Christmas is past and the weekend is here. Finally I have a little time for quilting! I think one of the things I'm going to work on is my Scrap Basket Sunday project. At the end of this post, I'll include the Mister Linky sign-up in case any of you are ready to join in too. All that's required is that you work on a scrappy project this weekend, post your progress on your blog, and link from Mister Linky to your blog so we can visit to see what you've been doing.
Have you started to think about your "quilting resolutions" for 2014 yet? I usually try to come up with a goal for the year, and I'm thinking this year my goal might be to finish some of the unquilted quilt tops I've piled up. I'm thinking about a goal of one a month, but I might need to scale that back a little bit so I have time for a few other things. But I'll think about it and let you know. How about you?
I've also signed up through the Fat Quarter shop for the Bertie's Year BOM. Are any of you working on that project, either through a shop or on your own? Here's what it looks like:
It's a series of 12 stand-alone little projects but I've also seen these set into one quilt and it's awfully cute! The Fat Quarter Shop kits use flannel, but it would be lovely in wool or cotton, too.
Speaking of Block of the Month projects, this is the perfect time to think about selecting one for the coming year. You may recall that last year I worked on the Buttermilk Basin sheep blankets. I thought I'd show you December's blanket--which I also finished just a day or two before Christmas!
If you're interested in beginning this one, the pattern set is available through the Buttermilk Basin website HERE. Priced around $24, it's really a bargain for the 12 monthly patterns and it includes instructions for making the sheep too. I used an old chenille bedspread I found at Goodwill to make mine along with some black wool for the face and ears. I picked up a package of doll eyes at Hobby Lobby or JoAnn's, I believe. (The sheep is also a nice gift for a child!)
I have several Bunny Hill BOM patterns that I'd like to make. In fact, I've kitted up one called A Vintage Christmas--
When I kitted mine, I made up a couple extra kits, all with most of the original fabrics; this might be a good time to list them for sale in my Etsy shop. I'll try to remember to post a "heads up" if I list them in case any of you are interested. But this is one I'm thinking about working on this year. The applique is fairly simple and the fact that I have all of the materials assembled will make it fairly fast . . . I HOPE!
Many of the fabrics Anne Sutton used in A Vintage Christmas are by Renee Nanneman of Need'l Love--I love her Itsy Bits lines. She's having a sale now on fat quarter bundles, and since I've already safely put in my order, I'll share the link--click HERE. She has a couple of bundles of 24 fabrics for sale at $48--that's just $2 a fat quarter and they blend with a lot of different fabrics.
So, have I helped you spend your Christmas money now?! I'm sorry if I tempted you--if you need to explain to anyone, tell them it was my fault! Okay, then, let's offset the indulgences I've led you toward and be thrifty by using some leftover scraps. Here's Mister Linky: