Earlier today I found a fabulous Craftsy class for free, hosted by Amy Gibson, Craftsy Block of the Month 2012, and the quilt to be made is being worked on a full year, should one so desire. During the ten first months, you make two blocks a month, and the finished quilt consisting of 20 blocks will measure 55″ x 68 1⁄2″ or 140 cm x 174 cm. It works with both patterned and solid fabrics, fresh ones and scraps, so anyone with fabrics at home can join.
All the blocks are different, because the point is to practice new methods, and this is the main reason I want to sew this quilt. Two new techniques a month isn’t too demanding, but it’s also frequent enough to get over a possible “don’t wanna!” in regards to stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. Especially the curves have me in jitters, so it seems like this class is just the ticket, and it is a relief to know that there are videos for each month’s assignments. So far I’ve watched the January video, which is very helpful, and I bet the rest of them are equally informative.
My schedule will be the following:
- January blocks: July 2013
- February blocks: August 2013
- March blocks: September 2013
- April blocks: October 2013
- May blocks: November 2013
- June blocks: December 2013
- July blocks: January 2014
- August blocks: February 2014
- September blocks: March 2014
- October blocks: April 2014
- November and December May and June 2014
Feel free to team up and join me in this endeavour of skill building! At Craftsy, you can see what people have created so far and I have to say I’m very impressed, not only by the persistence people show but also the fabric choices they make. If my quilt will end up even remotely like some of the quilts in the photographs posted, I’ll be pleased as punch, because the blocks Amy has chosen are the perfect mix of traditional and modern.