I have some really fun leftover fabrics called LOL by Me and My Sister Designs by Moda that I had used last year in my Asterisks quilt. I will use these in the BOW and supplement them with other bright fabrics from my stash to make scrappy blocks. The white is a tone on tone white, but I'll probably uses several different whites over the year.
The second QAL that I'm doing is called Patches of Blue by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. The information about this QAL is on Edyta's blog HERE. This QAL requires that you purchase her book of the same name. Check with your local quilt shop and they will probably get the book in for you. I was in a hurry to start so I actually ordered mine from a Canadian distributor and it arrived in a couple of days. Like Edyta, I will use blues and creams for the quilt, trying to make it with my stash fabric. Here is what I pulled from my stash for the first block.
On the 15th of each month, Edyta will post instructions on her blog of the featured block. By using both the information from the book and the information on her blog, participants can make the monthly block. There was a fair bit of cutting, and at one point in time, we were to lay everything out before we started sewing the units together, kind of like a puzzle.
When it came time to sew the block, I just moved the units back and forth from my table to my sewing machine until the first block, "Frost", was a finish. My block measures about 16" square.
Sewing the borders on was a labour of love...so much fabric! There isn't one place in our house large enough that I can lay the quilt out to measure it except the bed. Luckily, my measuring worked out so off I went to see my little Janome 2030QDC.
Of course, it was also a challenge to press the borders afterwards. My little pressing corner became smaller and smaller!
January also got me thinking about doing another charity quilt. I believe very strongly in the Quilts of Valour-Canada program so wanted to make another one. Although it isn't a requirement to make a Canadian themed quilt, my colour of choice for making these quilts is always red and white/cream. I combined my fabrics with some strips of Canadian themed fabric by Northc had this fabric left over from last year's Quilt Canada program where quilters made comfort quilts for Ronald McDonald houses across the country. I found a free pattern that worked so well for me, combining maple leaf blocks with strip piecing. Thanks to Charlene McCain of Just Because Quilts for her design, which you can find here at the Moda Bake Shop.
I adapted the pattern a bit so that the quilt would finish at the minimum size of 55" x 70" and would be a good size for a comfort quilt. I think there is nothing better than wrapping up in a quilt and feeling that hug so I prefer to make lap sized quilts for QOV.
This quilt is sitting in the spare room now waiting for me to sandwich it and quilt it. I guess you could say I've been busy this month. Winter has arrived so why not stay inside and sew, sew, sew! Thanks for visiting, and remember it's a great day for quilting!