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?