Monday, January 20, 2020

What to choose?

Honestly, there is no reason for anyone to be without a free project these days. One lovely project helps you use up some scraps that were just waiting to be made into something useful (and beautiful.) If you are on Facebook, one group is called "One nine-patch a day..." However, if you aren't a fan of Facebook, you could just make a nine patch a day on your own.

There is also a scrap busting block challenge for 2020. This has been going on for three years now. Here's the link for all the information you need and the pattern. The blocks are either 6 inch finished or 8 inch finished. There are instructions given for both. It also has a Facebook following.

If you like or love paper foundation piecing, this site is for you (just scroll down the page to the bottom.) You can download 52 paper pieced triangles to help you use up your scraps. The way they are put together are numerous and you really can't go wrong. It's only half a 6 inch block that is scrappy because the other half is one piece. Easy peasy.

This is called Marvellous Mystery. If you follow along, you will receive two blocks a month to make. 

Or, you could just go visit Quilters Cache where there are numerous blocks for you to play with.

Then there is the 365 blocks - one 6.5 inch block a day. Just do an internet search and you can find all the information you need. It's still free this year.

Of course, the Canadian Quilters Association is having a row along now instead of the 52 blocks in 52 weeks.

If you are a cross stitcher, there is a free cross stitch sew along happening right now at Lesley Teare's blog. Last year's sew along was a monthly owl that is adorable. I missed that but if I get time, I can always purchase the whole pattern. I think I may start this year's blackwork sew along.

There are lots more that are quilt related. Blocks of the month, blocks of the week and of course, block of the day (the nine patch) and the 365 blocks a year. I'm not that energetic and I have a list of my own projects that I want to complete but it's nice to see the progression of some of the quilts.

I decided to treat myself.

These were in a grocery store a couple of weeks ago and they are still fresh.

I popped in to Value Village and decided that this might just be nice to make.

I also picked this up. I think it's cute and would make a nice backing for a quilt or even a shirt for one of my grandsons.

That's it for today.
I have my 'to do' list to keep me busy but I do like that blackwork cross stitch stitch along...


  1. Lovely stitchery, and carnations, that perfume of the really older ones, some of the new types do not smell at all.

  2. Thanks for all the good links to projects--
    I especially like the lesleyteare cross stitch one--but I can't seem to find the actual count for each square-space--guess I have to count all those little squares myself to get it come out--I only work on 28 linen--??
    thanks again--
    luv, di

  3. If you love BOM and sew-a-long, Frederick has a great list on her post.
    In French and English a like.
    I did the 365 Challenge and what a challenge it is. But I have learned so much and my quilt is so beautiful that I truly don't regret it even though it took me just 3 years to get it to the flimsy stage. lol. ;^)

  4. Thank you for the inspirating links! The 9-patch challenge sounds tempting, as I have several trays with squares from 2" to 3 1/2" just waiting to be used.
    Those carnations are my grocery store favourite too, they can last weeks!

  5. Thank you for the great links Dolores - something there for everyone!


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