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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.
 
 
 

3 comments:

  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!

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

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

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