January was an unproductive month for me. I had about three months of accounting to catch up on after the holidays, plus all my year-end bookkeeping to finish. We spent almost a full week in an epic battle with a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad flu bug and it felt like it took almost as long to get the house back in some semblance of order and to conquer mountains of laundry. I’m still trying to catch up on emails …
The majority of my non-mom time has been spent writing and editing our latest patterns and prepping for our new Zelda Quilt Along that starts in March! I have, however, managed to sneak in the tiniest bit of just-for-fun sewing in the form of the Fig Tree Mystery Sampler!
When I signed up for this block of the month club, there weren’t very many details as to what the finished quilt was going to look like or how the pattern would be divided up over the following months. Surprisingly, this didn’t bother my must-know-all-plans-at-the-outset personality because I knew, A) the quilt was going to be incredibly awesome and if I didn’t sign up for it the very first day I read about it, I’d regret it each time I saw a photo pop up on Instagram and all over blogland for a year or more … and B) a block of the month club by one of my favorite designers was the perfect project to ensure that I had at least a monthly opportunity to sit down and spend some time sewing just for me!
You can imagine how excited I was when I opened my first kit and found out that it contained several of my favorite Fig Tree patterns, some gorgeous fabric, and instructions for making four different blocks! It’s turning out to be the perfect nap-time-sewing-size project!
For the most part, the fabric for the blocks are assigned – it’s kinda nice for a change to just be told what to cut out and what to do with it. 🙂
I can get the cutting for each month done in an evening, and can usually get one set of 2-3 blocks assembled in a single nap-time-sewing-session. It’s so therapeutic to just sit and sew following along with someone else’s patterns. Rather than rushing through all the steps to get things done as quickly as possible, I’ve really been taking my time, enjoying the process and working on my CRAFT.
The only thing missing from this batch are my little clamshell blocks. I’m procrastinating, since freezer paper + starch piecing is not my favorite. Plus, there are more clamshells in the months ahead, so I figure for now, I’ll just save them up and do everything in one fell swoop.
Month 2 blocks are coming soon. 🙂