Thursday, January 11, 2018

So Many Starts!!!

I love a New Year because with it comes a lot of New Project Starts!!!   I like to use December to finish things up, and I try not to start new things over the Holidays, but that means come January, I have a "mostly" clear plate that I tend to fill up super fast ;)  And this year, January has brought several new project starts!!!

And it begins with a new Leader and Ender project.  My Leader and Ender project from last year is now at the stage of the blocks needing to be sewn together, so it was totally time for a new start.  And I decided on my Scraptastic Stars Pattern that I made last year for the Aurifil Block of the Month ;)   I am going to use 2 1/2"squares instead of 2" squares so that the blocks finish at 16" and plan on making 16 blocks.  Now just to sort my squares into some more hues of each color so I can make 16 piles and then they will go by my machine ready for sewing some Leader and Ender goodness :) 

Next up is a Tutorial Project, and this particular tutorial will feature at the Moda Bake Shop next month and I am so excited for it!!!  I am using V and C's new Ombre Confetti line and it is just so fun.  I have always wanted to play with Vanessa's Ombre fabrics, and am super excited about the design I came up with as I think it really plays nice with the Ombre goodness.  And of course, I like to make my bindings first, and just look how fun it is in that rainbow!!!

And then, of course, I have a little Secret Sewing Project ;)  I won't be able to share more of this particular project for some time, but I am just loving how it comes together.  I am using Lella Boutique's new Nest line that comes out in March and it is just so pretty!!!   And as you can see from that stack, this quilt is all about Strips!!!

And finally, I have a Class Project :)  And the cool thing is, this is actually a Class that I am going to be taking!!!!  I know right, I never have time to take a class at retreats, but I managed to squeeze one in this February when I teach at the Quilty Friends Retreat at Bryce Canyon ;)   I am taking the Petite Point class that uses French General's awesome pattern of Pineapple blocks on Hexagon centers.  So fun!!!   When I was thinking about fabrics, I realized that my Pink and Red scrap bins were overflowing, so that is what I am using.  It is going to be a super all girl baby quilt when it is done ;)  I have the centers and setting triangles cut, now it is time to cut a whole ton of  small strips!!

And those are my new project starts for January,  Well those are the quilt ones I guess, I did start my Tuffet as well, and all of this is why I haven't finished it yet, tee hee hee ;)  So what about you . . . Do you like to start new projects at the start of the year???

I am off to work on these now :)  Hope you have a Happy Quilting Day!!!!

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  1. Can’t wait to see your scraptastic stars quilt! And that Nest! Oh my!

  2. Thanks for the Leader and Ender tutorial. I have to start using this. Love your binding!

  3. Hello Melissa; All of your projects look like they are going to be oh so pretty and especially fun to make. I hope that you have a great time taking your class, it sure looks like an amazing quilt! Looking forward to seeing all of the projects you share throughout the year! I have never tried the Leaders and Enders, but had decided to try it at the end of last year. I sure hope it works as well for me as it has for you! Have a great day and thank you for sharing!!

  4. Your Scraptastic Stars update is a fantastic idea, and just what I've been looking for! We have a bumper crop of new babies coming up in the extended family, and that would be a fun pattern to work on in a big way, and then break down into a few smaller quilts...I think it's time for me to get busy doing some math and cutting some squares!

  5. I adore the Scraptastic Stars pattern! I've been cutting tiny squares out of my scraps for a while now, just to be prepared when I find something wonderful. I think I found the wonderful! Now I know what I'm saving for!


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