I am still 3 months behind!
But I have made progress by sewing my first 2 blocks, and I am pleased so far with the results.
This is very new to me, unlike any quilt I have done. Basically, in simple terms (which is the only way I know how to describe it) is you take bits and pieces of fabric and cut them into teeny, tiny pieces and then assemble them into a picture. Each picture will be a block and at the end of the 12 months you will have the top of a quilt! Exciting stuff!
The Snapshots Quilt Along has been challenging. As you can see by the pictures below, I had to come up with a system of organizing my fabric. I tried to use what I had in my stash, but then also had to buy some fat quarters too. Because I was paranoid about whether or not fabric was used in more than one block (I don’t get to see the whole pattern, just one block at a time!) I had to label my fabrics based on the pictures of the fabric on the original pattern. I then had to cut the fabric into bits, and label each bit!
I was so proud of my efforts. I figured out what to do and did, then left everything on my sewing table to come back to later. Just so you know the sewing area is really close to the children’s play area and tv room! I
stupidly thought that my kids were old enough to know NOT to play around my sewing stuff… but lo and behold I had to REORGANIZE one more time before I could actually start sewing.
Lesson learned! I now cover my partially finished work with my cutting mats so the kids can’t accidentally undo my hard work!
I also have a bit of a hard time with my homemade letters to organize each piece. Is that a 3? a W? an M? Not sure. Apparently there is letters you can buy called Alphabitties that can help you be organized, and I found them (or something similar) at a local quilt store. To be honest, they seemed expensive for what they were, so I stopped myself from purchasing them. But in hindsight, they may have been (or will be) helpful!
It isn’t too late for YOU to join. There is a Facebook group and you can find the link to the Snapshots Quilt Along page here. The pattern is free but donations can be made to the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will match donations up to $10,000. FUN AND HELPFUL!
So here are my blocks so far… YES.. They need to be ironed!
I am happy with what I did! I can’t wait to see the final product!