Ushering in 2017

Happy New Year!

Many years ago, I used to make New Year resolutions, but discovered that usually they would barely last a week and they would be either broken or forgotten. For 2017 I am very happy to live a day at a time with no great plans, excitement or trips on the horizon. We live in such a wonderful place, that we’re quite content to spend a lot of time at home.

I enjoy assisting in our Church. As well as hosting a Home Group, I maintain the website and the song database, prepare rosters, play for services and try to fulfil my role as a deacon, so there's plenty to keep my retired hands and mind busy. 

Of course, the pull of needle and thread is as strong as ever and I hope to be able to continue in 2017 to make pretty and practical fabric projects. 

A new year is a good time to start a new quilt. I roughly designed a row quilt recently and prepared a few of the appliqu├ęs but in the last week I have actually started putting some of it together. There's a Drunkard's Path row:

and some Sawtooth stars:

The Fabric I am using is the Welcome Home Collection 1 range and it is just beautiful to work with, as well as to look at!

I am making the project using the Quilt-As-You-Go method and those two rows are now already quilted, which is so easy since I am only quilting an 8 inch strip!

The 2017 free Block of the Month design is hanging on my sewing room wall and I'm enjoying looking at it every day. I plan to launch the programme next weekend, so make sure you come back to collect the first block.

Here's a tincy wincy sneek peak - see if you can guess the theme!

Till next time,



Terry said...

Hi Val, new follower here. Such beautiful squares, can't wait to see what you've come up with!

Val Laird said...

For those who asked about the Welcome Home Collection 1 fabric, it is from Maywood Studio by Jennifer Bosworth of Shabby Fabrics.

Anonymous said...

I'm terrible at guessing things! I like the colors, though, and of your row x row, too.

Nanna Chel said...

I love the fabric, Val. I haven't made any New Year resolutions either as I always forget what they are anyway so there is no point. LOL! I hope you and your family have a wonderful year.

Linda in Calif. said...

No Val!! You don't understand! I can't wait a WHOLE WEEK!!! Thank you for doing another one, I'm really looking forward to it.

Candace Long said...

But the weekend is so far away! I'm so glad you are sharing another Block of the Month with us. See ya soon!

Jo said...

Looks like it will be a lovely quilt and the fabrics your using are very pretty.

Diana Rayward said...

Happy new year Val. That Welcome Home Collection fabric you are using is beautiful . Look forward to seeing the progress on that quilt and your new BOM for 2017. May this year be filled with wonderful and beautiful creations . Hugs and happy stitching.