My mom and decided to do a long-distance project together. Since she’s always trying to get me into quilting, we chose to each piece Craftsy’s 2012 Block of the Month quilt, offered as a free video class. Yes, they have a 2013 quilt class too, but neither I nor my mom like the quilt as much. And, the 2012 quilt has an adjoining quilting class that teaches you how to longarm quilt using the 2012 block of the month quilt. I have to get the entire top pieced first and my mom and I are doing it month-by-month even though all the months are published, so don’t hold your breath waiting to see my first attempt at longarm quilting!
I picked pretty conservative (conservative for me, that is) and well-blended selection of fabrics because the quilt is a sampler with quite disparate block styles and I don’t want my quilt to look too piece-meal. I thought olive would be a unique background color that would keep things grounded.
January’s blocks are quite simple using slash-and-insert techniques. I made this wonky pound sign with 1.5″ strips in a 10″ square.
The asterisk block was also quite easy to make. I’m a little disappointed that the slash-and-open technique caused my plaid not to line up anymore. However, this is a learning experience and I learned something.
I’m also not thrilled with how the block pattern leaves little triangles of fabric at the center of the block. It’s a tiny detail, so I’ll overlook it when assembling the whole quilt. But I may spend some time figuring out how to make the block in a similar fashion that doesn’t leave the triangles.