This month is a month of travel. I get to spend some time with family and in the great outdoors, so this month is all about some handwork. Last year one of my B-I-G goals was to learn to hand piece. I planned 12 sampler blocks to get myself going and bought a traditional pioneer-woman-looking fat 1/8th bundle. I even got them mostly cut out and bundled together. I bought Jinny Beyer's Quiltmaking by Hand (which is an awesome reference book.) And then I was paralyzed by fear because could it really be that s.i.m.p.l.e.?
Why, yes, it is! I finally took a hand piecing class back in February from my LQS and I'm so glad I did! I love that I can have a small kit to take with me just about anywhere. I can now finish about 1/2 block in an hour or so of down time. I've made sample blocks and even the templates for a larger project that I promised myself I'd put off until I finished this first sampler.
I kind of had to do that because I realized that I really don't like the traditional fabrics I chose for the sampler. Oh, well. I like brighter, more modern fabrics. Definitely. But I don't want to waste, so I'll finish what I started. Earlier this year I finished the first two blocks.
And I'm currently half-way through my 3rd one.
So ... my July goal is to finish 3 more blocks for the sampler quilt so that I'll be half-way done with the blocks.
Linked up here as #33.