Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Time Flies - 2021 Is Going To Be A Wonderful Year

 This year is going to be wonderful.  I don't want to enable 2020 to linger, so I'm closing the door on 2020, locking it and throwing away the key.  I'm happily looking forward and way to stay focused on our future.  I accept that we still need to stay socially distant and keep our bubbles as small as possible.  Covid Vaccines will soon be available to all who want one.  We can do this.  And, maybe through blogging, virtual quilting retreats, and social media we can help each other get thru to the better times that are beginning to shine a bright light on us all.  Life is good and it is going to get better.

I've been wanting to make the "Exploding Hearts" by Laura of Slice of Pi Quilts, for sometime.  Then, a longtime dear friend shared that her son and daughter-in-law were going to go ahead with their marriage plans, but not wait till covid is over.  Thus, they plan a very small wedding.  I still feel all weddings need to be celebrated and while I offered to buy a gift, give the young couple money, or make a quilt in their preferred colors/design, they opted for a lap size handmade quilt (that they could cuddle together while watching tv) and they wanted me to pick the design and colors.  At the same time, I learned that Laura is kicking off an Exploding Hearts QAL this week.  Needless to say, this is kismet and I'm looking forward to making it.  

Want to join the fun?  There really is time to join and even finish your Exploding Hearts quilt in time for Valentine's Day, but no pressure on anyone on deadlines.  Heck, just follow along and enjoy watching this QAL.

Highlights of this QAL schedule:
  • Week 1 - January 7th - Cutting (with tips and tricks for both AccuQuilt cutting and traditional rotary cutting)
  • Week 2 - January 14th - Sewing the blocks (with tips for chain piecing, using a laser, and pressing)
  • Week 3 - January 21st - Continue sewing the blocks and trimming them (with tips on trimming with and without a Bloc-Loc ruler)
  • Week 4 - January 28th - Sewing the rows (with tips on layout, staying organized, and pressing seams)
  • Week 5 - February 4th - Sewing the quilt top (with tips on nesting seams)
  • Week 6 - February 11th - Quilting and finishes (lots of ideas, inspiration, and celebrating!)

I also have a large list of projects I want to finish this year, as well as continue to build on my FMQ skills and ability to do ruler work.  Yeap, more finishes are the goal for 2021.  I need to tame my inner squirrel (after Exploding Hearts is finished and gifted, but heck, I will at least be using fabric from my stash so that must be a good thing) and this is the year I'm going to do it.   I also plan to do a better job sharing what creative fun I'm up to, as well as maybe a few other joys.

I wish you and yours a very Happy and Healthy New Year, with plenty of time to enjoy and create.



MissPat said...

That looks like a fun QAL and perfect for a wedding gift.

Darlene of Creative Latitude said...

Thanks Pat. I appreciate your kindwords of support.

Rebecca Grace said...

This will be such a lovely wedding gift for them!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Have fun making the quilt. I'm sure they will love it.

Karin said...

I saw this quilt on Etsy not so long ago when I was researching all things Etsy. Thought it was spectacular! What a nice quilt for newlyweds- great choice. Better not look at the quiltalong as I am overwhelmed with ideas as it is.

Raewyn said...

I do love this design and was very tempted to join in the quiltalong. I wish I had people getting married as a really good excuse to make it!! I'm still thinking on it...!

Barb said...

I just saw that quilt kit today on instagram, it will be beautiful. You are always so thoughtful.