Monday, January 31, 2011

Quilt Along with Melody 2011

QAWM 2011

The theme this year will be “I always wanted to make…”

It can be anything that you wanted to do one day but put off because of fear, or lack of commitment, or because it was so different for you and you really wanted to keep working in your own style, or…just any other reason that prevented you from tackling it. Anything goes. It does not have to be a finished quilt, or other quilted item, but it should be something that you are now giving yourself permission to finally try.
I have been gathering a picture file called “Someday I am going to make this: Quilts that I love and wish I’d made, and know I could, but haven’t.” (Long title!)

The file is getting larger and I am not getting any younger, so when will I start on any of these?
 I don’t intend to make a whole quilt from every idea and I certainly will not be making a bunch of different blocks and then try to put them all together into one quilt. (Eeeoouuw. I loathe sampler quilts.) But I do want to push myself to broaden my experience in quilting and to have the thrill of ‘my version’ of some of my favorite traditional blocks or contemporary quilts.

You may make some finished products, wall sized, or pillow sized, or just try out the idea and find out that the process is not for you. This is a time to let go of the fears/excuses/whatevers that have held you back and to jump in with both feet. You will see my attempts and I want to see yours too. Join our Flickr group to show your work and your inspiration. Tell us what inspired you and how you feel about tackling the idea. If you have a blog, link the photos to your blog so we can follow your progress.
I’ll be showing the inspiration pieces that got put in my Someday file and then show my trial piece. It will be such a learning experience for me, and I hope you will find it helpful and fun too.

We will officially begin February 1, and will continue for the entire month of February. Visit the QAWM2011 Flickr page to see who has joined and what is being made. I expect to be inspired by your bravery!


  1. And with a flick of her magic wand, she grants us fun time. I love it! I bought a felting machine about a year ago, and it's still in the box. Think it's about time!?! (Of was it a magic mouse?) Can't wait to see what everyone attempts!

  2. Part of my "bravery" will be learning to navigate flickr! :) Funny, my #1 "someday" quilt is also the spiderweb. AND I loathe samplers too!

  3. Hmmm, interesting challenge! I'm going to have to do some pondering, thumbing thru quilt books and mags to see what jumps at me first. Thanks for the nudge.

  4. Is it weird that I knew exactly what kind of quilt I have been avoiding but would love to have completed one?

    Hexagons...I saw a tutorial on sewing them with your machine. This makes it a little more likely that I may try Hexagons.

  5. Our newly formed Art Quilters group, a sub group of our quit guild, met Saturday and 'worked' with thread painting.
    So my short term goal is to make use of my practice time from Saturday to do more thread painting and use them in 'little quilts'.
    Since the quilts will need some quilting I'll practice my free-motion quilting at the same time.
    Perhaps this will be what I do.

  6. Anonymous6:10 PM

    Woo hoo!! I FEEL FREE!!!

  7. Not that I really need another quilt on my plate, but hey it helps keep me focused. So I am game for a fun challenge. I have always wanted to do a cathedral stars quilt, and a bargello one too. Always wanted to make something with all those tiny hexies too. I will have to see what I have in my stash that I can do one of these with. I know there are more, I want to make someday quilts out there, but those are the three at the top of my head right now.

  8. Yippee! So, I think I've got just the thing in my pile of wanna-dos. Looks to be lotsfun. Thanks for the platform Mel


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