I've been enjoying Katy's quiltalong on Flickr 'Swooning on a hop along', where participants post photos and offer hints and encouragement to each other as they sew three different quilts designed by Camille Roskelley. She's an amazing designer and it's well worth a look at her website 'Simplify'. Katy's blog also has more information. There's another quiltalong on Flickr, 'My Precious QAL', where participants are challenged to cut into their favourite fabric and make something. Most of us seem to have fabrics that are too 'precious' to use, but isn't it nicer to see those fabrics made up and being used than to keep them in a bundle on a shelf? Kelby is running this QAL and you can go to her blog to read more.
Lots of quilters are joining up to a specific pattern quiltalong, and using their precious fabrics to make that design, so combining it with the My Precious QAL. I've decided to make Camille's 'Swoon' quilt using a fat quarter bundle of fabric that I have had for years, Chez Moi's 'Posh'. I think it was amongst the first fabrics I ordered from the USA. It's so old I couldn't find any good pictures to link to.
The blocks are large at 24", and use nearly every inch of the fat quarter they are made from. My quilt is going to be three blocks by three blocks.
I'm so happy to be using my precious fabrics at last. I've kept them for so long trying to find the 'perfect' pattern, and I think this is definitely it!
I've nearly finished a fourth block, so I'm almost half way. They do take a long time to put together, and I've been doing a fair few mistakes that need re-sewing. Some of my seams are very scant, and some of my points are less than sharp. I don't think it will be very noticeable once the quilt is made. It's got flaws but I'm really happy with it!
Once the blocks are made they are then sashed. I'm starting to think about the quilting already!