I first saw the Broken Herringbone Quilt Along mentioned on Molli Sparkles’ blog back in August, and I immediately wanted to join in. I’ve never taken part in a QAL before – I keep on being tempted, but I’m so disorganised at the moment, and I have so much else on that it never seems to happen. And so it was initally with Molli’s. No. Couldn’t do it. How would I fit it in? How could I justify starting a new project when I already have so many on the go? And what about the quilt show I really need to get ready for?
But I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I even started dreaming about the Broken Herringbone block. Usually in purple, sometimes in pink, always beautiful and always seriously tempting me. Oh dear…
Finally today, I cracked. Week one of the QAL is to make a trial block. Well, I figured, it’s only one block, I could always just try it and then make it into a cushion cover or something. Making one itsy bitsy trial block doesn’t commit me to make any more, does it?
Who was I kidding???!
So, when I should have been making quilts for the bazillion babies that my friends are having this year, I was digging around in my scrap bin (I knew there was a reason I kept all those 2 1/2″ strips!). I pulled out these yellow and orange batik strips - remnants from the wedding quilt I made Mad Cousin Jude last summer – and then I cut myself some plain white sashing strips.
Then, when I really ought to have been quilting my Ricky Tims quilt top for the Quilt Show next month, I was piecing the strips with the sashing.
Finally, when I should have been basting my red triangles quilt (which someone has expressed an interest in BUYING!!!), I was putting the block together.
By the time it was all finished, it looked like this, and I was officially hooked!
In the end, I joined the QAL. I simply couldn’t resist the lure of this beautiful block. And to be honest, looking at it, I think it’d be hard to find anyone who could. Don’t you???
So, there you have it. My name is LPC, I’m a quilting junkie, and my QAL journey starts today…