January NewFO: Amish Sampler

This is a quilt I've been wanting to start for three years, at least!  Today I took some much-needed, post-holiday down time and only did things I wanted to do.  What I wanted to do most was to start on this quilt. 

There are six different blocks in this pattern.  I've decided to turn it into my own personal block of the month.  If I do that, I should be ready to start piecing it together in July.  It's my nature to want a lot of variety, and so I like to have lots of different projects to work on.  If I set them up as BOM's, I find it keeps me moving forward with them so that I don't end up with piles of UFO's sitting around.

Today I made the blocks called "Amish Bars".

I can see that I'm going to have to purchase some fabric for this quilt.  I have a fat quarter pack that should be enough for the blocks, but there are also some large solid blocks and borders, and my fat quarters won't even come close to being enough.  That's okay, but I should probably start thinking about it soon.  That reminds me to tell you that a good place to find inexpensive solid fabrics is the Fabric Shack.  I've purchased from them many times and I've always received excellent customer service.

The next blocks for this quilt are simple nine patch blocks.  And speaking of simple, that's the name I've decided to give this quilt:  "Plain and Simple". 

Next up for me are to finish two swap blocks I need to do for the month and to get going on some free motion quilting.  I haven't yet done the free motion quilting challenge for January, and I have two doll quilts needing quilting.

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9 comments from clever and witty friends:

Denise :) said...

Great name. I love Amish quilts -- this one should be no exception! As I was working on my January UFO, I realized the back of the quilt (it's a qayg project) is very Amish looking with its dark blue, purple and black! :)

sunny said...

Great choice for your first big start! I think BOM is a great way to proceed. GOod luck.

WoolenSails said...

I love amish quilts and have been collecting solids for one. I want to practice my free motion on them, so will probably do larger blocks like a traditional style with the quilting. Love your bars, nice design and colors.


Teresa in Music City said...

Perfect name Barb! This one is going to be a beauty when you're done! One of my NewFO's is also going to be made of solids in the Amish style.

Like you I still have the FMQ Challenge to do - hoping to get to that this weekend. I started on my UFO Challenge quilt today.

sew.darn.quilt said...

That is going tobe one fabulous quilt! Looking forward to seeing your progress.


P. said...

Great idea to do it as a block of the month! Love the colors you're using.

LynCC said...

Hey, good for you, starting something you *want* to do. :) I'm going to do that, too. I'll have something for sure for the NewFO party.

Quilter In Paradise said...

A great Start!
Beth in Dallas

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

That's going to be a really nice quilt. Love your first blocks.