Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Few Things...

First up, a couple of recent Swoon block finishes.  I am loving how these turned out!  These blocks take me forever, but so worth it.  I feel like last year I focused a lot on improv stuff (a bunch of which hasn't made an appearance on this blog...yet), and sometimes it's nice to just follow someone's else's directions, ya know??   I am trying to challenge myself with fabric selection on this one, and because of this have ended up changing my fabric stack about a hundred times.  I think my strategy will be to cut two blocks at a time, and let the fabric choices just evolve.  We'll see...
I've been enjoying seeing everyone's goals for 2013 all over blogdom as we start the new year.  I love the idea of getting focused and planning what I want to accomplish.  But last year I set out some projects for the year (Swoon being one of them - technically I did START it in 2012, even if it was December), and I didn't make a ton of progress on those goals.  Why?  Because for me, it didn't leave much room for jumping in on new opportunities and challenges.  I like what Melissa and Shana are doing this year in setting a goal for a finish every month.  This seems like a way to focus on just the immediate chunk of time in front of me, and that feels very doable.  So, here's my list of what I want to get done in January.
1.  Bee Blocks
I am starting That Stash Bee this month, where we make two blocks per the person's request using fabric from our stash.  First up was Nicole, and this is what she asked for (tutorial on her blog).

Yay!  I can already put a check by these!
I have two months left for the Modern Blocks Bee, and currently waiting on fabric for this month's selection.

2.  Charity Block for Sew South.
We are making a house block for a charity quilt for Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte.

3.  TMQG City Challenge Project - due this month!

4.  Swoon Block - at least one this month.

I think that's enough for now...


  1. I love, love your swoon blocks, especially the top one - such striking colours. Great bee blocks too, I love that design. Sounds like January is going to be a fun month!

  2. Gorgeous blocks, Valerie! I'm always that way when I sew -- constantly changing my mind about the design: prints, colors, etc. I always want to love it, and if I don't love it, then it's back to the drawing board for me!

  3. Good luck! It's funny, I'm trying to go more improv this year, we can swap :oD

  4. Your Swoon blocks are stunning - I am contemplating a Swoon top using Field Study but first I have to come up with a solid for the background. Good luck with your plans for 2013!

  5. good goals! And your swoon blocks are fun! When I made it, I did the same; cutting for two blocks at once (and I cut tons of my solid at once, since that was the boring part).