One of my IG friends told me about a new quiltalong hosted by the Fatquartershop. It goes for 24 weeks, and it’s just one block per week by a different designer each week. I do love a quiltalong, but I struggle to finish some of them (like making a whole quilt top in 6 weeks). I never know what each week will look like and whether I will have time or not to do much. But one block a week seemed really doable, and if I miss a week, it’s not too hard to catch up again. There are multiple sizes of blocks, and I decided to make the 3 inch blocks, which will (after adding some setting pieces) will make a 36 inch quilt. I’m using up my scraps, and I came up with a cool idea for how to do a color wash effect using the provided layout.
The week 1 block was called “Perennial” and was designed by Beverly McCullough. The 3 inch size was more challenging than I had realized it would be. Some of the cut pieces are not even an inch wide! But I persevered and ended up with a very cute block at the end. The video that Kimberly from Fatquartershop posts on YouTube each week is really helpful, and I took her advice to press my seams open (I’m usually a press-to-the-side girl). Doing that, plus using the Tailor’s clapper while pressing helped to keep the block nice and flat.