I'm back! Where did I go? Well mostly I was here but busy, busy, busy teaching my classes and doing lots of other things. Before Christmas we had a complete break and sailed on a cruise from Southampton to the Caribbean and back. It was wonderful! I spent the days at sea reading, knitting and relaxing and went ashore on 8 islands to swim, tour and shop. We arrived back just in time for Christmas and New Year with the family. Now I'm ready for a fresh start in 2012 with lots of exciting things to look forward to including our daughter's wedding in June.
As for quilting, well I can't believe how many new projects and quiltalongs are out there in blogland at the moment.Quilters are so amazingly generous. I know I can't possibly join them all but I have picked a couple to try.
First my friend QuiltSue has been persuaded to make a lone star as a quiltalong. This sounds nice and relaxed with no set instructions but lots of guidance and encouragement every month -perfect!
Secondly I came across a free block of the month on Craftsy and signed up. Now I did make a traditional sampler quilt years ago but the top is still waiting to be quilted and I was never inspired to make another ..... until now. This one is in a modern style with 10 different techniques and 20 blocks. It's taught by Amy Gibson (http://www.stitcherydickorydock.com/) and there are videos to watch as well as printed instructions. The blocks to be introduced each month are a surprise but the first two are available right now so I can't wait to get started. Let me know if you're doing this one too.
I'll also be keeping an eye on the Sew Scraps Along 2012 at http://www.pleasant-home.com/. It sounds like there'll be something new nearly every day.
Well I think those will keep me busy as well as my regular classes, catching up on UFOs, using my Go! cutter, playing with design in EQ7 .................. oh, and making a wedding dress!!!!
What will you be working on this year?