The Fort Worth Modern Quilt Guild is kicking off the new year with fun and motivating ways to participate in guild challenges and other projects to earn points that will translate into prizes at the end of the year. Block of the Month is one of those point earners.
January and February BOM
The eight pointed star was done to keep the star points with no seams. The method used I will highlight in a blog post soon. It was certainly different with no half square triangles to fiddle with. The delightful "waste" in the method has produced some really fun (what I have dubbed) bonus blocks.
My word for the year ENTER is something I do on a regular basis as I ENTER giveaways on blogs. I cannot say I have ever won a giveaway, but if I do not ENTER I cannot win, so I ENTER. There is a giveaway on the blog for Modern Quilt Relish...click the button on the side and maybe you can join my word and ENTER.
I have given consideration for "The Word" to guide my year. It came to me as I was standing at a door where all I needed do was ENTER and on the other side of the door were people I did not know, yet, it was time to make an entry. In this unknown you hold your head up, smile and begin those conversations to get to know people. Driving home I begin to think of all the times I had to ENTER the known and unknown. So the word for the year is ENTER. Enter not just doors but places, things and creativity....it will be a year of Entering!
When working on applique/knitting projects are done, hiking done and dinner done -- it is time to relax
Our new RV was out for its second trip this weekend and it worked perfect. I love the fact that getting away can be so easy AND I can take along any project(s) I want. Knitting on a sock, working on making grapes for an applique block and reading the books/magazines that are waiting to inspire all filled the time. I am reading The Book of Wool by Clara Parkes and lots of quilting magazines and it was wonderful to get reading done. Here's to YOU, have a great time in all the ways your relax.
My trip to Alaska last year found me at the Oomingmak Musk Ox Producer's Co-opertive drooling over the finely hand knit items. I just had to have one so I bought a Toksook Bay Nelson Island (diamond) pattern SmokeRing hand knitted by Trisha M Brooks. I had no idea how much I would love this purchase! Who knew it would become my go to for winter? This exquisite fiber is very rare and one of the finest fibers in the world. It compares favorably with Cashmere and Vicuna. It has no barbs and does not scratch like wool (I can say it is so soft).
This SmokeRing is so warm that it seems to keep my whole body warm even though it is just around my neck. It looks great with sweaters, jackets, and I have to say even my PJ a few times that I was cold (I did not sleep in it, but it was tempting.)
I am feeling better as I get comfortable with the wild look. Jungle Street will be OK.
I have all the pieces together and it is started to take it's shape ... BUT I have to say it is more like Jungle Street or Hot Mess Street. My choice of "background" black and white is busy busy and takes the pattern out of the spotlight. It is not what one sees in the one Bonnie Hunter did, but hey, it is...
This is planned to be 4x4 but that may just be too large, I may do smaller and add some borders or maybe? It goes to together so easily and all the parts set in well.