At the start of the year I decided to just do 3 simple projects. They are actually all blocks I haven't done before, so it has been a fun process. All of the quilts I make for this challenge will ultimately end up as charity quilts for Stitching Hearts.
1. Cross Roads block.
I found a tutorial for this from Connie's blog, Free Motion by the River. The tutorial gives instructions for 3 sizes and I chose to do the largest size which will finish at 12". This is where I am at with that.
It definitely needs some red in there to brighten it up, but that's not a problem because red is the colour for this month. It is an easy block and uses lots of 2.5" strips, of which I have a ton. I do like them all laid out together.
2. Twinkler Stars.
I saw these being made throughout last year in the RSC, and I fell in love with them, so Twinklers have made it into my plan this year. I found this tutorial at Susan's blog Quiltfabrication. But of course I can't leave well enough alone, and I changed the sizes. I am using 2.5" squares of colour for the star and 2" squares of white for the rays.
These little blocks end up 6" finished and I love, love, love them. I have made so many that I will have enough for 2 little lap quilts for Stitching Hearts by the end of the year.
I also decided to make large Twinklers, one each month. For these I used 4" squares in each colour, and 2.5" squares of white. This will finish in a 12" block.
Being a large block, I won't need as many of them, but I don't like them nearly as much as the dear little 6" twinklers. I will need to remake one of those light blue ones and replace it with a dark blue star.
3. Bow Ties
For my third block I chose Bow Ties. Can't believe that I have never made them before! I didn't use a tutorial for these, just winged it. I am using 3.5" and 2" squares of colour, and 3.5" squares of neutrals.
Eagle eyes might notice that I have snuck in a few little red Bow Ties. Red is the colour for July, and that's all I have done in red so far.
Please go take a look at what others have done so far this year; click on this link here.
There was some excitement here early this evening. We saw the International Space Station move across the sky from northwest to southeast, right over the top of our house. It was a beautiful, clear evening and the Space Station was brightly lit so it was very visible. It went quite close to both Venus and
Til next time.....Keep on stitching