Monday, December 12, 2011
A little sidetrack
It all began innocently enough. Earlier this year, I started following Kathleen Tracy's blog, A Sentimental Quilter. She is the author of several books, including the recently published Civil War Sewing Circle. I've long admired Lucy's, Lori's and Kathie's small quilts, and thought I might like to create my own collection.
Via Kathleen's blog, I discovered her Yahoo group, SmallQuiltTalk. I joined and am enjoying keeping up with lots of chitchat from this large active group. Among other things, they work on small quilt challenges offered by Kathleen, and I just finished up my first one -- a doll quilt done using 4ps in any desired arrangement. Mine is machine pieced and hand quilted. It crinkled up a LOT after washing, and finished at 16" x 19".
Many of the members of the Yahoo group have been discussing an interesting project they will be participating in next year. A specially-created blog, Building Houses from Scraps, gives all the info. (Scroll down in each entry to get to the English translation.) Basically it involves piecing a 3" house block for each day of the year in 2012. Because it will be a leap year, that's 366 teeny-tiny house blocks.
I did sign up, and we'll have to see how far I get with all those little houses. Since I did make it all the way through my B-a-D series in 2010, there's a decent chance that I can do this one in 2012. So this whole thing has morphed from enjoying a book to joining a doll/mini quilt group to signing up for a block-a-day activity for 2012. Ha, the internet is an enabler, isn't it?