I had fun doing some secret patchworking this month, but can now reveal all since the parcel has arrived. Avis, is taking part in the F2F swap, organised by Kate. It’s a fabulous block swap that 12 ladies began, in June, and that will continue for a full 12 months. Ladies all make three 12” blocks, each month, in the colour choices of the “Miss” of the month. Now, I’m not a member of this swap, but have been following everything with great interest. Unfortunately one of the ladies is unable to sew this month, due to hospital visits, so Kate, as organiser, said she would make up the three missing blocks for Miss November.
Avis’ colour choice was: bright blues and purples. I set to work, with great excitement . . . always love a secret sewing project. Only to discover that it’s harder than you’d think to make blocks to a specific size. I usually just cut and assemble, without worrying about how big my blocks are going to turn out. As long as they’re all the same finished size, I just bumble along and rely on width of sashing to determine my finished quilt size.
Anyway, this time was different. Blocks had to be 12” (finished) therefore 12.5” with seam allowance.
Here are the blocks I made and posted.
First one (in the order I made them) was going to be a Disappearing Nine Patch, but I got the maths wrong and had to do a rescue job . . . so it became an Exploding Nine Patch. Not sure if that’s a “real” block, but it is now lol.
Next – I think this is called Fence Rails? or Garden Gates? or something to that effect.
And the third block: a Log Cabin
After the miscalculation with my first block, I decided to play it safe, and stick to what I felt most comfortable with, letting the fabrics do the talking ^^