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January 18, 2016

Lots of New Projects - Project 48, 365 Block Challenge, and Ray of Hope BOM

I have been busy, busy, busy!  And enjoying every moment of it!  Let me catch you up a little bit.  First up, here are the first 19 blocks in the 365 Block Challenge 2016.

365 Block Challenge 2016 Blocks 1-19

Guys, this has been so much fun so far.  All the blocks measure 3-1/2" for now.  Thus far, I've managed all of the blocks from my scrap bin.  And they have gone together very quickly so they aren't taking more than a half hour to put together.  If you want to play along, there is plenty of time to catch up.

Next is a new quilt along called Project 48.  This one has been a lot of fun too.  Here are the first 2 blocks...

Project 48 Blocks 1&2

Here's a description from the Project 48 web page...

Project 48 is designed to be an epic year long quilt sampler, with four 9” blocks delivered each month in 2016. Each month will focus on a different theme, where Linden will create a traditional style block and Crystal a modern interpretation along with two guest versions. 

They are coming one a week and have been pretty easy so far.  And again, I'm loving the way it looks.  You could easily catch up on this one too.

And last, but most certainly not least, I took time this weekend to put together the first block in the Ray of Hope BOM.  It is designed and hosted by Ula Lenz.  She is amazing and designed the Zodiac Stars that I'm working on for my niece.  Here's the January block...

Ray of Hope Block 1

 Now, I'm not going to lie, this block took me close to 12 hours.  But it is so freaking pretty!  So worth all of the time.  I love it so so so much!!!  I can hardly wait for the February block.

I've also put together the two quilt tops that I worked on for last years Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I'm hoping to get good pics of them this week so I can share them with you soon.

Be sure to come back tomorrow to link up for our Leader/Ender Linky Party!  Grab a button and come show us your progress!
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Today I'll be linking up with Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday, at BOM's Away with Whatahoot, Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, Design Board Monday at Bits & Bobs, and Monday Making at Love, Laugh, Quilt.  Wednesday with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday, and Let's Bee Social with Sew Fresh Quilts. And Thursday with NTT at My Quilt Infatuation.


  1. Wow Cathy, the Ray of Hope block is beautiful. Can't wait to see the other monthly blocks as you work along. You are so right--the 365 Blocks seem very doable. Too bad I have such a long list of WIPs....

  2. Hi Cathy, the 1st block from "Ray of Hope" (BOM 2016 Ulla Lenz) has become beautiful.
    Also I'm going to sew the first block, I hope he is ready by tomorrow evening.

  3. What fabulous progress! I love the colors on all the blocks. Purple is my favorite so I fell in love with the blocks on your 365 block challenge. the blue of project 48 is so calming and the brightness of Ray of Hope took my breath away! Great job! :)

  4. Wow! Some lovely projects there to keep you busy! All looking fabulous so far! Christine x

  5. 12 hrs, but a very impressive block! Really beautiful. I also love the fabrics you used for the disappearing nine patch!

  6. I love that Ray of Hope Block! I also like your colors for the other blocks, they are my kind of happy colors.

  7. Your Ray of Hope block is gorgeous! I love your fabric choices in your other projects as well. I was tempted on the 365 but then I looked at all my unfinished projects!

  8. Oh my, your projects in progress are just so amazing. First I think will you look at those purple blocks, incredible. Then I see the teal blocks and thing oh boy, I have to have those. Then when I think it's all good you show that amazing Ray of Hope block. Wow!!! What an awesome in progress quilt show you have going on here! And it's only 2 weeks into the new year!! Can't wait to see more.

  9. Cathy, I finally had a little time to visit some blogs and it looks like you are on fire for 2016. I love the fabrics you chose for the Project 48 quilt and that big Star that took you several hours is to die for and yes it was worth it!

    Also, that sailboat you made for your first bee (a post or two back) is darling. I wouldn't want to let it go either.

    Happy sewing in 2016! I hope you get all your quilty dreams competed!

  10. Wowser! That Ray of Hope block is gorgeous and looks like it was worth every minute. :) I'm really looking forward to seeing the next block. Thanks so much for sharing on MCM!

  11. WOW! Your Ray of Hope block is amazing. You have been one busy gal.

  12. Hi, Cathy! Oh my gosh - I'm glad you linked up at BOMs Away. That Ray of Hope is beautiful!! I love the galleries she's keeping, too. There is no way on earth I can start this before August (too many family event quilts and a wedding dress to make this year), but I had to make a sidebar click-through that I can see to remember to get all the patterns for later!!

  13. Hi Cathy....I love your quilt blocks....they are such a lovely colour range and really popped when I opened your blog post! I really like the star block too....so very pretty. Thanks for linking up with Bits 'n Bobs for Design Board Monday.

  14. WOW! That last quilt block is amazing! Thanks for linking up

  15. Your January block is amazing! It looks like something you'd see through a kaleidoscope!

  16. Your Ray of Hope block is beautiful and perfectly pieced, enjoy making the whole quilt!

  17. Lots of fun and pretty blocks. You'll have some great projects at the end of the year. The Ray of Hope Star is gorgeous! Well worth all that time.