Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Quilt Along

A couple of weeks ago I squeezed out a few hours into a crazy day and snuck over to the American Quilters Society (AQS) Show that was here in Des Moines.  Wowsa.  It was awesome!  Just seeing the beautiful work by others was inspiring, but it was dangerously fun to spend so much time in the trade show where there were tons of booths from various quilting-related suppliers and stores.  I picked up tons of projects and ideas.

With the soon-to-be-completed craft room downstairs coming ever-closer to reality, I've decided to try an online Quilt Along that I learned about after reading about it on a post on one of the many quilting/sewing blogs I follow - Hooked on Needles.  I'm a bit worried it might be too much for a true beginner here, but it's a good excuse to make myself do some cutting and sewing -- and it's great practice.  So starting in a few weeks, I'm going to get started on the Moose on the Porch Quilts Layer Cake Quilt Along 2010! It runs through May 2011, with new blocks posted every other week.

  • 1 Layer Cake (or 12 fat quarters)
  • 1 1/2 yards accent fabric
  • 1 2/3 yards outer border 
  • 4 yards backing 
  • 2/3 yards binding
I have quite a few fat quarters, but I may see if Layer Cakes are on sale anywhere that catch my eye...seems like a good excuse to buy some fabric (like I need an excuse...).  The rest of it I'm thinking I'll pull from my stash or pick up as needed. 

So keep an eye on the blog for quilting action shots!  We'll see if I can put that new craft room to good use...

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