Tuesday, 24 January 2017

52 Weeks with the Quilters Planner [January]

As you may be aware, I'm a bit of a sucker for a quilt along. Don't say a word, Helen (@Archiewonderdog). Well Angie (@gnomeangel) has been rabble-rousing again and is leading us in #52weekswiththequiltersplanner quilt along. The quilters planner is a truly beautifully designed planner with space for everything - and quilting. It is a lovely, ring bound planner with some really nice quilt designs, a weekly block and free motion quilting design, inspirational quotes, and useful information. The dowside is that I don't need it as a planer as I have a very comfy bullet journal type system that I've used for a few years. And as such, I'm slightly uncomfortable that I spent a lot of money to get it from the States.

I'll get over it! And the pretty blocks I've made so far are definitely helping. We're four weeks into the year and thus four blocks in. This is "unnamed":

I confess I didn't really have a plan when I started. I had picked up a really pretty and very un-me orange floral print in a fabric sale - just a fat quarter. It was calling to me. SO I made my first block using it and some coordinates. But I definitely didn't have enough to make a quilt. I've since managed to get my hands on another half a metre and if I add in enough other fabrics, I might just squeeze a toddler quilt out of these fabrics. This is "Doves in the Daylight".

The blocks use a variety of techniques and this block, "Sand Dollar Star", was a bit of a challenge: foundation piecing, then doing an inset circle: the centre was made of five sections and the outer made of four.... and then the design called for a Suffolk puff in the middle - I don't like them so I've just appliqued a somewhat wonky circle.

Did I mention that the blocks in the planner are 12" finished. I don't like 12" blocks. I'm more of a 6" girl (make up your own jokes). 12" blocks seem chunky and use my precious orange floral fabric way too quickly! Here is the final blocks so far "Pacific Sunrise" (or sunset - I forget).

So I'm four blocks in, and have 48 left to go. The blocks are challenging and interesting and pretty and I'm interested with how this project will progress. I'll pop back here every so often and do a rounda-up of the recent blocks I've completed.

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