I fell a bit short on my January goals - I finished my hand-piecing homework and one of my Prairie Peony blocks, but that's all. I contacted a quilter for my Lisa's Garden quilt and learned she had a bit of a backlog...as in she just might be able to do it in time for our 2015 show...so it's back to the drawing board on that one. I haven't been home much so I didn't get a chance to finish up my January work on my Wool Club rug.
At my hand piecing class this weekend we had a chance to put all of the blocks we've completed so far on the wall to look at the colors. I usually dread that type of thing because I almost always end up liking other people's color choices better than my own. I was thrilled and amazed to find that I really, truly like my own best! I'm very happy with the mix so far and love the Japanese taupe fabrics.
I'm short one 12" and one 6" block - both from the first month, I believe. I've been on time with all the rest. I hurried home from class and immediately started prepping my blocks for March. My goal was to get everything ready including an extra 6" block and finish all while on the road this week (yeah, I know that isn't at all realistic, but you can't blame a girl for dreaming!). I was very happy with my collection of pieces and parts.
Each diamond in the new block is made up of 9 diamonds, so there's a lot of piecing to do. 80 pieces per block. I busily set to work piecing the first 12" block on this morning's flight. I knew early on that it just didn't right, but kept thinking that maybe the pieces just LOOKED big. That had to be it, right? All the seam allowance creating an illusion of largeness? Not so much.
See the diamond on the right? That's the one I pieced. The one on the left? It's the template showing the size the finished diamond is supposed to be. So I have 144 diamonds that are the wrong size. Sad, isn't it? I figure I can re-purpose some of them to make the missing 12" block from the first month and to make some of my other 6" blocks, but the rest will have to be re-traced and cut down. Heavy sigh...
So on to my goals for February:
1. Find a quilter for Lisa's Garden
2. Finish second Prairie Peony block
3. Finish January Sue Spargo blocks
4. Complete January & February Wool Club hooking
5. Finish stitching first Birds of a Feather block
6. Piece and prep next two Prairie Peony blocks
7. Finish hand-piecing homework
The list is long and my time at home is minimal, but I'm feeling optimistic. After all, I have a little vacation time coming up!