For reasons that are completely mystifying to me, I've got not one, but two Every Single Day All Year Long projects going on this year. For a person who isn't much of a joiner, I seem to be joining a lot of things.
Here's the first 10 days of my 365 Challenge -
As of today, I've got two blocks to make to catch up (there's the International Dateline thing involved here, which makes me always a day behind somehow), but since they're 3" blocks, they only take a couple of minutes to make.
I've always wanted to make a quilt in a red/blue/brown color scheme, and I've decided that this is the one. These blocks will form a dark ring around the central medallion, so I've had to pull the darkest fabrics I have. (And in the process, I've discovered that I tend to buy a lot of mediums. That explains why I had to make a particular effort to get enough neutrals/lights for Allietare. I've been unconsciously shying away from both ends of the light/dark spectrum, and just shopping in the middle. Now that I'm aware of this, I can fix it!) The lightest fabrics called for in these blocks is a medium, though medium-darks are encouraged. It's interesting working with what is, for me, a limited color palette, and going for low contrast out at the dark edge. Very different than the way I normally work.
And my other 365 is Quilty 365, which I'm also keeping up with. (Hey, I can keep up with anything for 11 days. Lets see where I'm at along about the middle of July...)
I sewed together the first 8 blocks - the top row, starting at the left with New Year's Eve 2015. (I started Dec 31st rather than Jan 1st, just to be contrary.)
And here's this week's effort. The split orange peel in the middle of the bottom row is a chunk leftover from a kaleidoscope block I made over the weekend.
But after thinking about how I want to eventually set the blocks, I've decided to unstitch the last block and sew it on a whole different side. Because I want to start the quilt in the center and sew the blocks out in a spiral. My math indicates that if I make the first bit 7 squares long, then turn and go back the other way, the whole thing will work out nice and even. (I'll diagram it out if anyone's interested.)
The only question now remaining is: shall I go clockwise or counterclockwise?
I gotta admit there's a whole lot of appeal in going widdershins. It's way more fun to say...
Linking to ScrapTastic Tuesday over at Mrs Sew and Sow. Come see some great scrappy action!