Monday, 13 January 2014

2014 Challenges: One Block Project

Maybe you've noticed a new grab button in our sidebar: the One Block Project. This project has been inspired by the Global Scrap Bee. I was very lucky to have the opportunity of joining the Global Scrap Bee in September. Each month we've been making blocks for our Queen Bee and this has always made me want to make a block for myself too, to keep. 
Leigh Anne from Ella's Cottage asked us to make some Log Cabin blocks, using this very clear tutorial by Red Pepper Quilts. Half the block is a chosen colour and the other half is made using low volume fabrics. I think Leigh Anne is going to make a fantastic quilt with these blocks.

What about the One Block Project? My 2014 Challenge is to make something special every month using one block. It isn't possible to make a quilt every time we see a block we like, even though we'd love too. Time and the possibility of buying new fabric usually stops us. Seeing as 2014 is the year for using our stash and putting our scraps to good use (see the Fabriholics Anonymous over at Rebecca's blog Making Rebecca Lynne), the One Block Project is a great way to making pretty things using the fabric we've already got.

Some examples of One Block Projects from last year:



If you're curious, join me in the following months to see what I make for the One Block Project!

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  1. I am definitely looking forward to seeing what you do. Several times I've found myself wanting to join in with bloggers making single blocks and since sampler quilts aren't my cup of tea, I'm often stuck when it comes to knowing what to do with the block.

  2. An interesting idea! I know just what you mean about wanting to make a quilt of every block that comes across my desk for ModQImprov!

  3. What a fun idea... I can't wait to see what you make every month!!
    Your log cabin bee blocks are pretty! I went back to save that tutorial.

  4. I love the idea of a one block project! Your idea is so clever! Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to seeing more!

  5. I'm really into log cabins right now after taking a workshop through our guild.
    I would love to do something online more often like the one block project.

  6. Oh, Nesta! Your orange and low volume log cabin blocks are so pretty! What a great idea to do one block projects! Thanks for sharing at the Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts!

  7. Very clever, in this way it's possible to use the leftover fabric.
    Nice idea, thanks.

  8. Nice idea to try out different blocks you'd like to make but not invest in an entire quilt.

  9. I am making a one-block project today! Well, actually I am making two, one for me and one for bff...
    Love the smalls and I want to make more of them this year too:-)

  10. I am looking forward to seeing what you do! Those orange blocks look fantastic - they really glow. Thanks for linking up with the Slow Bloggers:-)

  11. That's a brilliant idea, looking forward to being inspired! Love the log cabins :D

  12. easy block and bright colors ....a winning combination

  13. These log cabins are awesome! I love the scrappy all in one color look. I also like your one block projects. What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing and for linking up with TGIFF!

  14. This is a great idea, Nesta. There are lots of times that I see a block I like, but I think it's really too complicated for me to want to do a whole quilt with it. And Leigh Anne will love those log cabins!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  15. Orange has really been growing on me. You're tempting me to give it a try. Have a good week. Happy Quilting.

  16. I really like that one block project! Thanks for posting it… it's making me think about creating an art wall of single blocks stretched over inexpensive canvases. They look so great when I see other people just wrap them in fabric - surely it'd be a good one-block project that could be ongoing, too!