"Hey, if I had somewhere to go, I certainly wouldn't be in Cleve-Land." -Howard the Duck

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Starting Bev's 2015 Quilt Block a Month Challenge

You may remember that my dear friend Bev sent this set of 12 pre-cut quilt blocks with my birthday gifts.  If you look closely, you can see that they are from 1998...just 17 short years ago.  Bev & I have been talking about a long distance quilting challenge for awhile, so when she sent these my way, of course I said sure...why not? 

So this is the first package.  Sorry for the glare, but football was on & I didn't feel like taking the time to get rid of it.  You can still see what the block will look like...IF I follow the instructions.  I have a way of doing my own thing.
These are the fabric pieces...all neatly cut & ready to go.  I do like that I don't have to cut the pieces, however, I am penciling in stitching lines as I've decided to piece these by hand.  Good for while I'm "watching" TV.
And here is what I accomplished during the Indy/Cincy game today.  You can see that already I've placed the 4 patch block differently than in the instructions...but the way I had pressed the seams, they nested this way...so that's the way it is.
I've got other projects in the works, so that's all I finished today.  We've given ourselves until the end of the month to finish & blog about each block...so I've got a good start.
I do have to say that I'm not sure about how this will all finish as a quilt top.  This fabric from JoAnn's would not be something I'd purchase from the bolt.  There is a lot of sizing in it & from my experience sewing I know there can be issues with that once washed.  But this is still a fun challenge & I'll make all the blocks & see where it goes from there. 
OK Bev...have YOU started your block?  I can't wait to see what colors/patterns are in yours.
I'm linking up to Kathy's blog for Slow Stitching Sunday...where I've been MIA for awhile as all my projects have been for gifts...and I still can't share all of them, but I will once I finish everything.  Christmas here goes on well into January or February...my friends know how it goes.


  1. Hi Debbie,
    It's fun to see what you're doing in this challenge! It's an ever bigger challenge than I thought - I thought it was just patterns, I didn't realize you had precut fabric too. And I bought that cream one with hearts at Jo-Ann's many years ago, too funny.
    Wishing you guys lots of fun!

  2. What a fun challenge idea! I miss hand piecing... maybe I should get that out and do some again.
    Thanks for linking up!

  3. You guys are so ambitious! Wishing you lots of fun.


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