Friday, January 8, 2016

The Start of a New Project

Last night I posted this photo of my bandaged hand on Facebook and Instagram, and you may be wondering just what happened. 

Well, I was trying a new recipe that called for searing chicken in a skillet to create a crust and then finish by placing skillet in the oven. When the chicken was done, I took it out of the oven and set it on a cast iron stove burner to rest while I heated up the vegetables. When I grabbed the saucepans out and set them on other burners to cook the vegetables, I instinctively turned the handles to the back, not realizing that I also did the same with the handle of the skillet from the over ... minus a pot holder. Ouch!

Luckily,  it was for merely a second or two and I quickly submerged my hand in icy water. We wrapped it it with gauze after covering my fingers with burn stuff, like for sun and heat burns. By bedtime I had downgraded to Band-aids and today I was bandage-free!

So my injuring has only left me taking a brief break from being able to work on projects. As you can see though, I am still able to blog, so at least I won't fall behind.

With that said, I wanted to catch you up on a project I am quite excited to start as a yearlong project. Last year, you may remember I faced a project I have been wanting to do but put off for years ... a block exchange. It tuned out to be less stressful than I thought it would be, so this year I decided to try another project on my "bucket list", a quilt sampler. I've wanted to make one for a while, but I have never been able to find a pattern that inspired me. As a person who loves absolute symmetry, you can imagine how hard it was to find a sampler pattern that I could work my brain around to fit that qualification. But then I saw this ...

I stumbled on this Layer Cake Sampler QAL when looking at images on Google. Amanda, at Material Girl Quilts, hosted this quilt-a-long in 2014 on her blog and offers all the information you need to create this beautiful quilt. The thing that attracted me was that all the quilt blocks are made using half-square triangles!! Not only did this appease my need for symmetry, but I LOVE HST!!!

My plan is to complete 2 blocks each month and post updates on the 15th of each month. If you'd like to quilt the blacks along with me feel free to explore Material Girl Quilts and learn from her step-by-step instructions and various layout choices for each block. My schedule with be:
  • January 15: Blocks 1&2
  • February 15: Blocks 3&4
  • March 15: Blocks 5&6
  • April 15: Blocks 7&8
  • May 15: Blocks 9&10
  • June 15: Blocks 11&12
  • July 15: Blocks 13&14
  • August 15: Blocks 15&16
  • September 15: Blocks 17&18
  • October 15: Blocks 19&20
  • November 15: Completed Quilt Top
Follow along by visiting her on the blog, as well as see updates and progress on our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages. Post your own photos and progress updates using hashtags: #TheTeacupCottage and #MaterialGirlQuilts

I'm excited to get started on the blocks sewn tomorrow, barring anymore self-inflicted injuries!

Until our next cup of tea ...

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