Rules for our February Stitch Along will be pretty straight forward. Remember that "used" or "unfinished" item you have. This week you need to cut it up, but you can cut it up in any fashion you like and put it back together to form the top of your quilt - if you are making a quilt that is. You could always make it into a tote pocket or tray cloth or mug rug even, the choice is yours, as long as you cut that item up in some sort of way.
Would you believe I figured this challenge around a pillowcase? You see, several years ago I bought a set of Egyptian cotton sheets and pillowcases online but as it happened, the size in the color I ordered wasn't available - unbeknown to me at the time. The shipment arrived for me to find they had sent king-sized sheets and pillowcases. It didn't really bother me cause I thought maybe one day I might size up the bed and I'd have at least one set of sheets to fit. What I found though was the pillowcases were extremely long and I'm not likely to buy extra long pillows.
As Anita Eaton walks you step-by-step through her unique star design in her online workshop "Entwined Star", you will learn a lot of useful tips like selecting good fabrics and colors that will work together and how to work with bias cuts. You'll know exactly which fabrics to use and which to leave behind in your stash!
February marks Valentine Day so let's include something with this month's challenge - but only if you want to. If you are really not into Valentine's then there are alternatives. I'm going to include a heart for Valentine, but in addition I've included a star template as well. You can select either.
I hope to inspire you with the many different ways you can travel from inspiration to fulfillment. My journey sometimes starts with a place I have visited, a memory of a building (and then a hunt to find an image), a few words or a pile of coloured fabrics. I remember one time searching through 30 years of slides to find one particular photograph from a trip to Whitby, a fishing village in Yorkshire. That search led to three great quilts.
Last week I made a back to add to my project so that I could turn it into a book cover, so this weekend I proceeded to make that. I won't go into the details about the actual making here because they can be found in my free class at academyofquilting.com. However I did construct it slightly different. Let me explain.
I took this short excerpt from my Still Life workshop. It gives you some hints and tips on setting up the perfect Still Life display to making your quilt. The class sample uses a vase (lower left photo in image), but all the instructions given can be applied to your own Still Life, and usually students have time to do both; first the class sample and then practice with their own still life project.
It's a good thing we have another week for this challenge because I never managed to finish! But that's okay, I will next weekend. You see, I decided that I would make my project into a book cover for a journal I had, which I plan to use for writing my lists in. I think it will be easier to keep my lists all together that way, and next year I can change out the journal for a new one - if it is full.