I have a tendency to set crazy goals. I do this for a reason. They are often almost not attainable, and again, I do this for a reason. I am competitive. Not athletic, but competitive. I want to make the goal, but if it is too easy, it is boring. So I set my sights pretty high. One of my goals is to do 520 hours of service in a year. That’s 10 hours a week. I’ve never come even close to meeting it, but I know I will one day. Before I started this project, I was up to 106 hours. Way behind schedule, but I’m working on it.
Before you think I am terribly altruistic, I must explain that I had some selfish motivations on this particular project. I wanted something easy to work on for a minute because I get tired when working on big projects and I need a break. Also, I wanted to test out a couple of things- machine quilting with a new walking foot, using basting spray instead of pins, piecing batting with a fusible tape and making bias binding with a ruler I bought a while back. All worked out well, and I learned quite a bit. I’ll expound on the techniques and tools in another post, but for now, here’s the finished quilt…
This quilt will be donated to a local chapter of Project Linus via the Relief Society at my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We have a goal of donating 200 blankets and/or quilts by the end of 2014, so I need to get crack-a-lackin’.
For this sweet quilt, I used the Ziggy Baby pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew. You can click here for a link to the website, which includes info about purchasing patterns. I like that the site offers the pattern in both a paper and PDF form, so you can click and print for immediate satisfaction! I also like that this pattern actually is two patterns, one for a chevron style quilt, and the other for a “step” quilt. Two for the price of one is often a good thing. Also, this particular quilt came as a kit that I purchased from one of my favorite local quilt shops- Intown Quilters. You can click here for their website, and I think you will be glad you did!
Well that does it for this edition of 520 in 2014. Oh, and this quilt took 24 hours from cut to bind, so I am up to 130 hours. Still lagging a bit, but better than last year at this time-
Want to join me on my journey? Post on Instagram with the hashtag #520in2014 and let’s see how you are spreading a little kindness in your part of the world!