Monday, May 17, 2010

What Is This and Why Am I Doing This?

I have often thought that blogging would be a very cool thing to do. As a matter of fact, I did blog for a while, but that blog had no purpose and I really didn't think anyone would want to read it. That is probably why I quit writing that blog.

However this blog has a specific purpose. When I was watching Julie and Julia I realized that I could probably blog if I had a real reason to do so, like Julie as she worked through Julia Child's cookbook. The problem was that I needed to find a purpose like that. So I haven't started a new blog until now.

So what is this blog? Well, after I finish up a couple of projects that I am currently working on, I am going to start the experiment that I meant to start two years ago when my daughter gave me Marsha McCloskey's Block Party: A Quilter's Extravaganza of 120 Rotary-Cut Block Patterns for my birthday. My first thought at that point was that I would try every block in that book and sew them together to make a sampler quilt (or many sampler quilts).  Of course, other projects intervened and I have never actually started this project. 

Until now. Or, more accurately, a few weeks from now. Once I finish up (or move to a manageable stage in) a couple of ongoing quilt projects, I will be starting these blocks. I plan to make all 120 of them whether I really think I will like them or not, and I currently plan to hand piece them. (I have become surprisingly enamored of hand piecing lately. It is more portable, and I think things match better when I do the hand piecing.)

So feel free to come back to see my progress and whether I have any horrendous problems with the blocks in the book. I may even comment on my ongoing projects until I get to the point where I can start the 120 blocks!