Hi – I’m Rebecca and I’m a long time lurker, first time blogger. I thought it was about time I started to really participate in this community of quilters. This is my first post, and I hope I can add one each week.
Several years ago one of the groups here at Quilt with us (I think it was Gifty Galore Quilt Along, but I'm not positive) started a project making fabric calendars with a block of the month component. I thought it was a great idea and would make a perfect Christmas present for DD, so I immediately joined, downloaded the pattern for the calendar and the January block of the month, made the calendar with a few simple modifications, but then decided that I wanted to develop my own unique ‘months’. And that was the beginning of about 6 months of creating! I poured through my stack of quilting magazines and pattern books and started appliqueing each month. January snowmen; February Valentines; those were easy – then came March. I scoured the internet and finally found a picture of a Leprechaun that I converted to a usable applique pattern. April rain? My Sunbonnet Sue book came to the rescue – and I put patches on the little dog that more or less matched DD’s dog. For May, I printed a photo of DD and DSiL that was taken on the date of their 20th anniversary in front of Mount St. Helen’s. I knew she'd like that!
I was stumped for June but then decided to order one of McKenna Ryan’s patterns with Hummingbirds because we have so many of them here during the summer. July was Holly Hobby – in her flower garden; August was Loons on the Lake (to remind DD of their haunting cries on late summer evenings). September, October, November, December were easy – more magazines came to my rescue.
I then downloaded calendar pages off the internet, printed them out and I was done. I used small magnetic book marks to hold the calendar pages, with the non-current months stored in a pocket on the back of the Calendar. Each 12 inch square ‘month’ has loops on the top, and they hook onto buttons.