I can hardly believe that 2013 is nearly at an end, and it’s already time to launch the 2014 Sugar Block Club! In fact, I’ve SO enjoyed this year (and I hope you all have as well), that I’ve decided to keep many aspects of the club the same in the coming year, with just one exciting addition.
Just as with this year, 2014’s blocks will all be 12″ (finished), and will be kept a mystery. I know some of you prefer to see your blocks before joining a quilt-along or a BOM, but I’ve decided that the mystery portion is just too much fun to mess with. I LOVE to see the excitement and suspense each month…to me, this element is so much fun, so I’m going to keep going with that :) The other element that I’ve decided not to change is the classic, traditionally-rooted design of the blocks. Ya’ll (and you know I’m not even from the south!), I just love ’em! And I love that you can mix and match them, sprinkling in blocks as you like, so you can expect more pretty, refreshed, classic blocks.
And how about fabrics??? I know you guys are dying to hear about fabric! I’ll be making my blocks from varied fabrics from my stash, so no more solids (I love you solids, but it’s time for a change)…however, I won’t be revealing my fabrics ahead of time (unlike this year). Why? 2 reasons: First and foremost, when I put a focus on the collection or specific fabrics that I’m using, I think it makes it more difficult for you to hear your own inner creative voice, and to select the fabrics that YOU love…it’s so easy to get swept up in what everyone ELSE is doing, and I want to do all I can to help us get out of that cycle. The other reason is simply so that I have more freedom as well. I won’t be sticking with a single fabric collection this year, and I’m excited to throw in new prints that my suit my tastes, as the year progresses. So simmer on what fabrics YOU want to use, and we’ll see what each other are stitching up as we go along. :)
Lastly, I want to share about an extra feature that has been on my heart, and that I am really, really excited about. In 2014, yes, we’ll be stitching up fabulous quilt blocks and baking tasty desserts, but beyond that, we’ll also be digging a little deeper, and going “beyond the block” in a personal and empowering way. Each month, in conjunction with the blocks and recipes, I’ll be bringing some personal challenges….discussion starters, goal sparkers…to my blog.
It’s all about BE. Be a servant. Be silly. Be present. BE…. I’m excited to challenge us all, myself heavily included, to rethink our habits and perspectives, looking beyond the block, and sewing something amazing not only into our quilts, but into our homes and communities.
Yes, quilting has brought us together, and I’m eternally grateful for that, because I know that our growth and inspiration stretches way passed the eye of the needle. Why not use this precious, and rare connection we all have with one another, this kindred spirit that we share over quilting, and tap into it in an even more powerful way? I want more than a stack of beautiful quilts. I want to be a better mother, a better wife, a better friend, a better neighbor, a better human being, and I want this year to be the year that I actually challenge myself in a real way, to make some changes toward that goal. So I’m excited to share that journey with you, and hopefully offer you some encouragement and motivation to do the same.
Well, that’s just about it! SO excited for this year! Hope you’ll sign up, and grab a button! Don’t forget to consider a subscription for a friend this Christmas as well.