Blue Monday

They said today was Blue Monday. The most depressing day of the year.

They said to avoid the blues, do something you enjoy. I listened.

I have been chomping at the bit to start a new quilt. This one by Judy Niemeyer… jn pattern

I was thrilled to score the pattern last June at our Guild’s Member’s Garage Sale but I resisted buying fabric, knowing that if I had it, I would start the quilt. “No, no, no,” I said to myself. Finish the Quilting On The Beach (QOTB) projects first, finish piecing the Circle Game blocks, finish some old projects, start new ones that have due dates.

Some of you know that my QOTB projects ended with a trunk show last Thursday. Should I not treat myself with something new? Saturday, I bought the fabric. 17 fabrics, 20 meters just for the quilt top. Gulp. jn fabric

It was my first attempt at using Joen Wolfrom’s 3-in-1 Color Tool, and I went with this yellow-orange split complementary colour scheme. jn color wheel

Still, I told myself that I couldn’t start until we get back from holidays. But the announcers convinced me to do something I love – cutting fabric, following the puzzle of instructions (28 pages!) and picturing the final product months (years?) before it is done. jn cutting

Another first – I received coloring pencils for Christmas and decided to use them with this project since they were kind enough to include a colour chart in the kit. So far, it’s telling me that I might want to change up some of the colour placement. jn chart

After almost 12 hours of cutting, I have a big mess, I’m only about half done, and I feel stiff. Pretty good workout in more ways than one. I avoided feeling blue by playing with fabric.

For those waiting for recipes from Ken’s Kitchen, here are the first ones of 2019.

Hope you did something enjoyable today!

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10 Responses to Blue Monday

  1. Noella says:

    What are the coloured pencils for?

  2. Jacqui VMS says:

    Good job! Wow, that’s one complicated looking pattern…but it’ll be spectacular when you get it done…so what if it takes a few years! With your name, you really do have to do a Judy Niemeyer pattern :-). I did not have a blue Monday for sure…had a lot of fun quilting a Dr. Suess baby quilt and also rooting around with a small one block wonder for a challenge. Just lifts the spirits playing with fabric!!

  3. Laurel says:

    You never chose anything simple, do you? 🙂
    That is quite a new challenge!

  4. Marnie says:

    Wow, what an amazing pattern and fabric selection. I’m so happy for you to choose something so special to work on this year. I’ve always wanted to do a large judy neimeyer pattern also. But too afraid to start or even chose one. Good for you beating the blue day!

  5. Kate says:

    I fell n love with me of her quilts at a recent quilt show, but realized it was way more than I wanted to do, so I will watch yours with fascination.

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