Did you see Jolene's (Blue Elephant Stitches) recent blog post Quilting Through a Book? Jolene posted that she is planning to make all the quilts from Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley, then she invited her readers to join her by either making all the quilts from Camille's book or any other book of their choice. No hesitation, I'm in! Can you guess which book I'm choosing? Here's a hint, my latest finished quilt top was the official start of my quest... And this book is my most favourite quilt book ever. I've already raved about it here, here and here. Not to mention in my last post!
No real surprise, I've chosen Denyse Schmidt Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration. I've made the Irish Chain quilt already so not counting that and the Wagon Wheel quilt top from last week, I have eighteen quilts to go. Not all of the quilts are quilts that I would normally choose to make, and frankly some of them scare me but I'm excited about the challenge and looking forward to pushing myself out of my comfort zone. Jolene is thinking that she will complete the project in a year, I'm guessing I will take a lot longer than that.
Would you like to join in too? With Jolene's blessing, I've created a new group, Quilt the Book, over on Flickr and started using the hashtag #quiltthebook on Instagram. This will be a no stress, no deadline kind of challenge. Also, there are no rules so feel free to define your own if you wish. My only real plan is to make quilts that I love, so that may mean I change the block size, quilt size or make my own twist on the pattern. I'd love if you feel inspired to join the support group. Which book would you choose?
Not to put you off joining in, but I've just started my third quilt from the book! It's my month to assign blocks in the Sew Sisters Bee (we're here on Flickr), a Bee made up of the lovely women in my doGoodStitches Care Circle group. I've chosen the Ocean Waves block. I didn't realise until I started reading the instructions, just how small the blocks in the book are! Those HSTs are only 1½" finished. I didn't think I'd be very popular with my bee if I assigned a block that contained 48 1½" HSTs so I've increased the block size, the HSTs in my blocks finish at 3" (and there're only twelve per block). Instead of a crib sized quilt, my quilt will be twin bed sized which suits me just fine. I can't wait to see what combinations my bee mates come up with.