January has been a crazy month for me and the website. The month has flown by and I feel I have achieved next to nothing on my “To Do” list… except I did get my mandatory two charity quilts done this week.
Both of my charity quilts for January are small baby quilts, but they count right? First up is a crazy improv quilt that I had started ages ago, got bored with and then just put aside. This week it became a loud baby quilt…
I do not know what I was thinking when I started this top, but when I found the perfect child friendly backing fabric I knew it had to be finished up and handed on. I also saw the quilt as a good opportunity to practice my free motion quilting. I went with some weird square quilt pattern which started as one technique and ended as another.
The quilting is far from good but the more I do the better I will get right? Please tell me it will get better!
The other quilt I finished up this week for Project Linus is a simple pastel patchwork that used a selection of my 3 inch squares.
I used both pastel scraps and tone on tone white scraps with simple piecing and simple quilting and enough novelty prints thrown in to keep a kids interest.
Both of these quilts were backed with whole cloth and machine bound. I must admit expediency rather creativity was the driving force behind both these quilts. They will go out into the world and do some good and hopefully their new owners will not look too closely at the technique but instead appreciate the thought behind them.
I wanted to finish up my last post of January with some blog news that some of you may or may not know. I have struggled all month with how to share this news without it seeming like I am blowing my own horn. I could not come up with a good solution so I am just going to do it….
In the first few weeks of January I had two wonderful shout outs for my quilts and quilting. First the amazing Sew Mama Sew included me in their wonderful “31 Inspiring Quilters” Series. I was a so thrilled to be selected and have had a wonderful time checking out the amazing talent that they have highlighted this month. If you are looking for inspiration check out this series.
Just a few days after my Sew Mama Sew post the latest edition of “Down Under Quilts” hit the newsstands in Australia. Somewhere in the middle of the magazine is this..
So if January is anything to go by, 2014 is going to be an infinitely better year than 2013, which to be honest is not hard..2013 kicked my butt badly.