I'll be continuing with several ongoing projects from last year as well as starting a couple of new things. This week I've been working on a stack of blue crumb blocks from last year. Having already done a quilt or two with square crumb blocks, I thought it would be fun to try cutting some blocks into diamonds instead. Not sure yet what these will become, but for now I will begin a little collection of blocks and let them simmer.
I've also been working on making some rainbow sampler blocks for my new 6 inch rainbow sampler. I've got a nice little stack of these going and have scheduled some tutorials for anyone who wants to make some of the same blocks. The math of 6 inch blocks is actually kind of fun. I'm starting to understand why it is such a popular size for sampler quilts.
This year, blue is the color for January. Blue is usually a HUGE color in quilter's stashes and scrap baskets. To keep it from feeling too overwhelming, we will be breaking it down into smaller groups. First we will focus on the bright and dark end of the blue spectrum. Try to save the pastels and green tinted blues for later in the year.
For anyone interested in the fabric giveaways that are new this year, I'll open the drawing a week before the end of the month and announce the winner on the last Saturday of each month. The fabrics are beautiful hand dyes from Vicki Welsh, our first ever Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sponsor. You should visit her at her blog, or check out the fabric that she has for sale. She will also be participating in the challenge this year, and has a couple of great projects planned.
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