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Taking On The Elephant, One Bite At A Time

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

Perhaps the reason that Block of the Month projects are so popular with quilters is because they are taking on that elephant one bite at a time. For the past 12 months, I offered a block of the month for the members of the Carol Doak Quilting Group and it was very successful with lots of participation. It was time for me to put on my thinking cap and come up with a new Block of the Month. Several members have requested scenic style blocks, so this new BOM should be a hit with our members. I know it was a hit with Mona from San Diego, because after uploading the first pattern to the group late last night, I woke up to Mona’s wonderful October block. Mona wrote of her block “I just posted a photo of my little tree. Mine became a fall colors tree instead of an apple tree. I bought this great fossil fern fabric ages ago, and have been waiting for something that needed those colors. I only wish trees around here would turn orange. They don’t,they turn brown, and then the leaves fall off. But I’ve been to New
England in October, so I know what I’m missing!” Mona in San Diego
I do live in New England and am anxiously awaiting all the fall color to decorate our world. My block is very different from Mona’s and I look forward to seeing all the member’s blocks and seeing how their world’s are colored. There will be a new scenic block each month for the next 11 months. If you want to join in the fun, please do by clicking on the link above to join our group.
Speaking of fun, a couple of years ago, I taught on a cruise where I had the pleasure of meeting Barbara Wendell. Since then, Barbara has joined me on several other cruises. The picture above was taken on this cruise showing some of the blocks made by the students. But on this cruise, I taught a workshop based upon my book, Simply Sensational 9-Patch Stars. The focus of the workshop was to share all the creative opportunities the foundations in this book offer.
Barbara made the decision then to make lots more blocks after the workshop to create a 9-Patch Star quilt. Well, taking on the one-bite-at-time challenge, Barbara finished her quilt and just sent me a photo of this stunning quilt. Wow, I was impressed!
This close-up shows the exquisite quilting of Barbara’s quilt.
So perhaps, this one-bite-at-a-time might just have a stunning reward for you when you are finished.
Until next time…