Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Preparing for February

Sounds ominous doesn't it? But nothing ominous at all is happening in February, other than the SECOND ANNUAL QUILT ALONG WITH MELODY.
Ta da!
Not to jump the gun, since it is not even half way through January, I just thought that a little pre-cutting might get you going and start a nice collection of stuff to start sewing next month.
This time I am thinking we should work with strips, mostly since I have some already cut from two jelly rolls. I'll bet if you have some too, you are looking for interesting things to do with them and need a nudge. I'm with you and HAVE SOME IDEAS.
 You might have some fat quarters laying around too, which will work into some lovely 5 inch squares, and the remaining fabric can be cut down into strips. I am not saying what dimensions for the strips, because it doesn't matter. Just start cutting, and then group by color.
I am especially hoping you'll have some stripes in your stash, as they can be so dynamic and graphic in a design.
I plan on making a Flickr group where you can upload the stuff we make and see and comment everyone's products. If you don't have a Flickr account, now is a good time to get into that too. Then we'll all be set when February arrives.
Yes, February is a dismal month, but it's all about attitude. If we know the weather is going to be icky, let's focus on what is inside and make the most of it.
Here's what we got yesterday...6.75"

That ruler is still out there.
We are worried that Chumley's head seems to be shrinking.
We stayed in and made cookies and watched videos downloaded from Netflix, La Vie en Rose a biopic about Edith Piaf, in French with subtitles. It's great to be able to stay awake and watch a film all the way through and then have a short nap and feel like trying out some new knitting.
I have a new friend, Joan of Focus on Color, that I met on Ravelry, and she is making wonderful stuff with modules, like these, and so of course I have to try my hand at them too. Here are some of her hats.
I am figuring out my gauge at the moment and making samples before I go nuts with multiple yarns and crazy color. She did give me a pattern, which I might end up following, sorta. She understands how I work since she works similarily. Some people have hobbies, and others have obsessions. We belong to the latter.


  1. I love that you used your quilting ruler to measure the snow!

  2. Oh, I get so temted!!!

  3. I love those hats. I haven't tried the modular knitting yet, but I'm going to check it out later. It's so funny, i have a basket of Kaffe Fasset fat quarters and a jelly roll that I've been looking to use and couldn't find the right pattern for. While I may not get it started in February, I will be watching with interest.

  4. How cool is the one with the flower in the middle!

  5. Melody, I laughed out loud, AGAIN at the comment about Chumley's head and....the outfit you have on!!!!!! The socks. the tights, the robe or whatever it is!
    So many times I come back in from taking the garbage out and realize I have sweats on under my nightgown and some god-awful sweater over it all with my horrible, garbage-worthy slippers to finish it off. And, of course a neighbor has driven by and waved!

    You know I love your posts but the ones that make laugh so early in the morning are such a bonus!!!

  6. Love the quilting ruler being used also! I might have to join along this time in your quilt a long in spite of long work hours. I have lots of colorful scraps and fabric to use.

  7. Wow, you have more snow than we do in Iowa! I'm very interested to see what you have planned for your February quilt along.

  8. Ooooooo! please tell more about QAWM.... it sounds fun already!!

  9. Thank you Melody; I like your style; what a fun blog entry! It's all good, February, January, today!

  10. I love the quilting ruler used to measure the snow! Your fabrics say "Spring", which is so refreshing in January. I can't wait to see what you will do with them. (You will have spring much earlier than we will in Minnesota!)

  11. Carol1:39 PM

    I don't think Chumley's head is shrinking, but that with all the goodies he is getting his body is getting bigger. Go Chumley!!!

  12. Beautiful Hats.
    Simply divine, and vey artistic.


    -Samya :-)

  13. Anonymous4:26 PM

    I'm looking forward to QAWM! Yay February!

  14. Pics of your previous QAWM made me want to join in this year. I especially love the fabrics you've pulled, but what else would they look like? They're so you! My stash is so -- ummm -- eclectic, I'll have to just focus a little. When do we start?

  15. PS -- I have all of those fabrics in my stash :-D So I think I'll purposely go in a different direction. This is my favorite part of quilting, rummaging for the fabrics!

  16. Those hats are gorgeous. Quite unique.


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