I've been really excited about quilting during this first month of 2016, and I'm already looking forward to setting my goal for February.
I will say that I am in love, love, LOVE with Electric Quilt 7 again. Why, oh, why did I not install that on my last laptop. But then I'd have a hundred more UFOs in the mix by now. EQ7 has really help me visualize the ideas in my head, and realize when some of them aren't as good as I thought. And it's also pushed me in directions I never thought I'd take. My Paradiso Layers-of-Charm quilt ended up going in a much more modern direction than anything I've done in the past. And while the coral pink may not have been the best choice for a solid, I'll learn to live with it (that love-hate-love thing again).
Anyway, enough rambling about other projects. On to February's goal!
So many of my projects these days start out with "this is something I started so long ago, I've forgotten when," or "these are blocks I bought off eBay so long ago, I've forgotten when." Well, February's project is no exception. A long time ago American Patchwork and Quilting had a charity auction of pink heart blocks on eBay to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I can't remember if you knew what blocks you were bidding on, or if it was the luck-of-the-draw. I won 9 blocks. One of them is a abstract pink heart appliqued on a white background. The other 8 are pieced blocks meant to be a heart with a border/corner blocks. I really am not crazy about the 8 blocks. They're two pale to show of the heart shape, in my opinion. But they're in my stash and I feel I owe it to them to do something with them all. February and Valentine's Day (and my anniversary) seemed like the right time to bring them out and turn them into something.
I first created the layout that APQ more or less suggested in the instructions they sent with the blocks. That's the one in the upper left. But of course I couldn't stop there. I got the idea of maybe a medallion quilt or some other not-as-traditional arrangement for the blocks. Combing through the EQ7 Library, I came up with the other 8 ideas.
Seems I've gone back to writing long, rambling blog posts, too. Forgive me.