One way to get a larger project done is to break it down into smaller pieces/projects. That is one of the concepts I like about the “block a month” quilt projects.
Recenty, I joined the Stitcher’s Garden block a month “club” at my favorite quilt store, the Quilt Crossing. For the next 12 months, each student is given a pattern with some suggested ideas as to how to finish it. What is unique about this particular monthly block program is that it is designed to stretch your imagination and skill with your sewing machine. It really helps you to explore new stitches, different feet for your sewing machine and new ideas for quilting, etc.
Essentially, you begin with a blank piece of white muslin and use a bit of 505 adhesive spray to adhere it to an equal sized piece of batting. Then the fun begins! Each block is machine quilted in a myriad of ways. Once the background muslin piece is done, you begin to build you design with applique pieces that are first fused onto the quilt and then secured with various decorative stitches from your sewing machine. It literally feels like you are coloring, but with fabric and thread.
The first month, I pretty much followed the directions from the original designer, just to get the block completed and be ready for Month 2’s class. It’s amazing all the tips and tricks you learn as you go. In addition, I’m forcing myself to use my new Bernina 830 machine for this project, because I am less familiar with it than my other machines. It enbles me to take advantage of some of the newer features of the 830, which I really like and now that I’m more familiar with, will continue to use.
Each month I will publish my finished block. As you can see from the above picture, I’m using a collection of bright prints that also help me to usher in spring (I’m so ready for warmer weather…) In addition, Linda, the author of the Quilt Crossing’s blog, the Party Line is also in the class and is publishing tips and tricks as she completes her blocks.
The really fun part is when we meet each month and get to see each other’s interpretations of the blocks. I’ll include a few pics of those too.
Have you been involved in a block of the month project before? How did you like it – do you have a picture of your finished project? I’d love hear about it and see a picture.