This Winter’s To-Do List

For almost a whole year, I’ve been sewing two new quilt blocks every month (more or less). I began Craftsy’s Block of the Month quilting class last winter. Of course I blogged about it! Last February, I wrote about my new quilting project in the post “Like Mom and Dad“. Many of you know my mom was an avid quilter. When she was alive, I didn’t have much interest in helping her quilt. I helped her pick out fabric a couple of times, but she did all the work; the cutting, the sewing, the quilting. She made crib quilts for Lily and Emmy; they still use them all the time. Grandma’s quilts help the girls remember Grandma.

Grandma’s quilt comforted Lily after she fell and hurt her mouth.

When I stumbled on the Craftsy Block of the Month class, I decided to try quilting on my own. My very first block was a slashed block, the Asterisk. This block was fairly easy for me, a novice quilter, to complete. It gave me the courage to keep on going!

Asterisk Block

And when I read class descriptions like “English Paper Piecing”, “Dresden Plates” and “Curved Piecing”, I needed a little courage. I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to sew any of those quilt blocks! Not only am I a beginner at quilting, I also don’t sew very much.

But I kept at it, because every time I chose the fabric for my block and cut the pieces, every time I assembled the block like a puzzle and stitched it all together, I understood why my mom loved quilting so much.

Ohio Star

The Ohio Star Block was one of my favorites to make; learning how to make quarter square triangles was so much fun!

A curved pieced block, based on Drunkard’s Path

 The curved pieced blocks were very challenging, but not as hard to make as I thought they would be.

Circle of Geese

Visually, I just fell in love with the Circle of Geese. It is a paper pieced block that was very time consuming but also fun to make.

And so now, I have twenty completed blocks. Now comes the hard part: finishing the quilt!

All 20 quilt blocks

And finishing this quilt–adding a border, quilting, and binding it– is the only thing on my bucket list this winter! I’m going to do it–just wait and see!

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19 Responses to This Winter’s To-Do List

  1. faith says:

    I have always wanted to make a quilt. I am sure they will turn out great.

  2. @pluckymama says:

    Those are so pretty!!! I wish I could do that.
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  3. ginnymarie says:

    That is a popular one…my friends on Facebook liked it, too. ;)
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  4. hilljean says:

    I really like the Drunkard's Path one. And that has nothing to do with the name. hehe.

  5. emily says:

    How exciting! Good luck!
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  6. Bee says:

    That quilt is going to look awesome when you finish it — can't wait to see the final product! I love quilts, but can't sew to save my life. Fortunately, my mother-in-law is a quilter and loves to make them for our family.
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  7. wow, you are awesome! those look great and it does sound fun to learn (I can sew but not nearly at that level – maybe someday!)
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  8. sano2pop says:

    Those are great! Good luck on finishing them
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  9. Mara says:

    Do you sew them by hand or do you use a machine?
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  10. LMaunt says:

    I'm so proud of you for finishing all those different squares! I know Mom would be, too. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product!

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