Thursday, November 04, 2010

Finally a Post

*blushing* Yes, I've been a bad blogger.

But only because I've been so busy! They've been sending me lots of books to copyedit lately, and I love the extra money. I used some of it to buy myself an AccuQuilt Go! cutter. I've been cutting bunches (over 200) rag quilt squares, and this weekend I'll start sewing some of them together. For those of you who don't quilt, here's what it looks like:
One of the things I've been busy with is keeping up with the block of the month for my guild. Since I'm the coordinator, I don't have much choice! I have to stay a month ahead of everyone else, so I can get take pictures, write directions, get the web page made. Here's the ten months we've done so far:

People will have the option of doing these in both 12 inch and 6 inch sizes, there's instructions for both, and in whatever colorway they choose. Visit my guild's website if you want to see some of the instructions for the blocks:

Uncommon Threads Quilt Guild

I also just had to try the Arrowhead block in the last issue of Quiltmaker - I wanted to play with it in only two colors, instead of scrappy. It's an exceptionally easy block to make, and makes a graphic statement in only two colors. Here's the first four blocks:

But will it be TOO graphic in only red/white? So many options. I could do some more blocks in green/white and make it in Christmas colors. I could do some in pink/white and do a Valentine's quilt. OR I could make some in blue/white and make a patriotic version. Opinions?

And finally, I'm participating in NaNoWriMo this month.

By beoming a participant, I'm pledging to write 50,000 words in November. We can do any subject we choose, any genre. Some of the novels written during National Novel Writing Month have gone on to become best sellers . . . not that I expect my first attempt to do that! So far, I'm keeping up, and even have my word count ahead of the minimum daily amount. Wish me luck!


Mama Koch said...

I'm just as bad as just gets in the way!

I really like this arrowhead block. Need to find the magazine for the pattern. I like your red/white...I'd sleep under it!

Erzebat said...

hiya, I love the red and white combo. I have taught this block from Anita's book. I would stay with the red and white colors but use different tone on tones. Would love to see the results! (mauh) Liz

Anonymous said...

I love it in red and white. Two color quilts, especially red and white, were always the best sellers at the antique store. I wouldn't add anything to it.

Your guild blocks look great!

Good luck on NaNoWriMo. I'm doing it again this year, too, but I have a specific project novel going and will go way over, I think. I'm trying to stick with 3000 a day, and once in a while there's a day where I don't make it.

Are you doing a novel?

Shasta said...

The red and white blocks look wonderful. Good luck to you on your writing! Are you writing a novel?

I am handwriting some family memories. I thought the handwriting would make it more personal, but it is so much slower than typing!

Linda_J said...

I have been wanting to try my hand at least a few blocks of this technique. One of the girls in my group did but I haven't squeezed it in yet.

She said it was a good idea to starch it with that bias play in the fabric.

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