Oof! I’ve found it so hard to stop and blog this week! I’m in a mood to just sew, sew, sew and not stop. I’ve made a muslin of the Sailor Top and Bess Top, started finishing my quilt, worked on my CBC logo pillow… Tonight I’m trying to sew up a quick Seafarer top, after I blog this of course (and I know, it’s late here!). Anyhow – the purpose of this post is to  show you some pretty fabric and prod myself into getting started on yet another project (see below) – ‘cuz that seems like a good idea too!

For two months now I’ve been aiming to follow along with the Simple Simon and Co. monthly block tutorials. Since I’m a newbie at quilt blocks I figured it would be useful to practice making some of the more common ones. And, since I’m a creative person with too many “good” ideas, I’ve been trying to do that since January!

The good thing is, though, that I picked out a group of fabrics right away to use for this. I’m hoping that I can make 2-4 of each block and then put them together at the end of the year to make a semi-random quilt top. Who knows, maybe I’ll even get it quilted before Christmas?! (Just don’t hold me to it!)

The farther I get into these tutorials, I’m finding that it is a super-beginner friendly process. January – Half Square Triangle (HST) Block. February – Rail Fence Block. March – Square Block. Maybe too beginner-friendly for me? Not sure, but I’m excited to see what comes out at the end of the year. It’s very mysterious not knowing what’s coming next month!

I pulled out the Tula Pink fat quarter bundle I got from Fridays Off Fabric Shop at Creativ Festival in November 2013! Some solids and a few stashed fat quarters got added in as well. I happened to have a large cotton tablecloth that was gifted to me in a box of random fabrics to go with it. I’m excited to use the white throughout the quilt, I love how it makes the colours brighter.

So my quilt “sampler” will be a random bunch of fabrics from all over the place sewn from a bunch of random quilt block tutorials! If you are looking for something a bit more advanced, Caroline from Sew Can She has posted monthly blocks as well. You can find her tutorials within the others she has written, look for the words “Classic Quilt Blocks” on the photos.

I’m off to sew… again! I really hope to have lots of clothing for myself soon. It would be great to have a more handmade wardrobe!

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