Along with making all those green holiday quilts this year, I am working on a few small things including:
- 12" Christmas Block Swap
- 12" Quilt Block & Swap
- 12" & 6" B&W Scrappy Block Quilt
- 12" Christmas Bed Runner.
The most recent tutorial pattern is gorgeous. I finished this last night, & it goes to my August partner in the Quilt Block & Swap group. Its made from 2.5" strips I found in my stash to make it work. I realized that I could make & remake this pattern using different fabrics for each.
That black with yellow reminded me that these fabrics would work with my B&W project. I cut out the black fabric with daisies on it, used a couple more from the scraps bag. The blocks will be quite different.
Then, I pulled out the holiday fabric scraps, planning to match & cut for my Bed Runner. Plans for this project are for 12 blocks -- 2 wide & 6 across, with sashing & borders for the queen size bed.
Like anything that gets built, its best to have a plan or a blueprint. I think that my progress is marked with a solid plan, so that I know what I need, how much time is required, and even what my resources are. These practice pieces help me learn, help reduce the fogginess that exists in my mind, and give me the skills to push myself onward.
There is nothing confusing about this art when I keep repeating the positive actions block by block. Most quilts are made by repeating the blocks and joining them to make another overall pattern. I know that with every new fabric combination I make, something is to be learned, something is to be gained. Its not that I plan to compare blocks, and say that one is better. Its that I SEE what differences there are in the choices I make. It becomes a pattern to success.