I’ve been working diligently at creating each of the blocks in the book 100 Modern Quilt Blocks by Tula Pink. I am happy to report that I’ve completed the first 75. I think the last time I talked about them I had just completed block number seven so a lot has happened since.
Time For A Break
After completing block 74 I made the decision to stray, for a while, from my mission to make all 100. The last grouping of blocks I had just completed was slightly more complicated than all the rest. After accomplishing those my brain needed a rest. I was exhausted and needed something else to throw my quilting enthusiasm into.
I maintain a box of orphaned quilt blocks and misfit pieces. Every now and then I pull it out and peer inside to see if anything is calling my name. My recent scrounging reminded me that I still had remnants left from the Courthouse Steps debacle waiting for my attention. I’ve shared stories about these blocks in the past. You will find them listed under the category Courthouse Steps, Block of the Month. Feeling the strong desire to wrap up a few loose ends I chose the remaining remnants for my next project.
Ugly because I didn’t like them. They were just too boring for my taste. To make them appealing I had to camouflage their existence. The best way to do that was with a rotary cutter.
Time to Start
One by one I attacked all 6 ugly ducklings with a determination to turn each one into a beautiful swan. The end result created 16 brand new art pieces. All 16 have been quilted and are ready for finishing touches (binding, hanging sleeve and label). I’ll share photos when they are all finished. Until then I will leave you with a a photo of one of my experiments.
Thank You for sharing in my celebration of my newest art pieces! I hope that you will return to watch all 16 unfold.
Week One of the #the100dayproject on Instagram ended on April 9, 2018. With the first week behind me I thought it would be fun to share the blocks I’ve made so far. I am very happy to report that I was successful in making all seven of the daily postings/blocks. Shown below is a pictorial diary of my blocks.
Day 1 Fabrics
Day 1 Block
Day 2 Fabrics
Day 2 Block
Day 3 Fabrics
Day 3 Block
Day 4 Fabrics
Day 4 Block
Day 5 Fabrics
Day 5 Block
Day 6 Fabrics
Day 6 Block
Day 7 Fabrics
Day 7 Block
Now that I have the first seven blocks under my belt I only have 93 more to go. 🙂 Doesn’t sound like much to celebrate but I’d rather it be that way than zero blocks finished.
While I relish in the progress I made on my personal challenge I also feel the need to make a confession. Participating in the 100 day project on IG seemed like a great way to get my 100 Block challenge off the ground. For the most part I enjoyed making the daily posts, which essentially killed two birds with one stone (#the100day project and my personal 100 Block goal). Who doesn’t like to accomplish two tasks at once!
But…last night I was thinking about the IG group project. While I had fun meeting the daily challenge I felt like it was taking the fun out of my goal. My initial intention was not to see how fast I could power through the book. Making all 100 blocks was meant to be an enjoyable experience, not just a task to check off on a to-do list. I have had fun making the blocks; so much so that I already have pulled fabrics for the next 34.
I intend to press on to finish making the remaining 93 blocks but I’m not going to do it under the pressure of #the100dayproject. I’m going to make them because I want to and I’m going to make them at my own pace. So there! 🙂
Thank you for sharing in my excitement! Talk with you soon!
Melanie McNeil from CatBird Quilt Studio announced on March 24, 2018, that she was contemplating enrolling in the #The100DayProject on Instagram. As I read her post the thought of doing anything for 100 days straight absolutely exhausted me. Perhaps it was because of my lack of caffeine or a strong desire for a nap. 🙂 Whatever the case may be I initially rejected the idea. As I read more of her post I came across the link for The 100 Day Project. Letting my curiosity take over I decided to follow it to learn more.
I browsed the website reading their guidelines for participation. Their contagious enthusiasm got me thinking of the goal I had set for myself late in 2017. The goal was to navigate through Tula Pink’s book 100 Modern Quilt Blocks during 2018. The two projects obviously had something in common, the # 100. The more I thought about the two challenges the more energized I got to set them in motion. Thus, I am hereby declaring my intention to combine these two challenges and see just how successful I can be.
I will make every attempt to meet the challenge of posting an update on Instagram everyday beginning April 3, 2018. How often I will share my progress here on my blog remains to be seen. This shall be an interesting endeavor given that several summer months are included in the 100 days. No time to look back now!
I proudly own Tula Pink’s book City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. Aside from thumbing through the pages over and over again I’ve never actually set out to make the blocks, until now. I am declaring 2018 to be the year to conquer this book. If all goes well by December 31, 2018, I will have 100 finished blocks. I know the goal is a bit lofty but I think it’s attainable.
I hope to make 2018 the year I finally make the 100 blocks I’ve been admiring.