First up was the first quilt start of 2014 - a baby quilt of course. Look at this pile of yummy flannel.
I love working with flannel, so soft and cuddly. This quilt will be for a very special baby. I know all babies are special but this is a much longed for little one and I want to welcome him with a cozy blanky. My God Daughter Katie is expecting her first baby in April and as I cut I could just imagine them rocking together wrapped in my flannel hugs.
This is a super easy rag quilt and I have a tutorial posted right here. It a great way to use all those wonderful fancy stitches on your sewing machine and those stitches show up really well with variegated thread in pretty colors to match your fabric.
Next I decided to jump in and join the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for 2014 hosted by SoScrappy. I was on the fence about this because I just couldn't think of a block pattern that inspired me until a YouTube Video popped up in my email from Missouri Star Quilt Company for a really cute, quick and easy quilt called the Disappearing Pinwheel. I don't know how to link to the video :( but if you do a search on You Tube I'm sure you can find it. Anyway, once I saw that I was hooked and ready to roll.
There will be a different color chosen each month for 12 months and if I do two 12" blocks a month in the chosen color at the end of the year I should have at least a throw sized scrappy quilt plus I will have used up some of my scraps. The color for January is BLUE and these are my two blocks for this month -
Those pinwheels are wonky but I'm not too worried about them. It's a little tricky figuring out the exact cut for these. I'll get better at this block as I go along and if they're too obvious in the finished quilt I'll re-do them.
So there you have it my first sewing for 2014. How are you coming along so far in this new year? This will be my first Design Wall Monday link up for 2014. Be sure to go to Patchwork Times to see how other quilters are starting off the new year.
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Until next time,