Up for the Challenge

My January goal was to complete my Love Lives Here quilt.  I’m still making progress – 21 out of 30 blocks done, but then the blog-world threw me a challenge.  I landed on Sew Can She’s new year challenge.

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Complete a project, using the Herringbone Block, by January 29, 2013.  So, of course, I thought this was a great idea.  Never mind that I wouldn’t get my fabric until January 18.  Being the Queen of Procrastination that I am, (thank you, Enloe High School), I knew a deadline was probably the best thing for me.  So, no, I’m not making a pillow, placemat, apron, purse, or something to small to help me out with this fast approaching deadline.  I’m making a full blown quilt in 11 days.

Here is the inspiration quilt for this blogging challenge – which I already had on my Pinterest board.  Obsessed.

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And, here is the tutorial by Bijou Lovely for this amazing Herringbone Block.  I’m telling you, this is the easiest quilt and her directions are so clear.  (Don’t you like my confident assertion even though I’ve yet to finish a quilt…?)  One tip:  if you want to make this quilt, which you should, buy Jelly Rolls instead of yardage of your fabric of choice.  This cuts your prep load in half, and I’m all about some shortcuts.  (Again, thank you, Enloe High School)

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Here is my fabric choice – Cuzco by Kate Spain which has been at the top of my fabric choice since I started even looking at quilts.

This fabric is absolutely gorgeous and I am digging the vibrant jewel tone colors.

I had a few other quilts I wanted to make with this fabric, but I knew this quilt was the right choice.  I think the choice to go bold is going to pay off in the end.  And, who am I kidding, of course I went for obnoxiously bright!

 

 

 

 

Since I bought the jelly roll, cutting the 2.5 x 11 inch strips was a breeze.  I organized the strips by color family so that I could easily disperse the color throughout.  (Great use of a TV tray, no?)

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Then it was go time.  Just cranking out block after block.  On a Saturday night.  (Hey, I have a deadline to meet, cut me some slack!)

First Block:

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Making Progress:

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And, finally, there is a completed row!

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(Cut me some slack, I’m a “quilter” not a photographer.)

Now, it’s on to laying out more blocks and some good ol’ quality time with Bernina the sewing machine today!

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So, here’s to hoping I meet the deadline, but either way I am loving this quilt!

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3 thoughts on “Up for the Challenge

  1. Hi !
    I wanted to answer your comment but you are a no-reply blogger so I can’t 😦

    I do love the quilt you’re making ! I’m a big fan of chevrons..

    • Hey Marika,

      Thanks! I didn’t even know I was a no-reply blogger. I’m still new to all of this. I really love your quilts and your stash – I can’t wait to see more of what you make in 2013.

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