I love Sue Spargo's designs - I have her calendar on my office wall and gaze at it often when I should be doing work.
I couldn't pass up the idea of a mystery quilt along with hand stitching thrown in! So I started watching for the patterns each month and tried to keep up through out the year. Here's a link to ALL 12 blocks. Just click on the photos to download the patterns.
I thought I'd use different fabrics from my usual selections, so I went with orange and purple!! Quite radical, but I found a few fabrics that contained both colours, and built up a collection from there.
Here's how some of my blocks turned out. I didn't do quite as much decorative stitching as Sue did, but some of my fabrics were very patterned and I knew the stitching wouldn't show up which ever colour thread I used. The variegated threads are Sue Spargo's Eleganza perle 8 threads for Wonderfil thread. The colour variations are beautiful!!
And all together before I started to join them:
I decided to make a pieced backing from some of my purple fabrics so I did a bit of quilt maths,
and here it is.
I'm not sure how I'm going to quilt this yet. I need some time to think about that. I might even machine quilt it myself because I'm, feeling inspired after reading Jacquie Gering's new book - Walk.