Well here we are, January 2016 - don't these years come round quickly these days?!
Happy New Year to you all and I wish you health, laughter and comfort - if not bounteous wealth!
I mean what WOULD we do with thousands or millions of £'s or $'s?
Hmm Yes, I could write a list too - but I am not altogether convinced it would bring me any the more happiness , contentment or better health ...
... and I think in truth they would be the most valuable things to want.
Although I would be prepared to give it a try of course and I would most certainly retire straight away!
I have done some stitching to while away my days off and now have enough '365 circle blocks' to make a nice lap quilt.
I made the first 2 before Christmas and all the others up to last week.
The make one a week plan overtook me and I have made 64 in a particular subtle color ways and now I've seen some of the others, made in bright and bountiful fabrics - well I will have to make another in much brighter fabrics later!
I guess my mood has been subtle and I have been in prolific mode!
The laying out process with cats n dog shut out!
I have altered a couple of blocks since the above pic and they are now pinned together in vertical rows, awaiting some wadding to arrive.
Linking my 365 blocks up with
As of January 1st Katja Murak of The New Hexagon book, has begun a new years 'free' Facebook pattern. You can join the Facebook group freely and see what folks are doing and its a much more user friendly activity this year.
Details about this years project can be found on her website, just look for the Glorious Hexagon details.
The part pictures at the top of this post are my first attempt of the first block but I haven't done it right, didn't read the instructions properly!
I hadn't cut the wadding or the backing fabric big enough.
Hey ho, least I wont do that again.
It will make a decent mug rug so no loss there.
But it will give you an idea of the individual quilt as you go blocklets.
There are no intensely made rosettes this year, which can easily drive you crazy or obsessive, but you still do need a copy of her book for the patterns of the individual blocks.
This year we will make each individual hexi block, there's 52 in the book, but quilt them as we go along and then stitch each one together.
And of course you don't need to make all 52, you could just make less and make table runners or bags - or a waistcoat, jacket, whatever lol
The only difference is this time we enlarge the books full sized patterns by 133% so these hexi blocks are 4" edges and 8" point to point. Altogether easier to piece at that size and obviously it will grow quickly!
SO relatively less work is involved but it still offers a challenging opportunity to fussy cut - without as much stress!
My own 2015 milliefiori is stalled and will become other things bit by bit. I realised half way through that I would never use it as a bed cover, I didn't really like the mass jumble of colours involved although I thoroughly enjoyed the process and learning how to fussy cut.
However those who had colour toned their work from the very beginning have made stunning covers for themselves and I think that's the secret of best of them.
To have a themed colour combination and not just as so many of us did, a joyous bevy of every colour imaginable!
Ah well back to the fussy cutting, its one Katja block a week as its one 365 block a week too!
So I've no excuse for staying online : )
Have you made any resolutions at all?
Have you broken them yet? lol
I am still thinking about making any ..... it may take me a while to decide!