Despite my goal of resisting new projects, I have succumbed to 2 new quilt alongs. The first is the Bitty Blocks Quilt Along from Quiltmaker. This is a great way to use up little scraps as the blocks are either 3 or 4 inches and as I had several small scraps left from my French General Scrappy Trips quilt as well as my Stonefields quilt I figured it would be a great use of those scraps this year. The final product will be a row quilt but that is all the info that has been released so far. January's blocks were these cute little 3" bow ties and I got the 16 blocks made in an hour or so.
February's blocks are tiny little baskets. The instructions were to make 14-18 of the blocks so I hope 16 will be enough. These 4" blocks were much more time consuming but once I got into the groove were pretty fun.
The second project is The New Hexagon Millefiori Quilt Along by Katja Marek. The blocks are based on her book The New Hexagon and after lurking on the Facebook Group for a month I decided to give it a go. In order to participate you do need the book. The necessary papers are available from Paper Pieces but I amd just making copies of the blocks onto card stock and cutting my own papers. It would be much easier to have the precut papers but since I already had the card stock I figured I could save a bit of money by cutting my own. It really isn't that bad so I think I will just continue in this way. The challenge of this quilt is really in the selection of the fabrics for each round. I am not sure that I have enough contrast in my fabrics but hopefully it will improve with the next round.
I love the opportunity for fussy cutting and am pleased with my center. I started with the fabric with the peacocks for my color scheme but really have no idea where I am going with this. The pieces are much bigger than any EPP I have tackled before so I am using way more fabric than I expected. Looks like this will be another great stash buster!