We're now finally THERE and it's time to start a new project! Here's the introduction / explanation of all that's going on this year:
So yes, probably the first thing you noticed is I've cut my hair! I was feeling the need for something new and whacked off my ponytail last week. It's a relief to not have so much hair to deal with anymore!
Now for the really important details and changes to the project coming this year:
This year we will be working on this quilt, Express Your Love:
You can find the Printed Fabric Panel (a.k.a cheater cloth) right here at Spoonflower.com.
I've printed my panels on the Cotton Poplin, which I feel has the nicest color quality, but the Kona cotton or Combed cotton can also work just fine. You will need 1 yard of fabric for 1 goddess quilt.
I'm also sharing the PDF printable pattern for free right here.
Download the pattern, print it out full size (12 sheets of paper), tape it together and you will have a complete, full sized pattern!
As for the construction - you can put this quilt top together ANY WAY YOU WANT. Tomorrow I will start with a video using a black wholecloth quilt (1 yard black fabric marked with the design, basted with 1 yard batting and backing fabric).
I'm really leaving the construction method totally up to you to start with. However you want to construct your top, mark it, or just go with the Spoonflower Panel is just fine. Through the year, I will piece, applique, and fuse more quilt tops and teach those techniques along the way.
So understand from the first that this IS NOT going to be a step-by-step carefully detailed tutorial on how to make EXACTLY one top identical to mine. This is going to be a free-for-all of new techniques, tons of new designs, and by the end of it I might have 3 or 5 or 15 or more finished Express Your Love quilts. I honestly have no idea how many I will make!
Now as for the structure of the week and what you can look forward to, here's the schedule:
Sunday - UFO post and link up - post your progress on any UFO you're working on.
Monday - FMQP Post - New designs, new techniques, etc on Express Your Love
Tuesday - FMQP Post - New designs, new techniques, etc on Express Your Love
Wednesday - WIP Wednesday - Simple blog post on what is on the machine right that second and linking up over at Freshly Pieced.
Thursday - FMQP Post - New designs, new techniques, etc on Express Your Love
Friday - Free Motion Quilting Friday (FMQF) - Link up with ANYTHING you have free motion quilted, not just what we're working on during the week. Everyone and anything is welcome, so longarmers please stop lurking and start linking up!
Saturday - Random something, recipes, or a day off, just depends on how I'm feeling that day. Maybe a few more James Day Puppet Shows
So there's going to be a lot more posts, more designs, more videos, more everything this year! I'm super excited to be sharing all this with you and hope you will quilt along, share your free motion quilting progress, and challenge yourself this year right along with me!
Let's go quilt,