Friday, January 31, 2014

New Projects in January

2014 NewFO Challenge It seems that January has just flown by, doesn't it?   Still, I managed to start a few new projects, continue others and even finish a couple.

I'm joining the January NewFO Linky party on Barbara's Cat Patches blog and fessing up to all the NEW projects started this month.

For fun, I started (and FINISHED!) a little quilt which celebrates my chosen word for the year, Dare.

I rejoined Angela's Rainbow Scrap Challenge, making blue blocks for a continuing project and for a really old (golden oldie) project that I pulled out and revived, but, somehow, couldn't resist starting a new ongoing project (OK, actually TWO)  and made this large (10 by 15 inches) scrappy oak leaf block. I'll be making at least one of these in each of the designated monthly colors.

You can find my pattern for the oak leaf blocks (6 by 9 inches) on the Free Quilt Block Patterns page.  The pattern includes both scrappy and plain versions of the block.

I also used blue scraps and made a start on a new original quilt design.

It is the first in a series of quilt ideas I have on the topic of Facing 60 later this year.

I can't share the center I made for the Cotton Robin even though it was one of my first new projects in January.   I also finished a small quilt for Another Little Quilt Swap that I have to keep secret a while longer ... though you can probably guess which of the 23 quilts posted so far is mine.

Join me in the Mod Mod Quilt Along
The Mod-Mod Quilt-Along kicked off in January and I started two quilts,  a throw that will be made from scraps as another Rainbow Scraps Challenge project and a bed-size quilt from a more limited color palette.

Here are my Double Chevron Blocks for both projects, for January:


The completion of the hand pieced blocks (and finishing the top!) left me needing a new handwork project, and so I started some redwork (which auto-correct always converts to rework ... humble, grumble).

So far, it's been enjoyable and also very very slow ... I suspect it will keep my hands busy while I watch TV through the Olympics next month.

In January, I met a delightful group of modern quilters in Las Vegas, New Mexico.  They asked if I could come teach a workshop and I suggested improv curves and the Silly String blocks we made for the Block Lotto a couple years ago ...and then I realized I had no sample project and so I made one.

I plan to quilt this later tonight ... so maybe it will be a second NewFO that is started ... and finished. Yay! 


Glen QuiltSwissy said...

Yes! Very productive January. Maybe in February you will get on the the tea towel......LOL

Donna said...

Cool improv quilt! And I love the redwork. Happy quilting.

Barbara said...

Nice work, Sophie!

quiltzyx said...

Wow - you've been busy! No wonder the month flew by. Thanks for sharing these wonderful projects!

joe tulips said...

I love your letters! I have sat and studied them. How wide are your strips?
I agree, less is more with the border on the NYbeauty blocks. Did I ever say yes to a tutorial. Just seeing that you folded the paper was a ah-ha moment! Never would have thought of that.
Another color combo from sunset, gray, and a splash of black.

Anonymous said...

What a lot of fun, new and old. I especially love your redwork start.

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