Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Choose Your Own Block Along:Starting a New Project

It always fascinates me how a new project gets started. You have a list of things to finish and you vow not to start anything new. And then, wham! You are pulling fabrics for a brand new project.

Awhile back, I found out that my good friends (and sisters) had some projects of their own in the works.  Michelle wanted to make the blocks from Tula Pink's City Sampler, and Rene' wanted to make her Dear Jane blocks. I have had the Tula Pink book for awhile and already had kind of plan formulating in my head.

They decided that doing a "block along" would keep them accountable. It sure worked for me when Carla and I decided to make all 111 Farmer's Wife blocks. (NOTE: I'm pretty good with the accountability portion of making the blocks. I just have trouble with the completion portion. Carla's quilt has been completely finished for a long time. Mine is finally off to my favorite longarmer tomorrow....)

So the three of us decided to form an accountability group. We would love to have people join us. Maybe Tula Pink's City Sampler isn't on your list, or you have never wanted to make a Dear Jane block. Doesn't matter. If you have a project to complete, I hope you will join us! The three of us will post our progress each Monday.  (NOTE: Did you notice it is Tuesday? Eek. I'm already a day behind. But yesterday was a holiday, right?)
Block 1
Block 2
I'm planning on going through the book and making the blocks consecutively. Debbie from A Quilter's Table has a great tutorial on creating a grid to keep track of the blocks. And that way I can get more of a handle on the plan that is floating around in my head.

You can see the progress Rene' and Michelle have already made.

I hope you join us and make some blocks of your own!


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antique quilter said... #

love this idea! love the blocks so far. Thats a great idea to just go thru the book and make each block.

Anorina @SameliasMum said... #

Great idea!

Val's Quilting Studio said... #

Oh my...I'm as Farmer's Wife dropout! LOL! But already enjoy seeing the blocks you made. Have fun!

Terri said... #

I really love this idea of an accountability group! I think this would really work for me, especially doing it with you and Rene' and Michelle, so I would love to join, but I need help figuring out what to make. Any suggestions?

Linda said... #

I love the idea also. I have two projects that need my attention, and I keep taking on other things so I don't have to do them, so accountability is appealing to me. Will you have a block along "label" to grab or a certain date to post?

FlourishingPalms said... #

I don't know how you make the time, Cindy. This sure wouldn't work for me. Life is already so full, I don't know how I could ever make such a commitment. But good for the three of you to do that! Enjoy.

Rene' said... #

Cindy, I like that you are making the City Sampler blocks with your Christmas fabric! Can't wait to see your progress weekly. Thanks for spreading the word and encouraging others. It's fun when others play along too ;-)

Katy Cameron said... #

Christmas theme per chance? :oD

Andee said... #

I have the book and have wanted to do these...hmmmm can I add one more thing to my list? I think I will at least try! Thanks!

charlotte said... #

I have this book, but I can't figure out what fabrics to use. That has had me stumped since I got the book for Christmas last year.

Susan said... #

What a great idea! I look forward to watching your progress on your Christmas City Sampler!

Carla said... #

Sounds like I might need some willpower. I have none concerning chocolate, but I just might be able to do a block here and there for my Tula Pink quilt. Thanks for the kick in the pants. I am off to sew ; )

Carla said... #

Quilting Accountability....love it! And....I'm so excited that your FW is off to the quilter! Yay!!

OPQuilt said... #

It will be fun to watch your progress as you go. I'll keep going on my Circles Block-A-Long, but it takes longer than a week to get one of those put together, so I'll jump in here and there, if that one fits the rules.

:) Elizabeth

Michele said... #

Great idea and I would sew along if I didn't already have too much on my plate. I'll love watching this grow and hopefully get finished.

Quiltdivajulie said... #

I have two projects that fit this format perfectly! A scrappy log cabin and one I've named Leaf Peeping . . . .

Debbie said... #

Great idea! And sure hope the grid tute helps you along!

Val's Quilting Studio said... #

I found a block along I wanted to do and am looking forward to linking up! I added your button to my post!:) Fun idea!

Mystic Quilter said... #

What a good idea! This would be a great way to make my Pineapple blocks and earlier today I put up a note on my board to pick out fabrics for a Vintage Spin, I will certainly join you all.

Mystic Quilter said... #

I can work on my Pineapple blocks and I have one other project which I would like to start so Choose your own Blockalong is a great idea.

Terri said... #

I hope I'm starting the Drunkard's Path QAL over at Vicki Welch's blog... would it be okay to double dip and sign up here for the same quilt? Your rules seem quite wide open - as are Vicki's.

Susan Earl said... #

I have just started. Using Tula Pink's Fox Feild line and creating the blocks from City Sampler.