Thursday, January 1, 2015

A NEW YEAR, A NEW PROJECT

What better time to start a fresh new project than a new year ? !  This is a project that will span this whole coming year and potentially use 10 meters of my stash  : )  It's a win win in my books.

This is a free quilt along hosted by Katja.  It's english paper piecing using her book The New Hexagon. You can read more about it here

First there was a fabric pull to get started


Then the basting began. These shapes allow for some fussy cutting, so I started with these colourful birds and will play off them


For the next round I'm adding more red for a real pop of colour


This is the first rosette and the biggest of them all. There are a lot more pieces to add so I best get busy : )   I'll post a picture when it's all together.  Are you joining in ?

Happy New English Paper Piecing Year everyone!

38 comments:

Marie said...

Looks good, Carla! Won't be joining in though, LOL
I wish for you a Very Happy, Healthy and productive year,
Happy New Year!

Sharon said...

Wow! I love this! It looks so different from Katja's - which is amazing too. I've been following along the blogs all talking about this QAL but have not jumped in yet. But your fabric selections are tempting me even more!

Nicole said...

What a smashing start! I love it so far.

Teje Karjalainen said...

Wow, Carla! Those birds are so perfect! All the block looks amazing! I can imagine that it's hard to stop and you just want to continue to see how it grows. Happy NEW Year! x Teje

Teresa in Music City said...

Wow - once again Carla you've wowed me! Love the birds fussy cut in the center - too cute! Can't wait to see the rest of it :) Yes, I'm joining in but not sure how much I'll get done this month. Family visiting this first week and out of town for a family surgery next week. Hoping to get some of it prepped and ready for hand sewing while traveling :)

Afton Warrick said...

I won't be joining in, as EPP is not my cup of tea, but it is looking fantastic.

Anne said...

Wonderful start. I have that same bird fabric and haven't decided how to use it yet. I like how you have fussy cut the birds for the block.

Dolores said...

I love your birds and look forward to seeing your progress. I am not a fan of EPP but I do admire people who do like working that way.

Julie said...

I have just requested this book from my library - thanks for the inspiration. Happy New Year to you also.

Sue said...

Such a gorgeous start ! I will not be joining in but will enjoy watching your progress on this quilt :-D

mle said...

Looking great so far! Happy New year to you!

Donna Stewart said...

Love the birds! Happy new year!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

I love your fabric pull and your first rosette has a wonderful balance of colours.

Patchwork and Play said...

I love everything about this- the birds, the spots, the yellow! This is going to be a stunning quilt Carla!

Lorna McMahon said...

What an amazing start! This is THE project to start a new year with. Those birds are so pretty..... And so is that fabric pull. Looking forward to following your progress. Happy 2015!

Needled Mom said...

Wow....that is going to be gorgeous.

Sarah said...

I've been thinking more and more about trying out quilting (to diversity my crafting activities - repetitive strain/chronic tendonitis in my wrists and arms is crushing my knitting time) -- and I have to say, your gorgeous quilt blocks and projects are making it seem AMAZING! :)

Debbie said...

yikes! A project like that would scare me to my core, but I'll totally be watching where you take it - looks like a terrific start!

Ariane said...

Looks like it will be a beautiful project!! Love your choices so far!!!

Caroline said...

It really is silly how giddy excited I am about your project!

Liz said...

I love the use of the birds! Can't wait to see more of these beautiful blocks as you make them. Thank you for sharing the inspiration.

Doreen Auger said...

Excited about your choices thus far and that red is awesome!!!! Following from the shadows.......

Sarah said...

I've got a "thing" for birds so I'm loving your rosette so far!! Can't wait to see more! Happy New Year!

Christine said...

This is absolutely stunning!! So gorgeous. I can't wait to follow your progress this year...

Karen McIsaac said...

Wow those are beautiful fabrics...please keep posting pics of this stunning project...

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Great colors! I'm looking forward to seeing your progress during the year. Happy New Year!

quiltmania said...

Looks great Carla!

rachel said...

wow, carla, this is amazing!!! i am in awe!

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love those birds!

Rene' said...

Happy New Year Carla!!! Wishing you all the best in 2015! I love your fussy cut sections! So pretty! At the moment I am not joining in but will live vicariously through you ;-)) I am taking an EPP class at QuiltCon so may revisit the quilt along then.

Glinda ♥ said...

Joining in?! Bless you but not this time ... you crack on though, m'dear, and I shall be watching from Wales with interest :)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I love the birds in that fabric. I want to shop in your stash....:))

Dawn Hughes said...

Your birds look great, very Spring like, and appropriate today as we have 12 inches + of new snow. Can't wait to see the progress. Great start..

Kim said...

Alas no......but I will get my hexie fix by looking at what pretties you stitch!! Those li'l birdies are way too cute...love, love, LURVE!! The oxygen tank is standing nearby!! ;)

Granny Maud's Girl said...

I wish I were joining in. It looks like such fussy cutting fun!

S. Fedoruk said...

Beautiful. Why not join Katja (author) on Facebook in her Quilt Along.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1481806698762201/

NickiJ said...

This looks absolutely amazing. The cutting out alone would have been a mission. The yellows and reds look great together. Can't wait for all the awesomeness to come together!! Best of luck for the year ahead.

Mama Pea said...

I wish you could come to my house and pull fabric with me. You have such good fabric taste.