As a traveling quilt teacher, my calendar is different than the rest of the world's. Instead of Halloween, I say "Houston." Instead of Father's Day, I say "Vermont Quilt Festival." Instead of New Year, I say "the day after I return from Houston."
I bought myself a New Year's present -- a new stitchery kit with 365 daily patterns
I saw this quilt at Helen's booth
in Houston and simply had. to. have. it!!!
Since my calendar is weird, I won't finish this quilt in 365 days. Instead, I plan to stitch one day's design every time I finish a project. Hopefully this will inspire me to finish up UFOs that have been languishing in my sewing room for far too long!
This incentive project is already hard at work. I finished this little test quilt:
I saw leftover bits of pre-fused fabric from a top-secret project and started thinking (always dangerous.) "What would happen if...?"
So I gave myself a few hours to see what would happen if I--
--ran the pre-fused Benartex Fossil Fern fabrics through my Sizzix die cutter and made a bunch of one-inch circles? And then drew 2" squares on a yard of gray fabric? And then rolled a die to determine how many circles I would place in a grouping? And then fused the circles to the fabric?
-- threaded Hedwig
with FabuLux Cuddle
, added my ViviLux
, and used my walking foot to stitch along those chalk lines?
--used the "bacon (wiggle)" stitch to stitch through each fused circle?
--machine bound the quilt using Cuddle
and a blanket stitch?
Well, this fun little quilt is what happened.
It'll stay with me for a while, be used as a sample or a springboard for a future "what if?" project, and then given away as a baby quilt or a wheelchair quilt.
Since I started and FINISHED this quilt, I rewarded myself by stitching Day 1 of my sampler
Do you have a big goal and need daily rewards for the work? Do you want a new project for the New Year? Do you just want to play along? I brought home several of these Stitch Therapy 365 kits
and they are now available in my shop. Shipping is free!