First, the book.
Fabulous!! I started to become obsessed, in the way that I do. People said they could hardly find the book. It is published by Quiltmania, and can be hard for those in the US to find. So I happened to go to Quilt Festival in Chicago in April and was excited to see Quiltmania had a booth! And the book! (and other great stuff as well, but I won't go into that now).
Purchased it, not intending to join in the QAL. Figured, wow, it's gorgeous. If all I do is just LOOK at it the rest of my life, I will be happy. The patterns are black and white, you have to photocopy and then figure how to blow them up to the desired size. There are no instructions!!!! Intimidating! You have to figure out how to piece them!
So I did. Pulled some fabrics, just to start with, by Denyse Schmidt. These were a layer cake I loved, but hadn't dug into yet. Added some browns. Ok. A starting palette.
I also found a use for this, my Quilter's Assistant. You use it for enlarging or decreasing what you are photocopying. Photocopy the page, cut out the one block you want to use, and put it on the copier. You need to have custom' block size setting on your printer/copier.
Soon, I was off and running, and posted my first blocks, #cn1029 on the left, and #cn969 on the right.
Meanwhile, I have enjoyed my Instagram friendships, looking at the work of these talented ladies, they have inspired me each and every day. Maybe you want to hop on board? I would encourage you---it's fun to have a longer term project, some handwork to tote around, stretch your skills a little. But you can keep within your comfort level too. It's a lot of fun! Here's some eye-candy for you, with a few of my favorites, and a nice group pic of what I had at the time.......