I finally have my sewing machine back! And my work space is all cleaned up. So even though we're already almost three weeks into the year, I'm counting today as my REAL start to 2014 in my sewing studio : )
Today I'm also joining The Library Project Quilt Along hosted by Chezzetcook Modern Quilts. It's a fabulous QAL idea: dig out your project books (you know, the ones you pour over and plan for and maybe even have shopped the fabric and then it's all just one more idea added to your get-to-it-someday list and one less WIP?) then pick at least four projects for 2014, and get quilting! Even though I usually make up my own designs, it does seem a shame to relegate all these great books to merely collecting dust after the initial boost of inspiration. So having recently reviewed titles of my newest quilt library acquisitions, I'm going to pull them back out and choose a few projects to jump into *just for me* that I can work on around my have-to project schedule.
Here are my projects:
From Sarah Fielke's Quilting from Little Things, the Peaks & Troughs quilt. It was hard to pick which of these projects to start with - I hope to tackle many more from this book, as well, but I have an idea for this one and I can work with diamonds for the first time!
From Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr's Quilts Made Modern, the cover quilt Beach Glass. I've loved the simple lines and tonal color scheme of this for a long long while. They suggest a few darker colorways, but wouldn't this be fun with some Kona Sunrise?
From Cathy Gaubert's Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts, the Arches quilt. So hard to choose! I love every last thing in this book, but now I can get some practice with curves and use up some of the scraps I sorted out when I tidied my studio.
From Amy Ellis' Modern Basics II: 14 Easy Patchwork Quilt Patterns, the Improvised Herringbone. I've been wanting something with a lot of negative space, and I love that this checks that box plus is very scrappy at the same time.
So how about you? Are you participating in any QALs this year? The Library Project or something else? And have you used your quilt library frequently to tackle projects or do you just like enjoying the pretty pictures for inspiration and flipping through with a cup of tea? Hmm... speaking of tea, off to brew a cup!
*Editorial note: when I first posted this, I transposed which books the Arches quilt and the Peaks & Troughs quilt were from, but I've corrected the mistake. Sorry for any confusion about where to find each of these beautiful patterns.