I did one block every day--no going ahead and no catching up!! just one block every day.
I stitched the blocks together as I went. I knew that I would have trouble finishing it if I just had a little box full of blocks at the end of the year. Each block was added to the previous days block when it was finished and they were stitched together monthly .
I am not an organised person. The challenge of doing one thing every day was daunting. I am a great starter but a little bit lax on the finish it up. In fact I keep January as my finish it up month. I make myself finish up some projects from the previous year before I start something new.
And I did it--I finished my calendar quilt. And guess what, when 2015 started I challenged myself to do it again.
Same general rules--use what you have, do one block every day. This time I used black fabric and appliqued two triangles on opposite corners. I call it Stars. Something happened in September and continued into October. I oriented the blocks a different way--and I didn't catch it until I was quilting it. November went back to the original orientation.
When 2016 started I decided not to continue with my daily block. I was tired of it. Always thinking about it--I decided to take a break. And guess what--I missed it so much that I decided to start another one in July. I am working on a daily block every day --this time from July to either July next year --or I might go until December next year and start again in the new year.
I changed the rules a little bit this time. I am still doing the daily block, but I am going to change the shape of the finished quilt so that I can use it as a bed quilt. The two previous quilts measure 36 by 90--not exactly useful for beds or walls. I am making a group of thirty blocks at a time, then taking the thirty first day to join the blocks together by the month. When February comes I will have to double up a little bit but I think I can handle that.
This project is a cathedral windows adaptation. I chose this type because the quilt will be totally done at the end of the challenge--no quilting required. It will be completely finished when the year is done.
Once again I am using only fabrics in my stash. When I run out of one I will use another--same as before. I want this one to be very colourful so I have been searching through my stash for prints with a lot of colour through them and also pieces that have gold or silver applied. I want it to look like a gypsy or morrocan kind of flavour. This block is a little more time heavy than the last two. It takes me twenty minutes to make one block and join it up. I think I can find twenty minutes every day.. maybe lose a few solitaire games.
I like to think that I will have a whole finished quilt by this time next year!!
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