Self imposed sounds like a punishment to me - a deadline, a workout, a diet, a budget. All things that aren't much fun. I think this project may change that. Stephanie over at Yarn Harlot sparked this idea. She had a sock-of-the-month club of one last year where she matched up yarn from her stash (presumably) with sock patterns that she wanted to knit - one for each month. She didn't have buddies with whom she was doing a swap, no deadlines to get them done, no kits to pick up and purchase only to find out you're not in love with the end result. I liked that. I see block of the month clubs for quilting but either I don't care for the pattern or the fabric. And if I'm buying a kit, it seems pretty silly not to use the included fabric, so. . .
I bought a fat quarter of every fabric in this Anna Maria Horner collection (LOVE HER!!) but had no idea where it would end up. It was just so beautiful that I had to have it. I was perusing a new quilt book for ideas for my mother-in-law and I happened upon this block-of-the-month quilt. The quilt in the book was very traditional in red, white and blue but I started to see it with all of my lovely new fabric. So each month I get to pull it all out and make a block. It's a bit of a challenge because the book has very little in the way of instruction and suggests hand stitching everything. Which will never happen. (It is my belief that God gave us sewing machines because he loves us and wants us to finish projects. . .) So this is my January block - which I actually finished in January. It was fun like a puzzle. I had to sit and think about how everything was going to come together. How exciting when it worked and I got what I think is a great result. February's block is going to be a bit more challenging. I've been studying it since the weekend and can't see yet how it will all work but it will. Somehow.
Also, I finished this last week. It's a hand towel knit out of the most wonderful hemp yarn. Once this baby has been washed it turns butter soft. Holy moly. I wish I could live in it. Simple pattern adapted from Mason-Dixon Knitting. Love love love it. A woman in my quilt guild saw it and couldn't believe that I was going to use such a nice thing to dry my face. What a shame that she doesn't value herself more. Every girl needs lovely things like this to pamper herself, right??
Not doing as well with some of my other resolutions but I still keep plugging away. Hope springs eternal.