I've been quilting since the mid-80s and have always just done my own thing: no classes, no retreats, no BOMs or quilt-alongs. I'm self-taught and enjoyed finding a pattern or making up my own and just making a quilt. I don't own many rulers or templates or gadgets. My stash is rather small (compared to most) and is added to here and there. I didn't seek out other quilters or websites or blogs. I just made my quilts.
But Pat & Jane's project has been an eye-opener for me. I don't even remember how I found it, but I'm so very glad I did. My stash was bogged down with fabrics I didn't want to use & so I decided this would be a way to get rid of them. There are so many better reasons I could have to start a project of this size, but that was it!
Once we started, I realized we would be making blocks I didn't want to make; blocks I usually avoided because I didn't know how to make them correctly; blocks that had triangles (horror!); and blocks that had teeny-tiny pieces! But I continued on.
Then I got stuck. I couldn't make this block. So I went to the designer's tutorial and followed along and I made the block--I made it well! And Jane Ford had tips on making blocks. And others had tutorials for each block on YouTube or their blogs. And I used those resources and my blocks were getting better and better!
Nine more blocks to go and we will be done. Wow! I'm overwhelmed by how much I'll miss this Splendid adventure!