Not too long ago, I posted my 12 UFOs (one that I bought mid-post even!) for the 2011 UFO Challenge that Judy over at Patchwork Times is hosting.
Today being the first day of the new year, she randomly chose a number for the project we work on. (Remember mine were numbered?) I'm so glad she did because I was having trouble motivating myself to work on anything, knowing I'd be "assigned" something so soon.
The magic number for January is #6!
What is #6? I had to review, too!
Blocks #1-4 of the Lavender Mist kit from JoAnn's!
I cringed a little at first because this is a whole kit that I've not yet started. I have all the blocks and a setting/finishing kit, but I wasn't sure I wanted to cut into a new project right off the bat. Then I realized there are a few applique blocks in there and since the hubby was still snoring away (he made it to midnight, I gave up at 10pm), there was something in there I could do before he got up.
So I dug in.
Everything sorted and pinned, cutting where necessary. Ready to sew and guess what? The hubby got up midway through this preparation!
Something I learned: JoAnn's does not know how to cut a square square. Many of the pieces are pre-cut and so many of those squares had slightly rounded edges. I have no idea how they cut these, but whoever authorized the process was NOT a quilter. I feel bad for anyone who has never quilted before and bought this kit...I can't imagine they'd continue to be a quilter without much encouragement.
All complaining aside, it was nice to have the pieces mostly cut for me. No heavy-duty cleaning of my cutting area to make room for larger pieces of fabrics. No arguments with kitties over where they could or could not sit while I used the rotary cutter.
I started sewing and these blocks are BIG. Like 16 inches finished big.
The blocks are also pretty simple. So far.
And here's where I am, just a few hours later:
Yep...3 blocks completely done and the fourth ready to applique!
Those inside flower points are going to be a challenge, but I suppose since I've nearly completed the UFO challenge for this month, I can learn something new!
I have a few other photos of my trip to the quilt shops earlier this week, but I'll save those for another post. (And maybe, with the sun shining, I can get a photo of the wonky log cabin quilt I also finished earlier this week.)