Greetings and salutations in the New Year! I started it off with something challenging. Bam gave me this Little Quilts monthly sampler in 2009 and we dug it out of storage over the weekend. I haven’t done too much traditional piecing, but this sampler teaches you new techniques month by month (or day by day if you amass a collection in advance like me). The history of these quilt blocks gives you an appreciation for the talented quilters of the past few centuries. All of the blocks use Asian-inspired fabrics from Michael Miller and other designers. Block One is made entirely of half-square triangles. (BIG TIP: ALWAYS SQUARE UP YOUR HALF-SQUARE TRIANGLES BEFORE SEWING YOUR BLOCKS TOGETHER. Trust me…it saves you so many headaches and crooked blocks.) I’m very impressed with the quality of the directions (though I tend to follow the classic version, rather than the other 3 versions they discuss which include specialized tools) and the great color choices. Press, press, press (before you sew) with your iron and use Magic Sizing to give your fabric more stability. More advice…use a SCANT 1/4″ seam and you will have more accurate blocks too.
I’ll be posting the blocks as I complete them! Block One…Done! What a fabulous way to start 2012!