purple to match a painting in my bedroom. Good luck on your 2012 projects. I'll get to those Block Lotto Eclipses later this month. They look fun. Kathie L in Allentown

Terri said...

Sophie - I just LOVE your indigos for the Just Takes 2 project! Very classic looking. You are going to have a beautiful quilt. I asked my DGD for help with color and she chose I'm using Kona White and Bahama Blue. I have 2 blocks to finish and I'm doing the embrodery too.

Rian said...

Love, love LOVE those indigo Civil War blocks!!

Judy S. said...

Nice blocks, Sophie. I like them all! I was also interested in your "something borrowed" verse as I never knew it had the 6 pence line. Our family has a tupence that has been down the aisle in several generations of shoes; now I know the source of the idea! Thanks!

Pokey said...

Lots of good goals and thoughts here Sophie. I really like your blue block plan, that is gonna be a winner. Thank you for the next endeavor for Block Lotto, too, and for all the strength it entails ~

Rainbows in Wool said...

Catching up on my reading, I LOVE the blue and white.

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