Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Long Time Gone [Week 1]

It's now a well-known fact that I am a sucker for a quilt along. Here's the next one I've joined in with. The host is Angie @ Gnome Angel - who is just a dreadful influence on anyone trying not to start new projects; and the pattern is 'Long Time Gone' by Jen Kingwell. This was a block of the month originally, but this quilt-along steps up a gear as a block of the week - and some weeks, that's a lot of sewing. This is going to be intense.

But Angie's a good 'un and has given us advance warning of the running order and I've been doing some preparation! There's no other way I could make 16 foundation-pieced, 37-piece, pineapple log can blocks in a week!

I decided to join in this quilt-along as I was finishing up my My Small World quilt. And I wasn't allowed to join in if I hadn't finished that quilt. You may remember my journey with that quilt. I really, really enjoyed piecing it, but once pieced I didn't like the scrappiness of it. And then as I quilted it and bound it, I fell back in love with it. So I'm going to take the same approach with this quilt. My whole stash is up for grabs and I'm not over-thinking the fabric choices, and I'm not trying to be matchy-matchy. I'm looking forward to using some of the fabrics in my stash that I normally find difficult to use - too busy/too many colours/funny shade of blue (normally it is blue that I struggle with). I'm fully prepared to not like it at some points in the process, but I'm hoping that at the end I will have a quilt I love!

These are the first two blocks - nice and easy to start with!

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