Sunday, 12 January 2014

Getting Things Done & Getting Ready

Are you ready? The Library Project starts this Friday - January 17th! I have been pawing through my books this weekend, re-evaluating my picks for the Project, I can't wait to show you what I chose.

The link up schedule:
  • January 17th, 2014 - Write and link up your first post with you book / project choices
  • February through November - Monthly links ups on the third Friday of every month with progress on your projects
  • December 2014 - Final post to show off all of your finishes and link up to be eligible for the prize!

I have a button on my side bar which you can grab. Grab and go!

Besides getting ready for TLP (yeah that's right, I am throwing a new acronym out there), I needed to get some stuff done this weekend! First off, Bee Blocks! This month for ModQImprov Canada Nicole over at Snips Snippets asked for some cool little improv blocks from 42 Quilts. She chose a dark color palette that I really like - greys, blues and everything in between! Here is my fabric pull and the finished blocks.

I'm starting to get a little more comfortable with Improv. I wonder if one of my Library Picks will be improv? Next up, for Global Scrap Bee, more little blocks with some paper piecing! I love me some paper piecing.

These kaleidoscope blocks are a pattern from Red Pepper Quilts which you can download here for free on Craftsy.

And now, it's confession time. Last year I got on the bandwagon to make The Penny Sampler through Stitched in Color. I bought the on-line class, read a lot on the blog posts, pulled fabric, and, well, that was it. Not one cut or stitch was made. How did this happen you ask? Well I did not start when the class started. As each week went by I got further and further behind and the option to catch up just got away from me. I do feel bad about this, but ultimately it was a project for fun, so not TOO bad. My lesson learned is that if I am going to join any kind of class or Quilt Along, I know I need to stick to the timetable with the rest of the group. I won't catch up, I just won't.

But, all is not lost. That fabric I pulled, it got re-purposed today.
My quilty friend Leigh Anne from Ella's Cottage and I have issued a personal challenge to one another to complete the City Sampler Quilt from Tula Pink's Book 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. Yup, 100 blocks people, 100! Our plan is a chapter a month (which equals about 15 blocks) for six months, with plans for the finished quilt in the Fall.
So today I started! Three blocks under my belt. This is quite a challenge! But at the end, we get to pick some fabric out of our stashes to trade. Fun! We are also both fabric fasting this year so this trade will be an extra special treat!

Well I think that is it for now. I need to get off line and get some Maritime Modern Quilt Guild work done. We had a great meeting this week, focusing on Quilting As You Go. You can check out the meeting here... now I need to get ready for the next meeting! This group is so fun. Getting this going was a a great decision!

Can't wait to see your Library picks at the end of the week! So excited!


  1. Hi Adrienne,
    Just to clarify, do we list all the projects we want to get done on January 17th, or do you choose a new one each month on the 17th?

  2. I have my projects all picked out. Thanks for hosting Adrienne. I really like to have goals. Your PP'd kaleidoscope blocks are just the cutest. 100 sampler blocks...that is quite a goal for you. Love your fabric choices.

  3. Love your blocks for me!!! The colours and prints are fantastic!. Love the Architextures text print, and that little grey and black square/dot print, what is that? it's awesome!
    Your stack for your Penny Sampler would have been perfect for the quilt, but the blocks that you made with it for the City Sampler are just way too gorgeous!! Perfect decision there!

  4. I like how you used the fussy cut flower in your city sampler quilts. I've got my TLP picks ready. If it's just books, I'll be tackling two books this year and if it's patterns that were purchased and then shuffled off to the side, then lots more. Either way, I'm looking forward to setting goals with everyone :-)

  5. City Sampler sounds like fun! I'll join for "TLP" probably not from a boom this time but a pattern I've had for some time..oh and it's not a quilting project! Lol!

  6. You've had a busy week! I love the fabrics that you re-purposed for the Tula Pink City Sampler. With you and Leigh Ann both blogging about it, it's been more and more tempting. But I'm resisting the urge to take on something else. Can't wait for TLP (I'll have to add that to the glossary!) to begin... I've got my books all ready to go and just need to finalize my projects!

  7. YAY for Crosses! Brilliant idea choosing a stack that was already pulled for a quilt! Going to mark TLP on my blog calendar for Friday :)

  8. I love your bee blocks, Adrienne - both very fun. As for the crosses, all I can say is "you brave woman" As I told Leigh Anne, the mere mention of "100" of something sends me running in the opposite direction. Good for you for taking on the challenge.

  9. Thanks so much for letting me know about the free blocks on Craftsy from Red Pepper Quilts.

  10. Woohoo!! Can't wait for the TLP! ;)

  11. I'm having so much fun making my TLP list. It's already way too long, lol! And now I have a Jaybird pattern I want to try this many quilts :)