Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
WELCOME TO THE 2019 BLOCK BUSTERS FIUP CHALLENGE!
This challenge will last all of 2019!!! It will be broken into 4 quarters :
FIRST QUARTER :JAN. - MARCH
Carla - quilt valentines quilt top and one other swap block top either pumpkins or Christmas. *Finish the Snowman blocks into a top.
Jean - quilt Under The Sea top.
Mary anne -* snowman blocks into runners.
Connie - finish quiltalong , snowpeople swap.
Wilma - snowmen and Christmas blocks. **
Carri - *
Melanie K. Sgt peppers, tourquoise and choice of swap block
SECOND QUARTER: APRIL - JUNE
THIRD QUARTER:JULY - SEPT.
FOURTH QUARTER: OCTOBER -DEC.
This challenge will have ZERO swapping in it. It is strictly created to try to get some finishes on our swap blocks! You may join in at any time and you can finish any number of quilts or other projects you wish in each quarter but the hope is to complete at least one each quarter!
Here is how it works:
* sign up quarterly. This will prompt you to have accountability!
*make goals!! Be willing to post your goals each quarter and do your best to follow through!
* choose your blocks for the quarter! It can be blocks we have swapped or even ones you have just had setting around forever!
* be prepared! Whether it is scrappy or perfectly chosen have it ready to go. Choose a setting!
*share ideas to help others move forward! Sometimes the hardest part of this is deciding on a setting. Let's help each other by sharing ideas!
* be prepared to post progress and hopefully pictures if you are able!
* the main goal is to get all the way to a finished quilt!! Binding and all! Or if you prefer you may use the blocks to complete some other project such as table runners, place settings or bed runners.
But even if you are only able to get to the quilt top stage at least it's not a pile of blocks!!
************** HAVE FUN!! *************
This is the main thing! When it stops being fun you stop making progress! Lets keep it fun. You never know I may add prizes in here at some point!
When you trim up and press your string blocks, try a little spray starch to keep them in their proper shape. It might help. Did you use paper foundation? I tend to press with the starch before removing the papers.
I did use paper but I pulled it out after trimming so I could do it as I watched football (GO PATRIOTS) and it did make it harder to keep them the proper size. I honestly never think to use starch but I do have some. Too late now, however.
Are your papers coming free easily? Did you "small down" you stitches to help with the removal? I usually fold the paper back, run my fingernail along the fold and then tear. Seems to give easier and the easier it comes free, the less stretching of the block happens. I bought an end roll of blank newsprint paper to make my foundations. It is 16 wt. paper and tears easier. Phone books are good, too. I've had trouble with paper removal when i used regular 20 wt. copier paper. Just some ideas.
My papers came out fine. I use newsprint that I purchased on Amazon and just cut it into the size blocks I wanted. It is more stretch at the seams and the edges because they are cut on the bias. I do the same trick with my finger and folding back the papers. I set a very small stitch length. I do a lot of paper piecing now so I have used all the tips and tricks I find from anyone using the technique.
I keep loving this, Chris! It is gorgeous.
Thank you Jean. I don't have a plan for it yet but I am sure someone will want to take it off my hands.
Hey everyone! Just letting you know i had my surgery this morning and all went well. I am doing good!
I also got a bonus! My grandbaby was born last night and i got to hold him before my surgery today!
Yay and super cool!
That is good to know your surgery went well! New grand baby too how exciting! Take care of you!
Thanks, Carla, for letting us know about all this: joy and endurance. How wonderful that you could give that first snuggle before the surgery. So happy for you that that will be the first of many snuggles. Nothing like a new grandchild, is there? I join Ginny in keeping you in my prayers.
Yippee. Glad it went well, and especially glad you were able to hold that new little one. Rest!