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Would you believe I figured this challenge around a pillowcase? You see, several years ago I bought a set of Egyptian cotton sheets and pillowcases online but as it happened, the size in the color I ordered wasn't available - unbeknown to me at the time. The shipment arrived for me to find they had sent king-sized sheets and pillowcases. It didn't really bother me cause I thought maybe one day I might size up the bed and I'd have at least one set of sheets to fit. What I found though was the pillowcases were extremely long and I'm not likely to buy extra long pillows.
February marks Valentine Day so let's include something with this month's challenge - but only if you want to. If you are really not into Valentine's then there are alternatives. I'm going to include a heart for Valentine, but in addition I've included a star template as well. You can select either.
Last week I made a back to add to my project so that I could turn it into a book cover, so this weekend I proceeded to make that. I won't go into the details about the actual making here because they can be found in my free class at academyofquilting.com. However I did construct it slightly different. Let me explain.
It's a good thing we have another week for this challenge because I never managed to finish! But that's okay, I will next weekend. You see, I decided that I would make my project into a book cover for a journal I had, which I plan to use for writing my lists in. I think it will be easier to keep my lists all together that way, and next year I can change out the journal for a new one - if it is full.
There are still two weekends of January left so this is a good time to use to finish off our projects. Think about what embellishments you might add to enhance your designs. Ask yourself, does it need any more stitching? How will I finish it? Why not try something different for a change?
I made a decision to make my finished piece about 8" x 10" so not a lot of room for my two applique lists that I made last week, but they will fit. The first thing I needed to do was remove the paper backing from the fusible and position them ready for pressing in place. I always like to play around with the positioning a little and get them in the perfect spot before pressing them permanently.
For week three in our January Challenge we will add stitching and if you are like me and not yet put your layers together, then that will need to be done as well.
So this weekend I started building up my background at the same time as remembering those important words I needed to use... "list", "new", "neutral" and "blue". I have the two new words to add in as well, "dark" and "round". I'll bold the words as I go, to ensure I have them all covered.
For our Stitch Along Challenge rules this week, you can create a background in any way you wish. You might piece it together - say something like I made for the November Challenge with the pieced pear...
I'm not much for new year resolutions but for this challenge I think I will decide on one anyway. In fact, I might just make two! I prefer to think of them as goals to set rather than resolutions for the year. If you want to know what I'm referring to and missed the first set of rules for the January Stitch Along, you can find them here: Stitch Along rules week 1.