For 2014 I made a promise to myself to sew more. So, I decided to get involved in some organized activities. I’ve already mentioned the Japanese Charm Swap and Quilty Stitches. I’m always seeing all kinds of quilt alongs, blocks of the month and such. With working a full time job and so much other stuff going on, there’s no way I can keep up with most of them. Then I came across a block of the month that combines two of my favorite things — sewing and getting a chance to win Aurifil thread. It’s the Aurifil block of the month!
Each month they will feature a block made by one of the challenge designers. All you have to do is make that block and upload a photo of it to the Flickr group to be entered in the random giveaway of a set of 12 large spools of Aurifil thread (a $120 value).
I figure this will be a great chance to get some sewing in and try my hand at piecing blocks I’ve never done before. Hopefully learn a thing or two, also.
Starting things off is a spool block for January.
Here’s my try at it. Those are Bella and Kona solids. I probably wouldn’t be able to tell you which ones exactly.
The block has issues. I had a problem with the triangle pieced strips. For some reason they would bow. The outside long grey edge would bow out and the inside pieced edge would bow in.
Once I had each spool put together I squared them but ended up trimming about 1/4″ total off. That threw it all out of whack once I sewed those four sections together. I must say I’m pretty surprised the center almost looks like the four points are coming together.
I’m going to step on a little soapbox for a moment here. I pointed out to you the problems with my block. It doesn’t bother me that it isn’t perfect. I think we see quite a bit of what is displayed as perfection in the online quilting world. I feel making is not about perfection. It’s about making. The pleasure you get out of the entire process no matter what the end result may be. Also, it’s not a race. There seems to be a lot of churning out of projects going on. Slow down. Take the time to enjoy what you’re doing. Remember and put into practice these things. I’m stepping down off the little soapbox now.
By the way, I used my handy Clover hera marker to mark the lines on the squares. All it does it make a sharp crease in the fabric. It doesn’t mark on it with ink or anything else.
So, now I want to know if you are participating in the Aurifil block of the month or any other block of the month or quilt along or a sew along or some other kind of along.
Oh! I forgot to tell you this was the first sewing I’ve done this year. I’m finally back in the saddle. Watch out!