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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Fun New Year's Quilting Projects

There are so many creative and generous people out here on the internet sharing their ideas and patterns and imagination with anyone who wants to click or bookmark or subscribe. I have found a couple of long-term projects being shared by designers I have been following for quite a while now, and I thought you might find them exciting as well.

The first one I want to share with you today comes to us from Sandi Andersen in Minnesota and her website A Legacy of Stitches.

January Snowman Applique Block from A Legacy of StitchesThis is the Block of the Month for January, a handsome snowman with a smart hat and scarf to keep him warm and cozy. I can't resist a cozy snowman so this one really caught my eye. Sandi offers her pattern for this right on her website or you can request an email of the PDF file. Sandi will be sharing a block a month for 2009. These blocks will feature something special about each month and she suggests making them into one quilt or finishing each separately to be used as seasonal wallhangings. I am sure each one will be more creative than the last!

The other project I want to share with you today is found on Helen's website Hugs from Helen. You might remember that Helen was the brains behind the Stitcher's Angel Swap that provided me and so many others with great opportunities to make friends from all around the world.

Helen's Summer Mystery Quilt

Helen's project is a 65 inch square Mystery Quilt which she will be presenting during Australia's summer holidays which coincide with our very cold and icy winter up north here. She calls it The Great Summer Holiday Mystery Quilt. The fabric requirements are posted this week, and next week she will begin with the instructions. If you just can't stand a mystery and you must know what you are getting yourself into before starting, Helen even provides a link that will reveal the mystery and show you what the finished quilt looks like. But that would be spoiling the fun, don't you think?

If you are looking for a new project for the new year, there are two fun ideas that could keep you busy and creative for quite some time. I have admired Helen's and Sandi's work since I first started following each of them and I just know they will not disappoint.

Happy Stitching!

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