I tried to resist joining in with the new Squared Away sampler at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, but my resolve didn't last long. Angela, our hostess for the RSC, and Mari of The Academic Quilter have joined forces on this year's project. They are posting a new pattern every month with options for making the blocks in different sizes. Each block is based on a 5 x 5 grid, so we can make our blocks to finish at 5", 7.5", 10", 15" etc. Just like the RSC, there's lots of flexibility. You can find more information at Angela's blog HERE or at Mari's blog HERE.
I decided to work with 7.5" blocks, and I'm going to use a grey print as the background. Our RSC color for January is light/medium blue. Here are my first few pieces being auditioned on the grey fabric--I am already learning that I need to keep my colors bright to prevent them from looking too drab against the grey.
I've completed my three Squared Away blocks for January, and I also made two blocks from the Patchwork Quilt Along that was running on the Fat Quarter Shop blog last year. Those blocks were also based on a 5 x 5 grid, so they will fit very well with the Squared Away blocks. I just checked their blog page, and the patterns are still available there if you click on the QAL name above.
I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful projects that everyone is sharing!
Julie in GA