I am on my way to the Patchwork in the Peaks quilt retreat. I also have a few work problems to deal with so my laptop is sitting in front of me as I wait on replies to a set of emails so I can move forward with that. And, so, I thought now was as good a time as any to do a quick update on the progress of the Countdown Quilt.

I have recently passed the third of the way there mark with 38 blocks finished. In fact, this week should see blocks 39 and 40 done, so I will be working at those while away at Peaks.

The Countdown Quilt Blocks 1-10 | Mud, Pies and Pins

When I began this project I wasn’t sure what colour I would make the quilt, whether I would just work with a couple of colours or work my way through the colour spectrum. I have decided to go with a multi-coloured approach and am assigning one main colour to each set of ten blocks.

The Countdown Quilt Blocks 11-20 | Mud, Pies and Pins

To date I have worked with pinks, blues and greens and I have now moved on to yellows. Next on the drawing board is orange and then red, although one of the pink blocks is a bit to red for my liking so I may pull it as a red and make one more pink block. To complete the second half I will then move on to purples, greys, blacks and finally whites.

Countdown Quilt Blocks 21-30 | Mud, Pies and Pins

The schedule is proving to be quite manageable. Most week I get my blocks made on time. I will also admit that there have been a couple of occasions on which I have worked ahead, knowing that I would be tight on time the following week. I think the fact that I am often designing as I go has helped me to keep to the schedule. I rarely have more than the next 10 blocks designed at any one time. This means I am not tied to a specific design and that if I feel I need a quick and easy block to keep me on schedule I can draw one up and just go with it.

The Count Quilt Yellow Blocks | Mud, Pies and Pins

I am really enjoying this project and am already looking forward to seeing it come together next year. In the meantime, I will enjoy making my weekly blocks and watching it grow week by week.

If you would like to make your own copy of this quilt, or of any of the blocks in the quilt then you will find a copy of all of the templates over on their download page.

As always, you can keep up to date with my progress on The Countdown Quilt and see notifications of when I post the latest block templates over on Instagram and Facebook.

Happy Sewing!

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