For several months now, I’ve been enrolled in two “block of the month” classes at Cool Cottons, just a few feet from my house as the crow flies. (And you won’t believe how many crows actually fly there, but that’s another post.)
Each month we get instructions and fabric to make a block. Many of the blocks are quite intricate. Joyln loves her triangles! (And lucky for us, she teaches a totally cool way of constructing them…you need to take a class from her so you can learn it too!)
Once we finish a 9-inch-square block, we then add sashing from fabric of our own choice to increase its size to 15 inches. We make a companion block called a setting block, from the same fabric as the sashing.
Then we machine quilt each block, then sew the quilted squares together in pairs, then join the pairs, and so on… the idea is that at the end of the year, we have a completed quilt of 24 squares (a square of a different pattern and its setting block for each month of the year). Of course, this happens only if we keep up on our homework. Because I fell so far behind before escaping from nerve pain hell, I’ve been sewing and quilting double time for the past few weekends.
And you just keep going and going.
Then you sew two 2-block sets together like this:
I’ve taken care to find fat quarters to use in the same color family for the backs of the blocks.
If that weren’t enough, I also joined a Wool Applique Block of the Month club. We’re working from one of Sue Spargo’s Folk Art Quilt patterns – Flowerbed
Each month, get luscious hand-dyed wool for one block, which we finish and embellish as we wish. You can see that my confidence is gaining: my first few blocks were very basic, but now I’m adding embroidery and thinking more outside the box….I mean block.
So that’s how I’ve been spending lots of my weekend hours. There’s something so soothing about creating something with your hands when you spend your work hours making things with your mind. It’s my mediation and therapy all rolled into one.