Those who follow my blog will remember this adventure began in June last year, when I joined a block swap, and spent 9 months, making and posting blocks to other ladies in their chosen colourways. Until it was my turn, in February. My colour inspiration was
And I think you’ll agree that the finished quilt as just as bright and colourful as these Rainbow Lorikeets. A big thank you to Kate, the organiser. But also to Lynn, Sandra, Sue, Susan, Moira, Gun, Esther who were the other official members of the swap. And a thank you to Avis, who made and sent 3 blocks for my birthday, so I would have a total of 30 blocks for this patchwork.
It’s big. It’s the biggest I’ve ever made. Finishing up at 87” x 73” (that’s 220cm x 185cm).
I added 1” orange sashing to each block before quilting and did the assembly using the QAYG (quilt as you go) method. Using a splodgy/dotty print fabric on the back and repeating the orange bands. Each block was quilted differently, by machine, and each block has the name of the maker embroidered on it, very discreetly, in orange thread. That way, in the years to come, I’ll remember exactly who made what.
So there you have it! The swap was a wonderful learning experience, helped boost my confidence and really was “such fun!”.