I can resist anything, except temptation…

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…

Thanks Molli 🙂

18 responses

  1. This block is so bright and fun. I love it! Thanks for the link to Molli Sparkles, too.

    1. I know, I just love it. Are you going to quilt along???

      1. Not this time, I’m having enough trouble finishing my current WIP! I do love the pattern, though.

  2. I love the white and gold. I would not have thought to do it like that. This quilt is going to be great!

    1. Aha, and that was only the practice block! I’m pleased someone else like it too!
      I will be stash-raiding tomorrow to see what I can find to make the rest with 🙂

  3. Hehe … glad to be of service! I’m a cruel temptress! 😛

  4. Interesting block, interesting blog!!! I love the way you describe everything.
    Looking forward to seeing the quilt!

  5. mudpiesandpins | Reply

    Great block. It’s definitely going to be a fun QAL and lovely to see I’m not the only one joining in from Switzerland

    1. I can’t wait to really get started – just started pulling out fabric from my stash to see what I can use – guess what I’ll be doing tomorrow!
      Go QALers from CH 🙂

  6. Beautiful! And hey, you can always just make baby quilts with squares in one afternoon… Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks. xx JJ

  7. I’m doing this QAL, too. I was surprised at how easy the block is. It looks so complicated. Yours turned out great!

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