This year is just rushing by, so I guess it is time to update my planned challenge quilts for the rest of the year. I have made a few changes to the list I wrote earlier in the year (post here
). I originally thought I'd do a Granny square quilt next month and although I really still want to make it, I also want to participate in a quilt-a-long while one is actually happening. I have made Scrappy Trip Around the World and Swoon which have been popular online although I didn't made mine until after their popularity had peaked online.
So (drum roll please!). My challenge for May will be to complete The Curve it up QAL. It is run by Jenny of Sew Kind of Wonderful
and her sister Helen of HGMR Deco Quilting
. This QAL uses the Quick Curve Ruler
which I purchased ages ago and have only had a little play with. I am really looking forward to it. Though it will be a little bit of a push as I will be attempting all 12 blocks next month. Jenny also does the most gorgeous quilting on a long arm and posts eye candy on her other blog Jenny's Doodling Needle
. I am hoping for a modern look for this sampler quilt and will use left overs fat quarters from Swoon and a few extras as needed. These pictures are from Jenny's blog, there are also some great pictures on the Flickr album for the QAL - check it out here
My June quilt will be another quilt-a-long. It is the Retro Rubies Quilt A Long
hosted by Alyssa Lichner on her website Pile O'-Fabric. This one should be fun to quilt. I am really looking forward to participating in this QAL, I love the reading blog posts by Alyssa and hopefully will do this quilt justice. I have my pattern ready (In Modern Patchwork magazine 2013 digital edition). I am not sure on fabric choices just yet..sigh! Guess I'll have to go shopping.
July will be my feather bed quilt by Anna Maria Horner. It looks a little tricky but as it is so gorgeous I am willing to give it a go. I have been following Gnomeangel
journey with this quilt on Instagram and now her blog. I think her finished quilt is lovely and so will give it ago despite the possible difficult path it may take. I have a lovely turquoise background fabric chosen, I just need to start collecting feather fabrics. Sign! I guess I'll have to go shopping.
August will be my month for the Granny Squares Quilt I think. After the feathers I am hoping that I will be missing the simplicity of little squares. I think I will use stash fabrics for this one and may make it for Boog's bed in similar colours to my Scrappy Trip Around the World
which will be on Boys bed. I think their twin beds should look so sweet if I ever get these completed.
September will be another QAL - the Sew Mama Sew Modern Block of the Month
. I have no idea how it will look as only one block has been released but I trust Alyssa. Hopefully can make some new friends by joining in this QAL while it is actually happening and I can find some new bloggy peeps to stalk online.
I am going to keep my options open for October, November and December. Phew, where has this year gone! It seems I have almost quilted it away. There may be some new exciting QAL that may start up or even a new quilt that explodes in popularity on Pinterest and Instagram like Swoon and Scrappy. Something by Elizabeth Hartman or Denyse Schmidt? Any ideas? I am loving Round and Round by Thimble Blossoms (Camille Roskelley) of Swoon fame.
So, it looks like there will be sewing, quilting and late nights for me for the rest of the year. My family and friends though should be warm though with 12 new quilts (at least) being created in 2013 .
Try and do a little bit of what you love each day