Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by all the quilty things you can become involved in? There are quilt guild activities, special interest groups, on line mysteries and quilt alongs, quilt classes, community and church events, charity projects, and requests for blocks and quilts...the fun is never ending. How do you decide what to spend your time on and what to "pass" up?
Sometimes it feels like there is too much to humanly complete in one lifetime! There so many creative people finding ways to get involved and help others, and so little time and resources to get many of the jobs done.
One of my favorite charities is the Mennonite Relief Sale, which I have been attending the last Saturday of May for many years. For the last few years my small quilting group has donated a quilt that we worked on together (2011, 2010, 2009 quilt). This year our quilt won't be finished by the deadline, so it will go in next year's auction.
I also enjoy participating in the block challenges to make sampler quilts for the auction. One of those projects is the Quilt Festival block challenge that is organized by Loretta Martin. The 2012 theme was "Black and White Log Cabin".
I made a wonky variation, challenging myself to make the four log cabin blocks using only my scissors...no rotary cutting equipment. It was really fun and I could see myself making a whole quilt using this idea. I did square up the four quadrants using my rotary cutter, and then squared up the entire block to make sure that it would fit the size requirements (12.5").
As always, they got a wide variety of creative blocks submitted. This is not a good photo of the blocks but if you want to see them
they are hanging at The Mill in St. Jacobs . The sign said that today is the last day to vote for your favorite block. On the lower left corner of the photo you can see the challenge fabric that is required to be visible in the blocks.