This is one of those times when I'm low on creative energy, maybe because I'm still recovering from that bug I had, or--who knows why. When this happens I'm grateful to others who host online sew-alongs, make patterns available for free, and for quilting books and magazines. They help me move forward when I don't have my own great ideas ready to begin.
One of the admins in Cheri Payne's Facebook group recently began a sew-along using the patterns from Everyday Patchwork on her blog. It's a sample quilt and suggested we choose any nine and then she would give us the next step. When I looked at the patterns I decided to make all the blocks and turn them into a quilt following her pattern for finishing the quilt.
These are 6" blocks but Cheri adds a 1" border (cut at 1½") around each making each block 8". It's an interesting addition, I think. She also uses sashing between the blocks.
I started making the easiest blocks first and then realized I'd be happier to have the hard ones finished first--smooth sailing downhill, so to speak--so I cut and stitched the green, blue, and lower left block, I don't know if those are the hardest but they are certainly not the easiest, at least for me.
The blocks that have multiple small triangles will be a challenge for me. Somehow, the blue one, center row left, and the red and tan one, lower left, are both at least ¼" too large. My diagonal seams are a true ¼" but the others must not be. At least that narrow border around the edges will help compensate with these two blocks but I'll have to take more care on the others.
I like this sampler quilt because the blocks are small and I can use scraps to make them. I can see the value in making a sampler quilt as I work on these. It's a great way to try out blocks I might not be inclined to make otherwise. And they push my skills a little, too, I think.
My One Monthly Goal for May is to make the other blocks to reach a total of 25. I may make enough to have a quilt that's 5 blocks x 6 blocks but I'm claiming only 25 blocks total as my goal this month.
Do you ever run out of creative energy? Do you notice if it happens, such as when you're tired, have been sick, have personal or family challenges, or at other times? What do you do when your creative energy runs low?
I'm linking this post to One Monthly Goal - May Goal Setting Link-up at Elm Street Quilts. Thank you for hosting, Patty.
I'm also linking this post to Oh Scrap! and Quilting is more fun than Housework. Thank you, Cynthia.